Is Freezing the Fat the Real Thing?
The CoolSculpting® device made by Zeltiq is a truly revolutionary, non-invasive (non-surgical) treatment shown to produce permanent fat reduction.
CoolSculpting® utilizes different applicators that are applied to the skin and fatty tissue by supplying a vacuum to pull the skin and fatty tissue into the device. The skin and fatty tissue are then cooled to a temperature that permanently destroys the fat cells without damaging the skin surface. The procedure has been shown to permanently reduce the fat layer by 20%. This represents 20% of the fat that is “pulled into the device”. There is no anesthetic required and there is minimal discomfort when the vacuum device is first attached to the skin.
The treated areas can be re-treated for further fat reduction if desired and additional reduction in the contour or fatty layer can be expected.
CoolSculpting® is not a substitute for suction assisted lipectomy or liposuction. Liposuction techniques remove a significantly larger amount of fat and creates far greater contour improvement. In patients with limited amounts of fatty tissue, CoolSculpting® may be adequate to satisfy the patient’s goal or expectations.
As in all aesthetic or cosmetic surgery the primary factor involved in having a successful outcome is making sure that the patient’s goals are clearly identified and that the treatment options are appropriate to meet those goals.