Coolsculpting by Zeltiq is a device which uses a controlled cooling method called Cryolipolysis to target, cool, and eliminate fat cells without damage to neighbouring tissue.
This treatment was developed and pioneered by Harvard University scientists when they discovered that eating ice lollies resulted in facial fat reduction.
Coolsculpting was approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in 2010. It is therefore the only Non-Surgical device approved for fat loss.
The device exposes unwanted pockets of fat to cold temperatures, this then causes many of the fat cells in the treatment area to crystallise triggering natural cell death.
Once the cold temperatures has destroyed the fat cells they are gradually eliminated by the body in the same way that dietary fats are broken down, over the next 8-12 weeks. As the fat cells are eliminated gradually by the body (the same as eating one French fry per day), no adverse effects have been recorded in relation to liver function and cholesterol levels. The FDA approval validates both the safety and efficacy of the device.
Good candidates for Coolsculpting include:
Nb. Coolsculpting is not a treatment for Obesity/individuals seeking a weight reduction programme
All patients that are interested in having Coolsculpting require an initial Consultation with our Nurse.
Patients will receive a thorough and in depth Consultation. The Consultation will include assessing suitability for treatment and discussing the procedure comprehensively. Patients can also have a Consultation with Mr Simon Lee (Consultant Plastic Surgeon), there is a Consultation fee to see Mr Simon Lee. Following an initial Consultation the procedure can be booked.
On the day of treatment we normally advise patients to come wearing comfortable, lose fitting clothing.
Our Coolsculpting Nurse will need to draw on the treatment area with a black marker pen to ensure that the applicator is placed in the correct position. The applicator uses a vacuum which draws the tissue into the treatment cup- this is the fat cells are exposed to the cold temperatures causing natural cell death.
Initially during the vacuum process patients will experience a sharp tug and pressure. This can feel quite unusual to begin with. However once the cooling process begins this soon dissipates.
We encourage patients to bring in any equipment that they would like to use such as an IPOD/IPAD or kindle. Patients will be lying down on a treatment couch for the duration of the treatment.
You can eat and drink as normally prior to, during and following the treatment.
Patients can return to normal activities immediately, there are no special measures that need to be taken. Exercise and heat treatments are best avoided for 24 hours following the treatment due to any mild treatment side effects.
Following the treatment the following side effects are normal and to be expected but these are mild and temporary in nature-
On average, each Coolsculpting procedure results in a 20%-25% reduction of fat in the treated area. After the initial treatment is complete, you can attain further reductions with additional procedures. Some patients find that one treatment fully addresses their goals. We will discuss this with you and design a plan that suits you best.
Coolsculpting has been a revolutionary treatment within our Clinic. Patients really can enjoy superior results, safely-
An individualised costing will be provided at the initial consultation.
For aftercare guides on our treatments, please see our clinic Aftercare.