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Why is Zeltiq Used for Fat Removal?

According to the FDA Website:

FDA INDICATION FOR USE: The Zeltiq System is intended for use as a skin cooling device to minimize pain and thermal injury during laser and dermatological treatments. Alternative uses include skin cooling as a local anesthetic for procedures that induce minor local discomfort.

Why is Zeltiq System used for Fat removal when it is FDA approved for another purpose?

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Zeltiq Coolsculpting for fat reduction

The Zeltiq Coolsculpting device was FDA-approved for the use of fat layer reduction in September of 2010.  The reason why coolsculpting or cryolipolysis works lies in the observation by dermatologists that cold exposure to the skin induces inflammation and destruction of fat cells.  This is seen in cases of "popsicle panniculitis" when kids hold popsicles to the sides of their mouths, causing indentations in their inner cheeks.  The beauty of  Zeltiq's technology is that it takes advantage of this reaction by inducing cold crystallization of fat cells in a very controlled and targeted manner, whereby the fat cells in the specifically treated area undergo natural cell death.  This is why it takes 2 months to see results, but it is also why the procedure is so safe.  Zeltiq starts the process and your body takes care of the rest.  And since fat stem cells are also destroyed, the fat reduction is in most cases, permanent.  It is an ingenious concept!

Houston Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

450 Medical Center Blvd.
Webster, TX 77598

Coolsculpting Has FDA Approval for Fat Reduction!


Coolsculpting is exciting since it is the only device currently approved by the FDA for long lasting non-invasive fat reduction.  The ultrasound studies have shown that each treatment of a given area reduces the fat by 22%!    Treatments are additive so if you do a second treatment 2 months down the line you will see more of a dramatic result!  The great thing is that it is painless, non-invasive, and patient satisfaction is very high.


Dr. Liu

Grace Liu, MD
Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

3991 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Zeltiq is Now FDA approved for fat reduction!

Zeltiq recently got FDA approval for permanent fat reduction!  Good candidates for this procedure are those who are no more then 15 lbs from their ideal weight that have stubborn fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise.  It is an effective non-surgical way to permanently reduce stubborn fat.

Dr. Grant Stevens  

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

4644 Lincoln Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Zeltiq has now been approved by FDA for fat layer reduction!!

Hi there-

This just happened today- very exciting news indeed...

The FDA, by its approval, has acknowledged that the procedure is safe and effective for completely non-invasive fat layer reduction.

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 147 reviews

7009 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819


Zeltiq is approved for those other purposes but was also approved in May of 2012 for the noninvasive fat reduction fo the abdomen and flanks.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

300 Beardsley Lane
Austin, TX 78746

Cool Sculpting devices

Zeltiq is the company and Cool Sculpting devices are used for permanent fat reduction.  They have be proven to have permanent fat removal.

Robert Whitfield, MD, FACS
Austin Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

1510 W. 34th Street
Austin, TX 78703

Permanent Fat Removal With Zeltiq

                  In September of 2010, the FDA expanded the indications for coolsculpting. The new indications include permanent fat removal. In excess of 150,000 patients have had coolsculpting for this indication and report excellent results with high levels of satisfaction. 

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 142 reviews

8900 West Dodge Road
Omaha, NE 68114

Zeltiq CoolSculpting is FDA cleared for cryolipolysis

CoolSculpting was cleared by the FDA in September 2010 for cold-assisted lipolysis in the flank area. It further received FDA clearance later on for cryolipolysis at the abdomen as well. It is a non-surgical procedure that delivers controlled cooling to an area that selectively causes death of fat cells (~20-25% per area per treatment). The dead fat cells are slowly eliminated by your body, therefore improving contour of the treated area with hardly any downtime.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

4000 Dublin Blvd
Dublin, CA 94568

CoolSculpting FDA Approved for freezing and eliminating fat

CoolSculpting is the safe, non-invasive way to reduce fat in common trouble areas that tend to be diet and excercise resitant. Developed by Harvard scientists, the precisely controlled, FDA-cleared, patented procedure uses a cooling technology that targets subcutaneous fat cells by freezing them to the point of crystallization. Once crystallized, the cells are then eliminated from the body through the lymphatic system in a natural process. There is no damage to healthy tissue or skin cells. Also, because the procedure is non-invasive, there is no need for needles or anesthesia. Patients typically read, work on their laptops, listen to music, or relax during the procedure. Each session lasts one hour and therefore can easily be fit into a lunch break. After treatment, patients typically find it easy to return to everyday activities.

Most patients see a noticeable reduction of fat in the treatment area after one treatment although it make take more than one treatment to realize the full effects. Because the fat cells that are eliminated from CoolSculpting do not return, the results are lasting as long as a healthy lifestyle is maintained.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

10941 Raven Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27614

Coolsculpting uses

As a skin cooling device, the fat removal occurs because of this reason.  When the skin is cooled, the fat cells actually die and are eliminated from the body causing a significant reduction in the amount of fat in the area treated.

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 123 reviews

10807 Falls Rd
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

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