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Coolsculpting: Freezing the fat

It’s an age old problem with a new age way of treating it and now “Coolsculpting”,  the process of eliminating your fat by freezing it,  is catching on across the country.  Lancaster skin center is one of only a handful of places performing the technique in Central PA.   Registered nurse Molly Hackman  performs all of the office’s Coolsculpting procedures.  “Not only is coolscupt noninvasive, it can also be done on your lunch break.”, Hackman says.

Harvard scientists developed the technique that targets fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination- all while leaving the healthy cells undamaged.  The device acts like a vacuum, sucking up the fat, and then freezing it. The treatment takes 1 hour per area, and then over the course of 2 -3 months, the fat is said to gradually disappear- up to 20% of it.   Hackman says that the best patients are those who are relatively fit but just have little areas of fat that they can’t get rid of with diet and exercise.  She says weight loss is not expected, but it is common for patients to lose inches or pants sizes.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of coolsculpting is its safety record.  Health care officials have performed over a million treatments, without 1 long-term complication.  The worst side effect is a slight numbing to the area that can last for a few weeks.  The procedure may be fast, but it isn’t cheap.   It typically costs around $500-700 dollars per area.

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