Dr. Steve Jepson explains.
CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is the body contouring procedure we have all been waiting for – a 100% non-invasive way to dissolve away unwanted fat. Body contouring is a term that encompasses a wide range of cosmetic medical procedures that help reshape your body. Liposuction is perhaps the oldest and best-known form of body contouring. In recent years, various other less-invasive methods have been introduced to help reshape and get rid of unwanted fat. Laserlipo and Lipodissolve have been the two most popular, but these procedures still require cannulas or needles, and still involve some downtime.
CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is different. This procedure is 100% noninvasive. It uses an advanced tissue cooling technology to gently target and eliminate fat cells without harming the skin. In other words, it can freeze away your fat. The science behind CoolSculpting by Zeltiq was discovered by dermatologists affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and has been extensively studied for the last 4 years. The end result is a state-of-the-art body sculpting device that has been conclusively shown over and over to safely reduce 20-25% of your subcutaneous fat layer with each treatment. Moreover, it does this with only minimal discomfort and no downtime. You may resume your normal activities including work and exercise the same day as your procedure.
The doctors who discovered CoolSculpting found that fat cells are much more sensitive to cold than any other body tissue is. When enough cooling is achieved, a natural cascade of fat destruction begins. Your body slowly and naturally eliminates the damaged fat cells over a 2-4 months period. The scientific term for this process is called Crypolipolysis. This procedure requires a special gel pad that protects the skin from the cold, and a special applicator that gently pulls your tissue in between two cooling plates.
During theCoolSculpting procedure, the patient feels a tingly pins-and-needle sensation for the first 10 minutes, followed by a mild cooling sensation after the treated area becomes numb. The procedure takes about 2 hours during which thepatient usually reads, sleeps, or watches TV. It takes about 2-4 months for all the “damaged” fat to disappear and to achieve the final result. The same amount of fat (20-25%) is removed consistently with each treatment. Some patients achieve their desired result after just one treatment, some patients need two treatments.
CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is not a substitute for weight loss, a healthy diet, or exercise (as is the case with any form of body contouring including liposuction). People who are within 10-15 lbs of their ideal body weight are the best candidates for this procedure. CoolSculpting is ideal for those bulges that won’t go away no matter what you do, including the abdominal “pooch”, the love handles, and bra-line “back fat”. It is proving to be a popular procedure for both women and men. Applicators are being developed for other areas of the body including the thighs, the upper arms, and the chin, but aren’t yet available for these areas.
Liposuction will remove more fat than CoolSculpting, so while more invasive, it may be a better option for some. We can help you decide if you are an appropriate Cool Sculpting candidate.
Please call our office for a free consultation at 801-281-0022. More information including before/after pictures can be found at our CoolSculpting website www.UtahZeltiq.com
Steven Jepson MD
The Spa at the Utah Dermatologic & Medical Procedures Clinic
154 E. Myrtle Ave (5065 S) #102 – Just off State Street in Murray
**2010 Best of State Winner (Cosmetic/Medical Spa)**