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Freezing the fat for added confidence

Feb 20. 2019
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Did you make a New Year resolution to slim down and have a flat belly in time for Valentine’s Day so you could look sexy before summer?

If you did then woke up last Thursday realising that the stubborn belly fat hadn’t gone away even a little, then the good news is that you can still greet summer with a beach body. 

There is a quick fix that can help you get rid of that unwanted fat and look slimmer without needles, a hospital stay or time off work but you need to start now. 

Your body has a fixed number of fat cells that get bigger or smaller as you gain or lose weight. In other words, losing weight generally does not decrease the number of fat cells. Instead, it reduces the size of fat cells temporarily, leaving them in your body. Some people are unlucky in that no amount of diet and exer¬cise can help them sculpt their body. That’s the reason the technology called “CoolSculpting” has come in.

Since its FDA approval, CoolSculpting has become the gold standard in noninvasive belly sculpting. The technology is the brainchild of two doctors at Harvard University who realised that fat cells are particularly susceptible to the effect of cold, unlike other types of cells. Therefore, fat cells can be frozen and killed without doing any harm to surrounding tissue. They went on to develop a device that applies controlled cooling to a treat¬ment site. The device is indicated for freezing and breaking down of the targeted fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are frozen, then die and over a few weeks, the body’s own natural process works to remove and dispose of the dead fat cells. And best of all, they’re gone forever! Gradually, over a few months, your sleeker body should emerge.

Thanks to better technology, mainly in the form of CoolSculptins’s new applicators, nowadays spot treatments have become more tar¬geted and can be done in only 35 to 45 minutes. The new version of CoolSculpting means not only short¬er treatment times, but also greater comfort periods and better efficien¬cy. The most commonly treated areas include the stomach, the flanks, the thighs and the back. Other smaller areas like the upper arms and even under the chin can also be treated with the new mini applicator. 

The eventual end result is an up to 25percent fat reduction in a treatment area, and it’s permanent. The number of treatments needed varies depending on how much fat you want to get rid of. The more treatments you have, the more results you’ll see.

However, it’s important to under¬stand that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure. Freezing fat cells simply causes them to release their contents so they can be more easily burned off. Your weight will not change as a result of CoolSculpting alone – you have to eat right and exercise to see the best results.

With summer and vacations on the horizon, if the bulges on your belly have resisted all your efforts to diet or exercise them away, why not give yourself another chance by scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist to see if you’re a can¬didate for a fat removal procedure like CoolSculpting? Transforming your body is not easy but when it’s successful you will feel confident and love your figure. And there’s no better time to give yourself that chance than today. 

THANISORN THAMLIKITKUL  MD is a member of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery and certified in dermatological laser surgery. Send your questions for her to


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