Zeltiq Side-Effects

The Zeltiq procedure is a non-invasive method of reducing abdomen fat.  Given that it is a non-invasive alternative to things like liposuction, cryolipolysis (or cryolipo) has minimal side-effects.  In fact, one of the best parts of this procedure is that it has absolutely none of the potential effects that surgical procedures have, and that’s in addition to its effectiveness at freezing your fat off.  Even though this procedure is relatively harmless, below is a list of Coolsculpting side-effects that have been reported both in scientific studies, and in Zeltiq reviews.

  • redness in the treated area typically lasting only a few hours
  • swelling in the treated area also typically only lasting a few hours
  • loss of sensation or tingling which can last up to 1 or 2 weeks after treatment
  • bruising as a result of the machine squeezing down on your skin & will last as long as a typical bruise

If any of these symptoms persist, consult your physician.  Most patients report that there is no pain, and few of the above side effects.  According to this study, nerve biopsies were taken 6 weeks after the CoolSculpting procedure was administered and there were no signs of nerve degeneration.

What you’ll want to remember though is that you can cause nerve damage if you try to administer some form of fat freezing procedure yourself.  It’s important that you go to a trained physician for this rather than purchasing one of the cheap quick fixes that are popping up on the market around the theory of freezing fat.

Zeltiq Procedure

The Zeltiq procedure is a newly approved fat reduction technique that uses cold temperature in order to eliminate the fat layers in specific spots on your body.  It is non-invasive, unlike lipo, requiring no surgery or recovery time.  The longest-lasting, and most widely displayed side-effect is some short-term desensitization in the area where the procedure is done.

What is Zeltiq and How Does it Work?

Coolsculpting by Zeltiq is actually a rather simple process.  The Zeltiq machine is used to essentially suck a portion of your skin, and the fat beneath it, into a cooling device at the end of a hose, which simultaneously cools both the skin and the fat to a temperature that is safe for the skin, but destroys the fat beneath it.  To imagine why this is possible, simply think back to the last time you pulled a stick of butter (which is fat) from the fridge.  It was quite solid (frozen), and it stays solid just about up to room temperature.  Freezing fat cells effectively kills these cells and causes your body to undergo apoptosis, which is the safe removal of these dead cells.  The feeling of having the skin pulled, and then cooled has been described as “slightly uncomfortable” at worst, and “not even noticeable” at best, according to those who have undergone the procedure.  It is similar to the feeling of placing a cold pack on an injury. Patients have been known to fall asleep during the procedure, because it’s so comfortable.  You can also keep yourself occupied by reading books or magazines, or by playing Angry Birds on your iPhone.

Below is a video that explains the process a bit, and shows the machine, how it works, and how the patients feel about having it done.

Is Zeltiq Coolsculpting Right for Me?

Zeltiq is not a weight loss procedure, but rather a method of spot reduction of fat in certain areas.  As such, this fat freezing procedure is generally intended for those who are moderately overweight, down to those who are perfectly within their target weight, but have specific bumps or bulges they’d like to get rid of.  The Zeltiq website has a quick list of questions for candidates here.

As with any medical procedure, be sure to consult your own physician before proceeding.  It will also help to find the cryolipo specialist in your area, and ask any specific questions you might have.

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