Advertisement
Icon WebMD Expert Blogs

Secrets of a Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon

with Robert Kotler, MD, FACS

Dr. Kotler's blog has now been retired. We appreciate all the wisdom and support he has brought to the WebMD community throughout the years.

Important:

The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, review, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have... Expand

The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, reviews, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.

Hide

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fat Removal Without Liposuction?

Several days ago, the FDA approved a new technology designed to accomplish what liposuction accomplishes — but without surgery; without piercing the skin. Sound too good to be true?

The high-tech device by Zeltiq accomplishes this goal by freezing the fat cells underneath the skin. When the fat cells become frozen, they die. These fat cells dissolve and then release their contents. When people have an abnormal accumulation of “fat,” that means their fixed number of fat cells is bulging with liquid fat content.

With CoolSculpting by Zeltiq, the patient sits in a chair and the technician attaches multiple suction cups which, “grabbing” a fold of skin with fat beneath, begin to freeze the fatty tissue. The surface skin, itself, is not frozen. Apparently, you take a snooze or read or whatever. It is described as “just slightly uncomfortable” and that there may be a little bruising or redness for several days.

Because there is a timeline for how long it takes the destroyed fat cells to release their contents to be digested internally by the body’s normal scavenging mechanisms, it may take several months for the results to show. Also, to achieve a desired outcome, several sessions may be required. The areas that typically do the best are those that also do best with liposuction: the muffin top, front abdomen and flank love handle areas for both men and women.

It is going to be interesting to see how well this works now that it is available for body cosmetic plastic surgeons and dermatologists. The company reported 7,000 patients having had the procedure worldwide; I don’t know how many procedures were done in the U.S.

What I have learned about the procedure is what I have read in authoritative articles in the press, particularly The Wall Street Journal and also in the company’s press release. I would have liked to have seen a large variety of before and after photos. Hopefully, we will have access to that shortly.

In the meantime, stay tuned. I want to learn as much as I can about this procedure because if it is successful — and time will tell us that — this is a big achievement.

You’ve heard that one my favorite sayings is “science never sleeps.” Zeltiq is another example. Who would have imagined that one could loose fat by freezing the fat layer of the skin? You know, this could reverse the mass migration to the sunbelt. Suddenly, Wisconsin looks good in the winter!

- Robert Kotler, MD, FACS

Would you consider freezing your fat instead of liposuction? Talk about it with the Skin and Beauty Community.

Posted by: Robert Kotler, MD, FACS at 3:00 pm

Comments

Leave a comment

Subscribe & Stay Informed

Skin & Beauty

Start receiving the Skin & Beauty newsletter and get the latest diet, exercise and health tips to keep your skin glowing and beautiful!

Archives

WebMD Health News