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7 At-Home Fat-Freezing Solutions to Banish Stubborn Belly Flab

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We all have our “problem areas:” those pesky spots where stubborn fat just won’t go away, no matter how much dieting or exercise you do. Whether it’s found on your belly, thighs, chin, neck, or upper arms, excess fat can feel impossible to banish — especially as you get older. The good news is there are non-invasive procedures that can help: namely, cryolipolysis, or “fat freezing,” which was first cleared by the FDA back in 2010.

What is fat freezing?

Simply put, fat freezing, also known by its medical term of cryolipolysis, is a fat-blasting treatment that works by killing off your fat cells. In fact, it works so well, more than 450,000 procedures have been performed around the world in the decade thats followed its introduction!

As PlasticSurgery.org explains, this popular non-surgical procedure works by freezing unwanted fat cells to banish them for good.

Thats because when fat cells are exposed to cold, they crystalize (or freeze), eventually dying off over time. From there, your lymphatic system can permanently eliminate them, effectively removing your unwanted fat.

The procedure doesn’t require anesthesia or any incisions, and your “skin and other structures are spared from injury” as your fat cells freeze, since they’re more susceptible to cold than other types of cells.

Can you try cryolipolysis at home?

The biggest drawback of cryolipolysis is, hands down, the price. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of professional cryolipolysis in 2017 was a whopping $1,481 per session. Since the average patient will need two to three sessions per treatment area, that can quickly add up to somewhere between $2,962 to $4,443, for those of you doing the math.

Needless to say, there’s a large appeal for at-home alternatives, which have since popped up on the market. These systems also use cold temperature to banish stubborn fat, but for a fraction of the price.

While you’ll want to follow instructions carefully and be extra careful around your skin with these ice-cold products, when used properly, they can deliver impressive results. You may not see extra pounds coming off, per se, but you could see up to 25 percent less fat in your chosen treatment area according to the makers of one such at-home brand, Isavera ($98.97, Amazon).

A word of caution: As the CoolSculpting Center of NYC notes, ideal candidates for fat freezing will be near their goal weight with no excess loose skin but will still have enough fat (you should be able to pinch about an inch) to benefit from the procedure.

Ready to find at at-home treatment that will work for you? Keep reading for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best fat freezing devices to try at home.

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