FAT FREEZING IS NOT:
- A weight loss solution or a cure for obesity
- A good choice for people who want an immediate result
- A replacement for surgical procedures, such as liposuction, that remove a large volume of fat and produce an immediate result
Proper diet and adequate amount of exercise are the key components to maintaining good health and a fit physique. However, regardless of doing a great series of toning exercises, certain areas on the body still seem resistant to change. Some trouble spots include the abdomen, lower abdomen, and back. Doing abdomen exercises will help strengthen the muscles, but they will remain hidden beneath a layer of fat. One surgical method for ridding of unwanted fat is liposuction. Liposuction is the plastic surgery procedure in which small incisions are made in the target areas and fat gets suctioned out of a small steel tube. This surgery decreases the fat content in the specific sites and creates empty pockets. The fat cells collapse upon each other, serves to create a leaner silhouette. As with any type of surgery, there is downtime and a possibility of side-effects and/or complications. A non-surgical alternative to liposuction is Coolsculpting®.
CoolSculpting® can reduce the amount of fat by freezing the fat cells. Fat cells do not have an affinity for low temperatures, so when exposed to the cold, they die. Coolsculpting’s® fat reduction technology includes cooling the target areas at specific temperature. Because fat cells are more sensitive to the cold than other cells, the surrounding tissues will remain unharmed during the procedure. After the treatment, the body will gradually remove the fat cells that have died. The fat cells that are removed will not cause a change in the cholesterol or triglyceride level; they just become waste and then expelled from the body. This natural process will require time since not all the fat gets removed at once; therefore, the visible results will not be immediate. As the body’s fat removal process continues, the improvements will be more easily discernible. Unlike liposuction, there will be no down time or recovery time.
Coolsculpting® is safe and non-invasive procedure offer at our Barboursville practice, that will destroy some of the unwanted fat from the abdominal and back area; the FDA cleared Zeltiq’s Coolsculpting® in 2010. No anesthesia is required and no incisions are made because Coolsculpting® is a painless non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Even though the results may not be as dramatic as that from liposuction, Coolsculpting® will cause permanent, visible changes as long as a good diet and a healthy exercise regimen is maintained. Coolsculpting® is not a weight loss procedure, so the best candidate would one in a normal weight range and wants to remove fat bulges, such as the body’s “love handles” and “muffin top.”
Coolsculpting® is a new and innovative technology to rid unwanted fat. Our doctor, one of the most sought-after dermatologists in Santa Monica, performs the procedure to help you obtain a more contoured appearance. With many years of experience as a skin specialist, our doctor will be able to utilize Coolsculpting® to improve the appearance of trouble areas on the body. If you have any further questions regarding the safety or effectiveness, please come in for a consultation with Dr Amy Vaughan, who will be able to address any specific concerns.
If you would like to learn more about the method of Coolsculpting®, your options, whether you are a good candidate, or to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact the office of Dr. Amy Vaughan Dermatology in Barboursville, West Virginia area at 304-733-3333 or 304-302-5054 today.