What is ZELTIQ and how is it different than liposuction?
CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ is a revolutionary, non-invasive procedure cleared by the FDA for fat reduction. Through its proprietary technology of Cryolipolysis, the ZELTIQ machine targets, cools and eliminates fat cells without causing any damage to surrounding tissue. After treatment, the body begins breaking down the targeted fat cells and over a period of a few months, the body eliminates these cells through natural metabolic processes. For appropriate candidates, this procedure is often a desirable alternative to liposuction. The main way Zeltiq is different than liposuction is that it has no downtime at all.
What is a typical procedure like?
During an initial consultation, the doctor and patient discuss if treatment is appropriate and if so, which areas will be targeted. The true objective of the procedure is not “weight loss” or “weight reduction” but rather a reduction of fat cells in a problematic area. Once a treatment area is decided upon, the doctor will place the system in this designated area. The device will draw the area up between two cooling panels. This results in a firm “tug and pull” sensation. Within the first few minutes, the patient will experience a sensation of intense cold. This feeling passes quickly however and many patients spend the rest of the procedure (typically 1-2 hours) on their laptop, reading or just relaxing.
What is the expected downtime with ZELTIQ™?
Due to the non-invasive CoolSculpting technology, patients can resume normal activities immediately. Temporary side effects may include minor bruising, redness, tingling or numbness but they soon pass.
What kind of results can be expected?
ZELTIQ™ patients can experience a 20% reduction in the fat layer with one treatment. If the doctor and patient are in agreement that a second treatment is advisable, an additional 20% reduction is possible. As with most procedures, individual results may vary. Results start becoming evident as quickly as three weeks after the initial treatment and the most dramatic results are seen at around the 2 month mark. However, the body will still be eliminating affected fat cells for up to 5 months. The reduction in fat cells is permanent; however, the procedure alone is not an effective way to lose weight. Best long term results are seen in patients who maintain a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise.
How much does a ZELTIQ treatment cost?
The cost of a ZELTIQ™ treatment is $1500 per treated area.
Where is the CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ procedure performed?
All ZELTIQ procedures are performed in our New York dermatology office in midtown Manhattan. Dr. Schweiger, a NYC dermatologist, oversees all procedures.