Cryotherapy involves exposure of the human body to extremely cold, dry air for short periods of time. At Cryo Aesthetics NI we use the world renowned TruCryo targeted Cryo-stimulation method. The term ‘cryo-stimulation’ literally means ‘stimulation using low temperature’ (“Cryo” from the Latinised form of Greek, “kryos” for “icy cold” + “stimulation” – encouragement of something to make it develop or become more active) and is used as a modality to stimulate a beneficial physiological response from the body.
TruCryo uses the cooling power of carbon dioxide (CO2). The CO2 is in liquid form in the cylinder and, as it leaves, expands and cools to a very chilly -78 degrees centigrade (-108 degrees fahrenheit), providing a stream of cooling vapour which is applied to the skin.
The technology allows a localised area of skin (the abdomen, a thigh, shoulder etc.) to be cooled quickly from around 35oC/95oF to 4oC/39oF in less than 30 seconds, using a targeted spray of cold vapour. This temperature shock causes blood vessels in the underlying tissue to constrict (vasoconstriction) as a way of protecting the body’s core temperature.