1. What type of machine do they use?
It is ok to ask the clinician. There are so many copy cat machines on the market nowadays that you can even buy one from ebay. The good machines give good results. With a range of $5000 to $200,000 the results vary considerably. Ask them about the machine and THEIR results.
2. Is the machine approved for use in Australia by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration)
The TGA keeps a check on machines and only provides TGA approval for machines that come from reputable manufacturers. This means that the machine is safe and hence won’t cause frost bite or malfunction. The process of obtaining TGA approval is long and expensive so most cheap machine manufacturers won’t be able to gain TGA approval (or won’t even try because they know that their manufacturing and machines are not safe).
3. What fat freezing results are they promising you?
The standard clinical trials (from 2014) find on average that there is a 26% reduction in fat at the treated areas. With changes in technology (like the introduction of post treatment massage, and 360° cooling handles some patients are getting better results with the claims now being up to 30% reduction in fat.
4. Do they have their own before and after photos?
Check the fat freezing clinics website and ask to see more when you attend the clinic. This will give you a realistic expectation about the treatment outcomes.
5. Are they transparent about the cost prior to treatment?
The clinicians should be able to provide you with a reasonably close indication as to the amount of handles you will need prior to attending the clinic. If they fail to do this, they are either inexperienced or trying to get you in to the clinic to close the deal. At Beautiful Body Clinics we ask you some general questions about your weight and height and from there we are able to give you an estimate as to the number of handles you will need and the cost of your fat freezing before you attend the clinic.
6. Is the company reputable?
With the influx of cheap machines (that don’t work!) and the ability for anyone to import them, it is a good idea to check out the operators of the company. If they have had no experience in medicine, beauty or business before, chances are they don’t have a lot to lose and hence they may not care if the company isn’t around for long. 95% of small business go out of business in the first year of operation…… Offering a cheap service = cheap machine = bad results.
7. Are they specialists in the industry?
If the fat freezing clinic is really just another beauty clinic chances are they have just added any type of machine (most likely cheap) to their mix of treatments hoping that they will have something to suit you when you walk in. At Beautiful Body Clinics we only offer fat freezing treatment because we know that this works.
8. How much are they quoting for treatment?
You get what you pay for! In an effort to really understand the market, I had one session on a cheap machine (I researched it and could buy if from Alibaba and Ebay for $5000) the operator was charging only $135 per handle and guess what, IT DID NOT WORK!
9. Does the clinician have Medical Malpractice Insurance?
If something goes wrong you need the assurance that you will be supported during any insurance claims. Obtaining Medical Malpractice insurance is not easy and only clinicians with appropriate training and qualifications are able to obtain insurance.
10. Is the clinician up to date with training and latest medical research in the treatment.
Attendance at conferences locally and internationally will ensure that your clinician is up to date with the latest technology. Cryolipolysis has been around for a few years however there are changes in the treatment recommendations which are resulting in better results.