Monday, April 21, 2014

Zeltiq Coolsculpting, the fat freezing procedure, is a process of lowering the temperature of an area of skin and the underlying layers of subcutaneous fat until the fat undergoes apoptosis, reducing the fat layer significantly.  The process is also called “cryolipolysis,” “cryolipo”, or “Cool sculpting.”

The phenomenon of fat freezing isn’t new to the medical world.  Panniculitis is a condition where the fat layer beneath the surface of your skin disolves after being exposed to cold.  This is most often observed in the cheeks of children who frequently suck on popsicles, or chew ice.  They effectively freeze fat cells in their cheeks.  It was this observation that lead to the investigation of the use of freezing fat cells for the purpose of spot reduction in fat layers in other parts of the body.

This fat freeze procedure is best for those who need only minimal spot reduction, and it provides a great non-invasive liposuction alternative.  Even the thinnest of people have a hard time getting rid of certain pockets of fat, such as those stubborn love handles.  This is the perfect situation where cool sculpting is useful because, as most people know, targeted fat reduction is not possible through diet, or exercise.  Those methods will reduce fat percentage overall, but you can’t use them to remove fat from specific areas of your body like you can when freezing fat off your body.

The zeltiq procedure has been deemed safe by the FDA, and studies have shown it to be quite safe, especially when compared to surgical techniques for fat removal, like lipo.  One study specifically shows that no long-term nerve damage was displayed within this experiment’s sampling of patients, though some desensitization and other side-effects may be present for up to several weeks.  A 6 month follow-up examination shows that no long-term negative effects were present, and that noticeable fat reduction had been achieved in the areas where the fat freezing procedure was used.

Another thing to keep in mind, should you go for this freezing fat procedure, is that results do not show up overnight.  It generally takes several treatments using the Zeltiq device to make a noticeable difference, and it will take 8 weeks of more for your body to break down the fatty tissue that has been affected by the procedure.  The CoolSculpting procedure effectively destroys those annoying pockets of fat, and your body needs time to turn them into waste.

If you are interested in this fat freezing procedure, you can find more information on their website, and of course, you should consult not only your physician, but a cryolipolysis expert before going forward with this procedure.

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