3 FACTS ABOUT FREEZ­ING FAT

Family Circle - - ON DUTY -

1 It’s an al­ter­na­tive to li­po­suc­tion.

The non­sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure breaks down fat cells by freez­ing them. Other cells ab­sorb the fat cells and help your body get rid of them.

2 The cost can add up.

De­pend­ing on how many ar­eas are treated and the amount of fat, it can cost be­tween $2,000 and $4,000, and in­sur­ance prob­a­bly won’t cover it.

3 Side ef­fects are pos­si­ble.

Bruis­ing, swelling, pain sen­si­tiv­ity and tin­gling are com­mon. Although rare, para­dox­i­cal adi­pose hy­per­pla­sia—a larger area of hard­ened fat— oc­curs more fre­quently than pre­vi­ously thought.

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