Find out the benefits of cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy

Find out everything about cryotherapy, the differences between cosmetic and dermatological cold therapy and its side effects.

Lately, we have often heard about cryotherapy, a therapy that uses low temperatures to treat various skin diseases of both body and face. It also helps to fight aging and to lose weight.

Loved by Hollywood stars, this technique promises miracles and has actually many benefits, but you should not underestimate its side effects. Let’s see in detail how it works and why it can be useful.

Cryotherapy, what is it?

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As we mentioned above, cryotherapy is a therapy that uses ice and low temperatures to lower body temperature. This treatment main effects are at first vasoconstriction, then vasodilation.

Cryotherapy is especially used in dermatology, to treat warts and other skin diseases. Cosmetics also uses it to tone up and to help weight loss.

Cosmetic cryotherapy

Cosmetic cryotherapy serves mainly to help weight loss and to shape the body, as a kind of non-surgical liposuction. Doctors will let the patient enter either a bathtub full of ice or metal cylinders in which, thanks to liquid nitrogen, the temperature is below zero.

Because of low temperatures, the heart starts pumping blood much faster, awakening your metabolism and, therefore, helping you burn calories. Obviously, only specialized centres should provide cryotherapy treatments.

Dermatological cryotherapy

Dermatology uses the action of liquid nitrogen and low temperatures to cure various skin diseases, including:

– warts,

– condylomata,

– hemorrhoids,

– acne,

– blotches,

– alopecia,

– freckles,

– keratosis,

– fibromata,

– angiomas.

Cryotherapy: side effects

Low temperatures can have severe consequences on the skin and on the whole organism. For this reason, it is very important to ask for this treatment in specialized medical and beauty centres. This therapy can cause sunburn, reddenings, and small blisters on the treated area.

Cryotherapy is not recommended for people particularly sensitive to cold, those who suffer from artery diseases and children under 6 years old.

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ultimo aggiornamento: 25-11-2018