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
"Dr. Hui Austin is truly one of the best Cosmetic Dermatologists in the country. I cannot say enough good things about her. She is stylish and chic, has an amazing personality and is dedicated to her patients. She is gifted. I have been her patent for the last year or two and have had Botox, various fillers & Kybella and most recently the Novo thread lift. The thread lift results are magnificent. They were almost immediate and have transformed my facial profile. My cheeks and chin line are beautifully defined but also look natural. Dr. Hui Austin combined the thread lift with dermal fillers and I also had a little Botox touch up. I feel so beautiful. I really do. My confidence is through the roof. Dr. Hui Austin delights in making her patients gorgeous. I am beyond thrilled to have found her."- L.B. / Yelp / May 12, 2018
"I started seeing Dr. Hui (now Austin) in August 2017. I was suffering from really bad acne that started suddenly and in my late 20s. She had me on a very easy regimen that I strictly followed. The acne definitely becomes worse before getting better. I broke out for 3 months, then it stopped suddenly. It takes a lot of patience but I'm so glad I followed through the whole routine because the quality of my face is the best it's ever been my whole life. People are constantly commenting on how great my skin looks. I highly recommend Bay Area Cosmetics!"- J.R. / Yelp / May 10, 2018
"when i go to Dr. Hui Austin, it's typically 2.5-3 hours driving each way to get to SF in crowded bay area traffic. it's worth every minute. i originally went b/c i saw a yelp review from a Sacramanto resident. now, after three treatments, here's the text of my TY note to that Sac reviewer:hi ______, just a quick note to say you were right. your review convinced me to see Dr. Hui (now Dr. Hui Austin). she really knows her stuff! over the years, i'd seen FOUR other dermatologists with little improvement. what i found different with Dr. Hui Austin is that she took the time to consult and explain clearly the factors of melasma and described treatment and results she would expect. my actual results are better then i anticipated. you said it best, _____: life changing!!! much appreciation, -C.BTW, my melasma was more severe than any of the photos posted on Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology. no exaggeration: people approached me in grocery stores and airports, thinking i was a burn victim / recommending fade creams. seriously. strangers. it got to the point, it was interfering with my career."- C.T. / Yelp / May 03, 2018
"Ok I'm going to sing the praises of Mary Krempa for her attention to detail. She says that she's a "laser nerd" but she's really a laser queen! I've been dealing with rosacea for some years now and have had "V-Beam" procedures done a few times. Never have I had anyone do such a thorough job as Mary. And she's a sweet, happy and compassionate person - so if you're a little apprehensive around lasers this really makes a difference. Another plus - it's really obvious that she really does want YOU to look good. She loves her job and it shows. Won't be going to anyone else!Thanks Mary!"- J.W. / Yelp / Apr 24, 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.
Are APPOINTMENTs necessary?
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!