CoolSculpting : 12 Questions answered by Dr. Terry Dubrow

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Dr. Terry Dubrow is an American plastic surgeon and television personality. He is known for his work on The Swan and for co-hosting Botched with Dr. Paul Nassif. He also appears on The Real Housewives of Orange County with his wife, Heather.

The frustration over stubborn fats has been a familiar chorus sung by so many. This struggle may just be your story too if you’ve also done the rounds finding ways to burn fats. If all these other options don’t seem to work for you, why not think outside the box and freeze them instead? You can do so with CoolSculpting!

Fat freezing is no quack solution plucked out of a sci-fi movie. In fact, it has been around for quite some time, but not many are aware that there is such an option out there! The mechanism is grounded on science, and it’s proven to be a safe and effective body contouring treatment that gets rid of unwanted fats permanently. 

But, before you jump right into it. Let’s walk through these 12 questions that you should be asking. 

12. What is CoolSculpting?

This is an FDA-approved aesthetic treatment that uses a handheld device that freezes the fat below the skin surface. It’s not a weight loss procedure, but rather it targets areas of fat that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. This biologic process is called cryolipolysis, and it permanently kills the fat cells using cold temperature. 

11. What to expect during the CoolSculpting procedure?

The treatment starts with an assessment of the dimensions and shape of the fatty bulge that needs to be treated. An applicator of the appropriate size and curvature will be chosen and the areas of concern are marked.

Afterwards, a gel pad is applied to protect the skin surface. The applicator is then positioned where the bulge is vacuumed into the hollow of the applicator. Patients may experience some discomfort as the vacuum pulls on the tissue. However, this resolves within minutes because as the temperature drops within the applicator, the treated area becomes numb. 

10. Will I lose a lot of fat?

According to studies, an individual can lose up to 25% of fat in the treated areas. Once frozen these cells die through a process called apoptosis (programmed cell death). The cellular debris is eliminated through your lymphatic system, after which, these are excreted through the body through the gastrointestinal tract. It’s important to stay hydrated to continually flush out these fat cells from your system. 

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