What is the Zeltiq Coolsculpting procedure?
The Zeltiq Coolsculpting procedure is a new and non-invasive way to spot-target fat in specific areas of the body which may be resistant to other traditional fat reduction methods, such as diet and exercise. It works gently and effectively, with noticeable and natural-looking results. Areas that can be treated include the inner and outer thighs, hips, arms, back, upper and lower abdomen and even the ‘double-chin’.
The Zeltiq Coolsculpting procedure has been developed by scientists who discovered that cold can remove fat cells from targeted areas without any damage to the surrounding tissue or skin. This advanced cooling technology means that fat cells that have been treated by the Zeltiq Coolsculpting procedure are frozen and then naturally eliminated from the body, leaving behind a slimmer, more sculpted physique. Unlike other procedures that involve invasive surgical operations there are no needles or incisions, which means that there is no need for pain medication or anesthesia.
Zeltiq Coolsculpting in our Perth medical offices.
How does the Zeltiq Procedure work?
Early research done by world-renowned dermatologists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, uncovered that some children who ate iceblocks developed dimples in their checks from the freezing and elimination of fat cells in the area. This lead to further research which showed that fat cells are naturally more vulnerable to cold than other surrounding tissue, in a process called “Cryolipolysis™.”
The actual Zeltiq Coolsculpting procedure involves precisely controlled cooling via a non-invasive applicator targeting the desired fat cells. These fat cells that have been exposed to the cooling process are then naturally expelled from the body, which gradually decreases how thick the fat layer in that area is. Results can be seen in two to four months, with a noticeable shrink in fat bulges.
What happens to the fat cells?
When fat cells are exposed to cooling through the Zeliq Coolsculpting procedure it triggers a process which leads to the freezing and subsequent natural removal through the body’s normal metabolic channels – similar to how fat from food that we ingest is eliminated.
What clinical evidence shows that the Zeltiq Procedure really works?
Hundreds of patients have taken part in clinical studies which concluded that for properly approved patients the Zeliq Coolsculpting procedure is an efficient and effective way to reduce fat in a way that has less risk, pain and recovery time compared to other surgical procedures.
How long until I notice results?
Patients that have gone through the proper selection criteria process see noticeable fat reduction in two to four months. After that time it is possible to consider other Zeliq Coolsculpting procedures to further enhance your cosmetic improvement, and this can be discussed with your technician/dermal therapist.
How do the results compare with invasive procedures like liposuction?
While the results are not as instant or dramatic as invasive surgical procedures such as liposuction, Zeliq Coolsculpting is the preferred option for you if you are looking for a procedure without the pain, risks, and recovery time of other surgical alternatives.
How long do the results last?
While long term studies have not yet been completed, patients have shown persistent fat cell reduction results for at least 6 months after the Zeltiq Coolsculpting procedure. This is comparable to results from invasive surgical procedures such as liposuction.
What are common effects after the procedure?
Because the Zeltiq Coolsculpting procedure is non-invasive you are free to return to normal activities such as work or exercise after your treatment. While you may experience some temporary redness on the treated area and some localised bruising that will disappear within a few weeks, any side effects will completely clear. Many patients do experience a temporary dulling sensation of the treated area and this usually lasts between one to two weeks.
How long does the procedure take?
It depends on the size of the area being treated, but generally the procedure takes two hours +. This will be discussed during your initial consultation, when the technician/dermal therapist can give you a better estimate of your personal requirements and how long to allow for the treatment.
Does the Zeltiq Coolsculpting Procedure hurt?
Most patients find the Zeltiq Coolsculpting procedure comfortable, although as the name suggests it can be a little chilly until the targeted area numbs. Typically patients are able to listen to music, work on a laptop, read or just relax during their procedure
Is there downtime after the Zeltiq Coolsculpting Procedure?
There is no recovery time or downtime after the Zeltiq Coolsculpting procedure, so you are able to return to normal activities straight after their treatment has finished.
Will I benefit from additional Zeltiq Coolscultping Procedures?
Once you have scheduled a followup visit with your technician/dermal therapist (usually two to four months after the initial treatment) an assessment of your results can be undertaken and recommendations given for complementary Coolsculpting procedures for even greater cosmetic improvement.
Am I a good candidate for the Zeltiq Coolsculpting Procedure?
The Zeltiq Coolsculpting procedure works on both men and women, with best results experienced by people looking to spot reduce stubborn fat bulges. Ideal candidates are generally within their healthy weight range, but are looking for a non-surgical procedure to target areas that are not reacting to diet and exercise. It is not a solution to lose weight or treat obesity, and is not an alternative to surgical procedures such as liposuction.
Your technician/dermal therapist can discuss with you during an initial consultation if you are a good candidate.
How is the Zeltiq Coolsculpting Procedure different from other procedures?
The Zeltiq Coolscupting procedure zeros in on fat cells in a specific targeted area, solely eliminating fat cells. Other treatments such as radiofrequency, lasers and focused ultrasound may affect other adjacent tissue, while the Zeltiq Coolsculpting procedure only targets fat cells.
Who is Zeltiq Aesthetics?
Founded in 2005, ZELTIQ Aesthetics is a medical technology company. From their head office in San Francisco they have developed the Coolsculpting brand to be the #1 non-invasive fat reduction procedure available.
I’m interested, what’s the next step?
A complimentary consultation with a technician/dermal therapist is setup to determine if you are a suitable candidate. If it is decided that you are suitable for the procedure and you would like to go ahead a booking is made, with waiting times usually around one to two weeks.