I am excited to offer a ground-breaking technology cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for non-invasive reduction of fat. Developed by Zeltiq™, CoolSculpting™ uses a patented cooling technology to reduce fat in areas that don’t respond to diet and exercise. These areas include love handles, stomach, flank and back bulges.
CoolSculpting™ is a totally different approach to fat reduction that can offers great results without surgery, anesthesia, or pain. This is an ideal procedure for otherwise healthy people who are fit, but continue to have fatty areas on their body that bother them. After having CoolSculpting™ performed you can immediately resume your normal activities, including work and exercise.
I have not adopted many technologies in the past couple of years that claimed to reduce fat, simply because I didn’t believe that they would work. After significant research of this new technology, I was very impressed with the clinical research and overall patient results.
Unlike most other devices (lasers, radio frequency, etc.), CoolSculpting™ utilizes a patented method called Cryolipolysis™ (the use of precisely controlled cooling to remove fat) that is designed to only kill fat cells. During the procedure an applicator is used that delivers a controlled amount of cooling at temperatures just above freezing. The treatment, directly targets the underlying fat, leaving the skin surface and other tissue unaffected. The cooled fat cells begin a process called “apoptosis” (natural cell death) and gradually begin to shrink and disappear.
Patients can see results as early as three weeks following a treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring within two to four months following the procedure. Each CoolSculpting™ procedure on average can result in a 20% reduction of fat in the treated area. Over 8000 patients have been treated worldwide.
I want to emphasize that it is important to realize that CoolSculpting™ not be used for overall weight loss or for more pronounced fat removal that would be better suited for liposuction or surgery. This technology makes fat reduction much more accessible to women and men, allowing them to safely and more easily achieve the optimal body shape they desire. This is clearly the next major breakthrough in non-invasive fat removal and clearly a major advance for cosmetic medicine.