I'm looking to have my cheek fat reduced but i dont want any invasive procedures, i wondered if cool sculpting by zeltiq could be performed on my cheeks...
Can Cool Sculpting Be Used to Remove Cheek Fat?
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Fat in the face is good
Studies have shown that fat in the face gives a more youthful appearance. Removing fat is generally not indicated in the face. It is often the repositioning of the fat that is more important. Coolsculpting nonetheless is not the proper way to reduce this fat.
No Fat Freezing on Face
Even though the original idea to freeze fat was developed by watching the baby fat of the face disappear while eating a Popsicle, there is no current way to freeze facial fat.
Web reference: http://www.bodybyfinkle.com
COOLSCULPTING FOR LARGE AREAS ONLY -- as of 02/2011
Currently, the Coolsculpting procedure is designed only for large areas such as the abdomen, flanks, and back. The applicators or the handpieces will only fit these areas. Although according to the Coolsculpting representative the company is designing handpieces that will fit smaller areas such as the upper arm and thighs; but these applicators probably won't be available until late 2011 or 2012. In any case, if you are concerned about fat at around the lower cheek region, a relatively quick procedure is "buccal fat removal." Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure that excise the fat from the lower cheek region. The incision will be placed inside the mouth. The benefit is that the result is quick as oppose to Coolsculpting which theoretically takes 2-3 months to see a 25% reduction in fat.
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Coolsculpting currently only works for the body
Web reference: http://www.ocdermatology.com/zeltiq.shtml
Coolsculpting should not be used on the face.
Coolsculpting is not at this time designed for facial fat. You are probably referring to a procedure called "buccal fat excision." if you have much fat in the lower cheek region. If in fact you have jowling (sagging of the facial fat and skin) then you would benefit from a facelifting type of procedure.
A photos would be most helpful if you want further discussion.
However, Coolsculpting is not used in this region at this time.
Web reference: http://351face.com/zeltiq_coolsculpting.php
CoolSculpting not ideal for cheek fat
The hand pieces on the CoolSculpt machine are much too large and are not indicated for treating the cheeks. It is indicated for larger areas such as the abdomen, flanks, back, thighs, and sometimes the arms.
CoolSculpting Not For The Face
CoolSculpt is great for the following areas: love handles (muffin tops), spare tires (abdominal fat), and bra fat (back fat). Newer applications are on the way for the arms and neck, but it is not to be used on the face.
Coolsculpting can be used to help eliminate the fat from the abdomen, hips, and back. Unfortunately, it cannot be used to treat cheek fat.
CoolSculpting is not indicated to reduce cheek fat
The applicators available currently for CoolSculpting are not suitable to be placed on the cheek to reduce fat in the cheek. Some people think they have fat cheeks but they have an enlarged chewing muscle, the masseter. Masseteric hypertrophy can be treated with Botox. If it is a cheek fat pad you do have, please realize that many patients who had these removed years ago to create higher cheekbones are now getting fat injections to rebuild their sunken in cheeks as it makes them look older to be concave.
Web reference: http://www.thenyac.com/zeltiq/index.html
Removing Fat in Face
Thank you for your question.
Unfortunately, at this time, there is no handpiece that would be able to fit the face/ neck area. The company is working on other handpieces so they may come out in the future.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.
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