Coolsculpting® by Zeltiq is a method of cryolipolysis. This uses freezing of fat to destroy it permanently. When Coolsculpting® first came out years ago I was hesitant to jump on board and offer it to my patients for a few reasons. At that time they only offered a small applicator that fit only one area over the abdomen. No other body areas other than a part of the belly could be treated. The concept has changed full circle and now with the addition of several new applicators, the process has migrated to a regimen called “treat to transformation”. The applicators are now overlapped somewhat such that a smoothing effect over the entire surface area of the abdomen can be achieved. Also, with new curved applicator heads, areas such as the hips, thighs and bra strap areas can likewise be treated successfully. The treatment consists of a negative pressure suction applied over the area until the skin and fat are positioned between two metal plates that then cool the area for one hour. The frozen fat is naturally removed from the body resulting in a permanent loss in the area treated. The result is a more sculpted appearance. The process is completely non-invasive and requires no post procedure changes in what you can do as far as work or exercise. The vast majority of patients can have this done while using their computer, watching a movie or simply relaxing in the chair. Side effects are minimal and short lasting. Best candidates for CoolSculpting® are at or near their goal weight and have at least an inch of skin that you can pinch away from the area. Our CoolSculpting® certified technicians can examine you and see if you’re a candidate. Who ever thought losing inches could be so “cool”.