WHAT IS COOLSCULPTING®? HOW DOES IT WORK?
CoolSculpting® by ZELTIQ® is a breakthrough; FDA-cleared non-invasive procedure that gently and effectively reduces fat in problem areas of the body. This results in noticeable, natural-looking fat reduction in the treated areas for men and women. What makes CoolSculpting different than other fat reduction procedures is its patented cooling technology that targets and eliminates fat cells.
During the procedure, a non-invasive applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to target and eliminate fat cells in specific areas of your body. When fat cells are exposed to cooling, it triggers a process of natural removal, which gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer. The result is a reduction in fat bulges that is visible in most patients in two months.
HOW LONG HAS THE COOLSCULPTING® BY ZELTIQ® PROCEDURE BEEN AVAILABLE? HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TREATED TO DATE?
CoolSculpting® has been available in Australia since 2012, and from October 2009 in Canada, Europe and regions in Asia with clinical studies beginning in May 2006. There have already been more than two million treatments with the device worldwide. Locally, there are over 100 CoolSculpting systems located throughout Australia.
HOW DO PATIENTS FIND DOCTORS THAT OFFER COOLSCULTPING® BY ZELTIQ®?
Patients can visit www.coolsculpting.com.au and enter their city or country into the centre locator, which will list several providers in their area. However, ZELTIQ® encourages consumers to do their homework and ensure they accept no substitutes for the CoolSculpting® procedure.
IS THE COOLSCULTPING® PROCEDURE SAFE? IS IT PAINFUL? DOES IT HAVE ANY SIDE AFFECTS?
The CoolSculpting® procedure is safe and generally comfortable for most patients. Typically patients are comfortable enough to read, work on their laptop computers, listen to music, or just relax during the procedure. After the procedure some patients experience redness, tingling, minor bruising or numbness in the treated areas, but this is temporary. No pain medication is required.
WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT IN TERMS OF FAT REDUCTION – WHAT IS THE AVERAGE OUTCOME?
In all CoolSculpting® cases, patients will experience an average 20%-25% reduction in fat in the area treated. However, visible results can vary based on the patients’ initial fat deposits in the area treated.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE DESIRED RESULTS?
Fat cells are killed with every treatment. Every patient/case is different which is why ZELTIQ® recommends a follow-up visit be scheduled with the doctor following the procedure to assess the cosmetic improvement and consider additional CoolSculpting® procedures to achieve greater fat reduction.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FAT CELLS ONCE THEY DIE? HOW DOES THE BODY PROCESS THEM?
The dead fat cells are processed by the liver, which is an organ in the body designed to perform that very function.
WHERE IS COOLSCULPTING® TREATMENT PROVIDED?
The CoolSculpting® treatment can only be found in physician-led aesthetic practices throughout Australia. These qualified CoolSculpting providers are plastic surgeons, cosmetic dermatologists and aesthetic physicians.
WHAT IS THE COST OF COOLSCULPTING® BY ZELTIQ® PROCEDURE?
Each procedure typically costs anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000 but cost can vary based on individual treatment plans and providers.
IS COOLSCULPTING® SOMETHING PEOPLE CAN DO ON THEIR LUNCHBREAK?
Yes, one of the many benefits of the CoolSculpting® procedure is its convenience. Because it’s non-invasive, the procedure can usually be completed within one to two hours, which means no downtime for patients. In fact, during treatment, patients can be positioned comfortably enough to read or work on a laptop.
HOW LONG IS EACH COOLSCULPTING® TREATMENT?
Procedure time can be up to two hours or more depending on the size of the area to be treated. During the consultation, the doctor will discuss how long the procedure will take and how much time should be allotted for your treatment visit.
DOES COOLSCULPTNG® BY ZELTIQ® WORK BETTER THAN OTHER COMPETITIVE PRODUCTS/PROCEDURES?
The results of the CoolSculpting® procedure are not as rapid or dramatic as invasive procedures such as liposuction or tummy tuck. But, if people want to avoid the higher cost, pain, risk and recovery time associated with surgical procedures, then CoolSculpting is an effective alternative. When compared to other non-invasive fat reduction and/or body contouring techniques, dermatologists and plastic surgeons often note that CoolSculpting is an efficacious procedure.
IS THERE ANYTHING NEW COOLSCULPTING® BY ZELTIQ® CAN OFFER FOR PATIENTS IN AUSTRALIA?
We’ve just launched the first ever non-surgical solution designed to treat small volume areas of unwanted fat like the chin. After successful clinical trials in the USA and Europe, the CoolMini applicator is now available in Australia.