Would You Freeze Your Fat? A Non-Surgical Liposuction Alternative?
Cryolypolysis. You may have heard of it, but do you know what it means? It’s a technical term that describes the process of using extremely cold temperatures with non-surgical technology to selectively destroy fat. Since 2010, we’ve been using cryolipolysis to reduce love handles (and other unwanted bumps and bulges) with a little help from the FDA-approved CoolSculpting device manufactured by Zeltiq.
The question is, would you freeze your fat as a non-surgical liposuction alternative? We’ve taken the pulse on this issue and have the following CoolSculpting Q&As to help guide your decision:
Q: How well does Zeltiq work?
A: Real patients have spoken and the majority agrees: CoolSculpting is worth it! That’s according to the worth-it ratings published on patient review site RealSelf.com, where nearly 75% of patients who underwent fat treatment with CoolSculpting reported being happy with their results.
Q: What results can I realistically expect?
A: This fat-freezing technology delivers consistent results. You can expect to lose nearly 25% of the fat in the area treated in just one session, with visible results in approximately 3 to 6 months. Add on a second treatment to double your fat loss, subtracting 20% to 25% with each consecutive treatment.
Who wouldn’t want to lose nearly half of their targeted fat in only 2 treatments, all without surgery or downtime?
Q: What’s the treatment process like?
A: Each area treated with the CoolSculpting device take about an hour. Once you’re prepped, the applicator on the device targets and physically isolates (grabs) the treatment area and vacuum-suctions your unwanted fat. Over the next hour, CoolSculpting delivers it’s fat-freezing technology to the treatment area. You can be in and out of the office easily in less than half a day!
While the treatment isn’t said to be painful, the suction power from CoolSculpting gathers the targeted fat into a misshapen mass under the skin. It’s only a temporary effect, however, which your MD or aesthetic nurse will massage back to a normal appearance before you leave the office.
Q: How long do results last?
A: Surgery or not, any procedure you decide to undergo requires a maintenance program. (Nope, nothing lasts forever!) CoolSculpting may deliver the results you’re looking for in just the right treatment package, but you too bear some responsibility for making those last. If you haven’t already, now is the time to begin a balanced, healthy diet and exercise program that will help to maintain your results.
Norma Kassardjian, MD practices in San Juan Capistrano at Klein Lipo as a Dermatologic Surgeon, board certified by American Board of Dermatology. Dr. Kassardjian has 22 years of experience providing cosmetic and aesthetic medical services, and is a member of American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).