Zeltiq has received 510(k) clearance for its CoolSculpting fat-reduction system. The system is not used for weight loss surgery, however. According to Zeltiq, the system removes "pockets of fat that have not responded to a healthy lifestyle." And that procedure will remove up to 20 percent of the fat from the affected area.
"While traditional liposuction and laser liposuction are invasive surgical procedures that are designed for fat reduction, CoolSculpting is an exciting new approach that is non-invasive and has shown significant, durable, and reliable results in clinical studies for removing fat without the potential risks and downtime of invasive procedures," says Jeffrey Dover, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine, in a release.
To remove pesky fat-laden areas, like love handles and muffin tops, CoolSculpting uses an hour of crypolyposis--or freezing fat cells--to kill the fat, which will be passed by the body through natural means. However, because the fat cells aren't immediately removed, the results aren't instantaneous. According to Zeltiq, the best results are seen up to two months after the non-surgical procedure.