ZELTIQ CoolSculpting Treatment

ZELTIQ CoolSculpting treatment is designed to gently remove fat from areas of the body that often do not respond to diet and exercise. It is most effective at removing fat from the abdomen, flanks ("love handle" areas) and back.

ZELTIQ CoolSculpting technology cools fat cells, which triggers a process of natural fat-cell removal, gradually reducing the thickness of the layer of fat in the treatment area. According to its manufacturer, ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc., CoolSculpting technology results in a "reduction in fat bulges that is visible in most patients in 2 to 4 months."

The ZELTIQ CoolSculpting Procedure

During the CoolSculpting procedure, a specially designed cooling applicator is used on the treatment area. Without damaging other tissue, the applicator cools fat cells by using vacuum pressure to draw tissue between its cooling panels. Treatment-area fat cells are gradually eliminated through the body's normal metabolic processes. During the procedure, patients can read, listen to music or simply relax. Most return to work and resume other regular activities the same day.

Candidates for ZELTIQ CoolSculpting Treatment

Almost anyone who wants to remove fat from the abdomen, flanks or back that has not responded to diet and exercise is a candidate for treatment. It is important, however, for candidates to have realistic expectations about the results from CoolSculpting treatment. Unlike liposuction, CoolSculpting treatment is not designed to remove large volumes of fat. Rather, it is considered a less-invasive alternative to liposuction for treating fat bulges of modest size.

Benefits and Results of ZELTIQ CoolSculpting Treatment

Because it is noninvasive, CoolSculpting treatment has a number of benefits over liposuction. Benefits include the following:

  • No downtime
  • No need for anesthesia
  • Pain-free
  • Incision-free

Full benefits of the CoolSculpting procedure are usually attained 2 to 4 months after treatment. There are no long-term studies of how long CoolSculpting results last but, according to its manufacturer, "long-term results should remain stable" as long as a patient maintains his or her weight. Although results are not achieved as rapidly as with liposuction, its associated pain, risks and recovery time are avoided.

Side Effects and Risks of ZELTIQ CoolSculpting Treatment

Because it is noninvasive, ZELTIQ CoolSculpting treatment has fewer serious risks than liposuction. It does have temporary side effects, however, which include the following:

  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Cramping
  • Itching
  • Tingling
  • Numbness

Numbness, although temporary, can last several weeks.

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