Explain the science behind Zeltiq™
Zeltiq™ or CoolSculpting™ is a technique where the skin and fat are chilled and the fat cells or adiposities are affected by this cold temperature. The fat cells actually die. This technology was developed when scientists discovered that fat cells are vulnerable to the affects of cold.
CoolSculpting™ works by using a device that is similar to a vacuum. The machine pulls the problem area in between two cold plates. The plates expose the fat tissue to cold temperatures for about an hour. The device actually chills your fat to a temperature just above freezing. The machine does this gradually so that there is no damage to any of the surrounding tissue. The cool temperature causes the fat to crystallize. Then as the fat cells slowly dissolve, your body will metabolize them and get rid of them through a natural process. Because the body is using its own ability to metabolize fat, it will take some time to see the results. Most patients will notice an improvement by the end of two weeks and will see the full benefit by the end of four months.
CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq™ is unlike other technologies that have experimented with the complete obliteration of the fat cells using chemical injections or liposuction. This treatment is effective. In approximately 80 percent of patients, there is a 20 percent reduction in fat by the fourth month after treatment. The best part is that CoolSculpting™ does not require any anesthesia or down time. CoolSculpting™ per treatment is also more affordable than surgery.
Is Zeltiq™ Safe?
Zeltiq™ is very safe and since it has been cleared by the FDA in mid 2010, there have been no reports of any significant adverse effects. The treatment produces long lasting results without any increase in blood cholesterol or lipids. This is becoming an increasingly popular treatment where the skin and fat are chilled. There is no burning. There is no laser. There is no invasive component or surgery involved.
There have been others who have tried using cold chambers that they put people in hoping to achieve body contouring. There is no evidence that this type of treatment works. These cold chambers are very uncomfortable and can be dangerous. Other methods of fat reduction involve surgery such as liposuction or the use of chemical injections to kill fat cells. While all of these methods pose risks and are invasive, Zeltiq™ offers a solution that is painless, easy, and works.
Using the science of cryolipolysis, which means "cryo" (to make cold) and "lipolysis" (chemical decomposition of fat), CoolSculpting™ lowers the temperature of the fat cells to a point that they are damaged. The body then rids itself of the damaged fat cells through is own natural process. The cells are excreted through the liver and you will look and feel better. This is done without any damage to the skin or surrounding tissue. Zeltiq™ is one of the safest methods of removing unwanted fat from certain problem areas.
CoolSculpting™ is a cosmetic procedure that should be performed under a doctor's supervision. The doctor has been trained to use the device correctly. During your consultation, you should feel free to ask any questions you have about our experience using CoolSculpting™. When you visit our office for your consultation, we will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have.