Weight loss is an ongoing struggle for many Americans. Exercise and diet are not always sufficient to achieve a toned physique – even those who practice fitness regularly and maintain healthy eating habits sometimes experience stubborn areas of fat accumulation. In addition, it is well documented that spot reduction doesn’t work – according to Yale Scientific, fat reduction tends to be generalized after exercise; it doesn’t selectively target the area that has been exercised.

The development of coolsculpting has an interesting history. In Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Dieter Manstein and Dr. R. Rox Anderson made note of the “popsicle panniculitis” – a phenomenon of fat loss in the cheeks in children who are frequent ice or popsicle-eaters. They applied the principle toward fat loss in other areas of the body, using the targeted application of cold to lower the tissue temperature to about 40 degrees. This causes the fat cells of interest to die without harming nearby organs or skin.

The procedure can generally be expected to reduce the fat cells in the treated area by about 20%. The results are not instant, taking two to four months for the final results to be apparent, but the lack of anesthesia, surgery, or needles, or downtime make it a convenient option for those seeking to slim their problem areas.

Coolsculpting is an effective and low-risk option for stubborn zones of fat, and if new fat cells are not added, the results are lasting. If you are interested in setting up an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon or inquiring further about the details of the procedure, please contact us.