What is a Cryofacial and Does it Hurt?

Cryofacials are a Cryogenic treatment, developed by the highly talented Dr Kuehne in Los Angeles.  The process uses a controlled stream of liquid nitrogen vapours, which is passed over the entire face and neck. This below zero stream comes from a probe like ‘Cryowand’ and is used to ‘freeze’ the outer layer of skin, leaving your complexion looking brighter, more vibrant and with fewer fine lines.

As soon as the vapour passes over your skin there is an instantaneous tightening of the skin’s surface and pores, which effectively fills in fine lines and wrinkles. However, it’s underneath the skin that the true magic happens. The Cryofacial instantly triggers a steady dilation of blood vessels and lymphatic capillaries, allowing the blood to carry more oxygen, nutrients and even collagen to the skin’s surface. This quick rush of goodies causes the production of collagen to increase, leaving you with a truly glowing and even complexion.

If you suffer from puffiness around your eyes or red patches on your face and neck, having a Cryofacial could be the answer to all your problems. The liquid nitrogen vapour relaxes muscles and reduces swelling and inflammation, which can drastically reduce puffiness and uneven skin tones.

The whole process only takes around 10 minutes, and unlike most other facial treatments, there’s no irritation or reddening afterwards. You can step straight out of the clinic and onto the red carpet after a Cryofacial treatment, which is what a lot of celebrities do.

Does a Cryofacial hurt?

Many people worry that they won’t be able to handle the freezing cold air, or that the process will be extremely painful. The Cryofacial process, when done by a professional, won’t cause any discomfort at all. Most people describe the experience as extremely relaxing and soothing, likening the sensation to having a hand fan blowing on your face on a hot summer’s day. Many Cryofacial experts have actually had clients fall asleep in the chair during the process as they were so relaxed.

There’s also absolutely no chance of freezing or damaging the skin in any way. The stream of liquid nitrogen vapour is passed over the surface of the skin in a gentle circular motion and is never left in one place long enough to cause any damage at all.

What are the long-term effects?

From the second you get out of the chair, you’ll notice a dramatic change in your skin’s appearance. Fine lines will be reduced, and your skin will look healthy, vibrant and glowing. However, when used on a regular basis, Cryofacials can have a wide range of amazing Benefits.

  • Increased elasticity of skin
  • Brightens dark spots
  • Evens skin tone
  • Treats skin problems such as acne and eczema
  • Restores Firmness and radiance
  • Lightens scars
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines

If you need to brighten your complexion, help a facial skin condition or reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, then book your Cryofacial with us now. Click HERE to see prices and availability.

What Are The Advantages of Localised Cryotherapy?

One of the oldest tricks in the book when you have aches and pains is to put ice on it. Everyone from star athletes to high school football players knows that the cold helps reduce swelling and ease the pain. However, the application of ice can have some adverse effects, including skin damage.

Since the development of Cryotherapy, things have moved on pretty rapidly in the physiotherapy, and we can now pin point and treat the affected area without any damage. Localised Cryotherapy also treats injuries much more deeply and effectively than ice pack compression or ice bath treatments.

What can be treated with Localised Cryotherapy?

Localised Cryotherapy utilises a hand-held or portable device that transforms liquid nitrogen into cryogenic nitrogen gas, which is then focused on the desired area. The application of this below zero gas reduces nerve activity, resulting in reduced pain, swelling and inflammation.

Common ailments that Localised Cryotherapy has been proven to help are:

  • Post Surgery swelling and inflammation
  • Joint Pain
  • Arthritis
  • lower back pain and spasms
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprains

Why choose Localised Cryotherapy?

Whole body Cryotherapy, while being the best way to reduce muscle fatigue and trigger the anti-inflammatory response throughout the whole body, isn’t the best option if you have one specific problem area. For example, if you’ve just had surgery and wish to reduce the pain and swelling from that specific area, Localised Cryotherapy can target that area alone, giving much quicker and more efficient results than whole body Cryotherapy.

Because Localised Cryotherapy is extremely targeted, it means that the cryogenic nitrogen gas can be applied for longer (5 to 10 minutes), allowing the cold to penetrate deeper into the tissue. This process allows the tissues and nerves to be stimulated for longer and leads to much more effective results in a shorter time.

Both whole body and localised Cryotherapy are being developed at an outstanding rate, with the quick, long-lasting and extremely effective results grabbing the attention of physiotherapists all over the world.

At Polarbare Club, our professional and certified staff now offer Cryo Spot, a Localised Cryotherapy treatment proven to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling in targeted areas.

If you’d like to book an appointment, simply click HERE to see our pricing and availability.

What to Expect From Your First Cryotherapy Treatment

Although Cryotherapy is perfectly safe and extremely good for your health, the idea of entering a chamber at -110°C can be a little daunting. In this post, I will set your mind at ease by walking you through each step you will experience in your very first Cryotherapy treatment.

The very first step on your road to better health and faster recovery is to complete a health screening form. This will make sure there are no underlying health issues which could stop you from being able to proceed with the treatment.

After your form has quickly been assessed, you will proceed to the changing area where you will be given complimentary gloves and slippers to keep your toes and fingers protected. You should also wear a swimsuit or shorts (and sports bra for women) when using the Cryotherapy chambers.

Once you are primed and prepped for your treatment to begin, a fully certified Cryotherapy staff member will give you a rundown of all the benefits, process and safety precautions to follow during your treatment. This allows for an optimal experience and optimum results.

Your skin temperature will then be measured and you can finally proceed to step into the cooling chamber. Once inside the chamber, your assigned Cryotherapy specialist will close the door and begin the process.

There is absolutely no actual freezing involved in a Cryotherapy chamber. Cold, dry air is passed over your body which causes your skin temperature to drop between 30 and 45 degrees. This is where the magic happens, your immune and central nervous systems kick in, and your body begins the process of healing.

The feeling of the cold air moving over your body may feel unusual, but it won’t hurt at all. Unlike ice baths, Cryotherapy uses completely dry air, so it doesn’t cause pain or damage the skin.

During your time in the chamber, there will be a member of staff monitoring the whole process, and the doors of the chamber never lock, so you can step out at any time.

After 2 to 2.5 minutes your treatment will be over, and you can step out of the chamber. At this point the member of staff attending you will record your skin’s temperature again, to better assess your progress and tailor your next treatments to your body’s exact needs.

As soon as you step out of the Cryotherapy chamber your skin will feel cold to the touch and endorphins will be racing around your body by this point. After around 10-15 minutes your body will return to its normal temperature. To speed up this process some clients may be asked to do around 2-3 minutes of light cardio.

Even after you leave the studio, your body will continue to heal and rejuvenate, and you will burn around 500-800 calories throughout the day of your treatment.