Medical Cryolipolysis uses the cooling process to naturally and permanently eliminate fat.

Weight loss surgery is a solution to losing excess body fat. However, after you have reached your target weight, you may be left with small, stubborn pockets of fat that are hiding your final results.

This is where medical cryolipolysis, commonly referred to as fat freezing, steps in.

Contrary to popular belief, fat freezing is not used to target cellulite. Rather, it is intended for patients with excess localised fat.

To further assist our patients on their weight loss journey, Surgical Weight Loss Centre has invested in CRISTAL® Cryolipolysis.

Treated Areas

For the best results, CRISTAL® Cryolipolysis needs to target localised fat.

This means that the fat cells that you want to target need to be located in a small pocket or area; it is not a solution for large scale weight loss.

Although all areas can be treated, CRISTAL® Cryolipolysis is most effective in the following areas:

  • Arms
  • Chin
  • Bra folds
  • Abdomen
  • Love handles
  • Saddlebags
  • Thighs
  • Knees

What to expect during your treatment


A session of CRISTAL® Cryolipolysis at Surgical Weight Loss Centre is divided into steps:

  1. The doctor applies a CRISTAL® cryoprotective gel pad to the area you wish to be treated.
  2. The handpiece is placed on top of the CRISTAL® cryoprotective gel pad. When you begin to feel suction, it means that the cooling process has begun.

At the beginning of your session, you may feel a pulling or pinching sensation of the skin while the handpiece is securing its position.

During your treatment, the transducers will strongly cool fatty deposits in the treated area (this can cover an area that is 25cm long and 8cm wide).


The entire process lasts roughly 70 minutes, during which time we encourage patients to read, listen to music and relax. It’s completely normal to

get a little tired over the course of treatment however, you will be completely fine to resume your normal activities afterwards.

Once your treatment is complete, your cryolipolysis assistant (can you please confirm who will be performing the treatments) will massage the treated area for 10 minutes.

How to make the most of your treatment

When CRISTAL® Cryolipolysis is combined with a healthy diet and exercise, patients increase their chances of achieving the best possible result. After your treatment, it is important to:

  • Stay hydrated (drink 8 – 10 glasses of water a day)
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle (including a balanced, nutritional diet)
  • Exercise daily (minimum of 30 minutes of walking per day)
  • Avoid alcohol and coffee during the lymphatic drainage process

Fat freezing results

It is important to remember that your results will not be immediately visible after treatment. This is because the fat cells are gradually eliminated from your body through your immune system.

You can generally expect to see the results of your CRISTAL® Cryolipolysis treatment within 4 – 6 weeks however, your body will continue to eliminate fat for up to 3 – 4 months.

In a previous clinical study, the average patient circumference loss was 3.2 +/- 1.7 cm and the maximum circumference differential being 6cm.

Overall, patients were highly satisfied with their treatment with 83% of patients expressing their interest in having a second session on the same zone or on another zone in order to optimise their results.

Is cryolipolysis fat freezing safe?

Several clinical studies have been conducted in laboratories and dermatological practices that have proven CRISTAL® Cryolipolysis to be safe.

Following treatment, you may experience a few mild side effects such as redness, swelling, small bruises and numbness in the treated area. These should not last any longer than a few days with most disappearing within a few hours after treatment.

From the studies performed on more than 880 patients, it was found that there were no severe complications on any of the 1200 treated areas.

Fat Freezing FAQs

Results will vary from patient to patient however, generally people will lose 30%-40% of fat in the treated area after one session. After treatment, some patients may like to treat other areas to create a more harmonious result. If you would like to undergo an additional treatment, this can be performed 4 – 6 months after your first session.

Providing you follow the guidelines, CRISTAL® Cryolipolysis is a very effective technique.

CRISTAL® Cryolipolysis is designed to treat small, stubborn fat bulges. If you are wanting to lose a large amount of excess weight, one of our other treatments may be a more appropriate solution for you.

If you would like to explore your options, you can book a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons who will be able to help you find a more suitable solution.

Cryolipolysis fat freezing Gold Coast

CRISTAL® Cryolipolysis is an extremely effective wat to target localised fat cells and can help you enhance the results of your recent weight loss.

If you would like to learn more about this state-of-the-art treatment, or are ready to book your consultation, please contact our experienced team.