It almost sounds too good to be true — you can freeze up to 25 percent of body fat off your stomach and love handles without surgery. It is called CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq and we are proud to say that we are one of the few medical practices in Atlanta that offer it.
Basically, It Is Non-Surgical Liposuction
No scalpel, needles, anesthesia, or downtime from work. It works by killing fat cells with a new “freeze” technology. The body absorbs the dead fat cells and within two to four months you will see up to 25 percent of your body fat gone from the treated area. You can eliminate even more with multiple treatments.
Is This A Gimmick?
We don’t do gimmicks. We are a medical practice headed by a board-certified M.D. committed to evidence-based medicine. CoolSculpting® was approved by the FDA as the first non-invasive fat removal system. No scalpel, no needles, no lasers, no suction tubes, no anesthesia, no recovery time, no time off from work.
It’s Not Weight Loss, It’s Body Contouring
CoolSculpting® was designed for something some of us know too well — “stubborn fat.” It is designed for people who exercise, watch what they eat, but still cannot get rid of that small pooch in the belly or those love handles. It is not for people who want to get into a bathing suit; it is for people who want to look better in the bathing suit they’ve got. Or maybe a size smaller.
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Here’s The Skinny On How It Works
It all started decades ago when scientists made an amazing discovery: Children who habitually sucked on frozen popsicles developed dimples! They found out that low temperatures kill fat cells without damaging the surrounding tissue. Fast-forward a few decades, when researchers used that same concept — cold applied to a limited area to kill fat cells — to develop Zeltiq, or CoolSculpting.®
Does Cold Kill Around The Fat Cells, Too?
No. Fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other cells. Everything but the fat cell is left unharmed. And without getting too technical, Zeltiq uses a “controlled cooling” process that does not immediately kill the fat cells. Instead, it programs the fat cells to die gradually over a period of three or four months. Since your body naturally eliminates cells that are not useful, you lose the fat over time.
What Exactly Happens During A CoolSculpting® Procedure?
We put an applicator cup on the treatment area and a gentle vacuum pulls the skin and fat up into the cup. Cooling plates on either side of the cup drop the temperature and freeze the fat cells. It is important to remember that the surface skin is not frozen; only the fat cells underneath.
Once done, the skin takes about five or ten minutes to thaw. There will be some redness but that is due to increased blood flow. Some patients get a slight bruise from the suction of the vacuum but it fades in about a week. Click “Play” on this video and see the procedure in action:
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Frequently Asked Questions
FDA-cleared Coolsculpting is the fastest way of getting rid of “stubborn fat” you can’t lose through exercise. Click the tabs on the right to find out more about this exciting procedure.
How Long Does It Take?
About an hour per treated area. You can actually do it on your lunch break. Bring a laptop, a book or take the time for a nap.
Does It Hurt?
No. What you may experience is not so much pain as discomfort. You might get a hickey-like bruise afterward but that goes away soon.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
A single treatment works very well for most people. Remember, Zeltiq is about contouring, not weight loss. On average, you will see a 25 percent reduction of fat in the treated area. You can eliminate even more with multiple treatments.
Is There Any Down Time?
Will The Fat Grow Back?
Not if you maintain the exercise level and eating habits that you walked in with.
What Areas Does It Work On?
CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq works best in the areas that do best with liposuction: the “muffin top” (the front part of the belly that hangs over the belt) and flank areas (“love handles”). Remember, this procedure is for people who want to lose pockets of fat. It is not for overall weight loss. It works best on a small tummy pooch or bulge.
How Much Does It Cost?
Belly: Prices start at $750-$1,200 depending on the size of the treatment area
Love handles: $1,200
Back fat: $1,200
We offer discount prices for multiple areas/multiple treatments. Please note that all stated prices may vary depending on the area and thickness of the subcutaneous fat.
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