Imagine being able freeze away fat with one easy and painless procedure. No knife. No needle. No downtime. Sounds unrealistic, doesn’t it? Well it is real, and it’s the brand new procedure called Zeltiq.We’ve taken the time to put together everything you should know about this revolutionary new procedure.
What is Zeltiq?
Zeltiq is a new, non-invasive procedure that freezes fat away in targeted areas of your body, leaving you with natural, yet noticeable, results. Zeltiq has no down-time, it is virtually painless, and does not require needles, incisions, or anesthesia.
How does Zeltiq Work?
Zeltiq uses a technology called cryolipolysis. During cryolipolysis, a vacuum applicator delivers controlled cooling to program your fat cells for elimination from the body. The surrounding skin and muscle remain intact and untouched during the procedure. In the period following your Zeltiq treatment, the cooling crystallizes the cells and initiates a process of natural fat removal.
Zeltiq delivers a specific amount of cooling to crystallize the fat cells without harming the skin and muscle. The body then removes the crystallized fat cells through its natural processes.
How long until I see results from Zeltiq?
The average patient will see results from Zeltiq in about two to four months following treatment. One treatment can promote fat reduction of up to 25% in the targeted areas. Some patients may choose to treat the targeted area more than once with Zeltiq.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Zeltiq?
The ideal Zeltiq candidate has a healthy BMI, however, has some bumps and bulges of fat that they cannot get rid of with diet and exercise. Zeltiq is not meant for weight loss or for obese patients. Zeltiq is designed to target problem areas such as love handles, pooches, or saddlebags.
What is a Typical Zeltiq Treatment Like?
During your Zeltiq treatment, a thin gel pad will be applied to the targeted area. This gel pad insulates the skin during the treatment and allows the vacuum applicator to attach with ease. The Zeltiq vacuum applicator is then attached to the area of desired fat reduction.
Once the procedure begins you will feel a cooling sensation, and then the treated area will quickly go numb.
The treatment usually takes around an hour per area, however, and most patients have two locations treated during their visit (i.e. both love handles). There is no recovery time for Zeltiq and patients can resume their normal activity following their treatment.
What Happens After My Treatment?
Within weeks following your initial Zeltiq treatment, you will notice a gradual reduction of fat in the targeted areas. Optimum results will be seen within two to four months following the treatment. Redness usually occurs on the treated area for about twenty minutes, and there may be a feeling or appearance of stiffness for about ten minutes.
Occasionally, patients will experience some temporary side effects that include bruising, tenderness, and numbness of the treated areas. The numbness can last anywhere from a few hours to several weeks depending on the patients. Some patients may also experience tingling or soreness in the treated area as well. In all cases the area returns to normal.
If you are a New Jersey resident who is considering Zeltiq, the technology is now available at Reflections Center for Skin & Body. Our offices would be delighted to answer any additional questions you have either over the phone, or in-person during your complimentary consultation.
Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.