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CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq is a non-invasive, FDA approved, medical treatment that removes fat cells from the body with no surgery or downtime. It was originally developed by Harvard scientists who discovered that fat cells die under cold temperatures before skin cells or other surrounding tissue, in a process sometimes referred to as "popsicle panniculitis". Using cryolipolysis, a method of controlled cooling, fat can be safely targeted and destroyed without injury to surrounding areas.
CoolSculpting is ideal for patients with fat bulges around the abdomen, muffin tops, love handles, male breasts or other isolated fat bulges. Areas of stubborn fat that are not responsive to a healthy diet and exercise are considered perfect for treatment with CoolSculpting.
How Does It Work
As opposed to surgical options that require anesthesia and an extended recovery time, Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting is a non-surgical technology that freezes away unwanted fat. CoolSculpting aims specifically at fat cells beneath the surface of the skin, targeting them in a safe and effective way.
In contrast to laser technologies, radiofrequency or ultrasound based treatments, CoolSculpting uses a freezing process, administered through a hand piece placed onto the treatment area. The fat is then suctioned into a hand piece that remains on the surface of the skin, cooling it for about one hour. As the cooling is applied, frozen fat cells slowly begin to die off and are taken out of the body through the lymphatic system. Fat continues to die off for up to 6 months, with optimal results being achieved at around 3 months. In addition, there is no downtime so you are able to resume normal activities immediately following treatment.
Areas best treated by the procedure are areas of the body that are resistant to the traditional fat reduction methods of diet and exercise. For example, the fat bulges surrounding the hips, back fat, and abdominal area.
Although some patients see results in as little as three weeks, the typical time for most CoolSculpting patients to notice a significant difference in their body shape is two to three months post-treatment. After the CoolSculpting treatment freezes the fat cells, the body continues to flush out the remaining dead cells, and this can take up to six months.
Most patients only need one treatment, although some continue to treat other areas of the body to achieve their desired shape. Results obtained with the CoolSculpting treatment can be long-lasting, provided patients live an active lifestyle that includes healthy eating habits and regular exercise. After the hour-long procedure, the fat cells in the treated areas are destroyed, however, if you continue to gain weight due to diet, you may put weight on in other untreated areas.