What Are the Odds of Contour Deformities with Zeltiq CoolSculpt?
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Does coolsculting cause contour changes?
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Smooth results from Coolsculpting
We've been using the Zeltiq Coolsculpting in our office for well over a year and treated a wide range of areas, body types, etc and we've NEVER seen any contour irregularities. All of our patients have had a smooth, even reduction in the areas treated. (Most require more 2-3 treatments to achieve the reduction they desire)
Zeltig for Fat
Zeltig works well for fat without typically causing any epidermal change and thus I have not heard of contour deformities. It is possible to see some asymmetry in terms of response of fat to treatment.
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Coolsculpting Evenly Distributes
It’s unusual to have contour irregularities following coolsculpting because the techniques evenly distributes cold to the involved areas. Rarely, asymmetry can occur when the applicator head is applied in an asymmetric manner.
In the short term, asymmetry is usually always related to differential swelling and usually resolves spontaneously. It’s important to realize that it may take 3-4 months to see the final result following coolsculpting and that multiple treatments may occasionally be needed.
Deformities with CoolSculpting
Contour deformities and depressions are very rare with CoolSculpting but can occur. The design of the suction and cooling plates are such that a tapered effect rather than a cookie cutter punch should be achieved.
Low risk of contour deformities with Zeltiq
- Zeltiq CoolSculpting is an exceptional tool for removing localized, fat deposits. There are few side effect, and patients find they can return to work or either the afternoon of their procedure - at the latest the next day.
- Contour deformities are very rarely occur from a CoolSculpting treatment. CoolSculpting uses a slow, even freezing of the fat in a treatment area. Since the fat cells are gradually dissolved, they are slowly removed by your own body over the next 4-8 months. This leaves no irregularities or contour issues on the area.
- Liposuction is where the fat is suctioned out and removed in a rapid process. The speed of this invasive technique does have the possibility for leaving contour deformities, where too little or too much fatty tissue were removed.
You should not have contour deformities after Zeltiq
The Success of CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting is unlikely to produce significant contour irregularities as the procedure relies on a biochemical change to reduce fat rather than the mechanical reduction that occurs with liposuction.
Liposuction is best for large amounts of fat removal done at the deep level of the fat to avoid superficial contour irregularities.
Coolsculpting has its greatest effect on the upper levels of fat. In fact, some patients who have had deep layer liposuction will benefit from a CoolSculpting of the upper layer of fat to enhance their result.
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