WHAT IS WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY
Long beloved by athletes for its restorative properties, whole body cryotherapy uses the power of intense cold to reinvigorate and energize your body. Our single-person cryotherapy chamber uses special technology to bathe you in icy cold liquid nitrogen for two to three minutes. Whole body cryotherapy is a safe and natural treatment.
The temperature inside the chamber is carefully and automatically regulated at all times, and your head rises above the heavier nitrogen vapors to allow you to breathe easy. Cryotherapy has its origins in Japan, where, in the 1970s, it was developed and refined to help alleviate some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. At The Body Clinic, our patients report that whole body cryotherapy helps relieve inflammation and pain in the body.
"I went to Bay Area Dermatology because a few of the girls in my office recommend it. I had developed a really bad case of melasma on my cheeks and upper lip. When I made an appointment they had asked me if I had a preference as to who I wanted to see. I told the receptionist that I had Asian skin so if I could get someone that is familiar with treating common Asian skin issues that would be fantastic. I was scheduled an appointment with Dr. Hui.At my first meet with Dr. Hui she confirmed that I did indeed have melasma and that my next step was to start getting chemical peels 4-6 weeks apart. Wow. Holy smokes! So far I've received 3 chemical peels and the melasma is almost gone. It's at the point where I am able to cover it up with just foundation. Yippee! At my most recent appointment I received my first laser treatment with Mary. I had a 1pm appointment and was seen quickly to start the numbing process. I am one of those people that benifit from the extra time with the numbing cream so I appreciate that the ladies got me started immediately. I was so numb that I barely felt a thing. Definitely one of the easiest laser procedures I have ever done."- J.C. / Yelp / Dec 02, 2017
"We have been patients of this practice for several years and feel so very fortunate to have Dr. Welsh and Dr Austin attending to our skin care. The staff is knowledgeable and efficient and the facilities are excellent. Both doctors are brilliant dermatologists; so knowledgable and skilled that they can quickly and accurately assess and make treatment recommendations. As well, both are lovely and personable and committed to their patients. Our experience here has been exceptional and our skin has never been healthier. We highly (and frequently) recommend Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology and both of these wonderful doctors."- D.S. / Yelp / Mar 16, 2019
"I have been a patient of this practice for over 12 years. I have seen Kathleen Welsh for over 50 visits and have always been pleased with the outcome of my medical treatment. She is a caring lovely person. All of my family members have also seen her for acne , mole removal, skin care and fillers. I travel a distance to my appointments and it is worth every mile."- D.R. / Yelp / Mar 14, 2019
"Dr Hui-Austin has made every person in my family better with her brilliant mind, out of the box approach to tough technical skin problems, anti-aging support and serious skin care. We left Stanford for her and never looked back. She is kind, gentle, supportive, inventive and compassionate. Me: 55, Ultherapy, skin cancer checks, Emsala for incontinence!!!!!! Daughter: 18, acne, skin checks, kybella for chin fat pocket inherited from father Son-21, cystic acne, terrible scarring on face and back Husband- skin tags and other issues We all love her! Thank you for everything!!"- K.W. / Yelp / Mar 11, 2019
"Dr. Hui-Austin is the loveliest doctor I've met in San Francisco. I'm a 90 year old transplant from New York, and Dr. Hui-Austin has successfully treated me for 2 Mohs surgeries, other cancer checks, skin lesions that wouldn't heal on my lower legs, scrapes and falls. The staff treats me with such respect. They help me to the examination room, speak loudly so I can hear and make me feel dignified even as I'm aging. Boy oh boy, am I glad I was recommended to her by another elderly acquaintance. Dr. Hui-Austin is just a good person and a great doctor."- H.W. / Yelp / Mar 11, 2019
AM I A CANDIDATE?
Most people are candidates for whole body cryotherapy. However, do not use cryotherapy if any of the following conditions apply to you: pregnancy, Raynaud’s disease, cold-activated asthma, pacemaker, uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart conditions, cold allergies, unfit for exercise, Pulmonary Vein Disorder (PVD), cancer (undergoing chemotherapy), hypotension, hypothyroidism.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Prior to your whole body cryotherapy treatment, one of our medical professionals review your medical history and take your blood pressure to determine if you are able to safely undergo the treatment. We then will review and have you sign our informed consent form. Each session takes place in a “cryosauna” in a private treatment room in our San Francisco office. A robe, gloves, socks, and slippers will be provided for your comfort. Once you step inside the privacy of the cryosauna, you will be asked to disrobe. If you would like, you may chose to keep your undergarments on.
Each treatment lasts between two and three minutes and because the cold air is dry, not moist, patients find the treatment chilly but tolerable. Some patients report experiencing a brief sensation of “pins and needles” shortly before the treatment ends, but this dissipates quickly after exiting the sauna. Following cryotherapy treatments, many of our patients say they feel invigorated and energetic. Many also notice some of their everyday aches and pains have subsided.
You do not need to bathe before or after treatment, and you can get back to your normal activities immediately after your appointment is over.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS?
There is no official regimen for cryotherapy. Some people opt for treatments on an as-needed basis, while others choose to set up regular appointments.
HOW DO I BOOK A CRYO SESSION?
No appointment needed! Just pop in and chill out any week day anytime between 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
- Ask about our happy hour prices!
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IT’S TIME TO CHILL OUT
If you haven’t tried it yet, we invite you to visit Bay Area Body, just down the hall from our main office in Suite 304, and try whole body cryotherapy during our office hours (listed above). Find out how invigorating it can feel to take a dip in our cryosauna today!