ASK THE EXPERT Talia Emery, M.D.
"I keep hearing people talk about freezing their fat away. Is that really possible?"
APRIL.MAY 2015 MALIBUCHRONICLE.COM
You’ve probably heard the hype by now about Coolsculpting, a technology that can “freeze” fat away. You may have seen it featured on “The Doctors,” “Good Morning America,” or “Nightline,” and on billboards throughout L.A.
It’s described as a simple, safe, noninvasive FDAapproved treatment to reduce unsightly fat bulges without downtime, needles, chemicals, or anesthesia. The press makes it sound great, but is it too good to be true? For the right patient, Coolsculpting can replace a more costly and uncomfortable liposuction procedure and, at the very least, help your dress drape more smoothly or your jeans fit more comfortably. The process used by CoolSculpting is called cryolipolysis, which involves chilling fat cells to the point that the water inside them crystallizes, rendering them inactive. Because these inactive fat cells look foreign to our body, they are metabolized and excreted by the body’s natural defenses. Studies have shown that patients typically experience a 20% to 25% reduction in the fat layer, resulting in visible changes to the body’s contours after one treatment. Some patients experience much greater reductions. Results are seen as early as 3 weeks and continue to improve over the course of 2 to 4 months posttreatment as the patient’s body continues to flush the damaged fat cells. Treatments can be repeated for additional slimming and contouring effects. Coolsculpting does not replace diet and exercise as the best practice for weight reduction. But it’s ideal for treating trouble areas—bra bulge, tummy pooch, love handles, inner and outer thighs—that just seem to stick around despite being at or near your ideal body weight. Essentially, if you can grab a handful (or two) of fat, Coolsculpting may be perfect for you. “Freezing” or “chilling the fat” has been extremely popular with our patients because of it’s safety, simplicity, ease of treatment, and undeniable, permanent results. Learn more at www.coolsculpting.com.