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
"I was approaching 40, and wanted to have more fresh rejuvenated look without looking unnatural. Dr. Hui has an artistic vision and a light touch. She exactly knew what procedures have to be done and now I am happy with my refreshed look. No bruising and no downtime. Gettin so many complements every day! Pictures say better than words"- V.K. / Yelp / Nov 10, 2018
"I started seeing Dr. Hui (now Austin) in June 2018. So far, I'm very satisfied with the result. I suffered from acne as a teenager which lead to many scars on my face. I have tried so many different treatments including dermabrasion, CO2 laser, chemical peels, photo facial, micro-needling, etc. in the past 20 years to improve the large pores and scars. However, some of the treatments made my skin even worse than before and also left more scars on my face. My skin became extremely sensitive and was prone to scarring after break out. The micro-needling helps to improve some shallower scars but not the deep ice pick scars. I was so discouraged but I don't want to live with scars for the rest of my life. I'm so lucky that found Dr. Hui. She outlined a treatment plan for me. She recommended some skin care products, Laser Genesis and TCA Cross. At first, I was skeptical but I wanted to give it a last try. At the consultation appointment, Dr. Hui performed the TCA Cross on 5 test spots. She did not charge me extra for the test spots other than the consultation fee. So far, I had 2 treatments of Laser Genesis and TCA Cross. I've been following her face regimen and using all the products she recommended. I still need to do a few more sessions but I can see a great improvement in my skin. Most of the scars that have been crossed are much shallower and smaller than before. There are a few ice pick scars have completely filled in. I couldn't believe it because those scars were on my face for 20+ years. TCA cross has shown me the most improvement on my scars of anything I have done before. The patches on my skin are gone and my skin is much firmer. I will confine this treatment until all my scars are filled in. Please keep in mind that the scars may look worse when the scars first fall off but they will continue to fill in and heal over time. The process can take from 2-6 months after the treatment. Please be patience. Dr. Hui and NP Mary are amazing. I highly recommend Dr. Hui for those who are suffering from acne scars."- L.C. / Yelp / Nov 08, 2018
"Dr. Austin saved my skin (and my life!) I started seeing Dr. Austin in May, when I was really frustrated and at a breaking point after dealing with severe cystic acne for quite some time. It got so bad that even leaving my house was a struggle. After a quick consultation, Dr. Austin got down to business. She wrote out a clear, easy-to-follow, thorough skincare routine that required topical products & an oral prescription. I left feeling very hopeful for the first time in forever. By July, my skin had cleared up to the point where I felt comfortable leaving my house again with minimal makeup. Once we stopped the breakouts, I did two rounds of V-Beam Laser to address my scarring. Most recently, I went in for my first round of Laser Genesis. It is now October, and I can finally say that I am 100% makeup free! Hardly any remaining scars, no active cysts. Clear, glowing skin thanks to Dr. Austin and her team, who gave me my confidence back. I now have coworkers coming up to me, complimenting my skin and asking what I do for it. I have recommended Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology (Dr. Austin specifically) to three people. I would recommend her to a stranger; she is the best of the best, and I cannot thank her enough. I am so thankful I found her!!!"- A.T. / Yelp / Oct 19, 2018
"BEST DOCTOR I’ve ever seen!!! She truly is one of a kind! I’ve seen Dr. Hui-Austin for a couple of years now for everything from Moh’s surgery to cosmetic treatments and she always amazes me with her kindness, skill and compassion. She has an innate eye for detail and is so gentle I never feel a thing. She always knows just what I need to look and feel my very best. I cannot say enough good things about her and would recommend her to anyone I knew!!!"- S.B. / Google / Sep 25, 2018
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.
If you do prefer a set appointment, please visit this page to schedule.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
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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!