I think I was just treated with a CoolSculpting knockoff machine. Can you advise? (photo)
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CoolSculpture is not # CoolSculpting
You may wish to contact Zeltiq for advise as to how to proceed.
Beware “Knockoff” Treatments
The photos do not show a Zeltiq CoolSculpting machine. There are no data on “knockoff” treatments, so I cannot comment on what kinds of results you might expect. Your situation, however, confirms how important it is to receive cosmetic procedures from a board-certified dermatologist. Please do consult with one the next time you need a treatment.
I do not know the Australian Certification process but CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is US FDA approved. It also has a history of over 1 million treatments with extremely low and impressive results when properly used.
Several imitator machines made in China and Europe have not had the same safety and efficacy. They also may not have the "turn-off" safety features found in the CoolSculpting machine. There is a large mass of tissue noted in the photo of your skin in the applicator of the Cool Sculpture machine as compared to what the CoolSculpting machine has been calibrated to.
On one hand you may not receive the desired results with the CoolSculpture machine but on your photo, it also does not appear to have harmed you.
Please visit a well experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with this non-surgical and surgical options for you to consider.
All the best!
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Coolsculpting is the only FDA approved machine for freezing fat. All the other ones are knock-offs - and we don't know the details of the parameters they use. Also, they don't have many of the safety features that are built in to the Coolsculpting machine, so we're starting to hear reports of more adverse effects from these knock-offs.
Get your money back and go to a place with the real deal.
Dangerous Knock-off CoolSculpting Machine
The pictures you show clearly demonstrate a knock-off version of the CoolSculpting machine from Zeltiq. These knock-off machines (usually made in China) are dangerous and can cause burns from blistering.
Furthermore, the amount of tissue purchased in the applicator in the photo shown would be too great to get adequate freezing of the tissues for the fat to be destroyed (cryolipolysis).
I would investigate this further to see if it is TGA approved in Australia.
Knockoff Coolsculpting machines are dangerous
CoolSculpture is Definitely Not CoolSculpting
Coolsculpting and Imitations
Coolsculpting is a great procedure for the stomach and other areas of the body where you would want to reduce your bulge. The photos and description that you are showing are NOT of cool sculpting by Zeltiq. There are no studies of these fake machines and if they are effective.
Beware Copycat treatments and the providers who offer them
As mentioned by my colleagues below, Coolsculpting is THE ONLY machine with the track record of safety and efficacy that results in US FDA approval.
I agree with Dr. Fiala- get your money back and find a Certified Coolsculpting Center near you.
Accept no imitations!
Coolsculpting is an effective FDA non invasive treatment for excess fat. I have seen some impressive results with a series of 2-3 treatments. However, the results do vary from patient to patient. Remember, cool sculpting requires no surgery and it will generally yield at least 10-20% improvement each treatment. It will take up to 3 month to appreciate your final results after each treatment. However, you must understand that cool sculpting is NOT liposuction. Liposuction is a surgical procedure and will yield more definitive results. Please visit with a board certified PS to learn more about your options.
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