Got some annoying body fat that just won’t go away?
This new technology is a fat freezing, fat reduction procedure that is gaining lots of popularity.
No Time Wasted
One big reason why? It requires no downtime, says Dr. Christine DiEdwardo, MD, plastic surgeon and director of the Lahey Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery at the Lahey Outpatient Center, Lexington.
“Cosmetic body contouring like liposuction and abdominoplasty would require anesthesia and downtime. Now with CoolSculpting, patients can go right back to their normal routine and their daily activities, such as going to the gym, the very same day.”
A Frosty First Encounter?
If you’ve ever tried an ice bath or cryotherapy, or just been outside in New England on a brisk February night, the idea of withstanding freezing temperatures might not be your cup of (much warmer) tea. So how uncomfortable is the process of freezing fat deposits? Not very. Nor will it last very long.
One session, depending on what part of the body is being CoolSculpted, can last anywhere from 35 to 60 minutes. DiEdwardo suggests “the first seven minutes the patient feels a little bit of a pulling sensation and they feel cold, but then after about seven minutes, they don’t really have that discomfort anymore.”
While the procedure doesn’t require too much of a time commitment, you’ll need to be patient to see results. “People see results, on average, in approximately three months, but some can see it even up to one month after the procedure,” says DiEdwardo.
Be aware; It’s not a fat reduction procedure. It specifically helps to “contour localized fat deposits that are bothersome to patients,” says DiEdwardo. So the best candidates are patients who have active lifestyles with a healthy diet, that just so happen to have annoying trouble areas they just can’t seem to get rid of. “Those who would not be good candidates are patients who have a fair amount of loose skin. CoolSculpting does not tighten the skin.”
If you’re interested in learning more about CoolSculpting, visit a board certified trained physician to receive the best care.