Sometimes the ‘no pain, no gain’ rule just doesn’t quite work in our favor. Those stubborn areas of fat may not respond to the effort and pain we’re putting in at the gym. So what if we told you at MediSpa Maui we have a ‘cool’ way to reduce the fat in those stubborn areas with zero downtime? Now you’re listening! Today we are talking about CoolSculpting, which is a device made by Zeltiq. In a nutshell, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat freezing procedure that is FDA-cleared. If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, there’s also no downtime with CoolSculpting.
At MediSpa Maui we’ve had the CoolSculpting device for over a year, and we’ve been very happy with it. It treats stubborn areas of fat on your body, also referred to as pockets of fat, where fat can be difficult to get rid of on your own. It is often used in the abdominal area, the flanks (our lovehandles), and on the inner and outer thighs. CoolSculpting is unique in that it uses cold to remove the fat. Our fat cells are rather tolerant of heat, but they’re intolerant of cold. The CoolSculpting device essentially takes the temperature of the tissue down to a little bit above freezing and the fat cells actually crystallize, then die. Skin doesn’t crystallize due to the water content of skin, so it remains untouched and protected.
There are several different adapters or handpieces that we can use to treat the different areas of the body. The treatment is done for about an hour, and the patient gets to relax at this time. During the treatment a patient can nap, read a good book, or check email. It gets rid of about 25% of the fat in a given area. CoolSculpting can be done as a stand-alone treatment, or a one-time procedure, but some patients will choose to do it a couple of times to get rid of about half the fat in a given area. The benefits of this device include no real downtime, it is non-invasive, and it is a good alternative to a procedure like invasive liposuction. It is important to remember that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure, it is a spot reduction procedure. I had the procedure down myself over the abdomen, and I noticed a nice improvement. Some patients, myself included, noticed some numbness and tingling in the area that lasts for about 2 to 4 weeks and then improves over time. I look and feel great now!
Recently on E! News there was a segment on CoolSculpting from the patient’s perspective of what it’s like to have the treatment done. The segment also shared some great educational material about CoolSculpting. I recommend that you go to the E! News segment and check it out. You can find a link to the segment on our Facebook page at MediSpa Maui, as well as our video blog .
MediSpa Maui is hosting a special event later in October for CoolSculpting. If you’re interested in attending or if you have any questions, please call us at (808) 879-4909. We’d love to hear from you.Thank you!
Dr. Brian Stolley
Owner and Medical Director