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Everything You Need To Know About CryoFacials and Cryotherapy
When it comes to our skin, we are always looking for the next best product or treatment. Whether that be a prescribed cream from the dermatologist, or getting bоtоx from a cosmetic surgeon.
The crazy part is we are always willing to go the extra mile. No matter if there is downtime/intense recovery period, or even side effects to deal with, people will go through it to get the skin of their dreams.
Doctors who specialize the cosmetic procedure are also looking for the next best thing. Who wouldn’t want their client to receive an effective procedure that doesn't take them out of their everyday lives?
What if there is a procedure that can produce a wide range of benefits? Imagine being able to treat various cosmetic problems and even health concerns with the same treatment. That’s the beauty of Cryotherapy.
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What is a Cryo Facial Therapy?
You may have heard of the terms Cryo Facial, CryoTherapy, or Cryo Skin Therapy. However, what is CryoTherapy? The Cleveland Clinic defines Cryotherapy as “ the use of extreme cold to freeze and remove abnormal tissue”. Usually, this freezing process is used with liquid nitrogen. You might be familiar with liquid nitrogen if you have ever experimented with dry ice.
Receiving a Cryo Facial or different sorts of Cryotherapy can be beneficial because this procedure is more gentle. There is no need to have open surgery or any physical medical tools implemented into the skin. The downtime and recovery period can be little to none.
Cryotherapy can be used for cosmetic purposes, but it can also be used for treating certain medical conditions. This treatment is given through a Cryotherapy machine like the Zemits CoolRestore Elegance or the various other Cryo Facial Machines from A-Esthetic.
Benefits of Cryo Skin Machines
Cryotherapy can benefit people for numerous reasons. The technology of Cryotherapy has the ability to:
- Freeze Local Fat
- Contour The Body (firm, lift, and slim the skin)
- Reduce Cellulite
- Boost Collagen and Reduce Inflammation (improve blood circulation)
- Achieve a Healthy Skin Glow (improve elasticity)
These reasons can be for purely cosmetic purposes or they can also address a medical concern. For example, JAMA Dermatology conducted a study that has shown that Cryotherapy can treat certain skin issues like Atopic Dermatitis or Psoriasis.
San Diego Cryotherapy also claims numerous benefits to Cryo Skin Therapy. Other benefits include:
- Cellular Regeneration
- Boost the Immune System, along with positive effects for Hair and Nails
- Increase Endorphins
Doctors can also use Cryotherapy to treat various forms of cancer.
- Bone, Cervical, Liver, Prostate, Retinoblastoma, and Skin Cancers can all potentially benefit from Cryotherapy.
Also According to The Cleveland Clinic, Cryo Skin Therapy can be used externally and internally depending on where the concerned area is located.
Healthline has also listed other characteristics where Cryotherapy can be beneficial. Cryo Therapy can treat:
- Arthritis Pain
- Mood Disorders
- Potentially Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s or Other Types of Dementia.
Types Of Cryotherapy Facial Systems
Due to the fact Cryo Skin Therapy has had a positive impact on most patients, there are multiple machines for Cryotherapy to treat the skin.
CryoAction Briefly touches on various types of Cryo Systems:
- Whole Body: This usually involves a patient entering a chamber that emits liquid nitrogen to send cold temperatures through the body. Of course, there is certain apparel to wear during this procedure to prevent frostbite. This treatment lasts only a few minutes.
- Partial Body: This method is similar to the whole body except instead of a chamber they use a CryoSauna that allows the head to be outside of the chamber.
- Instant Ice Pack: This system is made up of two bags, one with water and the other with ammonium nitrate to treat certain areas of the body that are injured.
- Internal: Surgeons can use freezing agents to treat the internal body for certain types of illnesses and cancers.
The most common systems are those for cosmetic purposes, either for the face or the body. Cryoskin Therapy Machines are great to treat and prevent the face from certain elements. When receiving a Cryo Facial you may notice results like:
- Diminishing the Appearance of Pores
- Diminishing the Appearance of Wrinkles
- Depuff and Reduce Inflammation
- Awaken the Under-Eye Area
- Improve Elasticity
- Reduce Hyperpigmentation and Dark Spots
- Tighten and Firm Skin Around Jaw, Neck, and Decollete
This can be achieved with machines like the Zemits CoolRestore Elegance Skin Tightening Cryo Slimming System.
How Do Cryo Machines Work?
It almost feels like a mystery wondering about how cryo machines work. We know that it involves the use of liquid nitrogen. Machines do have a Dewar or Pressurized Tank for the Nitrogen.
The reason why Cryo Machines use Liquid Nitrogen can be explained by Medscape. “Liquid Nitrogen is the best and universal freezing source because of its low boiling point and ease of use”. The vapor of Liquid Nitrogen is insanely cold and ranges from -200°F to -300°F.
Usually, machines are built differently but they all have an area where the Liquid Nitrogen is dispersed from. The actual treatment with Liquid Nitrogen whether it be on the face or the body only lasts for 2-3 minutes. This is because of its extreme temperature and to avoid any possible negative side effects.
Cryo Skin Therapy can also be known as cold therapy, due to the freezing temperatures of liquid nitrogen that are used to treat problem areas. It works by locally freezing areas of the body for a certain outcome, or it can be used all over the body for other benefits.
Different Cryotherapy machines have different purposes and outcomes. It’s best to contact a healthcare provider to see what suits you best.
Who Needs CryoFacial Therapy?
You may be thinking, who is the ideal candidate for Cryotherapy?
Well, it can be almost anyone. If you are looking for a cosmetic change, like body slimming or a Cryo Facial, then there is a Cryo Skin Treatment available for you. If you have an injury, illness, or skin disorder, you can also be eligible to receive Cryotherapy in certain cases.
Regardless of your concerns, whether they be for medical or cosmetic purposes, it is always best to consult your doctor or healthcare provider. Especially if you are pregnant or have had health concerns in the past, make sure you contact your doctor. Those who have darker complexions may want to avoid this procedure so they don't suffer from potential discoloration of the skin. Those who have heart problems should also avoid this procedure.
Does Cryotherapy Work?
Cryoskin machine is used frequently to treat various muscle/tissue injuries, along with certain types of cancer, and even for cosmetic purposes. However, does it work?
Countless studies are working to prove the effectiveness of CryoTherapy. A majority of healthcare providers agree that the use of a liquid nitrogen freezing agent to treat body concerns can be more effective than traditional methods.
Numerous devices can conduct Cryotherapy services, which makes it difficult to be FDA approved. However, it’s not impossible. There is the Cerene Cryotherapy Device used by Gynecologists to alleviate pain and heavy bleeding of the menstrual cycle.
One study found that patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis who have been treated with Cryotherapy have improved locomotor function and overall well-being compared to traditional rehabilitation.
Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis treated with CryoTherapy have also concluded that the intensity of their pain has been significantly reduced, leaving a positive effect.
Cryo Facials have been effective in firming and brightening the skin. Cryo Facials also increase blood flow to the face to help achieve a plump, healthy glow according to Healthline.
Depending on what Cryotherapy treatment you receive and what your original concern was can determine the result of the therapy. This is also a great topic to bring up with your healthcare provider. They can work with you to achieve your desired results.
Results for cosmetic purposes can be to freeze loose skin on the face and body. Results for medical purposes can range from treating muscles from a sports injury or tissue due to certain illnesses.
The number of sessions you complete of Cryotherapy can also affect the results you desire. Each person is different so results can always vary.
Thrive CryoStudio, who specializes in body therapy, suggests on average 8-10 sessions to see results. Within a few weeks, the results of Cryo Skin Therapy can become noticeable.
When it comes to Cryo Facials, it’s possible to start seeing results immediately. The best part is, the recovery time is close to none. Many patients can walk out and continue with their normal routines.
To maintain the results of a Cryo Facial, it’s recommended to go to a session every few weeks. While the procedure is not painful, there is a cold, freezing sensation for 2-3 min while the liquid nitrogen is working its magic. The facial all together can last roughly 15-30 minutes, and cost around $40-$150 depending on your provider.
According to Zwivel, your Esthetician that performs the Cryo Facial can first exfoliate your face with a scrub or microdermabrasion. This can be a beneficial step in prepping for your Cryo Facial. However, each clinic or spa may have different procedures.
Like with any procedure or treatment, there are some risks and side effects involved when it comes to Cryotherapy. It’s possible to receive an ice burn or frostbite due to the low temperatures of liquid nitrogen vapor, however, it can be rare. According to Healthline, patients can feel a cold, numbness, or tingling, along with skin discoloration after their session.
After a Cryo Facial, it’s important to keep the skin hydrated, clean, and protected with the use of sunscreen. If there is any swelling it is best to wait 48 hours to allow it to go down by itself. It is also best to follow your provider’s recommendations following your treatment.
If you have Bоtоx or are planning to receive Bоtоx close to your Cryo Facial, contact your doctor to confirm it is safe to go forward with your Cryo Facial.
This is because various clinics will allow you to receive a Cryo Facial one week after Bоtоx, 1-3 months after Bоtоx, or just allow it in general. To make sure you are in a healthy position, it is best to consult with your healthcare provider.
- Alleviate pain or skin disorders
- Increase vibrancy and plumpness of the skin
- Tighten pores and firm the skin
- Reduce acne
- Contour and slim the face
- Skin Discoloration
- Possible Swelling
- The potential risk of ice burn or frostbite
CryoFacial Machine Alternatives
CryoTherapy vs RF Lifting
There are services out there that combine the practices of Radio Frequency Lifting and the practices of Cryotherapy. What do you get when you combine them? Cryo-Frequency.
According to MB Beauty, this treatment “delivers more energy than any other radiofrequency, however, it must be controlled with cold temperatures”. This further creates a thermal shock. “It works by issuing radio-frequency when the poles used are below zero, producing a hot/cold effect.”
This procedure is also non-invasive and gives an instant lift to the face. There is no downtime, it is painless and long-lasting. It can treat fine lines, wrinkles, double chin, and loose skin.
CryoTherapy vs HydraFacial
A Hydra Facial is a treatment that delivers hydration, exfoliation, cleansing and extracting to the skin in a non-invasive way. They are similar to CryoTherapy in the sense that they both offer similar results.
Both Hydra Facials and Cryo Facials work to remove dead skin and impurities, while also treating beauty concerns like pores, wrinkles, breakouts, and loose skin. According to Rejuvcryo, HydraFacials are gentle enough to perform other treatments along with it.
HydraFacials work on all skin types, provide consistent outcomes, immediate results, and like Cryo Facials, there is no downtime.
CryoTherapy vs Microcurrent
Microcurrents are used in treatments to tighten muscles to promote skin cellular renewal. Reveal Laser states that “ultrasound is also used to achieve cellular renewal along with lymphatic drainage and reducing puffiness and inflammation.”
Combining this treatment with CryoTherapy can increase circulation, stimulate collagen, and firm and brighten the skin. You can combat aging and improve the overall skin texture.
CryoTherapy vs Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasions are also a treatment that is not invasive and can be used to prep for a Cryo Facial in certain spas and clinics. It can also alleviate skin concerns and combat aging.
Microdermabrasions can also treat hyperpigmentation, acne, pores, dull skin, skin texture, and sun damage.
Cryotherapy vs Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen helps the body’s natural healing process. According to Organic Spa, “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy allows 15 times more oxygen to be delivered into body tissues than breathing regularly.”
Similar to Cryotherapy, Oxygen Therapy also decreases inflammation and can help treat certain illnesses. We always breathe in oxygen, might as well get a little boost along with Cryotherapy.
Cryotherapy vs LED
LED light therapy is known to provide numerous benefits to the skin like boosting collagen production and combat aging. This treatment can also be used after a Cryo Facial to bring in more benefits to the skin.
CryoPlus states that “LED blue light therapy can be used for acne and wrinkles, while LED red light can penetrate the dermal layer. This allows the red light to boost collagen and elasticity.” Together these treatments can firm the skin and improve its overall texture.
Performing Cryo Skin Therapy
Who can perform Cryotherapy Treatments?
Medical Practitioners and Registered Nurses who are trained in Cryotherapy can conduct treatments. Especially for internal procedures, like treating various types of cancers or abnormal tissues.
There may be certain spas and clinics that have licensed estheticians or cosmetics surgeons to perform these procedures as well. These are more for cosmetic purposes.
Indications for Cryotherapy
This can include injuries, inflammation, swelling, nerve disorder, burns, etc. DermNet NZ also lists indications like:
- Viral Warts
- Seborrhoeic Keratoses
- Actinic Keratoses
- Skin tags
- Molluscum Contagiosum in adults
Contraindications to Cryotherapy
Hypersensitivity to cold
Open wounds/broken skin
Undiagnosed skin lesions
Patient with darker skin tones
Severe cardiac diseases
How Much are Cryotherapy Treatments?
Cryotherapy, depending on several factors, can affect the pricing. Take into account what problem area needs to be treated. Cryo Facials can range from $40-$150. They can even be more depending on your provider.
Whole Body Cryotherapy can range from $60-$100, with even more clinics ranging from upwards of $100. The machines themselves can cost up to thousands and thousands of dollars.
For Cryo Facials, using a machine like the Zemits CoolRestore Elegance Skin Tightening Cryo Slimming System will provide versatility in the various treatments it can perform. It is equipped to treat the face and body for cosmetic purposes.
- Face Rejuvenation/Eye Lifting: Zemits is equipped to provide a lifting effect to the face, even around sensitive areas like the eyes.
- Jawline Sculpting/ Double Chin Slimming: This mode works to address a common problem area, the jaw/chin. This machine can locally freeze the area to slim and shape.
- Neck Firming: Another popular treatment area is the neck. Most machines are also equipped to treat the decollate as well.
- Hand Revival: Hands are known to be the first area to show signs of aging or they can have certain skin lesions.
- Body Slimming: Zemits can also target certain body areas to slim, tone, and lift loose skin.
How to Perform CryoTherapy
DermNet Nz briefly describes how to perform CryoTherapy, along with the protocol and steps:
- Consult with the patient to ensure there are no abnormal skin conditions
- Obtain consent form
- Apply and wear protective equipment
- Prep the skin/body area as needed depending on the concern of the patient and if this is a medical or cosmetic treatment.
- Make sure hands are clean and decant the liquid nitrogen for application.
- Select the correct spray tip, wand, or tool
- Freeze time can vary depending on the area being treated, however, the freezing should not last more than a few minutes.
- Finish the rest of the treatment with your spa's or clinic's steps to completing Cryotherapy.
- Tools should be cleaned and sterilized following the manufacturer’s directions.
- Document the patient's procedure and follow-up with the treatment area.
How to Use Cryo Machines
Each Cryo Machine can have its purpose. Using a Cryo Facial Machine can be vastly different than Whole Body Cryotherapy Machines. It is best to follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer of your specific machine.
When it comes to maintaining a Cryo Machine, it is also recommended to follow the instructions given by the machine’s manufacturer. Any wands, applicators, or anything that comes in contact with the patient must be cleaned, sanitized, and sterilized.
Consumables can include various applicators, or tips, as well as gloves, gel, extractors, and nitrogen containers. Your machine may vary from others depending on the manufacturer.
If you are interested in being certified to conduct cryotherapy, courses and requirements may vary by state. Various companies provide online training, and there are more in-depth approaches in real life class in certain cryotherapy clinics.
This training also educates on how to draft consent forms, and why consent forms are important. Especially when working with something as serious as liquid nitrogen, if agreements and proper training are absent it can put the patient in harm.
Benefits Of Cryo Machines For Spas
A spa can benefit by having a machine like the Zemit CoolRestore, mainly because multiple treatments can be conducted from one machine. It’s great for the face and body. The machine allows multiple services to be performed like facial rejuvenation, and body slimming.
It will be great for clients who want to target and slim problem areas. The service can alter cosmetic appearances throughout a few sessions. Consult with your client to see if this service is correct for them. Expenses for conducting these services are mainly on any consumables the machine will need.
Cryo Facials can even be combined with other therapies like HydraFacials or Microcurrents to increase visible results or to nourish the skin further.
Cryotherapy can be beneficial for spas and clients alike. The various Cryo treatments are easy to perform, and clients can achieve their desired results with no downtime.
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