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What Is a Cryotherapy Treatment and How Does It Work?

Kristina Cadwell  
April 28, 2022  

Most cosmetic treatments focus on a specific body area or issue, such as excess fat, a double chin, wrinkles, cellulite, etc. However, treatments with a broader range of cosmetic and wellness benefits are gaining popularity.

Cryotherapy is one of these versatile treatments as it addresses both skin issues and many other health concerns.

Continue reading to learn more about whole-body cryotherapy, how it works, and how you can benefit from regular cryotherapy treatments.

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What Is Whole-Body Cryotherapy?

Whole-body cryotherapy is a wellness procedure that involves exposing the body to very low temperatures (below 212°F) for two to four minutes in an enclosed chamber. Most cryotherapy chambers enclose the body to the neck while the head stays at room temperature. However, some are made for a person’s full body height and resemble rooms you step into.

The intense cold produced by the cryo-chamber constricts blood vessels and triggers the body’s natural healing mechanisms, leading to many health and beauty benefits.

Benefits of Whole-Body Cryotherapy

Anecdotal patient evidence suggests that whole-body cryotherapy has powerful healing and anti-aging properties. The treatment can help:

  • Rejuvenate the skin
  • Support weight loss
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Ease pain after surgery or a sports injury
  • Improve the mood
  • Prevent dementia

Note: Learn about the benefits of cryotherapy in more detail.

Is Whole-Body Cryotherapy Safe?

Whole-body cryotherapy is not FDA-approved because there are no comprehensive studies confirming the treatment’s health benefits.

Vast user experience and limited studies show the treatment is generally safe for healthy adults. However, people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart and lung issues, asthma, neuropathy, and pregnant women are not eligible for the procedure.

The cryotherapy treatment is performed in the controlled environment of a medical spa or wellness center. A medical professional always evaluates the patient’s medical history beforehand and supervises the entire procedure.

If you feel like you can’t stand the cold, you can ask to leave the chamber before the time is up.

Are There Any Side-Effects?

Side effects during cryotherapy are mild and include:

  • Numbness
  • Discomfort
  • Redness
  • Tingling
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Impaired breathing

None of these side effects pose a serious health threat for healthy adults. If a patient experiences breathing difficulties, the supervising medical professional adjusts oxygen levels, after which the person immediately feels better.

Note: Learn how cryotherapy differs from ice baths.

How to Prepare for the Treatment?

If you choose to give cryotherapy a try, follow these tips for maximum safety and comfort.

1. Wear only your underwear, a bathing suit, or other minimal, loose-fitting clothing.

2. Bring socks and gloves to protect your feet and hands from frostbite.

3. If the chamber is all-enclosing, wear earmuffs.

4. To avoid frostbite, you need to be completely dry when entering the cryotherapy chamber.

5. Remove all jewelry before the session.

Whole-Body Cryotherapy Results

Patients report the following results after a cryotherapy session:

  • Increased energy
  • Feeling relaxed
  • Improved mood
  • Diminished pain
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Improved joint mobility
  • Improved overall well-being
  • Glowing skin

Cryotherapy is safe to use twice a day, but this is only recommended for professional athletes.

The optimal frequency of cryotherapy sessions depends on the patient’s physical condition, daily activity levels, health concerns, goals, and budget. Two or three treatments a week provide optimal results for most patients.

Whole-Body Cryotherapy Cost

The cost varies depending on the patient’s goals and the chosen med spa location. Prices usually range between $50 and $100.


Cryotherapy is an increasingly popular method for improving one’s health, mood, and skin tone. It’s a safe procedure for most healthy adults. Look for a reputable provider in your area to ensure the best results.

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Kristina Cadwell
PA Kristina Cadwell graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then completed the Physician Assistant program at A.T. Still University graduating with a Masters of Medical Science degree. Kristina has been working in the Aesthetic Medical field for over 10 years. She is certified in neurotoxin cosmetic injection, dermal fillers, Plasma Pen skin tightening, chemical peels, and laser therapy. She is known for producing natural results and has extensive knowledge in diet and exercise allowing her to help you achieve vibrant skin from the inside out.
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