I Tried “Frotox” to Freeze Away My Wrinkles—And It Wasn’t That Bad

What is “Frotox?”

Whole-body cryotherapy—which involves sitting in a sauna-like, -200 degrees Fahrenheit chamber for three minutes to burn up to 800 calories— has been around for decades. Now, that same therapy is catching on in major cities across the country to work similar magic on the face.

The Cryocure Facial uses a controlled beam of vaporized liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin on the face, scalp, and neck area. It promises to tighten the skin, fill in fine lines, and reduce wrinkles. “During the procedure, liquid nitrogen is sprayed on the face skin to cool the skin surface and temperature, which causes immediate vasoconstriction (or tightening) of the vessels,” says Tsippora Shainhouse, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills. “This tightening is your skin’s natural reaction to maintaining body heat, which also makes your face look less red, puffy, and inflamed. It can also help encourage collagen regrowth and cell repair.” Doesn’t sound so bad, right?

The Treatment

Upon entering SkinTology’s midtown location, I was introduced to my esthetician, Kristina Veller. She assured me that, in fact, I wouldn’t become frozen in time or have my face burned off, like my anxieties led me to believe. Instead, she said the whole process would be quick, painless, and surprisingly relaxing. Sensing my nerves were high, she led me to a room with a giant machine. Veller pulled out a tiny, pen-shaped device and lifted it towards her face. With the flip of a switch, the machine emitted controlled amounts of vaporized liquid nitrogen. Once it was my turn, I was pleased to realize it was genuinely painless. Okay, I was in.

Next stop: a tiny white room with the same big machine and a massage bed. The first part was just like your average facial, starting with a thorough cleansing of the skin to remove bacteria and dirt collected after a day of working and commuting in NYC. “This step is especially important before undergoing CryoCure Facial because it allows the skin to breathe and the pores to open up,” says Veller. After working the cleanser in tiny circular motions into my skin, she pat my skin dry with a damp cotton pad. Next, she applied a basic exfoliating scrub in that same motion across my face and neck, leaving my eye area untouched. “This step is to get rid of the built-up dead skin cells that sit on the surface on the face and block dirt and grime from exiting. It also creates a smoother, finer appearance by revealing the healthier cells underneath,” she said.

So far, everything felt like a typical facial—relaxing, rejuvenating, and refreshing. It was only about 15 minutes or so into the facial when Veller told me it was time to take out the CryoWand. Gulp.Her only instruction was to relax and not to breathe while she held the liquid nitrogen near my nose. But how? What would happen if I by accident did breathe in the liquid nitrogen? Would it get me high? Would I feel funny? Could there be any long-term consequences? Veller assured me that because nitrogen occurs naturally in the human body, it wouldn’t cause any harm.

After turning on the machine, the process began. At first, it just felt like normal air being blown onto my face in concentrated, circular motions. Veller focused mainly on my forehead, cheeks, nose, chin and chest. I started feeling the air turn colder after a few minutes, which didn’t bother me in the slightest. It still felt like refreshing bursts of air and nothing like the “freeze” effect I expected. “The purpose of the cold air is to raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time,” says Veller. “But you’re not left with any painful feeling—just tightened skin.”

Veller continued emitting the cold air for about eight more minutes before the procedure was over. That was it!? As happy as I was that I “survived” the freezing process, I was surprised at how simple it all was. Looking in the mirror, I was definitely glowing, and I felt refreshed and more awake. But I didn’t notice any crazy tightening of the skin or reduction in any lines. Veller explained that, while the procedure isn’t meant to be a one-time thing, the positive results would settle in over the next few days.

The Results

While I didn’t notice any tightening of the skin at first, the next day I did feel (and look) incredibly more refreshed than usual. Was the difference in my skin condition super significant? No. But I felt the tightness and rejuvenation for about a week or so. After about seven days my face went back to looking how it normally does. “This is a process that requires upkeep and at least three or four sessions before you notice long-term results,” says Veller. The time commitment is definitely a deterrent for me—that and the cost. A simple 30-minute mini facial, which is what I experienced, costs $85. A full session costs $155.

Who should get a cryo facial? Really anyone who’s looking for a relaxing experience and a slightly tighter face for a week. While there were really no negative effects, it’s not a procedure that’s going to give immediate or long-lasting results. In my opinion, if you’re looking to reduce lines and wake up feeling refreshed, you’re better off investing in an invigorating night cream that works while you sleep.

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You’re Invited to GoCryo’s Event!

December 7th 2019 – GoCryo (Formerly NextGen Cryo) San Diego’s premier cryotherapy company that offers Whole-Body Cryotherapy, Localized Cryotherapy, Cryo Slimming, Cryo Facials, Compression Therapy, Massage Therapy, and a Mobile Cryotherapy Unit will be hosting a grand opening this Saturday, December 7th from 9am-3pm. GoCryo has been operating since August of 2017 and has quickly become the go-to spot for all recovery and pain management needs! Countless athletes, celebrities, and even musicians have come by and gotten their recovery fix from GoCryo since the opening of its facility and we are extending the opportunity to come and try our services out this Saturday starting at a discounted rate of only $20!

 

GoCryo has partnered up with It’s All About the Kids® Foundation to help bring meals to underprivileged kids, especially during this holiday season! A portion of all proceeds that day will benefit the Foundation! Enjoy huge savings on all of our services and packages that will only be going on for that day only! We will also be hosting a healthy beer garden featuring: Thorne Brewing, Kona Brewing, BoochCraft Kombucha, Juneshine Kombucha, Nova Kombucha, and Kyla Kombucha! On top of that we will be hosting a variety of vendors! Bring your friends and family and enjoy food, drinks, music, workouts, yoga, and most importantly cryotherapy!

 

Learn more about our event and RSVP at:

 

www.gocryosd.com/kids/

 

 

Hope to see you all there!

Global Cryotherapy Market Outlook 2019-2024: Rising Preference Towards Minimally Invasive Techniques Spurs Growth

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Global Cryotherapy Market Outlook 2019-2024” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Growing prevalence of cancer is one of the major factors for the growth of the global Cryotherapy market.

As per the WHO statistics, cancer accounts for 13% of deaths globally every year, moreover, 70% increase in cancer incidences is anticipated over the next couple of decades and global geriatric population is anticipated to nearly double from 12% to 22% from 2015 to 2022.

Furthermore, increasing technological advancements in the cryotherapy treatment, increasing inclination towards the minimally invasive procedures, rise in applications of cryotherapy treatment such as cardiac conditions, pain management, skin disorders, beauty, wellness, fitness, etc. are likely to propel the growth of global Cryotherapy market.

However, high cost of the treatment, stringent safety guidelines, adverse effects associated with cryogenic gases, lack of complete knowledge regarding cryotherapy, the complexity of the cryotherapy mechanisms are likely to hinder the global Cryotherapy market.

Key Market Trends

Oncology Dominates the Global Cryotherapy Market

Applications segment is segmented into Surgical Applications, Pain Management, Recovery, Health, and Beauty. Surgical Applications segment is further segmented into Oncology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Other Surgical Applications.

Oncology holds the highest market share during the forecast period due to high incidence and prevalence of cancer and also growing awareness regarding various types of cryotherapy approaches are the major factor propelling the growth of Global Cryotherapy Market. Cryosurgery is used to treat several types of cancer, and some precancerous or noncancerous conditions.

In addition to prostate and liver tumors, cryosurgery can be an effective treatment for Retinoblastoma, Early-stage skin cancers (both basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas), Precancerous skin growths known as actinic keratosis, precancerous conditions of the cervix known as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia.

Cryosurgery is also used to treat some types of low-grade cancerous and noncancerous tumors of the bone. It may reduce the risk of joint damage when compared with open surgery, and help lessen the need for amputation. The treatment is also used to treat AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma when the skin lesions are small and localized.

North America Holds the Largest Market Share

North America is the largest regional market in terms of revenue due to the presence of skilled professionals, increasing adoption of whole body cryotherapy, increasing adoption of cryotherapy for cancers and skin disorders, rising prevalence of cancer and increasing adoption of minimally invasive surgeries.

Furthermore, high healthcare expenditure by the local governments, highly developed healthcare infrastructure in the US and Canada, availability of well-developed cryotherapy products in this region would also influence the market growth during the forecast period. For instance, in May 2018, CryoUSA, a provider of whole body cryotherapy and recovery modalities, launched CRYO Arctic series to its line of cutting-edge recovery products.

Competitive Landscape

Market players in Global Cryotherapy Market are focusing on the expansion of their product portfolios by adopting inorganic growth strategies such as acquisitions, mergers, and partnerships. There is high competition among the players of the Global Cryotherapy Market.

Some of the market players are Medtronic Plc, Impact Cryotherapy Inc., Zimmer Medizinsysteme GmbH, Brymill Cryogenic Systems Ltd, Cryoconcepts LP, Kriosystem Life Sp. z o.o., Galil Medical Inc., Cooper Surgical Inc., Channel Medsystems Inc., and Erbe Elektromedizin GmbH among others.

Recent Market Developments

  • In January 2019, Quantum Cryogenics launched ‘indirect’ cryotherapy chamber
  • In August 2018, Cadillac Casting Pioneers Provide Impact Cryotherapy as Free Employee Benefit

 

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You’re Invited to GoCryo’s Grand Opening!

August 10th 2019 – GoCryo (Formerly NextGen Cryo) San Diego’s premier cryotherapy company that offers Whole-Body Cryotherapy, Localized Cryotherapy, Cryo Slimming, Cryo Facials, Compression Therapy, Massage Therapy, and a Mobile Cryotherapy Unit will be hosting a grand opening this Saturday, August 10th from 9am-3pm. GoCryo has been operating since August of 2017 and has quickly become the go-to spot for all recovery and pain management needs! Countless athletes, celebrities, and even musicians have come by and gotten their recovery fix from GoCryo since the opening of its facility and we are extending the opportunity to come and try our services out this Saturday at a discounted rate of only $10!

Bring your friends and family and enjoy food, drinks, music, workouts, yoga, and most importantly cryotherapy! Enjoy huge savings on all of our services and packages that will only be going on for that day only! We will be having a raffle with many prizes including: Free cryotherapy sessions, free cryo facials, free massages, goodies from RoadRunner, and more! On top of that we will be hosting a variety of vendors as well such as: UFC Gym Mission Valley, Reebok, Lulu Lemon, Mike’s CBD Company, StudioFX, Cooking 4 Life, and many more!

Learn more about our event and RSVP at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/417598438856337/

Hope to see you all there!