Non-Invasive Fat Reduction

Cryolipolysis CoolSculpting by Zeltiq

1. WHAT IS CRYOLIPOLYSIS / COOLSCULPTING?

Cryolipolysis/Coolscupting by Zeltiq is a non-invasive procedure that is FDA cleared to effectively reduce fat in problem areas of the body. This results in noticeable, natural-looking fat reduction in the treated areas of men and women.
 

2. HOW DOES CRYOLIPOLYSIS / COOLSCULPTING WORK?

Cryolipolysis/Coolscupting uses a patented cooling technology that targets, cools and eliminates fat cells without damage to neighbouring tissue. It is based on the principal that fat cells are more vulnerable to cooling than surrounding tissues. A non-invasive applicator is attached to the targeted area to extract energy from the underlying fat tissue, while protecting the skin, nerves, muscles and other tissue. The cooled fat cells undergo apoptosis (controlled cell death) and are gradually eliminated, reducing the thickness of the fat layer.
 

3. DOES COOLSCULPTING FREEZES FAT?

No. Actually, the CoolSculpting procedure does not "freeze fat." The system delivers precisely controlled cooling to target areas and eliminates fat cells in those 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.
 

4. CAN I GET THE SAME RESULTS WITH AN ICE PACK?

No. An ice pack would not be able to reach cold enough temperatures in order to effectively kill fat cells. And, the application of the cooling technology is done through a controlled process which could not be duplicated with an ice pack.
 

5. WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE?

 

During the procedure, a non-invasive applicator is position at the area of the fat bulge. The applicator will then gently draw the bulge up between two cooling panels. The sensation is a firm pull. The bulge is cooled and the fat cells are exposed to controlled cooling. 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.

6. HOW DOES THE COOLSCULPTING PROCEDURE FEEL LIKE?

As the cooling panels go to work in the first few minutes, you will feel a sensation of intense cold. This soon dissipates. During the one hour procedure, you will not feel any pain or discomfort. Most people spend this time reading, working on their lap top, watching movies, listen to music or even taking a nap. No pain medication is needed.
 

7. HOW LONG DOES THE COOLSCULPTING PROCEDURE TAKE?

Each area that is treated takes one hour for controlled cooling. You may want to treat a few areas on the same day. You can also do the procedure during your lunch break.
 

8. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE COOLSCULPTING PROCEDURE?

The CoolSculpting procedure is non –invasive and you can resume normal activities including exercises immediately. Some patients may experience redness, minor bruising, tingling or numbness in the treated area, but this is temporary. No pain medication is needed.
 

9. WHO ARE THE IDEAL CANDIDATES FOR COOLSCULPTING?

CoolSculpting is suitable for people who maintain a healthy weight yet struggles with localised fat (lumps, bumps and bulges) that they just cannot get rid of no matter how much they exercise or diet. They are seeking spot reduction for specific areas of fat, but are not considering a surgical procedure. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution and it is not a substitute for invasive methods such as liposuction.
 

10. WHICH AREAS OF THE BODY DOES COOLSCULPTING WORK BEST?

Any areas with localised fat will respond to CoolSculpting. The common areas are the “muffin top”, post pregnancy pooch, love handles for men, back fat for women, saddle bags and fat on the arms and thighs of men and women.
 

11. WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN TERMS OF FAT REDUCTION?

Most patients will experience an average 20% reduction in fat in the area treated. However, visible results can vary based on the patients' initial fat deposits in the area treated.

12. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FAT ONCE THEY DIE?

The dead fat cells are naturally processed by the liver which is an organ in the body designed to perform this very function. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and in a few months are removed in a similar way to how dietary fat is processed in the body.
 

13. WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?

You will start to see changes as early as 3 weeks after the CoolSculpting procedure, and will experience the most dramatic results after 2 months. The body is still flushing fat cells, and will continue doing so for up to six months.
 

14. ARE THE RESULTS PERMANENT?

The CoolSculpting procedure results are lasting and cumulative. Once the fat cells are eliminated in a specific area they will not come back there. As long as you maintain your weight with diet and exercise, your long-term results should remain stable.
 

15. WILL FAT FROM OTHER AREAS MOVE OVER TO COMPENSATE?

Once the fat cells are killed from the CoolSculpting procedure, they are gone and results are permanent. Fat will never deposit again in the same area that was treated. So there is no risk of fat from other areas moving over to the treated area to compensate.
 

16. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF USING COOLSCULPTING OVER OTHER FAT REDUCTION TREATMENTS?

Other fat reduction procedures that use laser, sonic waves, and even surgery to remove fat can have a side effect of destroying other healthy tissue in the process by burning, shattering, or extracting non-fat cells. Often these treatments require a large number of treatments or significant downtime for your body to heal.
 

17. WHAT ARE THE COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT COOLSCULPTING?

CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution. It is not for people who are obese and it is not a substitute for invasive methods such as liposuction. It does not help cellulite.

18. WHAT ARE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN CRYOLIPOLYSIS?

New applicators are developed to treat specific areas and Dr Joyce Lim will use the appropriate applicator to address a specific type of treatment area.
CoolCore™ Applicator most commonly used for abdomen
CoolCurve+™ Applicatorideal for curves, as in the flank area ("love handles" or "muffin top")
CoolMini™ Applicator ideal for small areas of fat, including the double chin and axillary puff
CoolFit™ Applicator features a flat applicator design ideal for longer, vertical areas of fat, such as the inner thighs
CoolSmooth PRO™ Applicator Features a unique conformable flat applicator design ideal for non-pinchable fat, such as outer thighs
CoolAdvantage™  Applicator with interchangeable contours ideal for the abdomen, flanks and inner thighs in nearly half the treatment time

With the CoolAdvantage Applicator, there are benefits :

  • Shorter Treatment Time: treatment cycles are 35 minutes, cutting treatment time by almost half
  • Greater Comfort: Patients report more comfort with the enhanced cup design
  • More tissue treated: the new design provides a larger cooling area

Liposonix Fat Reduction

1. WHAT IS LIPOSONIC HIFU TREATMENT?

Liposonix HIFU treatment is a non-invasive procedure that is FDA cleared to effectively reduce fat in problem areas of the body. It utilizes non-invasive, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to permanently destroy fat usually in the anterior abdomen and flanks (love handles) without surgery. This results in a thinner and more contoured waistline.
 

2. HOW DOES LIPOSONIC HIFU TREATMENT WORK?

During the Liposonix treatment, high-intensity ultrasound energy is focused on the targeted fat, creating a rapid rise in local temperature at the targeted area. HIFU relies on the fact that, above a threshold of 56 degree C (for > 1 second), irreversible cell death occurs. The heat from the ultrasound produces a dual tissue response within the treatment area. There is permanent destruction of targeted fat cells and contraction of surrounding collagen (that may help prevent post treatment tissue laxity).

The Liposonix treatment offers precisely focused delivery of energy that does not harm surrounding skin, tissue or organs. The body naturally removes the destroyed fat from the treatment area, which may leave you with a thinner, more contoured waistline.
 

3. WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE?

During the procedure, the ultrasound transducer is placed on the area to be treated. High intensity ultrasound energy focuses on the targeted fat, destroying fat cells beneath the surface of the skin. The ultrasound transducer is moved across the treatment area till the treatment is completed. The transducer creates continuous lines of disrupted tissue at the focal depth within each treatment site and the skin layer is not harmed. The treated fat tissue is removed through the body’s natural healing and elimination process, leaving you with a thinner and more contoured waistline.
 

4. HOW DOES THE LIPOSONIX HIFU TREATMENT FEEL LIKE?

During treatment, you may feel discomfort, cold, prickling, pulling, tingling or warmth. Oral analgesic is given during the procedure.
 

5. HOW LONG DOES THE LIPOSONIX HIFU TREATMENT PROCEDURE TAKE?

Liposonix treatment usually takes an hour. You can do the procedure during your lunch break.
 

6. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE LIPOSONIX HIFU PROCEDURE?

The procedure is non –invasive and you can resume normal activities including exercises immediately. Some patients may experience some discomfort, redness, minor bruising, and swelling but this is temporary and generally mild.
 

7. WHO ARE THE IDEAL CANDIDATES FOR LIPOSONIX HIFU TREATMENT?

Liposonix treatment is suitable for people who maintain a healthy weight yet struggles with localised fat (lumps, bumps and bulges) that they just cannot get rid of no matter how much they exercise or diet. Ideal candidates are those who are able to “pinch-an inch” (2.5cm) of fat in the treatment area and have a body mass index (BMI) equal to or less than 30. They are seeking a slimmer waistline and a reduction of one pant size but are not considering a surgical procedure. Liposonix treatment is not a weight loss solution and it is not a substitute for invasive methods such as liposuction.
 

8. WHICH AREAS OF THE BODY WILL RESPOND WELL TO LIPOSONIX HIFU TREATMENT?

Any areas with localised fat that can be “pinched an inch” (2.5cm) will respond to liposonix treatment. The common areas are the “muffin top”, post pregnancy pooch, love handles for men, back fat for women, saddle bags and fat on the arms and thighs.
 

9. WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN TERMS OF FAT REDUCTION?

In one treatment that typically lasts one hour, there is an average circumferential reduction in waistline of one pant size or roughly 2.5cm. However, visible results can vary based on the patients' initial fat deposits in the area treated.
 

10. WHAT HAPPEN TO THE FAT ONCE THEY DIE?

The dead fat cells are naturally processed by the liver which is an organ in the body designed to perform this very function.
 

11. WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS AFTER THE LIPOSONIX HIFU TREATMENT?

You will start to see results in 8-12 weeks which is the time the body removes the destroyed fat tissue through its natural process.
 

12. ARE THE RESULTS FROM LIPOSONIX HIFU TREATMENT PERMANENT?

The Liposonix treatment results are lasting and cumulative. Once the fat cells are eliminated in a specific area they will not come back there. As long as you maintain your weight with diet and exercise, your long-term results should remain stable.
 

13. WILL FAT FROM OTHER AREAS MOVE OVER TO COMPENSATE?

Once the fat cells are killed from the Liposonix treatment, they are gone and results are permanent. Fat will never deposit again in the same area that was treated. So there is no risk of fat from other areas moving over to the treated area to compensate.
 

14. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF USING LIPOSONIX TREATMENT OVER OTHER FAT REDUCTION TREATMENTS?

Unlike some other fat reduction procedures that often require multiple treatments to see results, with the Liposonix treatment, you can reduce your waistline by an average of 2.5cm or about one dress or pant size, with a single one hour treatment. Results are typically seen in 8-12 weeks.

It is a non surgical procedure to eliminate fat cells while the skin cells remain healthy. It is safe, comfortable and convenient. The results are natural and effective and clinically proven. Unlike liposuction there is no need for surgery, no scars, needles and downtime.