If you want to improve your silhouette without surgery near Minneapolis, CoolSculpting® is the treatment you’ve been looking for. Everyone has resistant pockets of fat they wish would go away, but it can be very hard to reduce that fat, no matter how much someone diets and exercises. Sometimes our natural body shape makes us prone to storing more fat in certain areas than others, and hormones, gender, and age also play a role in how our weight is distributed.
In the past, people have opted for liposuction to reduce their love handles, muffin tops, saddlebags, or back fat. While effective, this surgical treatment is invasive, costly, sometimes painful, and requires weeks of recovery time. Now, we have CoolSculpting®, a non-surgical option that freezes and removes fat without affecting skin or other tissues. This popular treatment is available in our Plymouth and Edina, MN, locations.
What is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to target and reduce fat. This treatment can focus on specific areas in both men and women. The science behind CoolSculpting® was discovered by Harvard Medical School dermatologists.
During a treatment session, lipids are crystalized through controlled cooling or freezing. This causes fat cells to die without harming surrounding tissues, which freeze at lower temperatures. Then, the body’s normal metabolic processes take over, gradually removing the targeted fat cells, resulting in a slimmer look.
While CoolSculpting® can be used nearly anywhere on the body, some treatment areas are more popular and effective than others. The fat that CoolSculpting® targets is the soft fat directly below the skin, as opposed to hard, abdominal fat. Most of our patients are interested in targeting the following features:
- Belly Fat
- Waist and Flanks (Love Handles/Muffin Tops)
- Back Fat/Bra Line Fat
- Outer Thigh Fat
- Hip Fat or “Saddle Bags”
- Upper-Arm Fat
CoolSculpting® vs. Weight Loss: What’s the Difference?
CoolSculpting® isn’t a weight loss tool for overweight or obese patients. Instead, it’s ideal for women and men who are already at or near their ideal weight and have been able to maintain that weight with consistent exercise and healthy eating habits. Although patients are able to lose a few inches from select areas and often find that they go down a few clothing sizes after non-invasive fat reduction, the treatment is not intended for losing a substantial amount of overall weight or improving health.
Ever wonder where the fat goes when you diet and routinely work out? By early adulthood, everyone has a certain number of fat cells that doesn’t fluctuate much. When you create a calorie deficit to lose weight—typically by being active and watching what you eat, though bariatric surgery can also accomplish this—fat cells throughout the body lose some of their contents and shrink. They are not destroyed, which means they can grow again under the right circumstances.
Patients also can’t control exactly where they will lose fat when dieting. It can be difficult to create sleeker, more balanced contours when dealing with excess fat pockets in specific areas—even after losing weight and toning muscles.
CoolSculpting® solves this problem by allowing localized fat reduction in isolated spots and killing the fat cells so they aren’t able to grow back.
The CoolAdvantage™ applicator reduces CoolSculpting® treatment times by nearly half. Now, a session can take as little as 35 minutes to complete. The applicator also provides greater comfort and delivers a larger cooling area to treat more tissue.
How does it work? The revolutionary cup design can create colder temperatures, which, in turn, reduces treatment times. The number of applications needed depends on the size of the area being treated, so you will discuss during your consultation how many rounds of CoolSculpting® treatments you may need.
Patients whose appointments involve the CoolAdvantage™ applicator report a 45 percent improvement in comfort scores, so many people will feel little discomfort during their session and will be able resume their daily activities right away.
Zel Skin & Laser Specialists was the first clinic in the Twin Cities to provide CoolSculpting® treatments. We have been successfully sculpting abdomens, flanks, and thighs since 2010. Now, with the CoolAdvantage™ Petite applicator, we can sculpt your arms for the firmer, more toned look you’ve been wanting. If you’re interested in an upper-arm treatment, call us to set up a consultation.
At Zel, we conduct our own internal research to make sure that any cosmetic dermatology product or service we offer can improve your appearance both safely and effectively. Dr. Brian Zelickson and his medically trained staff were among the first five facilities responsible for the CoolSculpting® clinical trials. Based on the positive results, the device was released nationwide in 2010, with Zel Skin being one of the first providers in the country. No other clinic in the Twin Cities has more research or experience with the CoolSculpting® procedure. Now, the next generation CoolAdvantage™ applicator can deliver even better patient outcomes and greater comfort.
In addition to CoolSculpting®, Zel Skin offers injectable KYBELLA® as a non-invasive option for specifically reducing double chin fat.
*Results may vary per patient. Services vary by location.
Results and patient experience may vary. While this treatment is safe, some rare side effects may occur. As with any medical procedure, only your CoolSculpting® provider can help you decide if the treatment is right for you. In the United States, CoolSculpting® is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen, and flanks. Outside the United States, the CoolSculpting® procedure for non-invasive fat reduction is available worldwide. ZELTIQ, CoolSculpting®, the CoolSculpting® logo, the Snowflake design, and Fear No Mirror are registered trademarks of ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. © 2016. All rights reserved. IC1843-A
*Results may vary per patient.
Brian brings a unique combination of medical science, clinical expertise, integrity and compassion to his patients. He provides the latest technology available in the field of dermatology but with a personalized touch for each patient. He is highly respected by his colleagues throughout the country for his expertise and sincerity.
Everyone I have met at Zel is amazing!
It is rare to find a dermatologist who is as knowledgeable about the many facets of clinical and cosmetic dermatology as Dr. Zelickson. Because of his knowledge and honesty, doctors worldwide know they can depend on his assessment of new therapies, procedures and medical devices. This, in turn, has made him a much sought–after speaker for the plethora of professional medical society meetings and engagements that we have throughout the year. I am honored to know Dr. Zelickson and consider him a friend to the profession.
Dr. Brian Zelickson was one of our initial Thermage investigators and helped us understand the mechanisms of non–invasive skin tightening. He is a renowned expert on how collagen can affect skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.
Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of this country’s leading laser experts. Not only is he unparalleled as a laser surgeon, it is not an exaggeration to state that his superb research helps determine the future of dermatologic laser surgery.
Dr. Zelickson is a highly regarded skin/light expert in our industry. When Candela looks for both medical and scientific advice for new laser applications, we often turn to him for his counsel. The input he provides us always starts with patient safety and satisfaction. We feel fortunate to be able to tap into Brian as an independent resource. The patients who are treated with Candela devices are often the beneficiaries of Brian’s input to us.
Most patients prefer seeing a doctor who is known for a particular specialty or procedure, but all patients want to see the doctor who invented the procedure or therapy. Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of the most respected physicians in the field of cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine. He has lectured around the world and is one of the most sought–after speakers for all major meetings in dermatology.
I would rate Dr. Zelickson's clinic 10 stars!
We have felt honored to have Dr. Brian Zelickson, a world–renowned dermatologist who is distinguished as a high–quality care physician, serving as the investigator evaluating Syneron non–invasive skin tightening technology
I trained with Dr. Zelickson at Mayo Clinic, and I found him to be a very bright and creative dermatologist and scientist. Later, he was our best advisor when we set up our clinic in the Basque Country in Spain. I call him the ‘paparazzi of dermatology.’ His contribution to our speciality is probably among the best of this century.
Tuve la suerte de conocer al Dr. Brian Zelickson en Minneapolis hace muchos anos y desde entonces acudo regularmente a compartir sus conocimientos. Es un científico honrado, brillante, creativo e innovador. Nunca deja de sorprenderte agradablemente.
Dr. Zelickson is a very well–respected dermatologist, not only in the U.S., but also in Europe. He is famous for being the author of relevant dermatological studies published in many prestigious medical journals and for the improvements he’s made on minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that are being used by dermatologists all over the world.
Our view from Europe of Dr. Brian Zelickson is that he is one of the leading four or five U.S. laser dermatologists. His research contributions, his superb lectures and his expert knowledge of laser skin surgery make him a valued friend, colleague and guest.
Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in cutaneous laser surgery. He has performed groundbreaking research over the past decade, advancing the field as well as expertly providing the most up–to–date laser treatments for his patients.
Brian Zelickson is a world–renowned laser expert who helps develop the lasers and treatment parameters used by the rest of the world. He is where others turn to learn the latest techniques in laser surgery. If you want the best treatment available, delivering the best results in the safest environment available, there is no need to look anywhere else.
I have met many laser experts in my 20 years of teaching, lecturing and running a busy practice. There is no one who I respect more than Brian. If I have a clinical question or research idea, Brian is one of the few individuals I call, as I know I can count on his intellect, integrity and common sense.
Dr. Zelickson is one of America’s most knowledgeable laser experts. He has done pioneering work with many of the laser and light–based technologies developed in the world over the last 10 years. He is a giant in the field.
Dr. Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in the field of lasers for the treatment of the skin. His many years experience in treating thousands of patients with lasers and other medical devices makes him one of the most sought–after doctors in this field. Innovation and caring are his trademarks.