Non-Invasive Fat Removal is a Reality - CoolSculpting an Alternative to Liposuction, Zerona, Mesotherapy, and Endermologie

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Ted Brezel, MD finds results of CoolSculpting by Zeltiq are extremely promising compared to liposuction, Zerona and other popular methods of fat removal.

Who wouldn’t love to lose excess fat … without diet or exercise, surgery or recuperation? Until now liposuction – surgically suctioning out excess fat – has been the most popular method for fat removal, but it has some major drawbacks. “Liposuction involves all of the risks and costs of surgery, plus considerable downtime for recovery,” says Ted Brezel, MD, a Glendale, NY-based dermatologist. In fact, according to a recent report in the NY Times, a new study led by scientists at the University of Colorado reveals that in many cases after liposuction the fat eventually returns. While other non-surgical body contouring options such as the Zerona laser are receiving mixed reviews from physicians and patients, studies have shown that people who try CoolSculpting experience up to a 25 percent gradual reduction of localized fat after just one treatment. Other options like mesotherapy(injections of drugs, vitamins and other ingredients into the skin, supposedly targeting fat cells) and endermologie (a treatment in which a machine rolls, suctions, and massages the body to temporarily reduce fat) do not produce long lasting results, require multiple treatment sessions or can have serious side effects. “We now have an extremely promising non-invasive body sculpting procedure called CoolSculpting that can deliver results, especially for muffin tops, love handles, and back fat” explains Dr. Brezel. CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is a non-invasive, non-surgical FDA approved treatment for the non-invasive removal of fat.

A CoolSculpting session involves reclining for less than one hour while a non-invasive applicator delivers a precisely controlled cooling to a chosen area. This process, which does not require any anesthesia, is called Cryolipolysis. As a result of the freezing, the fat will crystallize thereby damaging the fat cells. In turn, the damaged fat cells will send off a signal to the body causing the fat cells and fat to be cleared through a safe natural biologic process over the next two to four months. According to Dr. Brezel, the treatment can be done safely because the fat freezes before the neighboring tissue. The Zeltiq device precisely controls the freezing process allowing one to avoid freezing the adjacent tissue.

An expert in non-invasive fat removal procedures, Dr. Brezel says he favors CoolSculpting because it removes stubborn localized fat from the stomach, love handles, back, and other areas without the need for anesthesia, surgery, injections or downtime. Cost ranges from about $750 to $1500 depending on the area treated.

For more information on non-invasive fat removal, visit Dr. Brezel’s website. To view an actual CoolSculpting treatment, click here.

Ted Brezel, MD, is a diplomate (board certified) of the American Board of Dermatology as well as a member of the NYS Society of Dermatology and Greater Dermatologic Society of New York. A compassionate caring physician who is experienced in the treatment of all diseases of the skin, hair and nails, Dr. Brezel is on staff at several hospitals. He is also known for his experience in state-of-the-art cosmetic procedures.


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