WHAT IS A CRYOFACIAL?
The CryoFacial is a relaxing cryotherapy treatment that applies gentle bursts of pressurized, hyper-cooled vapor (up to -260ºF) to the face and neck. This form of cryotherapy rejuvenates the skin with an instant anti-inflammatory response by circulating nutrient rich blood through the face. This non-invasive cryotherapy facial combats chronic inflammatory skin conditions along with many beautification benefits.
Boosts collagen production
Improves skin tone
Improves eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Improves blood circulation
Reduces swelling and puffiness
Reduces appearance of dark circles
Alleviates migraines and headache symptoms
Relieves allergy symptoms such as sinusitis
Soothes itchy skin
A good candidate for a CryoFacial is anyone who suffers from acne, breakouts, dark circles, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, premature aging, loss of elasticity, allergies, headaches, hair loss (due to an inflammatory response), or any chronic inflammation condition.
It's also for those who don’t suffer from a skin condition who want to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and pores, as well as improve firmness and smoothness for healthy glowing skin.
WHAT TO EXPECT...
At your first appointment you can expect your therapist to assess your skin to decide the correct temperature protocol and areas of concern. During the treatment, you can relax while your therapist gently applies chilled air from a hand-held wand to your skin. The vapor gradually gets a little colder throughout the treatment but it’s not unbearable, it’s surprisingly enjoyable. You’ll begin to feel the skin get tighter which is a natural response to the cold.
How long do CryoFacial benefits last?
You should start to see the benefits immediately. Depending on the current condition of your skin, the benefits should last 1-7 days. Just like all cryotherapy treatments, the benefits last only with consistent treatments. To see longer lasting benefits it is recommended to do regular treatments for at least a few months.
How often should I get a CryoFacial?
Just like all cryotherapy treatments, the frequency depends on what symptoms you’re treating or preventing, and what results you want. Long term results come after consistent treatments. The general recommendation for any vaporized cryotherapy treatment is at least a few times a week for a few months. This recommendation may be different if you have an acute injury or flare up.
CryoFacial Before Care:
There is no special before care, except you want to have dry skin when getting a CryoFacial.
CryoFacial Before Care:
The best part of a CryoFacial is there is no special aftercare.
• Open or infected wounds in the desired treatment area
• Severe Raynaud’s Syndrome
What is Cryotherapy?Cryotherapy uses extremely low temperatures (about -230ºF) for medical and therapeutic purposes; however, different forms of cold therapy have been used to treat and relieve pain and illness for generations.
What are the benefits of Cryotherapy?There are many beneifits to cryotherapy and the use of Cryotherapy machines, which are also known as Cryosaunas. Research and clinical studies show that Cryotherapy can be used to treat and relieve muscle pain and soreness. It can also speed up the recovery process. This makes it an effective alternative to the simple applications, such as ice packs and ice baths or tubs. Cryotherapy can relieve muscle pain, sprains, swelling, and joint stiffness. Many clients also report improvements in sleep quality and restfulness.
How does Cryotherapy work?The Whole-body Cryosauna uses a gaseous form of nitrogen to lower skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees during a two-three minute session. The exposed skin reacts to the extreme temperatures by sending messages to the brain that stimulate natural regulatory functions of the body. In addition, the skin's exposure to these subzero temperatures trigger the release of anti-inflammatory molecules, endorphins, toxins, and increases oxygen circulation within the bloodstream.
How long does it take to feel the benefits of Cryotherapy?It doesn't take very long to start experiencing the benefits of Cryotherapy. During the first few minutes, your brain releases endorphins and adrenaline into your body as your skin temperature drops to about 0º Celsius. Your core body temperature remains at about 37º Celsius. Cryotherapy treatments typically only takes around five minutes, but the Recovery XR Cryo Chamber from Cryo Innovations provides short-term results in just three. After treatment, your capillaries expand delivering super-oxygenated blood throughout the body. This greatly increases the speed of recovery. Users feel this as a tingling sensation and the effects can last six to eight hours.
Is Cryotherapy uncomfortable?The cold air used during treatment does not contain any moisture, nor is there any air current, so it is very tolerable. Towards the end of the treatment, you may get a "pins and needles" sensation, but it will disappear immediately after leaving the cryochamber.
I'm claustrophobic, can I still use the Cryotherapy chamber?"Yes. The cryochamber is open at the top and adjusted to fit the height of the client, and your head and neck are always above the opening so you are not fully enclosed. Although the cryochamber has a door that will be closed during the treatment, it will not be locked so you may step out at any time if needed.
What should I wear during a Cryotherapy treatment?The most important safety precaution is that the client and their clothing are completely dry upon entering the chamber. Because of the very low temperatures, clients are required to wear cotton or wool foot and hand protection plus either cotton underwear (for men) or a bathing suit to protect intimate body parts. All other clothing is removed. Jewelry should not be worn.
How soon can I expect results from Cryotherapy treatment?After completing your first treatment your body will release endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. This feeling will likely last for several hours. Depending on your physical condition, you may experience instant relief from joint and muscle pain, improved energy, and increased flexibility that will last for several hours or even days.
Is one Cryotherapy treatment enough?While every therapy session is beneficial and you'll feel immediate results, research has shown that you will experience improved and cumulative benefits after a minimum of 10 sessions, within a two or three week period. (To achieve peak performance, professional athletes might benefit from having up to two sessions a day). After that you can take fewer treatments spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results (for example, once or twice a week).
Is Cryotherapy dangerous?No, the liquid nitrogen that is used as a chilling agent does not come into contact with your skin, and it is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). In the chamber, a person breathes room-air. For added safety, chambers are equipped with an oxygen monitor. A trained operator is always present during the treatment to control the temperature levels and monitor your comfort.
Is there anyone who shouldn't use a Cryochamber?Anyone who is pregnant, has severe unmanaged hypertension (BP > 180/100), has a cardiac pacemaker, is being treated for cancer, has deep vein thrombosis, acute or recent myocardial infarction, uncontrolled seizures, fever, unstable agina pectoris, Raynaud's syndrome, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, open wounds or ulcers, or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol is advised not to use Cryotherapy.
Can I catch a cold from whole-body Cryotherapy?No, you can't. The stimulation of the immune system can actually help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.
Do I have to take a shower before or after a session?Showering is not necessary before or after Cryotherapy. The entire procedure is dry and does not make your skin wet. Many clients come by during their lunch break since the entire treatment is only 3 minutes long. We can accommodate your specific scheduling request.
How do I feel after a session?Whole Body Cryotherapy stimulates the body to release endorphins, the hormones that make us feel alert and energetic. The energized effects from each session typically last six to eight hours post treatment. The more treatments you do in close succession, the longer the endorphin high lasts. Many clients also report improvements in their sleep quality after Cryotherapy. Muscle aches and stiff joints also feel a sense of relief.
Is Nitrogen gas dangerous?Whole Body Cryotherapy treatments result in a very different response from the body compared to traditional ice baths. Two to three minutes in the Cryosauna, which is a cold, dry nitrogen vapor, is equivalent to 20-30 minutes in an ice bath without the uncomfortable feeling of submerging in ice water. The nitrogen vapor chills the top skin layers and cold receptors lowering the outer body's temp 30-50 degrees. This causes the brain to restrict blood flow to your extremities, which is the bodies natural fight-or-flight response to extreme cold. The body reacts to the Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment by releasing anti-inflammatory proteins and endorphins resulting in super-charged blood. Fifteen minutes in an ice bath of cold water initially causes the body to move blood to the extremities and results in a lowering of the body's core temperature. Ice baths do not supercharge the blood like Cryotherapy.
Are there negative effects to Cryotherapy?In persons who have conditions like hypothyroidism, tuberculosis, respiratory diseases, heart conditions, nervous system diseases and blood diseases, amongst others, there is a greater risk of cryotherapy side effects in persons who are over the age of sixty five, those with substance abuse problems, persons with emotional disorders and those who have known problems with cold tolerance. These are examples of why screening before treatment are so critically important.
Is it safe to get that cold?Yes it is safe. During the 3 minute session your skins temperature will drop but your core temperature will remain at 98.6ºF/37ºC, its natural state.
Do I have to do anything specifically after my session?No, you do not have to do anything specifically after your session, but hydrating is always a good idea.
Is there anything I should avoid after my session?There is nothing you need to avoid after a cryochamber session.
Why do people use whole-body Cryotherapy?Whole-body Cryotherapy is used for its therapeutic abilities as well as its ability to reduce inflammation and promote the repair of damaged tissue.