Zeltiq, also known as Cryolipolysis, is a breakthrough procedure for getting rid of fat permanently. The technology involves the rapid cooling of fat cells under the skin, and may be the next-generation technology for spot reduction of body fat. Unlike liposuction that involves inserting a cannula into the tissues to extract the fat, Zeltiq is completely non-invasive and virtually painless.
Here’s a close look at the Zeltiq CoolSculpting procedure, and the different types of benefits it offers.
How Zeltiq Works
The major difference between Zeltiq and other fat reduction procedures is that Zeltiq is designed with a CoolSculpting technology that uses a calibrated cooling system to eliminate fat cells, without causing damage or trauma to the skin. The fat cells are cooled enough to free themselves from the tissues, and the body’s natural metabolic processes then eliminate the cells. This innovative procedure is still awaiting FDA approval and is currently undergoing testing in the United States. Zeltiq is already available in Europe, and has shown promising results.
Scientific testing has found an average reduction of about 20% fat loss about three weeks to a month after the procedure, and ongoing results up to four months after treatment.
Body Contouring and Sculpting Benefits of Zeltiq
Since Zeltiq does not require the use of needles or incisions, patients do not need to worry about scarring and downtime when they are looking to lose a few inches around the waist, abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks and other areas of the body.
Some of the key body contouring and body sculpting benefits of Zeltiq include:
No injury to the skin
Can be performed on an outpatient basis
Can reduce the fat layer by 20 to 40 percent
Performed in a comfortable, seated position or while lying down
Noticeable results within three weeks after treatment
In most cases, the procedure is performed within one to three hours, and the patient can spend the procedure time reading, relaxing, or even working on their laptop.
Some people may experience redness, bruising, tingling and slight numbness in the area being treated, but this is temporary and the skin will return to its normal condition within a few hours after the procedure. Most people see results in about three weeks after their treatment, as the body must begin flushing out the fat cells. The most dramatic results can be expected after the two-month mark, and progressive results can be expected after the four-month mark.
Maintaining Results with Zeltiq
Even though Zeltiq CoolSculpting technology delivers permanent results, the patient must maintain a healthy weight with diet and exercise to keep the weight off. New fat cells may expand in areas that were not treated with cryolipolysis, so it’s important for the patient to maintain a well-balanced diet and exercise regimen.
Learn more about the latest liposuction procedures in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for Zeltiq when it becomes available in the United States.