Pros and Cons of Zeltiq for Fat Reduction

Zeltiq is one of the latest innovations in non-invasive fat reduction, and is designed to eliminate unwanted fatty tissue using a precisely-controlled cooling method called Cryolipolysis™. The procedure has been available in Europe since 2005, and as of March 2010, is still awaiting FDA approval as a non-invasive fat reduction procedure.

If you’ve been considering cosmetic surgery to get rid of unwanted body fat, you may be a good candidate for the Zeltiq procedure. Here’s a close look at the benefits and drawbacks of this innovative procedure:

How Zeltiq Works

Zeltiq is designed to kill fat cells without affecting the surrounding tissues, and makes use of an innovative cooling method to break down fat cells so that they can be eliminated from the body, naturally. This method is known as cryolipolysis, and was presented by Dr. Manstein at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery meeting in 2008.
The procedure gently removes fat from targeted areas of the body that are not responding to diet and exercise. The result is a smoother, more contoured appearance, and the process does not involve any incisions. The Zeltiq system itself has been cleared by the FDA as a skin cooling device, but has not received approval as a fat reduction procedure.
The applicator is administered directly onto the skin and gentle vacuum pressure draws the tissue up between two cooling panels. This process stimulates the lymphatic system and helps break down the fat cells so that they can be removed through the natural metabolic processes. Within weeks, the body will appear slimmer and more defined.

Key Benefits of Zeltiq

Zeltiq has been deemed a safe and effective procedure for treating stubborn fat in areas such as the love handles, abdomen, back and arms. It is designed for people who do not want to undergo conventional liposuction because they only need to lose a modest amount of fat. During the treatment process, individuals are advised to follow a healthy diet and continue exercising, as these strategies will help the body release toxins and dead fat cells.
Some of the key benefits of Zeltiq include:
  • No anesthesia required
  • Painless procedure
  • No downtime
  • No incisions
  • Comfortable and relaxing treatment
  • No need for compression garments
  • Can help tighten the skin

Drawbacks of Zeltiq

While Zeltiq offers several benefits and does not have any inherent risks, there are some drawbacks to consider with the procedure. Most people need to undergo several treatments in order to see significant results, and results are usually visible within two to four months, with continued improvements at the six-month mark. Some people experience slight soreness or redness in the treatment area, but this typically subsides within a few days after treatment. Any bruising also subsides within a few days or a week after the treatment.
Learn more about non-invasive fat reduction methods in our liposuction information guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out if you may soon be a good candidate for Zeltiq and similar procedures.