New medical treatment freezes away extra body fat

Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 00:00 AM IST

Washington: A Harvard University scientist has developed a new medical treatment that freezes extra fat and tightens the skin.

The one-hour treatment called Zeltiq is the brainchild of Rox Anderson and was just approved by the FDA, reports ABC News.

A vacuum like device pulls in those annoying bits around the middle and literally freezes them. The fat cells die a slow death over 6 to 8 weeks and the results are dramatic.

"It``s incredibly popular. I mean, first of all, when people first hear about it, they think it``s too good to be true. They can``t even believe it. And then when I explain it, they say, "Does this really work? But the patients we``ve done, they``ve just been ecstatic," said Debra Jaliman, a dermatologist.

In its ability to target a specific area, Zeltiq is similar to liposuction. But it``s not surgery, and the lack of pain and recovery time has made this one of the hottest treatments.

However, results are not immediate – they can take five to eight weeks.