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De­cod­ing fat freez­ing

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Jen­nifer Anis­ton, Khloé Kar­dashian, Lind­say Lo­han and Mariah Carey are just some of the Hol­ly­wood celebs who swear by CoolSculpt­ing – a non-in­va­sive, Har­vard-sci­en­tist-de­vel­oped pro­ce­dure, which uses cool­ing tech­nol­ogy to freeze and elim­i­nate fat cells, thereby get­ting rid of un­wanted fat.

WHAT EX­ACTLY IS COOLSCULPT­ING? CoolSculpt­ing uses con­trolled cool­ing tech­niques, called Cry­olipol­y­sis, to freeze fat cells at a tem­per­a­ture tol­er­ated by the skin, caus­ing fat cells to die and re-di­gest into the body, sci­en­tif­i­cally known as apop­to­sis (shrink­age and even­tual death). It cools the fat through the pa­tient’s skin at a tem­per­a­ture of -11 to -13 de­gree C. The pro­ce­dure is cleared by the US Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Health Canada and the Euro­pean Union.

KEY FEA­TURES Is non-sur­gi­cal, doesn’t re­quire anes­the­sia, and pa­tients can re­sume their daily nor­mal ac­tiv­ity im­me­di­ately af­ter the treat­ment. Re­sults in about 25 % re­duc­tion in the pa­tient’s fat layer, and in­tended for body con­tour­ing to re­move spe­cific fat bulges.

HOW DOES IT WORK? The treat­ment process in­volves a fatty area of the body be­ing sucked into a suc­tion cup-type de­vice and cooled. A gel patch is placed on the area be­fore it is sucked into the ma­chine. Dif­fer­ent shapes of suc­tion cups and dif­fer­ent pro­gram­ming in the ma­chine are used for dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the body. The pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ences mild dis­com­fort for a few min­utes un­til the area be­comes numb. Typ­i­cally, a ses­sion lasts for 35 min­utes for each part of the

Please note: If not done cor­rectly, there could be prom­i­nent pock­ets of fats seen at places where the area has not been treated. Hence as­sess­ment is very cru­cial. body. The num­ber and du­ra­tion of treat­ments vary depending on the treat­ment area and tar­get spot re­duc­tion. The pa­tient may ex­pe­ri­ence sore­ness, itch­ing, bruis­ing, pain or numb­ness in the treated area for two weeks. Af­ter the fat cells die, they are ab­sorbed into the body and flushed out over the fol­low­ing sev­eral weeks or months.

WHICH AR­EAS CAN IT TREAT? Ideal for lo­cal­ized fat bulges, such as love han­dles/ ab­domen/ in­ner and outer thigh/ dou­ble chin/ back fat/ ax­il­lary puff/ male chest and more... NOT WEIGHT LOSS This, how­ever, is not a weight loss pro­ce­dure. “This is for some­one who has stub­born fat and can’t get rid of it in spe­cific prob­lem ar­eas,” says Dr V Sethu Ra­man, MD, Celebrity Der­ma­tol­o­gist @ ZI Aes­thetic and Laser Clinic, the ZI Clinic, who prac­tises the treat­ment (CoolAd­van­tage) in Chennai.

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