Zeltiq CoolSculpting Expected to be Among Top Plastic Surgery Procedures in 2012

If you’re still worried about that post-pregnancy pouch around your midsection or want to get rid of love handles in the upcoming year, you might not need to have liposuction to get rid of those extra inches. Zeltiq CoolSculpting, an innovative non-surgical procedure that freezes fat cells until they die off, is expected to be among the most popular plastic surgery procedures in 2012. This procedure slowly gained momentum in 2010 and 2011 and is now available at dozens of cosmetic surgery centers around the United States.

Unlike liposuction, Zeltiq works from the outside and doesn’t require the surgeon to make a single incision. This device is simply placed over the tissues and left there for about an hour to freeze the fat cells sitting under the skin. Once the fat cells are frozen to a certain temperature, they simply die and the body flushes them away naturally. Patients undergoing this procedure need to be in good health and commit to a healthy lifestyle. Just like liposuction, Zeltiq isn’t a quick-fix procedure because it still requires patients to work out regularly and eat a healthy diet. Results aren’t immediate – most patients need to wait at least three months to see full results – and the device is only able to reduce body fat by about 20 to 40 percent with each session.

Still, it’s gaining popularity around the country and may be your best bet for getting rid of those stubborn inches in your trouble areas. You can take a look at some of these Zeltiq before and after photos to see how effective this treatment is on patients with similar goals as you.

Further Reading

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • Women already head to plastic and cosmetic surgery centers in California for innovative procedures, and body lifts, breast implants and liposuction have become a popular choice for those who want to improve their bodies after pregnancy.

  • Charlize Theron is one of the most-photographed Hollywood actresses and for many, a star with an ideal figure. She’s currently in her mid-thirties and recently told the press that she can’t foresee herself ever getting plastic or cosmetic procedures to enhance her appearance. She stated, “I can’t foresee myself ever going under the knife, but then again, I’m only in my mid-thirties. Maybe it’s different when you’re in your mid-sixties. So I don’t want to make statements about where I’m gonna be in 30 years.”