How Does Cryoskin Technology Work?

CryoToning® vs CryoSlimming®

Both of these treatments use the same Cryoskin device; however, the procedure for each treatment uses different techniques, timeframes, and temperatures that target different layers of the skin producing different outcomes of results. CryoToning® is designed to address loose skin, cellulite, and signs of aging. CryoSlimming® is designed to target localized fat reduction.


CryoToning® targets the dermal layer of the skin, the middle part where all the important cells and proteins live. Eighty percent of the dermis is made up of collagen and elastin fibers. Collagen and elastin act as the ‘scaffolding’ to the skin, keeping the dermis strong so that the epidermis (the part of the skin you see) lays flat on top. Unfortunately, as we age, collagen and elastin deplete, causing the dermis to lose its strength and structure. This is why we begin to see fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. CryoToning® works by using the wand set to cold, generally not below -2°C, to massage the skin. The technician’s hand (which is warm) follows the wand manually massaging the areas, which causes the blood vessels to alternate between constriction and dilation in the dermis. This improves the oxygenated blood flow (microcirculation). The blood vessels are then able to deliver fresh nutritious blood to the other cells in the dermis; this, in turn, boosts collagen and elastin production and improves the quality of these fibers. This helps build up the skin, making it appear smoother and tighter. CryoToning® is a great treatment to reduce cellulite or target areas of loose skin.

Cryofacial results


The treatment for CryoSlimming® is more localized and targeted at reducing fat. This treatment starts off with the technician warming the treatment area using the warm wand setting, at +4°C. This preps the area by bringing blood to the surface and preparing the fat cells for the drop in temperature. Next, there is an immediate controlled drop in the temperature; by using the correct technique, the technician can bring the temperature down quickly to -4°C, which gets deep into the hypodermis layer of skin where that stubborn subcutaneous fat lives. After the cold temperature has worked its magic, it’s time to warm the treatment area back up for another couple of minutes. The treatment is followed by a massage to send the broken down fat cells towards the nearest lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system and act as little washing machines to flush all the toxins and waste out of the body, including these broken-down fat cells. CryoSlimming® is perfect for the abdomen, flanks i.e. love handles, upper and inner thighs, and even a double chin!

Cryoslimming results for abdomen

How does ‘fat freezing’ work? This is one of our most commonly asked questions on social media and in initial client consultations. The answer to that question in one sentence would be: Cryoskin technology uses cold temperatures to penetrate deep into the skin and reduce fat cells through the process of apoptosis.

What is Apoptosis?

Apoptosis is the natural process of programmed cell death. It’s something our bodies do naturally, allowing them to balance out old and new cells and remove any unwanted cells. The apoptosis process happens when fat cells are exposed to controlled thermal reduction. It is the cold temperatures that encourage the process of apoptosis to begin in fat cells. With Cryoskin technology, this process works when a trained Cryoskin technician applies a wand directly to the area of the body they would like to treat, after applying a gel to protect the skin. CryoSlimming® treatments go through a 3-step sequence (warm, cold, warm). During the cold sequence, the technician is working in a temperature range of +4C to -4C. Once the temperature is reduced to cold, the fat cells can no longer sustain life. As fat cells are more susceptible to cold temperatures than other cells, fat freezing activates apoptosis in the fat cells only, achieving the desired result without causing any damage to the skin or other cells.

Apoptosis diagram
Maintain a balanced lifestyle & aftercare

Cryoskin is a simple technology for body contouring and fat reduction–however, fat freezing treatments are best used as a part of an overall health and fitness program, not as a replacement for exercise and healthy habits. An ideal scenario for Cryoskin would be a client who maintains a balanced and healthy lifestyle: eating well, exercising regularly, and wanting to focus on a specific area of their body to contour or slim stubborn fat.

Couple running together in the park in the spring


A good aftercare routine is a big factor in the success of the treatments and in getting the desired results. It is encouraged after every treatment and in between each treatment to increase your water intake; this allows the body to flush out the broken-down fat cells through your lymphatic system. Supporting your lymphatic system after a Cryoskin treatment can aid not only how you look but also how you feel. Elixir offers a number of follow-up services and products to help to boost the lymphatic system, remove waste and toxins, and dispose of them via bowel waste, urine, sweat, and breath.  This could include a Normatec treatment, infrared sauna session, lymphatic massage, dry brushing, or even adding a supplement to your diet. Your service provider will be happy to talk to you about the options that may be best for your personal Cryoskin journey.

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