Coolsculpting by Zeltiq is a procedure designed to reduce fat in the body by cooling fat cells until the body disposes of the unwanted fat. This is a nonsurgical procedure aimed at reducing localized fat deposits.
Zeltiq works by a process called Cryolipolysis. Cryolipolysis is the non-invasive cooling of targeted fat cells, which invokes an inflammatory response by the body that breaks down the fat cells. The cells are then absorbed by the body and naturally flushed away. Cryolipolysis zeros in on fat cells in specific areas, like the hips, thighs, lower abdomen, and does not affect the surrounding tissue.
Zeltiq is a patented and FDA approved nonsurgical procedure that removes targeted fat deposits permanently. This technique is used to sculpt the body by removing bulges of fat from specific areas of the body, hence the name ‘Coolsculpting.’ Coolsculpting is typically used on areas that are resistant to diet and exercise, such as love handles, thighs, and back. When the treated fat cells are flushed away, the body’s shape and contouring can be significantly improved.
Because Coolsculpting is nonsurgical, it does not require incisions and does not leave scars. Treatment takes about an hour per area. For example, treatment of the hips would take an hour for each side. The patient is awake during the procedure. Some redness and tenderness may occur at the site of treatment, which will typically disappear in a few hours. The patient can immediately return to work or normal activities.
Full results may take several weeks to appear. The body gradually disposes of the cooled fat cells. As it does so, the body’s new contours will begin to emerge. Some large fat deposits may require multiple treatments to achieve desired reduction. Each Zeltiq treatment can result in up to a 20% fat reduction. This procedure may also be used in addition to liposuction to achieve additional body contouring.