Great news for men and women dealing with fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. CoolSculpting is cleared by the FDA for the non-invasive reduction of fat. Zeltiq, a global medical device company, developed the procedure that delivers a non-invasive, safe, and clinically proven method for the selective reduction of fat.
The demand for non-invasive procedures to remove fat resistant to diet and exercise has steadily increased. The gold standard for many years has been tumescent liposuction, which is typically performed under IV sedation and results in a few days of downtime with return to full activities in a few weeks. CoolSculpting is an exciting new technology that gives permanent, long lasting results without the need for surgery and associated down time.
CoolSculpting fills a previously unmet need in the medical aesthetic marketplace with a safe procedure cleared by the FDA that gently cools unwanted fat cells in the body to induce a natural, controlled elimination of fat cells. This reduces bulges in the treated area of the body. On average, each CoolSculpting procedure results in a 20% reduction of fat in the treated area, and patients can start to see results as soon as three weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring over a period of 2-4 months in most patients.
Developed at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the CoolSculpting breakthrough is based on extensive scientific research that demonstrates that fat cells are more susceptible to extreme cold and are selectively, painlessly, and permanently destroyed. This process is known as Cryolipolysis (cold lipolysis). Starting several weeks after the procedure, cooled fat cells begin a process called apoptosis (natural cell death) and begin to shrink and disappear. Comprehensive multi-center clinical studies submitted to the FDA validated that CoolSculpting kills fat cells in the area treated based on histological and ultrasound assessment.
CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is not intended as a weight-reduction program for overweight individuals. The best candidates for the CoolSculpting procedure are people near their ideal body weight who eat well and exercise regularly and have pockets of fat that have not responded to a healthy lifestyle. They are seeking long-lasting spot reduction for this specific area of fat, but they are not considering a surgical procedure with its inherent expense, downtime, and safety risks.