What is CoolSculpting?
It is a revolutionary procedure by Zeltiq. CoolSculpting uses cold temperatures, instead of heat to sculpt and tone those hard to get places. It is non-invasive and generally well tolerated by everyone.
How does CoolSculpting work?
Its revolutionary design is due to the fact that it takes the fat cells to just above freezing. The skin is protected by a thin gel pad so it is not damaged. When the fat cells are introduced to this colder temperature, they undergo apoptosis, and then freeze and break apart. The body can then absorb them naturally and remove them in the same way as any fat that you would eat.
What areas of the body does CoolSculpting treat?
The most common areas are the love handles, back, abdomen and hips. Most likely, as this new technique evolves, more places will be able to undergo the treatment as well.
What are the advantages of CoolSculpting over other similar treatments?
There are many advantages to this new procedure. One of the advantages being that there is no incisions, sutures or suction tubes of any sort. This makes for generally quicker recovery time and less pain and hassle. Another advantage is the short time of the procedure. It only takes about an hour for each area treated.
Who is a candidate for CoolSculpting?
The best candidates for this procedure are people who are in general good health. These are people who eat right, exercise and have a realistic goal of what they want this procedure to accomplish.
How is CoolSculpting performed?
It can be performed right in the office, since it requires no anesthesia and is non-invasive. The dermatologist or plastic surgeon will start by applying a gel pad on the area to be sculpted. After that is in place they will then put the suction apparatus over the target site. The apparatus will suck in the skin between two cold plates. There may be a cold sensation at first, but this generally disappears after ten minutes. Next, the patient will wait. Many patients at this time choose to relax and read a book, talk on a cell phone, or even take a nap. Once the hour is over the patient can leave the office and go on with whatever activities they have planned.
What is the recovery like?
Recovery time is minimal with CoolSculpting. That is because it is non-invasive, requires no anesthetic and has no need for any sort of incision. There are no sutures or drainage tubes needed, so the patient can go back to daily activities immediately.
What will the results be like?
As with any body sculpting procedure the results will vary. For the majority of people, there will be a significant reduction of fat at the area where CoolSculpting was performed. The results will be noticeable within two months, with full results occurring at about four months.
What are the risks?
Since there are no incisions necessary and no anesthesia used the risks are minimal. The worst side effects are cramping or redness at the site. If the redness persists for more than a few hours, it is best to contact your physician.
Is CoolSculpting approved for use in the U.S.?
Yes, CoolSculpting has been approved for use in the U.S. by the FDA.
Is CoolSculpting covered by insurance companies?
This is a cosmetic procedure and is most likely not covered by private health insurance companies. If a payment plan is needed, you might inquire about payment options available through your provider. Most offices have a billing specialist that will be able to help you with this information.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By Dermanetwork.org Staff
Updated: October 12, 2010