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The Difference Between Lipocel and Cryolipolysis

Non-Invasvie Fat Reduction

The difference between LIPOcel and Cryolipolysis

Sometimes it can be hard to remove fat in stubborn areas of the body through diet and exercise alone. Fortunately, when it comes to body contouring and fat reduction procedures, there are various options available today. Two popular techniques that have gained significant attention are LIPOcel and Cryolipolysis. While both procedures aim to eliminate stubborn fat cells, they differ in their approach and mechanism. In this blog post, we will explore the key differences between LIPOcel and Cryolipolysis, helping you understand which treatment may best suit your needs.


What is LIPOcel and how does it work?

LIPOcel body sculpting is a non-invasive procedure that utilises high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technology to target and permanently eliminate fat cells while tightening the skin. High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technology in a handpiece breaks down fat cells. A treatment grid marks the area to ensure the procedure focuses on the targeted area. Water is sprayed on the treated area. Then high-intensity ultrasound energy is implemented on the area treated through the handpiece. 

The HIFU energy is delivered precisely to the targeted area, penetrating the skin without causing any damage to the surrounding tissues. This energy disrupts the fat cells, leading to their gradual breakdown and elimination from the body. LIPOcel is particularly effective in treating fat deposits in both small and large body areas, from your stomach to love handles and thighs.

Sydney’s Elite Body Contouring is the first clinic in Australia to implement the revolutionary LIPOcel.


LIPOcel Body Scultping stomach fat reduction

LIPOcel is a HIFU treatment through utilising a hand held device.

The benefits of LIPOcel

  • Reduces fat and tightens the skin

One of the key advantages of LIPOcel is that its 2-in-1 treatment tightens the skin while reducing fat simultaneously. The HIFU energy stimulates collagen production, improving skin elasticity and firmness. This makes LIPOcel an excellent choice for individuals who desire fat reduction and skin tightening.

  • Non-invasive means no downtime

The LIPOcel procedure is relatively comfortable — most patients experience minimal discomfort during treatment. The session duration depends on the treatment area but typically ranges from 30-90 minutes. Since it’s non-surgical and non-invasive, that means no downtime. Some patients may feel a slight heat sensation and muscle ache during the treatment, but most don’t. You can expect to see a slight pinkness on the treated area that will disappear shortly after the treatment.

  • Minimal sessions

Depending on the patient and the treatment area, about one to three LIPOcel treatments are required about a month apart.

  • Custom contouring to treat small to large body areas 

Since LIPOcel is not limited to applicators, you can treat large body areas such as full stomach or thighs in a single treatment. The hand-held device allows for custom contouring to your needs.

  • Immediately noticeable results

Clients can experience a 20%-40% fat reduction each session and may even notice 5-30% of that percentage of fat reduction immediately after the treatment. While some clients may see results immediately after treatment, it takes about six weeks for the results to kick in, which can continue for up to 12 weeks.

Cryolipolysis Fat freezing on the thigh

Cryolipolysis Fat Freezing uses a cooling suction system.

Understanding Cryolipolysis

Cryolipolysis, often called “fat freezing”, is another popular non-surgical fat reduction treatment. It works by subjecting the targeted area to controlled cooling, freezing the fat cells without harming the surrounding tissues. The process of Cryolipolysis is completely safe and natural. The applicator eliminates the fat cells through a natural cell death process called apoptosis, after which the body gradually eliminates them.

The benefits of Cryolipolysis

  • Versatility in targeting various areas of the body

One of the significant benefits of Cryolipolysis is its versatility. The procedure can effectively treat various problem areas resistant to diet and exercise, including the abdomen, love handles, thighs, arms and double chin. There are about two to four sessions per treated area. Clients can take each next session about one month after the previous session. 

  • Non-surgical and non-invasive 

It is a non-invasive and virtually painless treatment, with most patients experiencing mild cold sensations and numbness during the session. The Cryolipolysis applicator tool is used during the process suctions (like a vacuum) and freezes the fat in the targeted areas to minus 10 degrees. You will feel a light cooling and suction, pulling or tugging sensation. The area treated will be left with slight discomfort and numbness until it returns to normal temperature. The suction marks take just a couple of hours to disappear after the treatment.

  • Clinically proven results

Studies on fat freezing demonstrate its ability to remove excess body fat effectively. Like LIPOcel, Cryolipolysis results are not immediate — they become noticeable over time. The body’s lymphatic system slowly flushes out the treated fat cells, leading to a more contoured appearance. 

Patients may start noticing changes within a few weeks after the procedure, with optimal results typically visible after eight to 12 weeks. Our CoolShaping technology has been clinically proven to permanently reduce stubborn fat in treatment areas by 20-40% each session.

Lipocel vs Cryolipolysis 

You might be wondering, what is the difference between the latest and advanced LIPOcel and our reigning Cryolipolysis treatment?

Both LIPOcel and Cryolipolysis target certain problematic areas in the body that are most likely to retain fat cells and are difficult to eliminate, no matter how much you go to the gym or the healthy food you eat. 

LIPOcel and Cryolipolysis treatments have the following in common:

  • Permanent fat-removal procedures
  • Non-invasive
  • Non-surgical
  • Clinically proven and safe
  • No downtime
  • No anaesthetic is required
  • A natural body process of fat removal

How they differ

While LIPOcel and Cryolipolysis are effective fat reduction treatments, they differ in several aspects:

  • MechanismLIPOcel uses high-intensity focused ultrasound to disrupt fat cells, whereas Cryolipolysis freezes the fat cells through controlled cooling.
  • Skin tightening LIPOcel offers the additional benefit of skin tightening, thanks to the collagen-stimulating effects of HIFU energy.
  • Sensations during treatmentLIPOcel may cause minimal discomfort during the procedure, while Cryolipolysis typically induces cold sensations and numbness. LIPOcel treatments will not cause bruising or swelling. However, the suction effect of the applicators used for fat freezing can cause bruising or swelling.
  • Effectiveness for body areas Cryolipolysis uses applicators that work well for smaller areas of the body where stubborn pockets of fat are stored. Due to the use of applicators, fat freezing can become less efficient and effective than LIPOcel when targeting larger body areas as it requires multiple sessions and applicators.
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Book a free consult with Elite Body Contouring to discuss the most suitable treatment option for you

Consult our qualified team at Elite Body Contouring to determine which treatment best aligns with your goals, preferences and specific body concerns. Our team will assess your suitability for the treatments and provide personalised recommendations based on your unique circumstances. 

At Elite Body Contouring, we believe in our technology so much that we measure our clients’ body composition before, during and after their treatments. Using the InBody 770 Body Composition Scanning Device, we measure and break down where fat is stored in different body areas and measure visceral fat to help ensure your lifestyle will help you achieve the best possible results. Book a free consultation today and we’ll happily answer all your questions.