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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Zeltiq - CoolSculpting - Freeze the Fat Away

  • Uses cryolipolysis cold therapy aka CoolSculpting
  • Causes fat cells to crystallize and die
  • Completely non-invasive
What is Zeltiq?

Zeltiq is an FDA approved technology that uses cold therapy to freeze and destroy fat cells, with no surgery required. It is also called cryolipolysis and is a pain free method to rid yourself of fat in specific areas.

How does Zeltiq work?
Zeltiq uses precisely controlled, targeted cold therapy in a treatment that lasts about one hour per treatment area. The skin to be treated is suctioned between two cooling plates which modify the fat's temperature to just above freezing. Energy is extracted from the fat cell by the cold, causing it to die. Though it is referred to as cryolipolysis, it is not actually "freezing" the fat or the surrounding tissues. Rather, it crystallizes the lipids in fat cells causing the slow collapse of cells as they die. The procedure targets only fat cells and only those in the superficial fat layer close to the skin. The body then carries off the dead cells over the course of two to three months for a more gradual, natural result.

What are the risks?
Coolsculpting by Zeltiq received FDA clearance for the non-invasive reduction of fat in September of 2010. The results appear to be long lasting and testing has shown no increase in blood lipids or blood cholesterol. It takes several weeks for the fat to be expelled.
How much does Zeltiq cost?
Treatments take about an hour and usually cost between $1000 and $3000, depending on the area treated.

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