Welcome relief for millions of men and women dealing with one of the most exercise and diet-resistant problem areas – “belly fat” – as CoolSculpting, developed by ZELTIQ® Aesthetics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZLTQ), a medical technology company, is now cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the non-surgical reduction of fat for the abdomen area. This is the latest clearance for the company, which received FDA clearance for non-surgical reduction of fat for the flank area (or love handles) in September 2010.
Abdomen Before & After treated with CoolSculptng (Photo: Business Wire)
“Securing FDA clearance for fat reduction of the abdomen is a significant event for ZELTIQ,” said Mark Foley, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. “This achievement underscores the company’s commitment to expanding current treatment opportunities,” Mr. Foley continued. In the battle to look one’s best, CoolSculpting has been clinically shown to reduce fat in the treated area without surgery or the downtime. In a recent study of CoolSculpting physicians, 95 percent of patients who had just one CoolSculpting treatment were satisfied with the reduction of fat in the treated area, and because it is so effective patients have been very keen on returning for additional CoolSculpting treatments in other areas or for a more pronounced reduction in the same area. In a nationwide survey of adults, 59 percent reported the abdomen is the area of the body they are most interested in having treated with CoolSculpting. 1 A problem area for men and women alike, the midsection of the body is the most common area people want to change about themselves. According to a body image study in Fitness Magazine, 48 percent of men and 36 percent of women chose “abs” as being the body part they are most unhappy with – almost three times more than any other trouble zone. While men are more likely to gain weight around the waistline 2, many women have to contend with accumulated belly fat, known as a “post pregnancy pooch,” after having babies. In both scenarios, exercise alone is often not sufficient to get the desired results. “When diet and exercise just are not enough to lose stubborn fat in the abdominal area of the body, CoolSculpting is a great option for patients to achieve the shape they want without the discomfort, expense and down time of more invasive procedures,” said Dr. Jeffrey S. Dover, a board certified dermatologist, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine, and Co-Director of SkinCare Physicians. “Even if people lead generally healthy lifestyles, there are always going to be contributing factors we have no control over such as age, gender, body shape, hormones and genetics. Having a little extra help can be a much needed answer for many people.”