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FDA Approves CoolSculpting for Fat Removal of the Thighs

By Staff Editor
Apr 22, 2014 - 1:29:31 PM

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( - Have you ever thought of fat removal via cooling? At ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc., Cool SmoothTM technology is used to do just that. This technology is used in a growing procedure known as CoolSculpting. In this procedure a cooling applicator is used to apply vacuum pressure to a targeted area of fat and remove it by cooling the fat cells to their natural death. This clinically proven, non-surgical procedure is relatively new and has just been approved for use in the thigh area by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Other treatment areas approved by the FDA include the abdomen and flank. Now with thighs gaining approval from the FDA, this technology is growing in popularity as more learn about the CoolSculpting procedure.

How does CoolSculpting it Work?

The CoolSculpting procedure allows patients to non-surgically remove fat by simply cooling a targeted area. The magic of this procedure lies behind the applicator containing ZELTIQ's Cool SmoothTM technology. This applicator does not involve any breaking of the skin and brings little to no pain to the patient. It is essentially a suction with a cooling system. As the bulge of fat is suctioned, it enters the cooling panels and the area becomes numb. The fat cells within the targeted area are then cooled and brought to a natural death. The cooling only impacts fat cells due to their increased sensitivity when compared to surrounding tissues and muscle. The applicator is applied to the targeted area for approximately 1-3 hours and then gently removed. What's left is mild burning sensation that quickly wears off as the cooled area acclimates. Over the period of a few weeks the body naturally removes the dead fat cells, resulting in a removal of unwanted fat. In a clinical study, nearly 90% of patients were satisfied with results just after one treatment.

Recovery Time

Since the CoolSculpting procedure requires no needles or breaking of the skin, no downtime is required. While some patients experience temporary bruising, redness, numbness, soreness, or tingling, patients are able to resume everyday activities immediately after the procedure.

Why CoolSculpting?

Unlike most common fat removal procedures, CoolSculpting has no downtime, involves virtually no pain without the use of anesthesia, and requires absolutely no breaking of the skin. Now that it is also FDA approved for the thigh area in addition to the flank and abdomens, patients have the perfect non-surgical solution to say goodbye to stubborn fat that just does not seem to go away.

Dr. Norma Kassardjian has worked in practice with Dr. Jeffrey Klein in Orange County, CA since 1994. Although she performs a mix of medical and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Norma's expertise lies in Mohs Micrographic Surgery which is a precise technique for the removal of skin cancers followed by the cosmetic repair of the surgical would. She also specializes in Tumescent Liposuction and has performed more than 3,000 surgeries to date.


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