The Coolest Way to Lose Fat!
What is Zeltiq CoolSculpting®?
Zeltiq’s “Cool Sculpting” is the only noninvasive method to permanently remove fat by freezing the fat cells (temperature-wise), which causes lipolysis or fat breakdown. Zeltiq CoolSculpting® selectively targets fat bulges and eliminates fat cells through a gradual natural process. What you experience is a natural looking reduction in fat. Perhaps what you don’t get with Zeltiq CoolSculpting® is just as important as what you do get:
- No needles.
- No incisions.
- No anesthesia.
- No pain medication.
- No downtime.
How does Zeltiq CoolSculpting® work?
Zeltiq CoolSculpting® uses a fat cell’s own construction against it. Fat loses energy faster than surrounding skin cells. Exposure to cooling draws off the heat that the fat cell needs to live. Lipids in fat cells crystallize at warmer temperatures than other water containing cells. This way, only fat cells are targeted for destruction, while skin, muscle, and nerve cells aren’t bothered. These frozen fat cells are gradually digested in the 3-4 months after the procedure, and are eliminated in much the same way your body normally eliminates fat from food. The overall result is a reduction in the thickness of the fat layer that’s treated.
What does it feel like?
During the procedure, a non-invasive gel pad is applied to the surface of the skin in the area where fat is to be treated. A non-invasive applicator draws the fat tissue into a vacuum cup and delivers the controlled cooling. Initially you’ll experience some squeezing, tingling and some “cold stinging” as your body adjusts to the drop in temperature, but after about 5-10 minutes most people just report numbness. A constant sensation of “pulling” or suction is sometimes felt. To keep the applicator in place, you will not be able to make sudden motions or significant changes in position. So be ready to sit still. You can take the time to read, listen to music, use the computer, or what many patients do…take a nap!
What’s it like afterwards?
This is what is really nice about Zeltiq CoolSculpting®…there is no downtime! After the procedure, you can resume your normal activities- we have had patients in the gym running, swimming, and lifting weights within 1-2 hours after a treatment! Some surface redness may last for a few minutes to a few hours, much as if you had iced a sore muscle. The treated area will feel a little hard or rigid, but this passes quickly as well. Some localized bruising may occur, which will clear up in a few weeks. (I didn’t experience any though I bruise easily.) Many people experience a temporary dulling of sensation in the treated area that may last 1-8 weeks. After an abdominal treatment, many patients will complain of some discomfort, like a muscle ache or cramp, which may last for up to a few weeks but gradually resolves.
When will I see results?
Studies show a 20-30% reduction of fat, 3-4 months after treatment, although most patients will report that they start feeling less fat in the treated area in about 2 months. At the 3 month point, photos are repeated and it is possible to undergo an additional treatment if further reduction is desired. Some folks are in a big hurry to lose the fat. No matter what medicine does, we can’t change the laws of human biology. Your body will take its own time to digest the frozen fat. But the upside is that what you will experience, and what others will see, is a natural reduction of fat.
Is my fat gone for good?
Zeltiq CoolSculpting® permanently destroys the fat cells in the treated area. The eliminated fat cells cannot grow back. However, remaining fat cells can grow larger if more calories are taken in than are burned up through daily activities and exercise.
Does Zeltiq CoolSculpting® improve loose skin?
Zeltiq CoolSculpting® works only on fat and does not work to improve loose skin. Therefore, if you are worried about loose skin and have tummy fat, it may be better to consider LaserLipo as the permanent fat reduction method, since LaserLipo also improves skin tightness.
Is ZeltiqCoolSculpting® right for me?
That’s really impossible to tell without a consultation in person with the doctor. Generally speaking, Zeltiq CoolSculpting® is appropriate for fat elimination if you are within 10-30 lbs. of your ideal body weight and your skin is firm and tight.
Are Zeltiq CoolSculpting® and Zerona the same thing?
They are very different, especially since Zeltiq CoolSculpting® actually creates permanent loss of fat cells, while Zerona causes a temporary decrease in the size of fat cells! Zeltiq CoolSculpting® uses cryolipolysis (fat freezing) to permanently destroy the fat cells in the treated area. About 25% of the fat layer has been demonstrated to be removed with a single treatment, although it is possible to have additional treatments if you desire more fat to be permanently eliminated. Zerona uses low level laser beams to place a temporary opening in fat cells to “leak out” some of the stored fat and thereby shrink the cell. The cell is still intact and has the potential to get larger again by storing fat if more calories are consumed than are burned up during the course of a day. Therefore, it is possible to lose and regain fat repetitively in the same area over time since the fat cells are never permanently removed. Generally a minimum of 6 Zerona sessions are recommended, and it is possible to repeat sessions if the fat is regained. Zerona states it uses a “cold laser” since the patient does not perceive heat (which is generally felt when a laser is used), but this should not be confused with Zeltiq Cool Sculpting®, which actually uses controlled cooling to permanently destroy fat.