Modern science is making it possible to get rid of body fat without surgery, needles or cannulas. But how effective is this procedure?
An Interview with Dr. Vic Narurkar
After watching Dr. Vic Narurkar’s Coolsculpting video, I asked him for an update on Zeltiqu’s Coolsculpting technology, a non-invasive, procedure for getting rid of body fat.
According to Dr. Narurkar, Coolsculpting is now the number one procedure for non-invasive fat reduction. The procedure has been available for the last 6 – 7 years. Since its introduction, its treatment parameters have changed. Coolsculpting now offers several adapters designed to conform to specific body areas where fatty deposits persist, allowing doctors to customize treatments. Through experience with this procedure, doctors have discovered ways to refine treatments to make the results even more effective and long lasting.
LWS: What treatment changes have made the results more effective.
Dr. V.N: One major change is that of application. We now overlap treatment areas. A second change is one of technique. By offering patients two treatment cycles, we find we are able to substantially increase the effectiveness of Coolsculpting.
LWS: How do you compare the results of Coolsculpting with Liposuction?
Dr. V.N: These simple changes have allowed for optimal results and in many instances, results comparable to liposuction. Unlike liposuction, the fat is permanently gone. It does not redistribute to other areas.
LWS: How does the body rid itself of that unwanted fat?
Dr. V.N: Following treatment, the fat gradually is eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system
LWS: What areas of the body are the primary targets for Coolsculpting?
Dr. V.N: For women, the most popular areas are the central abdomen and bra fat. For men, the most popular areas are love handles and male breasts.
LWS: You speak about male love handles and male breasts. Have many men entered this cosmetic surgery arena of lunch hour, non-invasive procedures?
Dr. V.N: About forty percent of Coolsculpting procedures are sought out by men. This is very different than most of our other aesthetic procedures, where women clearly predominate.
LWS: Is the procedure painful? Any side effects readers should know about?
Dr. V.N: The most common side effects are numbness and bruising. Pain rarely occurs, but when it does it is short lasting.
LWS: Are there any conditions, skin types or other situations that would make this treatment ineffective or not recommended?
Dr. V.N: In the three plus years Coolsculpting has been an available treatment, patient satisfaction approaches over ninety-five percent, and the treatment is safe for all skin types. The optimal patient is somebody who is at their ideal weight and has stubborn areas of fat that do not improve with diet and exercise.
LWS: You mentioned that Zeltiq continues to develop new technologies. What changes do you foresee in the near future?
Dr. V.N: Several more adapters are in development for treatment of additional body areas.
LWS: Are there any published studies attesting to the effectiveness of these treatments.
Dr. V.N: Several peer reviewed publication studies indicate treatment results to last at least five years.
Since I have never undergone a Coolsculpting procedure,
I’m unable to comment on a personal level.
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