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Use of cold as anaesthesia

Cold temperatures can have several effects on peripheral nerve tissue, with studies showing that there is a reduction in nerve transmission speeds, (Rutkove 2001). The relationship has been shown to be nonlinear, with a further increasing reduction in temperature showing exponential slowing of NCV (nerve conduction velocity).

The reduction in velocity is also mirrored by the reduction in amplitude and duration of impulse. (Dorfman & Bosley 1994) There was also evidence that there was a change in the recovery status with slower recovery shown when temperatures are below freezing.

The overall effect of those changes, lead to nerve impulses being blocked specifically the slow pain fibre motility. This leads to a reduction in direct pain perception. As the skins temperature rises, the effect of the reduction in pain perception is reversed, therefore the effect is temporary, and any application of cold (freezing) will need to be reapplied at intervals in order to maintain an analgesic effect.




Further analgesic effects are shown by the changes in blood flow and oxygenation of nerve tissue. Initially with surface application of freezing temperatures, there is shown to be an increase in blood flow through subcutaneous tissues, with a measured increase in oxygenation of nerve tissue, followed rapidly by a reduction in blood flow as the body closes surface vessels to maintain core body temperature. With reduction in blood flow and oxygenation there is a slowing of nerve impulse transmission and with this a consequence of pain reduction.

These effects can be shown to be local. With application of cold – specifically freezing temperatures – having a local analgesic effect on local tissues, with superficial tissues being blocked in nerve transmission and therefore eliciting superficial analgesia in localised treated areas.

Cryoglobes are steel fluid filled globes at -18 degrees C when applied to the skin, will have a freezing effect on superficial blood vessels, which reduces blood flow to all tissues in the treated areas. There is also a direct penetrative effect of reduction on NCV which gives direct analgesic effects in the superficial area. This will give localised temporary effect, which will need to be repeated during the application time of any beauty treatments.

Skin effects of Cryoglobes

Freezing temperatures are known to have several effects on the skin. Superficially skin cells are subject to the exfoliating effect of freezing temperatures within the stratum corneum cells being separated from the stratum lucidum, thereby allowing an increase in cell turn over which has the effect of improving skin cellular quality, with younger cells coming into the surface tissues. There is also an increased blood flow through the skin subject to freezing temperatures applied to the skin surface. This brings increasing oxygen levels to the treated skin, and therefore this will increase cellular turnover with cytokine increase.

Further effects include moisture retention effect on intercellular moisture, that cold temperatures elicit. This gives volume increase effect which superficially has the effect of reduction of superficial lines and wrinkles in the skin. Cryoglobes will also, due to the freezing effect, help allow penetration of skin additives via skin pores which will be held open due to blood flow effects of the reduced temperatures.

When combined with other skin treatments then this effect is enhanced and increased. Use of the Cryoglobes will increase blood flow into the skin being treated prior to say peels or micro needling, and when used post treatment Cryoglobes will increase the effect of serum penetration into deeper tissues of the skin.

So what are the benefits of Cryoglobes?

  • tighten pores
  • activate blood circulation
  • stimulate lymphatic drainage which provides a natural detox for body and skin
  • increase skin elasticity, smooth out fine lines and wrinkles which will improve the skins overall appearance by stimulating cell regeneration and boosting collagen
  • reduce cellulite, acne and/pimples through improved blood circulation and drainage of toxins
  • reduce inflammation
  • stimulate cell renewal
  • treat inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis by regulating and normalising growth of skin cells
  • improve circulation in the skin – leaving a healthy glow


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Cryoglobe treatment can be added on before / after / both to all treatments we offer.

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