What is the difference between Coolsculpting (zeltiq) and Cryo-lipo?
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Choose Body Sculpting by Proven Results, Not Price
As you have experienced through other purchases in your life, inexpensive knock-offs rarely if ever have the quality of the original. This is especially true regarding patented, FDA-approved dermatologic procedures, such as body sculpting with Zeltiq's CoolSculpting. Because CoolSculpting is highly effective and patients tend to be thrilled with their results, a lot of unscrupulous companies have come out with knock-offs that try to sell you on the same basic principle. However, these have not been approved by the FDA and have not undergone the same rigorous testing that CoolSculpting has.
The other advantage of the real CoolSculpting is that Zeltiq requires practitioners to be certified through their training program before offering cryolipolysis(TM) to patients. CoolSculpting is just what the name implies: Sculpting the body by permanently removing fat through cooling it. That means you are paying for expertise in anatomy and aesthetics as well as for the original, science-backed, FDA-approved treatment. Please find a board-certified dermatologist to get the best results with CoolSculpting.
Coolsculpting (zeltiq) and Cryo-lipo
Coolsculpting is the only FDA approved, safe and effective means on non-surgical fat reduction
I hope you're not surprised that there are many imitators and impostors- when a few dollars can be made by copying the patented Coolsculpting technology.
The fact is that while there are many devices being marketed for aesthetic improvement of the face and body, only those that are FDA approved can say they have been proven to be safe and effective for the indication described. Without this assurance, you would have to at least be extra cautious and ask questions about the safety and efficacy of the treatment being recommended to you, and I should add- about the people offering it.
Coolsculpting works and is safe. That's a fact. But because it works, is safe, and is patented, there are companies who would take advantage of a similar sounding name. Be careful.
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Coolsculpting and Cryo-Lipo
Coolsculpting by Zeltiq is an outstanding FDA approved method of freezing fat via cryolipolysis. Coolsculpting was designed by a Harvard trained dermatologist and has years of clinical research behind it. Cryo-lipo is a non-FDA approved machine from China and I would avoid. For the best cosmetic results please consult a board certified dermatologist with years of experience with Coolsculpting.
Difference between CoolSculpting and Cryolipo
Coolsculpting versus other methods of freezing fat
Coolsculpting is the only FDA device in USA and is an excellent form of non-invasive fat reduction for the right patient. Some applicators take 1 or 2 hours but the new advantage applicators take only 35 minutes and have significantly less risk for delayed onset pain (especially in the abdomen). Results are seen at 2 months and typically 1-3 treatments will be necessary on each area to achieve ideal results. The number of treatments depends on the amount of fat there and the patient's goals. There is not downtime and the results can be impressive in the right patient. We also use the Zimmer Z-wave for improved patient comfort and added results. The best candidates are those who are in pretty good shape with areas of stubborn fat that won't go away no matter what.
Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM
Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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