You may have all ready heard about one of the two procedures that can freeze away your fat, Zeltiq. Many people have all ready had this done in the comfort of their plastic surgeon’s office and has been satisfied with the results. Now it has been given the FDA stamp of approval, along with another method. What does this mean to the industry and what does it mean to the public at large?
First, it will give everyone another option on how to remove some of those stubborn spots of fat that we just can’t remove, no matter how hard we exercise. It also gives us way to have this fat removed without having to go through liposuction.
What are these two methods?
First, there is the most popular method known as Zeltiq.
• It can be used on small areas of the body.
• A pack is placed on the area of the skin that is to be frozen. It is like a gel pack. This pack will keep the skin from becoming frost bitten during the procedures.
• Then a machine is used to suck in and cool the area of the skin. This will actually kill the fat cells permanently.
• The procedure itself will take anywhere from one to three hours.
• A patient will begin to see results in about three weeks.
The other procedure is called Zerona
• A low lever laser is used to destroy the fat cells
• The fat cells are not permanently destroyed as they are when using the Zeltiq method therefore there is the risk they may return
• A patient will have to repeat the session 4 to 6 times before results will be final
• Each session lasts on average of 40 minutes each.
What are the concerns that a patient should consider before considering either type of procedure?
• Neither the Zeltiq method nor the Zerona method of freezing fat can be used on large amounts of fat. These procedures are used for spot treatments for stubborn areas in which exercise is not helping.
• A patient ideally should be close to their ideal weight when starting either procedure
• A patient must be realistic in what they wish to accomplish with either procedure
• Either procedure could cause redness
• Either procedure could cause a small amount of discomfort
• There is always a small chance of infection
• A patient must realize that either procedure could be costly (Zeltiq averages $500 per area).
Could freezing your fat be the answer to your stubborn fat problems? If you have the money and the guts to try it, yes. At least now, you know it is considered a relatively safe procedure since the FDA has approved it (it was also approved faster than anticipated).