Maintaining an ideal body weight is an ongoing struggle in today’s society, which becomes significantly more difficult as we age. The good news is that science continues to evolve in producing solutions that overcome the challenges that hinder weight loss, and one of the latest trending in popularity is Cryotherapy. Continue reading to learn more about this procedure, including its history, use and benefits, potential side effects, and getting started with Cryotherapy.

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History of Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a form of using cold as a therapy that began as early as 2500 BC when the Egyptians began using cold to treat injuries and inflammation. This translated over the centuries, where cryotherapy has been used for dermatology and aesthetic treatments. However, a relatively new trend has emerged for using Cryotherapy as a weight loss solution. The concept behind this approach is to lower the body’s temperature just enough to kickstart your brain to raise your body’s metabolism so that it can warm your body back up. This process has been noted for its ability to increase the body’s caloric burn. Cryotherapy has also been used as an alternative to liposuction by freezing the fat cells to the point of atrophy, causing them to die off eventually. The FDA has not approved whole body Cryotherapy as a weight loss solution at this time. This is not necessarily an indication of danger, as the procedure is new and is still in its experimental stage. As Cryotherapy grows in popularity, more research will become available, lending assistance to becoming FDA approved.

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Cryotherapy Benefits

Cryotherapy has been used for weight management by boosting the body’s metabolism and fat cell reduction. In addition to weight and fat loss, patients have noted additional healing benefits:

  • Pain management
  • Decreased muscle spasms
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Reduced muscle fatigue

As continued research increases reported results, we’ll know more about the benefits of Cryotherapy. What you and your provider decide is right for you will yield Cryotherapy’s benefits in achieving your goals.


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I’ve been doing cryo for 30 days now and I can’t believe the weight loss. Definitely experiencing the calorie burn!

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Getting Started with Cryotherapy

Finding an expert is as simple as visiting our online community. With AgeEnvy, valuable information detailing cryotherapy and qualified practitioners for this treatment is at your fingertips. Keep in mind that your health and safety comes first with any treatment. That’s why our mission is to give consumers control over their health by getting them connected with practitioners that are licensed; verified experts focused on cryotherapy.

Potential Cryotherapy Side Effects

Cryotherapy involves your body being subjected to subzero temperatures. Naturally, there are potential side effects though they noted to be relatively minor and are temporary.

  • Numbness or tingling
  • Redness and irritation of the skin

If the protocol is not followed:

  • Frostbite
  • Cold burns

Due to the significant temperatures that your body will be exposed to, monitoring is imperative. Everything from your attention span to your heart rate needs to be monitored to detect if your body reacts unfavorably beyond what is expected.

FAQS ABOUT Cryotherapy

Below you will find answers to our user’s most common questions. Our goal is to keep you easily informed as you research ways to realize your age management potential. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please contact us.

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How much does cryotherapy cost?

The cost of cryotherapy depends on a number of factors. Where you go to get treatment, the number of treatments purchased, aesthetic goals, and how close you are to your goals all affect the final cost. In addition, insurance covers cryotherapy for medical purposes only. Purely aesthetic reasons are not covered at this time. However, the average cost for basic professional cryotherapy treatments is approximately $50-$75 for one treatment. Most people do multiple treatments to achieve the best results. The increasing popularity of this treatment has inspired many providers to utilize package pricing. Find your nearest cryotherapy provider for pricing options.

How many cryotherapy weight loss treatments will I need?

This treatment is designed to be a maintenance treatment. For best results, you will want to take advantage of multiple treatments over time. The results are not meant to last forever as the treatment is designed to temporarily boost your metabolism and assist in fat cell reduction. Patients of this procedure experience the best results when treating it as a supplement to a diet and exercise regimen.

How long is the recovery time for cryotherapy?

As long as you follow the appropriate safety procedures like wearing gloves and socks to protect your extremities, there is virtually no recovery time needed for cryotherapy. Cryotherapy has been used by athletes for training and recovery as well as people looking for an edge on their weight loss efforts, making it a top of the line procedure for results without recovery time. Keep in mind that there are still potential side effects. Some people may be extra sensitive to the side effects and may want to consider waiting before jumping back into every activity. Use your best judgment to determine the severity of any side effects experienced.

How quickly will I see results from my cryotherapy procedures?

Results depend on your goals and how close you already are to realizing those goals. Due to the effects of the extreme cold, many patients notice a boost in energy levels immediately after treatment because of the rush of endorphins experienced. Remember, half of the results are rooted in boosting metabolism. The effects of a metabolic boost are best noticed over time and with multiple treatments. However, the other half of the procedure involves fat cell reduction. These results are usually noticed over the course of a couple weeks as the fat cells are eliminated from the body.

How long will my cryotherapy results last?

The length of time for results vary greatly from person to person. Different goals and lifestyles affect the time frame for lasting results. Also, results from cryotherapy can be broken up into three parts. The endorphin rush generally fades within a day. The metabolism boost usually lasts between 1-2 days depending on your own body chemistry, while the results stemming from the elimination of fat cells are the most lasting. Combined with a diet and exercise regimen you can expect the results from fat cell elimination to last indefinitely as long as you do not cause the remaining fat cells to grow larger.

Are there other similar options to cryotherapy?

There are more specific treatments that use the science of freezing off fat like CoolScuplting. Where cryotherapy is a total body treatment, CoolSculpting is more about targeted areas. There are no other mainstream freezing technologies available as of yet due to cryolipolysis still being relatively new. However, there are other options for managing weight loss that does not involve freezing methods ranging from appetite suppressants to laser lipo treatments such as Sculpsure that you can explore with your physician before making a final decision.