Is there a certain advantage I get if I choose either or? (freezing fat vs. radio waves regarding Coolsculpting or Velashape). What body type is best for either?
Does Freezing Fat Make More Sense Than Using Radio Waves to Remove It?
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Freezing fat vs. using radiofrequency
Freezing vs radio waves for fat removal
Coolsculpting is a great and permanent removal of fat cells. The science was developed developed by Harvard scientist and is a FDA approved procedure for fat reduction. The fat is frozen and removed permanently. It will remove about 25-25% of the fat in the coolsculpt suction head. RF is not permanent removal and needs to be repeated. The best candidates are people with localized fat deposits and not obesity.
Freezing Fat with CoolSculpting
Thank you for your question. CoolSculpting is an excellent option developed by Harvard scientists. The freezing of the fat is a unique, FDA-cleared, patented procedure that uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Only fat cells are frozen. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese, or a substitute for surgical methods such as liposuction. Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. Your doctor will determine if treatment is right for you during a one-on-one consultation.
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CoolSculpting can provide a small but real permanent fat reduction vs Velashape
Velashape may temporarily reduce fat volume and you need maintenance treatments. It helps shape and contour. CoolSculpting by Zeltiq permanently kills some fat cells by one freezing treatment and the reduction in fat volume continues for several months. Approximately 20% is reduced, as seen during ultrasound imaging, at four months. Certainly, the remaining fat cells in the treated area, and the fat cells in non-treated areas can increase volume as they store more fat if more fat is produced after the CoolSculpting by eating more and/or exercising less. The Zeltiq is not a replacement for diet and exercise. The treatment can be repeated, if desired, in a few months, multiple times to improve on the former results.
Coolsculpting by Zeltig or "fat freezing" is a new technology to treat unwanted localized fat deposits. Developed by Harvard doctors, it is FDA approved for fat removal. The amount of fat removed varies, but the minimum amount is 20%. It is best utilized in patients that are at or near their ideal body weight. It works by freezing fat cells that are then eliminated from the body by cryolipolysis. It takes 8-12 weeks to see the results as the frozen fat cells are slowly removed by the body. The areas of the body that can be treated are: abdomen, flanks, bra line, inner thighs, upper arms, men's breasts and some outer thighs. The company is new and is working on developing head pieces to treat other areas of the body.
Coolsculpting works by applying a mechanical head over the targeted area which "sucks" the tissue into the headpiece that has cooling panels. Over the course of one hour the cooling panels freeze the tissue, the skin is protected from frostbite with a protective gel pad, the fat cells form ice crystals within the cell that cause them to die. The body then "cleans up" the dead fat cells over the next 2 months. The treatment is performed as an outpatient, no anesthesia, no IV's, no Propofol (Michael Jackson's drug of choice), and no down time.
It is a wonderful adjunct to body contouring. It can be used instead of surgery and also after surgery (liposuction, tummy tucks) to improve the results. It can be performed again and again, even in the same areas. The price is less than surgery and anyone can undergo a session, even with medical conditions that prohibit them from having a surgical procedure. The difference between freezing fat and radio waves is that Zeltig permanently removes the fat cells, the radio waves just shrink fat cells. We are born with a certain number of fat cells in our body, when they are removed, they are gone forever! Shrunken fat cells can become larger again, they have not been removed.
I hope this helps explain CoolSculpting.
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