Zeltiq CoolSculpting in Michigan
Allure Medical Spa Serving Livonia, Shelby Township, Clarkston, and the Detroit Area
Quick And Painless Fat Reduction
No Surgery – No Downtime!
Allure Medical Spa in Shelby Township, Macomb County, is the first medical spa in Michigan to offer Zeltiq CoolSculpting. Zeltiq (pronounced zel `teek) uses cold energy to break up fat cells. This process is called cryolipolysis.
The term “cryolipolyisis” refers to:
Lysis= break up.
This is also known as “CoolSculpting” The term CoolSculpting™ should not be confused with CoolLipo which is laser liposuction.
What is Zeltiq CoolSculpting?
Zeltiq CoolSculpting procedure involves using cool energy to remove fat from various areas without surgery. It is the first FDA-approved device that destroys fat cells without surgery. There are other procedures that make fat pockets look better without surgery and cause some tightening, and thus they do have benefit. Yet Zeltiq is the only device proven to actually permanently destroy fat cells. This means that the reduction is due to less fat, not just squished fat. Common areas for non-surgical Zeltiq fat removal include belly, flanks, back, saddle bags and thighs. It can work on the arms and neck for some Michigan Zeltiq CoolSculpting patients, but the machine is not currently very adept to treat smaller areas.
How was it discovered?
It was discovered that exposing fat cells (adipocytes) to cold for a prolonged period of time would lead to death of the cell. Scientists affiliated with Harvard University discovered that if they could precisely control the cold energy applied to the skin, they could destroy fat cells, at the same time having no effect on the skin. This led to the development of Zeltiq.
How does it work?
Zeltiq is the device that performs cryolipolysis. A special pad is put on the skin to protect the skin’s surface. The machine has a treatment head that suctions itself to your skin to assure complete contact. It quickly cools the tissue to a predetermined level. Your doctor has the ability to alter the treatment temperature as well as use different head sizes that allows for control of the depth of fat removal as well surface area. Another word that is commonly used to describe this technique is CoolSculpting. Continuous cooling is applied above the temperature of freezing. The temperature is at a level that is safe for the skin, blood vessels and nerves, but destructive to the fat cells.
Where does the fat go?
Once the fat cells are destroyed (dead), the body recognizes that they are no longer needed and a gradual process occurs where the fat cells and fat material is cleared away. The fat cells are degraded by enzymes. The actual fat is transported through the lymphatics, and converted to energy just like the fat that you eat. It is no different than the fat that you consume in a meal. This is a natural process, and your body is already fully equipped to handle the destroyed fat cells and remove them as well as manage the fat that is released. This process is gradual and takes a few weeks to months, so a slow gradual improvement is noted. You may see this as soon as a month but it will continue to improve for up to about 3 months.
How much improvement is expected?
This is a rapidly evolving answer. When it was first discovered, it was tested on thin layers of fat, and it was noted that there was about 20% reduction of the fat thickness. But it was tested on thin layers. This led to the development of larger treatment devices, more aggressive energies and further enhancements that we work with now. According to the company representatives that work with the doctors that did the first clinical trials, there is about 5-8 mm of fat reduction per treatment or about 20-22%. As this device is in application longer (it was FDA approved for the removal of fat in September 2010, but was used on an “off label” setting before that).
Is there any downtime?
No, there is no downtime at all. Some of our Michigan CoolSculpting patients experience temporary redness and numbness of the skin. But since there are no needles, incisions, or anything put inside the body, you can resume all activities immediately.
What is the risk?
This is a very safe procedure. There have been no reported cases of skin injury to date. A common side effect is temporary numbness. Since this is quite common, a clinical study was done which showed that the nerves were not injured. Numbness goes away after a reasonable period of time. Since the fat is released, there was a question as to whether this fat load in the blood system and lymphatics could cause harm. Again, clinical research was done and it was shown that this was of no concern. Your body is perfectly capable of handling the slow steady release of fat, just like it is when we eat a meal.
Does it hurt?
There is an intense sucking sensation for a few minutes (5-10 typically) that goes away. The procedure takes an hour per area, so you will only feel the suction for a small period of time.
Can it be repeated?
Yes. Since a percentage of fat is removed with each treatment, additional treatments will be expected to give you better results. Most people do 1-3 treatments separated by 1-2 months.
Who is a good candidate?
The better answer might be who is not a good candidate: If you are obese, gaining weight, not in control of your weight, this is not for you. A lifestyle change is needed. A good candidate is within 25 or so pounds of their ideal body weight and has bulges of fat that are isolated, the lower belly and flanks are perfect examples. The nature of the device does not allow treatment of large areas without considerable time and expense.
Is there a cost for the consult?
No, the consultation is free. One of our experienced CoolSculpting Michigan providers, Dr. Charles Mok, Dr. Jamie Hope, or Dr. Brett Kotlus, will evaluate you and work with you to decide if Zeltiq is right for you.
Zeltiq CoolSculpting is offered exclusively at Allure Medical Spa, located in Shelby Township, Macomb County, Michigan (MI). We are located approximately 45 minutes north of Detroit, near Livonia and approximately 25-45 minutes from Troy, Royal Oak, Bloomfield, Birmingham, and Flint, Michigan.
Patient photos before and after CoolSculpting by Zeltiq.
Before and 6 weeks after CoolSculpting™
Before and 6 weeks after CoolSculpting
Before and 6 weeks after CoolSculpting
Before and 2 months after CoolSculpting, +0.7 kg.
Before and 2 months after procedure, +0.2 kg
Before 1 month after 2nd Procedure, -2.0 kg