By: Kyle Laws, General Manager

As the Cryo T-Shock Master Technician here at Chiltonic, I get asked tons of questions about this procedure. Some of these questions were answered in an earlier blog at

I will take the time to share with you many of the recent questions I have been asked as well as my usual answers. Feel free to send me any questions I have not addressed and I will do my best to answer them for you. Better yet, you can visit our locations for a demonstration of the Cryo T-Shock process including a free evaluation.

  1. How does the Cryo T-Shock work?

Cryo T Shock is a cryogenic and thermogenic treatment to remove cellulite and undesired fat. Cryo T-Shock also provides Slimming and Toning. By alternating warm and cold at different times, temperatures and sequences, the T-Shock can perform a myriad of functions.  These fat cells are destroyed without any damage to the skin. The destroyed cells are then naturally passed through the body’s lymphatic system and excreted through sweat and urine. Excretion of the fat cells usually occurs within days to weeks following the treatment.

According to cryo-generation , “Where the application of cold alone — as in cryoliposis — has been shown to break down fat cells which can contribute to the unsightly appearance of cellulite, thermal shock goes a step further in eliminating the cells from the body through lymphatic drainage for more immediate and effective results. Using alternating cycles of hot and cold, thermal shock kills fat cells and reverses the signs of cellulite by increasing blood flow and circulation, stimulating the production of collagen, and improving overall skin elasticity.”

2. How does the Cryo T-Shock treatment feel?

The treatment is usually painless. Remember the treatment utilizes a massage technique. Some sessions begin with a skin warming session which then descends into a gradual decrease of temperature. Some clients describe it as rather pleasant and actually fall asleep.

3. What are the benefits of the Cryo T-Shock treatment?

  1. Fat Loss. The most obvious benefit based on how the technology works is fat loss. Regular treatments will usually cause a reduction in fat cells and the results will be measurable and visible fat loss.

  2. Firmer & Tighter Skin. Anti-aging benefits such as skin firmness or tightness are other benefits of the T-Shock technology. It has been used to help with micro circulation and a significant increase in collagen and elastin production while tightening muscles.

  3. Therapeutic Benefits. Perhaps more important than the beauty aspect of the T-Shock technology are the therapeutic effects. Because the technology has the ability to provide both cold and heat massage treatments, it is very effective to reduce constipation, pain and inflammation, increase or reduce circulation and reduce water retention and bloating. Here at Chiltonic, we have utilized the therapeutic settings of this machine to provide these benefits to our clients. And the good news is that we are able to adjust the size of the wand to deliver the therapy to both small or large body parts such as the face, neck, elbows, eye area, back, arms, thighs, joints etc.

  4. Anti Aging. This setting is particularly important for men and women over 35. It allows prevention and recovery from the signs of aging (wrinkles, lines, skin laxity, skin spots, etc).

  5. Face Lift. This feature is for anyone who wants to quickly obtain a smoother, radiant, luminous, toned skin. We refer to it as the “Red Carpet” facial before a special event.

  6. Cuperous Skin. This application addresses Rosacea – a condition that causes redness and often small, red, pus-filled bumps on the face.

  7. Acne Treatment. Blending or Clearing – For the treatment of Acne

  8. Drainage/Water Retention. This is valuable for clients suffering from Edema, Heavy Legs, Slow Metabolism. Women who have had breast cancer surgery with lymph node removal usually have problems diffusing fluid in arms and abdomen. We have been successful in addressing these issues with our therapeutic massages using this technology..

  9. Muscle Relaxation. Helps with tight muscles in legs, neck or back.

4. Is Cryo -Shock the same as cool sculpting?

No. There are many differences between the two procedures.

  • First there is the difference in how both procedures feel. During the coolsculpting procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, itching, tugging, mild pinching, aching and cramping at the treatment site due to vacuum technology. Treatments can last anywhere between 35 minutes to 2 hours. Paradoxical hyperplasia (visibly enlarged tissue volume in the treated area) may develop two to five months after treatment and requires surgical intervention for correction.

  • Cryo T-Shock has a technician present during the entire procedure. We apply a non-active ingredient gel to the stubborn area for all treatments. The technician controls an ultrasound-like wand over the gel, ensuring that each part of the treatment site is warming/cooling to the pre-set temperature. The preset temperatures are created to either bring circulation to the area or freeze fat cells to the point of apoptosis. There is also a histogram being monitored during the entire session that shows real-time progression of temperatures; This helps prevent any damage to the muscle beneath the skin/fat being treated. Treatments can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour for a single section. The side effects from this treatment may be numbing, redness, itching, and raised skin for up to 24 hours. Cryo T- Shock treatments usually feel like a cold or warm massage without aches and cramps.

  • In my opinion, the use of the vacuum technique to create suction of the tissue area being addressed makes the coolsculpting procedure unable to distinguish between fat tissue and muscle tissue and this may affect the results. With T Schock, we utilize utilize Encapsulated Liquid Crystal plates to locate fat precisely. This way we are able to target various types of fats and monitor the results.

  • Unlike cryo T-Shock, coolsculpting may be difficult to perform on certain body parts such as the face and joints. Furthermore, the therapeutic benefits associated with coolsculpting may not be present with coolsculpting because of the inability to deliver hot as well as cold temperatures.

  • Finally, according to the coolsculpting website the cost can range anywhere from 2000 – 4000 per treatment. Cryo T Shock treatments are usually between 250 – 350 per treatment. The cost of coolsulpting the stomach is approximately 1500 and many times 2 treatments are necessary.

So in my opinion, coolsculpting is more expensive, limited and not precise about targeting where fat is located. For more on how we evaluate and locate troublesome body fat read here.

5. What can clients do to ensure maximum results from T-shock?

  • Maintain good dietary habits

  • Drink sufficient water

  • Participate in light physical activity during recovery from the treatment

  • On the day of treatment a vigorous workout for at least 30 minutes after the treatment will facilitate lymphatic drainage and quicker results

  • Whole Body Cryotherapy immediately after the treatment to promote lymphatic drainage

6. Are there people who cannot get T Shock?

Yes. People with the following issues should avoid T-shock:

  • Kidney disease

  • Infected areas of the skin

  • Cancerous areas

  • Active chemotherapy

  • Dialysis

  • Pregnancy

  • Severe diabetes where sensation has been lost in the extremities.

Finally, T-Shock facial applications should not be used on clients who have had botox treatments within 14 days or filler treatments within 30 days.

7. And here is a question we get asked all the time: Explain again how I can get my face to look firm and rejuvenated with this treatment?

For this response, we quote directly from cryo-generation which utilizes credible research to support this technology.

“Skin ages due to a reduction in collagen and elastin. By increasing oxygen and nutrient supply to the tissue, thermal shock promotes a more youthful appearance. When applied to the face and neck, consistently, this contrast therapy stimulates the production of collagen and improves skin elasticity, effectively smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. Other benefits include: reducing puffiness around the eyes, give the impression of reduced pore size on the face and neck while lessening inflammation. Not to mention that while skin vessels and capillaries undergo a period of vasoconstriction to break down toxins stored in skin layers; an alternating cycle of vasodilation efficiently expels the toxins from the body. This process paves the way for healthy skin cells to emerge for a taut, more supple appearance of facial skin.”