Does Zeltiq (CoolSculpting) Really Work for Fat Reduction?

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Zeltiq works for Fat Reduction, about 22% loss with one treatment

I have an article posted here on Realself regarding Zeltiq which is quite comprehensive. The short answer is that is very consistantly works for a 20-25% fat reduction in the treated areas. Currently due to constraints by the hand piece, only the love handles, belly, and back fat can be treated. In the future, other hand pieces will allow for thighs and gluteal reduction. This is a NO DOWNTIME procedure and almost everyone considers it painless. For no downtime, no pain, no incisions, and no anesthesia, it will be a very popular procedure in the near future.

Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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CoolScupting Does work, but.....

CoolSculpting absolutely works. But patient selection and appropriate expectations are essential in receiving the best results. Our medical spa is the top provider of CoolSculpting in our region and one of the top Coolsculpting providers in the nation. For that reason, we can offer an instant rebate of one session of CoolSculpting with the second session at no charge. With two CoolSculpting sessions, our treatments are performed at the same time
CoolSculpting is wonderful for removing stubborn areas of fat for people at or near a healthy weight. For people interest in losing a significant amount of weight, CoolSculpting is not the ideal procedure.  
Results can be seen after a single session, but some patients see an improvement but might desire an additional treatment for optimal results.
CoolSculpting takes approximately 1 hour. In order to provide elimination of fat as quickly as possible we do offer CoolSculpting Complete. This includes two systems, for twice the fat elimination in a one hour period.

Vibrational therapy increases circulation and lymphatic drainage which my help waste, including damaged fat cells be eliminated with the body more efficiently. Finally, al of our patients receive a compression garment to help with skin quality and comfort.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Zeltiq is the first of several new promising technologies for non-surgical fat reduction.

Zeltiq is the first of several new promising technologies for non-surgical fat reduction. People with limited areas of excess fat can see visible results after these treatments. See our website for more detailed information.

William P. Coleman III, MD
Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting Absolutely Works for Permanent Fat Reduction

We have been very happy w/ the results that we have been seeing w/ Zeltiq CoolSculpting at MPSA.  There is plenty of scientific documentation/white papers on Zeltiq and they are all consistant with what we have seen in our own practice.  You can expect roughly 20-25% permanent reduction in fat in the areas treated.   We always recommend 2-3 treatments (though you can do more). We have been treating upper/lower abdomen, flanks, love handles, hips, bra rolls, inner thighs, saddle bags, banana rolls (under the buttocks) and axillary bra fat.   Currently, it is the best non-surgical, permanent spot treatment of fat reduction that is on the market right now. 

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Zeltiq is the Real "cool" thing: It Works!

Pre-dated by many non-surgical devices claiming to reduce fat, Zeltiq (Coolsculpting) has been the effort of much research by well respected labs.  The device does indeed freeze the fat (Cryolipolysis) and these cells eventually die, diminish and are removed by the body. this takes 60-90 days, but has appeared to be very consistent. We have performed this treatment to paitients for over 1 year. I had it done myself...see below

Barry E. DiBernardo, MD
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CoolSculpting works

It does work - clinical studies and practical experience show that it does work. Now, being practical, it will not remove all of your fat and you may need more than one session to achieve the desired result. 

Michael Gold, MD
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Coolscultping is a Proven, Effective Treatment for Fat Reduction

Coolsculpting is a proven, effective treatment for fat reduction. Unfortunately, it has different outcomes for different people and different areas of the body.  Coolsculpting works by applying the head of the Coolsculpting device to the area in question. The extra skin and fat are then drawn into the head and between two cooling plates. This is accomplished by the application of suction. Once the fat and skin are between the two plates, the plates are compressed and then the temperature is dropped.  The treatment time is normally one hour per area. At the end of that time, the device is removed and the area treated is massaged so that it can return back to its original contour. 
The freezing starts the death cycle for the fat treated. The fat that is going to be eliminated slowly dies and the byproducts are safely absorbed and excreted by the body.  Many people see an improvement within the first two to three weeks. Patients are told that the final outcome may take up to four months. It’s not uncommon for a patient to require a second application to achieve their goals.
If you are considering Coolsculpting, it is very important to have a lengthy discussion with your surgeon. It’s important to contrast the expected results of Coolsculpting with other treatments such as liposuction. It may be that you would be a better candidate for liposuction than Coolsculpting. The main advantages to Coolsculpting are the facts that it is not invasive and there is no downtime. The Coolsculpting typically will not have the results of liposuction. With liposuction, the fat in question is removed and it’s immediately apparent how much fat has been eliminated.  With Coolsculpting, the patient must wait up to four months to appreciate the final result

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Zeltiq is amazing for freezing your fat!

Zeltiq is the real deal! Amost  every patient who has done one area has returned to do a different area because they are so happy.  Zeltiq works through a process called cryolipolysis and it freezes the fat in a given area!  You will see a 20 to 25% reduction in fat in a given area after just one treatment.  A repeat treatment in that area can give as much as a 40% fat reduction.  You can treat your abdoment, love handles, buttocks.

CoolSculpting does work for fat reduction

In order to be approved by the FDA, Zeltiq needed to document the effectiveness of CoolSculpting. It has been shown to reduce fat in the specific treatment area by about 22-25%. The key to patient satisfaction with CoolSculpting is based on proper patient selection and expectations. It works best for those who are basically in good shape but have small isolated areas of fat that they would like to treat.  It is probably advantageous to seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon who has a wide range of body contouring options so that you get the best results based on your own personal goals for your body.  Other liposuction techniques that offer minimal downtime but remove more of the fat may prove better for some patients.  For others, that absolutely do not want surgery, do not mind the cost, and perhaps, repeated treatments to achieve their goals may prefer CoolSculpting. Coolsculpting offers no downtime, and that is a big plus for many patients.

Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting is a great non-surgical alternative for fat reduction

CoolSculpting can help reduce fat on the lower abdomen, upper abdomen, love handles, bra fat, male chest and some arms.  Because it is non-surgical, there is no down-time after the treatment, and you can get back to your regular routine immediately.  Patients typically lose 15-25% of the fat in the treated area, and can have repeat treatments in the same area for more reduction.  This is a perfect treatment for patients with small areas of fat that they cant get rid of with diet and exercise alone.  Best to you.

Carolyn Jacob, MD
Chicago Dermatologic Surgeon
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