Dr. Brozowski peforms CoolSculpting in her outpatient office in Berkeley, as a quick, effective treatment to remove unwanted fat. CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared non-invasive procedure that removes fat by freezing it in targeted areas of the body. Patients benefit from noticeable and natural-looking results in their problem areas, giving an overall slimmer body contour. Zeltiq CoolSculpting is most effective in removing fat from the abdomen, flanks (love handles), bra fat and inner and outer thighs.
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Cold has the ability to kill adipocytes (fat cells) in a process called cryolipolysis. This means that fat cells are injured and then resorbed through phagocytosis, resulting in a reduction of the fat layer. Because fat cells are more sensitive to cold than are other cells in the skin, nerves and nearby muscle, fat can be broken down without harm to the surrounding tissue. This stimulates a natural fat removal process that continues for several months after the procedure. Cryolipolysis results in visible contour change in the majority of patients, with the best cosmetic results in those with modest fat bulges.
Ideal Candidates for Zeltiq Coolsculpting
CoolSculpting is considered safe and effective as a spot treatment for patients who are within 30 pounds of their ideal weight and who desire fat removal from the abdomen, love handles, flank and back. Coolsculpting is FDA-cleared for treatment of fat on the abdomen, flanks (love handles), bra fat, thighs, and under the buttocks. Since CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution, patients should be relatively fit, with one or more areas of stubborn fat that does not respond to diet or exercise.
CoolSculpting is a less invasive alternative for patients with modest-sized fat bulges. Dr. Brozowski will determine whether or not you are a candidate for CoolSculpting after a physical examination and review of your medical history. It is important for patients to have realistic expectations about the results of this procedure, as CoolSculpting is not designed to remove large volumes of fat like liposuction procedures, which we also offer.
Benefits of Coolsculpting
Excess body fat can cause systemic health problems and is often associated with body shape dissatisfaction. Body shape and image are negatively impacted by unwanted local subcutaneous fat. Body contouring is changing the shape of soft fatty tissues, especially on the abdomen, flanks, arms and thighs. Many people feel more comfortable pursuing non-invasive methods of fat reduction. As a completely non-invasive procedure, CoolSculpting offers patients many benefits over other fat reduction procedures. Some of these benefits include:
- No incisions
- No need for anesthesia
- No scarring
- No downtime
- No need for special garments
- Cost effectiveness
During the procedure, most patients remain comfortable and can read, listen to music and simply relax. Patients are able to return to work and resume other regular activities the very same day.
The Zeltiq CoolSculpting procedure involves the use of an applicator that freezes the fat cells in the targeted area. An applicator cup delivers vacuum pressure that draws fatty tissue between the cooling panels. Treated fat cells are then removed though the natural metabolic process in the body, resulting in spot reduction of fat creating a slimmer, more defined appearance. The CoolSculpting procedure usually takes one to two hours to perform, depending on the size of the area being treated.
Best results are achieved with CoolSculpting when a cosmetically trained physician with an artistic eye performs the procedure directly, to ensure that the exact areas are targetted to give the most aesthetically pleasing results, with the maximum fat loss. Results are usually visible two to four months after treatment, and will continue to improve for up to six months. Although results are not as rapid as with liposuction, patients undergoing CoolSculpting can avoid the discomfort, need for anesthesia and recovery time associated with more invasive procedures.
Most patients who undergo CoolSculpting are highly satisfied with the results of their procedure and 75% of them return for a second treatment. Results of CoolSculpting are expected to last about as long as fat reduction achieved through traditional liposuction procedures.
Before and After
To learn more about CoolSculpting® and to find out if this treatment is right for you, please call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brozowski in our Berkeley office. We are located across from the Alta Bates hospital just north of Oakland.