by Catherine Durboraw, M.D.
Remember that old expression ‘I don’t even know why I’m eating this … I might as well just tape it to my thighs?’ While tongue-in-cheek, there’s a whole lotta truth to that!
Aging and metabolism changes can be rough on both men’s and women’s bodies. Areas that used to be slim and toned start to wiggle and wobble … and you start to wonder where those annoying extra fat bulges came from.
We have created an entire vocabulary to show our disdain for these pesky issues: love handles, muffin tops, banana rolls, chicken wings, turkey waddles, bra bulge (for women). And, you might ask, was my chin really so lonely, it needed a friend?
It’s as if by naming them we take away their power and feel we can conquer them once and for all. And while we were charmed that Mr. Darcy loved Bridget Jones’ wobbly bits, let’s be honest, you don’t love them (I know I don’t!) and that’s what counts.
Fitness is great, but sometimes it’s not enough
As a doctor who has the privilege to meet every day with so many beautiful and fit people in my practice, I know how much time and care they spend on their diet and exercise regimens. They care for themselves, even more so as they get older, at the very time that gravity and mother nature make it oh-so-much-harder.
I’ve always found it frustrating that we set women up to feel bad about normal post-childbirth or aging changes. We all know that at times, despite eating well and maintaining a good fitness regimen, there are just stubborn fat pockets that won’t go away. And then, if exercise doesn’t do the whole job, we say that she cheated by getting something done.
Enough of the double bind … and the double chin!
Enter CoolSculpting…a revolution in fat removal
At CFA, we can help you get sleek, trim and sculpted with CoolSculpting — the world’s leading non-invasive fat removal treatment. Just like everything I recommend to my patients, I’ve done it myself, so I know it’s safe and really works.
The FDA-cleared medical procedure freezes away unwanted fat for good. Yes, you read that right! Unlike fat cells that shrink after dieting, ready and waiting to puff themselves up after some holiday fun, CoolSculpting destroys fat cells forever. Gone. For good. Buh-bye.
That’s because CoolSculpting delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath your skin. Treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates those dead cells. So, you are permanently transformed!
In the not-so-distant past, the only good option women had for targeted fat reduction was liposuction. It works, but its invasive nature has some risks. That’s where CoolSculpting comes in – it requires no surgery and is completely non-invasive, so there’s no risk of damage to skin or muscle tissue.
It’s safe and easy, with little to no downtime. You can even do it over your lunch hour. Read, take a nap, watch videos, catch up on email or just sit and imagine your fat cells being shown the door.
It really works!
Curious to see CoolSculpting in action? Here’s a quick clip where the bane of my existence – my jiggly underarms – meet their match.
That was fun! And the best part? My sleeveless dresses have found their way to the front of my closet again.
We’re pretty proud that CFA is the number one CoolSculpting practice in the region. This is important because our vast experience means the best possible results for you. We’ve seen the full gamut of stubborn fat challenges and have successfully tackled each and every one of them!
We customize our approach for you
When you come in, our board-certified experts will create an individualized treatment plan based on your goals. The length of each treatment will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit, but it usually takes between 35-70 minutes for each area. A single treatment eliminates about 20% of the fat cells in a region, and you’ll start to see changes as quickly as 3 weeks after your treatment and will have the final results from your first treatment after 3 months. You go on with your daily life and your fat cells continue to disappear – how cool is that?
‘Aha moments,’ or what do popsicles and naked horseback riding have in common?
The other cool thing about CoolSculpting is how it was invented. For all those science nerds out there, like me, this story is fun. Enter two doctors affiliated with Harvard Medical School. They noticed that some kids who ate a lot of popsicles ended up with dimples on their cheeks where their fat cells dissolved. There’s also a slightly risqué tale about a woman riding her horse naked on cold days, who suddenly noticed less fat on her inner thighs. Little did she know, she’d become a legend among women hoping for the same effect.
These were the ‘aha moments’ that led to the invention of CoolSculpting. Turns out fat is actually much more sensitive to cold than nerves, skin, muscle and other body tissue, so the doctors determined the precise temperature to maximize fat destruction, while leaving everything else unharmed. This is known as cryolipolysis. But we just call it fabulous!
Here, in Allure magazine, one of the inventors talks about how CoolSculpting came about:
See for yourself
And because a picture really is worth a thousand words, here’s a gallery of before and after photos. Amazing, unretouched results that show all the ways CoolSculpting can freeze away unwanted fat forever!
I’m not sure what else I can share to convince you that this is the real deal. Come in, and we can talk about your unique concerns and evaluate together how CoolSculpting can play a role.
We’re excited to meet you and begin our journey together. Hope to see you soon!