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The CoolSculpting by Zeltiq procedure is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. The results are proven, noticeable, and lasting, so you’ll look great from every angle.
The CoolSculpting fat freezing procedure contours the body by safely and effectively freezing away unwanted fat for good without surgery or downtime.
CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution and is not for people who are obese.
What is the idea behind CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting by Zeltiq technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.
How does CoolSculpting work?
Coolscupting uses a patented cooling technology that targets, cools and eliminates fat cells without damage to neighbouring tissue. It is based on the principal that fat cells are more vulnerable to cooling than surrounding tissues.
A non-invasive applicator is attached to the targeted area to extract energy from the underlying fat tissue, while protecting the skin, nerves, muscles and other tissue.
The cooled fat cells undergo apoptosis (controlled cell death) and are gradually eliminated, reducing the thickness of the fat layer.
What is the procedure like?
As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you will feel pressure and intense cold. This soon dissipates. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their treatment.
Each area that is treated takes one hour for controlled cooling. You may want to treat a few areas on the same day. You can also do the procedure during your lunch break.
Where does the fat go?
Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), they die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.
What are the side effects of CoolSculpting?
During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain.
This procedure is not suitable for people suffering from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria.
What is the downtime for CoolSculpting?
The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Some patients experience redness, minor bruising, tingling, numbness or discomfort in the treated area, but this is temporary and will resolve completely. Often times, patients return to work after their CoolSculpting session is over.
How long does it take to see results from CoolSculpting?
You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.
Who is a good candidate for Zeltiq CoolSculpting?
The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is specially designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese.
It is, however, a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of.
Fat Reduction vs Weight Loss
It’s a common misconception that weight loss and fat reduction are the same thing. They’re not.
When we lose weight, our fat cells become smaller, but the number of fat cells remains the same. When we gain weight, those fat cells become larger again.
However, the CoolSculpting procedure actually reduces the number of fat cells in the treated areas. Obviously, fat cells that are no longer there can’t get bigger.
And unlike weight loss surgery or other non-surgical weight loss procedures, results from the CoolSculpting procedure are lasting because once the fat cells are eliminated, they’re gone for good.
After the CoolSculpting procedure, the treated areas actually have fewer fat cells. And unlike what happens with other procedures, there’s no change in fat cell distribution in untreated areas.