Zeltiq Can Be a Great Fat-Reduction Option
It's been almost a year now since I became the first physician in the United States to use the Zeltiq Coolsculpting system outside of clinical trials to reduce unwanted pockets of body fat. (I had previously participated in the device's clinical trials.)
I remain impressed with this non-invasive technology.
Developed by a respected team of Harvard Medical School dermatologists, Zeltiq cools fat cells in a controlled way, a process that then causes them to break down. Gradually, the cells are eliminated from the body through natural processes.
The typical treatment takes about an hour, and requires no anesthesia. Nor is there any recovery time. Side effects are minimal, and mostly involve some skin redness and minor bruising (from the suction device used during the procedure).
Of course, not everyone is the right candidate for this kind of fat reduction treatment. Zeltiq is for people who are at their ideal weight and toned, but who can't seem to get rid of isolated pockets of fat (such as "love handles"). Because this fat-reduction solution is not for everyone, it's important that you have a thorough evaluation and consultation with your physician before starting treatment. Ask about all your options.
You should also be aware that although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Zeltiq for other medical uses, the agency has not yet endorsed it as a way of losing fat. The device is used for that purpose in Europe, however. Using Zeltiq "off label" is legal in the United States (I wouldn't be offering it if it wasn't), but doing so requires some wise judgments from the treating physician. Again, seek care from someone who's experienced in using the technology.
One final thing: The similarity between the device's name and my last name is purely coincidental. I have no proprietary interest in the device. Still, given the similarity, I'm glad the device is one that I've found to be effective.