Getting rid of stubborn body fat can be extremely frustrating. You can probably remember a time when it was easier to lose weight and tone your body just by eating better and doing a bit of extra exercise. We call it stubborn body fat for a reason – it sticks to us stubbornly despite our best efforts! And with age, it becomes even more difficult to get rid of fat in certain areas of the body. Fortunately, Zeltiq has developed a safe and effective fat reduction solution, known as CoolSculpting. With this unique treatment, you can freeze the fat cells in your problem areas with an easy, non-invasive treatment that really works. In our Los Angeles practice, patients are enjoying excellent results with Zeltiq’s fat freezing treatment.
When exercise and diet aren’t helping them achieve their goals, many people will turn to their doctor for assistance. There are a number of fat reduction methods available on the market, but few are as safe and easy as Cool Sculpting. These other methods utilize laser or sonic energy to destroy fat cells or surgical methods to remove fat from the body; however, these treatments can cause damage and even destroy surrounding tissues in the process. With CoolSculpting, only fat cells are destroyed, leaving surrounding tissues and skin untouched. Fat freezing is based upon the premise that fat cells are more easily damaged by cool temperatures than skin cells. Using this principle, Zeltiq developed a medical device that allows for cooling of body tissues to a specific temperature that would cause fat cell death without damaging the skin. Once the fat cells are exposed to the cold temperature for a set period of time, localized cell death occurs. Over the next few weeks and months, the body’s local inflammatory response clears the dead cells, producing a leaner, more sculpted physique. During the treatment session, the CoolSculpting device gently lifts the targeted area of the body up between two cooling panels. For this reason, fat freezing can currently only be performed on areas of the body that can be lifted into the device, such as the abdomen, love handles, back, and thighs.
Clinical studies have proven the effectiveness and safety of Zeltiq’s fat freezing treatment, leading to FDA approval of the device in 2010. While some side effects of the treatment have been reported, there have been no reports of serious or permanent damage following a CoolSculpting treatment. Treatments typically last about 1 hour and patients are able to resume normal activities immediately. Side effects are limited to the area targeted for fat reduction and include redness, numbness, and sometimes bruising, which typically subside within a few weeks of the treatment. The full results of CoolSculpting will be seen within 2 to 4 months following the procedure, with most patients reporting about a 25% reduction in fat in the targeted area. Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting will be able to “pinch an inch” of fat on their abdomen, love handles, or thighs. Fat freezing is not cure for obesity or a weight loss solution, but rather a way of reducing noticeable bulges in specific areas.
If you want to look and feel your best, but aren’t getting the results you want with exercise and diet alone, CoolSculpting may be the right solution for you. To learn more about fat freezing with Zeltiq, please contact one of our LA offices today. We have two locations located near Marina del Rey and have been providing non-invasive fat reduction treatments to the local community for several years.