As with other bodysculpting methods (Vanquish, Liposonix, Lipodissolve, see Page on Bodysculpting) CoolSculpting is meant to remove a stubborn pocket of fat that is resistant to change with diet and exercise. CoolSculpting from the Zeltiq company is cryolipolysis for body fat removal. Basically, pockets of fat gradually dissolve (over 2-4 weeks) after freezing treatment that lasts an hour. CoolSculpting has become wildly popular in the past few years across the U.S. mainly due to excellent marketing from the manufacturer. I am happy to report that I offer this procedure and can vouch for the good results we are seeing with this.
CoolSculpting may be our most rapid and powerful non-surgical fat slimming treatment other than Vanquish, which have never been compared head to head. I also carry Vanquish which is radiofrequency heating to remove stubborn fat pockets. I prefer the Vanquish for people with mild to moderate fat and saggy skin. The CoolSculpting I like for people with moderate or worse fat with or without saggy skin. CoolSculpting has not been formally studied for skin tightening whereas the radiofrequency technology in Vanquish has been. That being said, many people report skin tightening with both devices. Recovery from CoolSculpting involves swelling, soreness, bruising, for a week or two. Results are usually seen in four weeks.