CoolSculpting is a non-surgical, fat reducing procedure specifically designed for people that have fat in areas that seem to be more stubborn than others.
Some things are impossible to change. Some are easy. Coolsculpting is easy.
CoolSculpting is a fat reducing procedure specifically designed for people that have fat in areas that seems to be more stubborn than others. When you are born there are a certain number of fat cells and while luckily your body cannot add fat cells, the ones you have can certainly swell and are genetically predetermined to be in certain places. As a woman, fat is typically stored excessively in the abdomen, hips, and thighs whereas men tend to store fat in the abdomen and hips.
Most people that want CoolSculpting exercise several times a week, eat well, and yet remain frustrated because they have excess fat that seems completely resistant to all efforts. As a woman you essentially have to lose the fat in your face and breasts well before you’ll see a difference in your abdomen or thighs. Often women ask me if there is there anything I can do and honestly there’s simply no way to choose the areas you would like to lose weight. It can be so dramatically frustrating because in order to continue to eat well and consistently exercise, it seems we all need to see some type of change in how we look. However, the areas that seem to bother us the most appear the same despite the most valiant of efforts. It’s almost like you would rather do nothing then put forth the effort and not be able to see it.
There is great power in being able to spot reduce fat. Liposuction can be very difficult because most of us are pretty content in our teenage years, which is simply an ideal time to have liposuction. This is because the skin is very tight with collagen and is at its best and liposuction requires that the fibers that provide support to the skin be destroyed. We all know that as the older we get, the looser our skin feels- and that is a terrible feeling.
CoolSculpting was discovered by physicians at Harvard Medical School. These doctors noticed a phenomenon known as “popsicle paniculitis” which involves the loss of cheek fat that occurs due to eating and sucking frozen Popsicles. At this time there was also a documented case where a woman rode horse back naked in the cold weather and lost fat in her inner thighs. Both of these cases documented a connection between exposing fat to a cold temperature, which resulted in fat loss. These doctors realized that fat is much more sensitive to cold along with the nerves, skin, muscle or other tissue. They were able to pinpoint a temperature that will result in apoptosis or destruction of fat cells without injuring the surrounding tissues. This process is known as cryolipolysis. When fat cells are exposed to cold temperatures they undergo a programmed cell death, with absolutely no increase in cholesterol or lipid levels in the bloodstream.CoolSculpting is the nonsurgical way to freeze away fat permanently with no downtime, no incisions, and very minimal discomfort. The treatment itself is not painful and you will start to notice a reduction in the treated area in as early as three weeks. During treatment, you can even play on your computer and watch Netflix all the while reducing an area of your body that essentially can drive you crazy in a dressing room and keep you from wearing clothes that you long to wear. More often than not patients don’t even feel the need buy new clothes. They are just so happy that they look so much better in the clothes they have. We all know the war we have with our closets and now we have the ammunition to fight it.
On a more personal level, I have had liposuction and Coolsculpting. I was very frustrated by the size of my thighs as a teenager and my sister loved to chant “thunder thighs” to me every chance she got. It very well may be that because of her I found my greatest passion in life. My sister Michelle offered advice, which at the time she felt would be very useful to me. She saw me get upset, especially on Fridays when everyone wore blue jeans, and I never wanted to wear them. She brought me the “ThighMaster” from Suzanne Somers and explained to me this would be the best way to change my thighs. I believed her, and “Crissy” who I had watched on “Threes Company” for as long as I could remember- and tried this device for several months. If only I could have those months back, very few things in life are as frustrating as believing in something that will never happen. It wasn’t completely about the appearance or even wearing jeans. It was that somehow this physical difference made me develop an insecurity, but I couldn’t explain it and no one understood.
In 1989 when something bothered you, you couldn’t Google it and it took a lot of effort to find answers especially at 14. I exercised religiously and did everything I could do, yet my thighs were simply larger than they should have been for my frame, and clothes are unforgiving. In 2001 I saw a National Enquirer about the liposuction Suzanne Somers allegedly had. The feeling of deception was very new to me yet unforgettable. The feeling of relief was overwhelming. There was something I could do about something that bothered me so much, and there was nothing wrong with me because the “thighmaster” wasn’t working for me.
Several days before I began my internship in general surgery, I had liposuction. The discomfort was quite profound, yet the thought of ridding myself of the extra fat was worth it. I didn’t tell my parents as I was certain they would disapprove. I can remember going home and putting on a pair of jeans and even swollen I could see the difference. I confided only in my grandmother, who was wise enough to see the significance to me. Twelve years after her death and I will never forget her support. It wasn’t that she understood why it bothered me, she understood me.
One of the most frustrating things about wanting to change something about how you look is the way others respond to you. Perhaps only some of us have such a deep emotional connection to our bodies and our reflections that others simply don’t understand.
I hear every day patients saying that they want to change the way they look and often this results in their friends or family saying “are you tired? are you sick?” When she finally tells them she wants to have a facelift or do something about looking tired or sick the response surprises her: “Oh no you’re beautiful just the way you are.”
There can be such resistance- and this can be very frustrating. Is there such a lack of insight that the connection isn’t visible to some people or are they just wishing they have the courage to face the things that could be holding them back.
One of the reasons noninvasive procedures like CoolSculpting are so popular is that it is very easy to hide. You can come in and stay for a few hours and go home and no one would ever know you had something done. Yet when you go in your closet, a dressing room, or look in the mirror- you will know. That is what really matters. Whether we agree or not, the connection between how we look and how we feel is powerful.
CoolSculpting can change the way you see yourself and the world. There is simply no better feeling than looking in the mirror and being happy about how you look. The ability to sculpt your body without enduring the pain of liposuction is profound.
There Is essentially no downtime and you can be exercising within a few days. Within 3 to 4 weeks you’ll see the areas that it been treated get smaller & smaller. That is a beautiful feeling. Take a second and imagine what it would be like to be free from something about your body that affects you virtually every day and then imagine you could do this without risks to your health and while watching Netflix. It is simply amazing. Life is short. Some things are impossible to change, but some are easy. CoolSculpting is easy.