A cool new way to drop a size
Getting and staying in shape is hard, and though we don’t always love the idea of working out regularly and eating well, it truly is the only way. However, with the evolution of science, there’s a way to help see results faster and easier. Introducing CoolSculpting, a cool new way to shape your body. Founded by the same Harvard doctors that created laser hair removal, CoolSculpting is based on studies that revealed when fat and skin are frozen, fat is targeted and skin remains unharmed. An FDA-approved, non-surgical, non-invasive way of sculpting a desired body, the procedure takes about an hour per section to complete and has little to no downtime.
According to Dr. Grace Liu of Newport Coast Dermatology, one of the few offices in the nation that provide this service, the process is so simple that no anesthesia is required. The patient sits in a chair while a cooling suction device freezes fat cells while suctioning the skin for 60 minutes. “With CoolSculpting, an applicator is applied to a bulge of fat on a patient,” explained Dr. Liu. She added, “It sucks the skin and the fat on an area, and holds it there for one hour, then it drops the whole area down to a specific temperature. Once you get the fat down to that specific temperature, you’re essentially freezing the fat cells and destroying them.”
During the procedure, patients are free to watch TV, sleep or work, as it’s virtually painless. “During assessment, I usually pinch the patient and for them it’s going to feel similar to that … If you imagine it’s like a vacuum, it’s going to suck (skin) up and feel really tight for the first few minutes,” noted Dr. Liu. She continued, “What happens is when you start the cycle, the cooling kicks in and, after a few minutes, the area goes numb.”
After the procedure, the fat cells are then dissolved into the body over the course of the next few weeks, and are then destroyed by the body’s natural immune system. While the results are not immediate, the patient loses weight increasingly over a period of a few weeks to a few months. It varies per person. “What I always tell patients is that they’re reducing fat in a treated area with one treatment to about 20 to 40 percent,” Dr. Liu said. “There’s no down time after the procedure, so patients can go back to the regular daily activities.”
Though losing up to 40 percent of fat cells is a seemingly easy way to get the body that you’ve always wanted, it’s important to maintain healthy habits. “Let’s say you do your treatment, and you lose about 40 percent of fat cells. You’ll still have 60 percent of them still there,” mentioned Liu. Though CoolSculpting does help shape the body to a desired look, it’s not a replacement for diet and exercise. “The ideal candidate is someone who has distinct pockets of fat that they want to get rid of. They’ve tried exercise, and it just won’t go away,” Dr. Liu stated. She added, “Let’s say someone is about 30 pounds overweight. We say, ‘Maybe you’re better off looking at diet and exercise before something like CoolSculpting’,” Other persons that are not advised to use CoolSculpting are patients that are pregnant or breastfeeding, and patients who have recently had a surgical procedure on the abdominal area within the last few months prior to attempting CoolSculpting treatment.
Although many want a quick fix in weight loss, even the most advanced procedures still require a healthy diet and exercise. However, to get rid of stubborn belly fat post-pregnancy or to get that last bit of fat that refuses to go away, CoolSculpting is a great addition. Dr. Liu said, “It’s the only non-invasive, non-painful, no downtime way to reduce your fat on a pretty permanent basis without having to do anything. It’s a very straightforward procedure and it’s safer and easier than botox.”