It’s Cool to Lose Fat

CoolSculptingWouldn’t it be great if you could just freeze some of your unwanted fat cells, without all the hassle and pain of surgery? Wouldn’t it be filled with awesome-icity if you could do this while reading a book or playing on your phone, with no downtime?

Yeah, right. Losing fat’s not easy like that!

Dr. Kearney begs to differ, offering CoolSculpting® for his argument!

CoolSculpting® does sound too good to be true, but it is a proven, safe, effective fat reduction treatment. In fact, it’s the only FDA-approved procedure that uses controlled cooling to target and eliminate fat. And we all know that’s hard to do — pockets of fat on our bodies can be stubborn, like our mothers-in-law!

CoolSculpting® is not a weight loss program

First off, know that CoolSculpting®  is not a weight-loss procedure. Much like liposuction, CoolSculpting® is meant to get rid of unwanted pockets of fat. It is not intended for overall fat reduction across your body. Dr. Kearney likes his CoolSculpting® patients to usually be within 10% of their ideal body weight before they have this procedure.

Who thought this up?

Like most discoveries, the discovery of CoolSculpting® wasn’t the original intention. Two doctors at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Drs. Dieter Manstein and R. Rox Anderson, were doing a study that theorized children who ate lots of popsicles growing up developed dimples in their cheeks more than children who didn’t eat lots of popsicles. Dimples form in the cheeks where the muscle isn’t covered with much fat, so when the muscle contracts a dimple forms. The idea was that the cold in the popsicles somehow affected the fat cells in the cheeks. The doctors called this Popsicle Panniculitis.

The two doctors then theorized that the same process/result could happen elsewhere. So, they investigated selectively freezing fat cells in a process they called cryolipolysis. The end result of those studies was CoolSculpting®.

How it works

To achieve cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting® involves a three-step process. First, a cooling panel uses suction to pull the target area skin into solid contact with the cooling plates. Then the cooling is directed downward into the skin. The temperature is precisely equal to the freezing point of fat cells, while not freezing adjacent tissue cells that freeze at a higher temperature. Exposure to this freezing causes fat cell apoptosis (a natural, controlled cell death). The body sends cytokines and other inflammatory mediators to the area to gradually digest the dead fat cells in the weeks following the CoolSculpting session. Lipids from the dead fat cells are slowly released and transported by the lymphatic system to be processed and eliminated from the body, in the same manner that fat in food is eliminated. It takes anywhere from three to 12 weeks for the body to permanently remove the dead fat cells.

The results are crazy cool! CoolSculpting® patients across the board experience a 20 to 23% decrease in fat cells in the treatment area over the months following your CoolSculpting session with Dr. Kearney.

Non-invasive and not painful

The entire CoolSculpting® is not painful. There is some minor discomfort when the cooling is first being delivered, but that passes as the area becomes numb with the cooling. You can read, do a crossword, play on your phone, whatever during your CoolSculpting® session. And there isn’t any downtime. How cool, literally, is that?!

Let’s chill out and talk CoolSculpting®. Call 800-671-1951 and ask us about CoolSculpting®.

 

 

 

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