Are You a Good Candidate for the Zeltiq Body Shaping Procedure?
posted on 8/29/2010
Zeltiq reached the U.S. market in March 2010 and is currently awaiting FDA approval as a fat reduction procedure. Some studies suggest that Zeltiq can get rid of unwanted body fat from problem areas, including the love handles, buttocks, inner thighs and upper arms without surgery. It’s one of the latest innovations in permanent fat removal, and may be the body shaping solution you’ve been looking for.
Get in touch with a Zeltiq specialist in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for the Zeltiq body shaping procedure.
How the Zeltiq Body Shaping Procedure Works
Zeltiq, also known as Coolsculpting, uses cryolipolysis technology to reduce body fat and reshape the body. The Zeltiq procedure is designed to leave you with smooth, bulge-free skin and can help you obtain natural-looking results within weeks of the first treatment. According to the manufacturer’s website, the Zeltiq procedure can reduce the layer of body fat under the skin by 20 to 40%, and scientific studies show an average reduction of 20%. If you need to get an additional procedure to remove body fat, you may consider returning to the doctor’s office within two to four months after your first visit.
During the procedure, the Zeltiq device is positioned directly onto the skin to draw up the skin tissue between cooling panels. This pulling effect helps to separate the fatty tissue from the skin, and cools the tissues so that the fat cells get very cold. This process may help to break down the fatty tissue and also tightens and shapes the skin to create a smooth, attractive silhouette. You are either seated or lying down throughout the entire procedure, and the treatment can take between one to three hours, depending on the areas being treated.
Since the procedure is non-invasive, you can return to work and physical activities immediately after your appointment. You might notice some tingling or light bruising, but this will dissipate within a few hours or within a day after the treatment. Some patients see results within about three weeks after their treatment, but the body will continue to flush out fat cells for up to four months after the treatment.
Best Candidates for the Zeltiq Body Shaping Procedure
If you only have a few pounds to lose or want to get rid of a few inches around the body, you may be a good candidate for the Zeltiq body shaping procedure. The best candidates for Zeltiq body shaping procedures are men and women who:
- Are within 10 to 15 pounds of their ideal body weight
- Want natural-looking results without surgery
- Have a work schedule that requires a procedure with no downtime
- Prefer to have a body shaping treatment without drugs or surgery
- Want a procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis
Learn more about Zeltiq in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for the Zeltiq body shaping procedure.