Written by guest columnist Dr. Eric Schweiger
With people always looking for easier ways to combat unwanted body fat, there is a new, non-invasive procedure recently cleared by the FDA to help aid in the process, CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ.
Originally discovered by observing that children who ate an excess of frozen treats such as popsicles were developing more dimples, the science was then expanded on by Harvard researchers which has led to this new weapon in the battle of the bulge.
Since fat freezes at higher temperatures than surrounding muscle or organs, fat cells can be exposed to the the cooling technology and subsequently die off over the coming months without causing any harm to the surrounding bodily tissue.
During a consultation the doctor will determine if treatment is appropriate and if so, which areas will be targeted. The most popular areas patients typically choose to treat are the upper and lower abdomen, love handles and upper back or fat around the bra area, according to doctor.
Each treatment lasts about one hour and does not require anesthesia. Side effects include mild bruising and some mild tingling or numbness that can last a few days.
Results indicate that the patients typically observe a 20-25% fat reduction in the area within four months after the treatment. Additional treatments in the same area have been shown to yield an additional 20% fat loss.
Ideal candidates are actually those who are at or near their ideal body weight and have problem areas or bulges resistant to reduction. I like to say that if you can “pinch an inch” you are likely a good candidate for the procedure.
Patients see optimal results, naturally, when the procedure is combined with a diet and exercise regimen.
CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ is completely non-invasive and less costly than tradition liposuction. We offer ZELTIQ at our Schweiger Dermatology office in New York City. For a list of providers around the country, you can visit the company website at www.zeltiq.com.