Slim Freezer Belt

As you can now purchase the slim freezer belt for home use, does it not work on the same principle as cool sculpting only portable therefore okay to use at home?

Doctor Answers 11

Certified CoolSculpting Specialists Ensure Safety & Effectiveness

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While the principle might be the same, the safety and effectiveness is not. CoolSculpting is great because it has been repeatedly tested over a number of years and we have scientific support for its claims. It's the only technology cleared by the FDA; the Slim Freezer belt is not. I would caution that it's just not worth the risk (or the money) to do this procedure to yourself at home, especially when you can get a better, more reliable, and safer result with CoolSculpting.

Slim Freezer Belt and CoolSculpting

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Slim Freezer appears as an ice pack. Unfortunately, it will not work like CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting isn’t just about “freezing” the fat, but using a vacuum apparatus and controlled heating and cooling.

Daljeet Samra, MD
Pleasanton Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Coolsculpting is tried and true - Don't be fooled

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I would not recommend something as you describe like a slim freezer belt.  It if is not FDA cleared I would steer clear of it.  It may work with the same principle, but the risks would be significant.  Coolsculpting is a precise tried and true reproducible process that is safe and highly effective.  Something like this would carry the risk of frostbite and uncertain, uneven and perhaps undesirable and irreversible results.  I would not subject my patients to such risks.  Be careful.  I hope that helps.

All the Best,

Dr. Flashner

Paul Flashner, MD
Boston Physician
4.9 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

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CoolSculpting has a high degree of safety.

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I would not subject my patients to risk of injury from a procedure that has not passed the FDA clearance that CoolSculpting has obtained for fat reduction. Is the belt to which you refer effective? Does it cause frostbite? Does it actually reduce fat? CoolSculpting is a safe treatment but no device is without risk and one must keep this in mind when considering devices that are not regulated or not recommended by physicians.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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No Substitute for Zeltiq's CoolSculpting

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While I am not familiar with the Slim Freezer Belt, it cannot match the results of true CoolSculpting by Zeltiq, as performed by a trained professional. First, the temperature of the CoolSculpting applicator is precisely controlled to destroy fat cells without damaging nearby tissues or nerves. I doubt an over-the-counter system can make the same claim. Second, an effective CoolSculpting session is dependent not only on Zeltiq's patented cryolipolysis(TM) technique, but the expertise of the practitioner – who needs to be trained and certified by Zeltiq.

CoolSculpting is just what the name implies: Sculpting the body by removing fat. This takes not only a practiced hand, but also knowledge of anatomy and a sense of aesthetics. Save your money by not buying ineffective devices. If budget is a concern, bring up your need for a payment plan when you consult with a board-certified dermatologist about permanently removing fat with CoolSculpting; we are always happy to work with patients to help them achieve their goals within their means.

William Groff, DO
San Diego Dermatologist
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Benefits of CoolSculpting

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CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, clinically proven procedure to selectively reduce fat layers in problem areas using a patented cooling technology. CoolSculpting is safe because the delivery of precise cooling affects only targeted fat cells, leaving adjacent tissue unharmed and intact. It is a fairly comfortable procedure, where patients are able to relax, read, or do work on the computer during the treatment. The procedure developed by ZELTIQ is based on sound science called Cryolipolysis, discovered by scientists from Harvard Medical School.

CoolSculpting vs at-home device

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CoolSculpting is a medical device that has been proven to safely and effectively reduce an area by a certain percentage. Take caution with any take home device, as it does not have the scientific backing and safety precautions that a medical grade device operated by skilled, trained professionals does. 

Kimberly Butterwick, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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The facts about cryolipolysis

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CoolSculpting is FDA cleared as the only technology to safely and effectively reduce fat by cryolipolysis (freezing).  The device is designed to apply precisely the correct amount of cooling to cause natural death of fat cells without harming skin or muscle.  There is no similarity in results or safety with any other device.

Mark Beaty, MD
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coolsculpting selectively freezes fat cells to induce programmed cell death. The machine has safety features built in to protect your skin. The procedure is safe and effective and has been FDA cleared. The Slim Freezing belt cannot compare.

Suzanne Kim Doud Galli, MD, PhD, FACS
Washington Facial Plastic Surgeon

Slim Freezer Belt

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The slim freezer belt will not provide the same results. It is more or less a glorified ice pack. The risk is greater than the benefit.

There is a reason why Coolsculpting has been performed almost 2 million times worldwide and has received FDA approval for fat reduction.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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