‘Cool’ Way to Get Slim For the Holidays

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Is slimming down among your New Year’s resolutions?  You’ve exercised and dieted to utter frustration, and you still have those extra bumps and bulges. Now there’s a way to look thinner without surgery and look great for all those holiday photos.

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The process is called “CoolSculpting”and it requires no downtime with near immediate results. According to the official website, the “CoolSculpting procedure is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise.”

Eden Surgical and Wellness Center in Calabasas has been offering this procedure since January and have already performed 150 treatments to satisfied patients. “Typically, there’s a 20-30 percent permanent reduction per treatment,” said Liz Bay, certified CoolSculpting consultant.

Developed by Harvard University scientists, the process involves the freezing of fat cells. “Fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than the rest of the body,” said Adam Adair, manager of the surgical center. Once frozen, the fat cells die and are excreted from the body, he said.

Patients come in for an initial consultation, so Bay can determine if they are the right candidate for the procedure. “We discuss what the problem areas are and coordinate a plan,” she said. Common “problem” areas are the abdomen, saddlebags, and the inner and outer thighs. Once she gives the go-ahead, Bay takes before photos. The process takes about an hour during which time patients can read, work on their laptops or relax. The process is safe, there is no downtime afterwards, and clients may go about the rest of their day with little to no side effects.

It can take six to eight weeks to see the results, said Bay. At that point, she will take “after” photos so clients can visibly see the results.

It’s important to remember that this is not a weight loss procedure; however, whether or not you lose weight, you should become thinner and your clothes should fit better.

For more information, call 818-444-4244. 

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