The FDA has recently improved the new Zeltiq CoolSculpting device to reduce fatty tissue by cryolipolysis. The device is non invasive and can be performed in the office with no anesthesia and no downtime. Reduction of fat cells is accomplished by controlled, localized cooling. The device is applied to the skin and the fatty tissue is cooled over a period of approximately an hour. The process is comfortable and there is no restrictions on activities after the procedure. Some patients may feel a tingling sensation after the procedure or mild tenderness to pressure for 1-2 weeks but activity level and exercise should not be impacted and an over the counter analgesic such as Advil or Tylenol is sufficient.
The device can be used on the back, abdomen and flanks and studies have demonstrated an average fat reduction of 20% at 4 months after the procedure. Although the fat is absorbed by the body there is no increase in blood levels of lipids.
The procedure can be repeated and is ideal for patients who have modest and discrete fat bulges. Ideal areas to treat are the abdomen, flanks or muffin top and the back fat or bra bulges in women. In men, the abdomen and flanks or “love handles” respond very well. Patients who have had previous liposuction and have some areas of irregularity can also benefit for the procedure. Patients who have a larger area of fatty tissue or want to remove loose skin may benefit more from liposuction or from a surgical procedure such as a tummy tuck. A complimentary consultation is provided to determine if you are a good candidate for the CoolSculpting procedure.
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