Category Archives: Coolsculpting

Freeze Your Fat Away

Think back a few years. How might you have reacted if someone told you that there was a procedure available that could freeze away stubborn body fat without causing damage to surrounding nerve or tissues? Would you have thought it far-fetched? Would you have suspected that they were exaggerating?

Although cryolipolysis (CoolSculpting) was first approved by the FDA in 2010, many people still cannot wrap their minds around the fact that in a single hour as much as 20-25% of body fat can be safely frozen away. And yet, CoolSculpting has been utilized more than 1.5 million times, leaving patients thrilled with the results.

The Genesis

Early research began in a surprising way. It was more than 45 years ago when Dr. Ervin H Epstein Jr. noticed that many of his young patients with dimples had something in common. They all regularly consumed Popsicles – lots of Popsicles. Sure, some of his patients inherited their dimples, but Epstein wondered if it was possible that others were “creating” dimples through the consumption of Popsicles.

Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine around 1970, Epstein posited that some children spent so much time with a Popsicle in their mouths that the frozen treat had time to perform cryolipolysis. In other words, as the Popsicles came into contact with fat cells in the cheeks they were frozen, leaving the tissue and nerves around those fat cells intact. It was pretty revolutionary stuff, even if the instrument in question was a Popsicle.

The Research is Refined

The very first human study showing the effect of CoolSculpting appeared in 2009. Coleman et al. reported their findings after applying the CoolSculpting procedure to 10 patients. Each subject received a single, one hour treatment on their love handle area. Coleman et al. found that two months after the treatment subjects showed a 20% reduction of fat in the love handle area. By six months, that reduction was 25%. Not surprisingly, the FDA approved the procedure as both safe and effective in September 2010.

How it Works

Just as those Popsicles worked to permanently destroy fat cells in the cheeks of youngsters decades ago, CoolSculpting works by destroying targeted fat while
leaving surrounding tissue undamaged. The CoolSculpting device pulls stubborn fat between two cooling plates and holds it in place with a strong vacuum. The cooling plates are then set to the precise temperature known to kill fat cells.

At first, patients report a sense of intense cold and some pulling from the vacuum. As their bodies acclimate they are frequently able to read, work on their laptops, and even nap.

Many of our patients are perfectly satisfied with a 20-25% fat reduction in a particular area, but those who are not can schedule another non-invasive CoolSculpting session in order to lose an additional 20-25%.

That said, there are a couple of issue we like our patients to consider….

Now available in Greenwood Village, Colorado

The Pressure to be Perfect

Although there is absolutely no benefit associated with beating ourselves up over physical imperfections, it appears that we all do it. In fact, a study from the Social Issues Research Center (SIRC) reports that people who spend time watching television tend to “feel less positive about their image in the mirror.” Crazy, right? We look at idealized (and often airbrushed) versions of the human form and believe that there is something wrong with us if we don’t look that way.

The really silly part? We allow ourselves to feel bad about our bodies based upon media-created caricatures. To add insult to injury, societal standards regarding what makes a person attractive constantly changes.

For example, in 1917, the “perfect” woman was about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed in at around 140 pounds. That was the gold standard in beauty. By the 1990s, top models were thinner than the average woman, but only by 8%. Today, models weight 23% less than the average woman, making pretty much everyone but a very few feel miserable in comparison.

Men are not immune to the pressure regarding how they should look. While men throughout the ages have always been expected to be masculine (whatever that entailed at any given time), they are bombarded today with media images telling them how they can “fix” themselves.

If the media is to be trusted, men don’t just have to be muscular, they also need to be lean. The message has become so unrelenting that more than 30% of young men report being unhappy with their weight.

That’s an awful lot of power we are giving away to people who are simply trying to sell us products we may not need in the first place. The fear of not meeting someone else’s idea of what we should be is also a really bad reason to undergo CoolSculpting or any other kind of cosmetic procedure.

What we do here at our clinic is empower our patients. We offer you the technology and trust that you will make a sensible decision based upon your personal needs.

Now available in Greenwood Village, Colorado

Making a Change for All the Right Reasons

WebMD has created a list of great questions to ask yourself prior to undergoing any kind of cosmetic procedures.

• Are you doing this for someone else or for yourself?
• What do you want to change, specifically?
• What are your ultimate expectations?
• Does your physician agree that your goals are reasonable?

Notice the question regarding for whom you want to undergo CoolSculpting? The right answer, the only answer that really makes sense, is for yourself! We work with you to make certain that you are doing this for you. Even though CoolSculpting is non-invasive and could be used to treat just about anybody, it is you we care about.

Many of our patients have lost weight or have been working to get healthier. The only fly in their ointment is that their body continues to hold on to stubborn pockets of fat that seem to contradict how hard they have been working. If that is you, CoolSculpting is a reasonable option, designed to bring your body in line with your efforts.

CoolSculpting is the ultimate solution for anyone who is within 20-30 pounds of their goal weight and simply needs help to rid their bodies of unsightly areas of fat.

CoolSculpting is Different from Weight Loss

When we lose weight our fat cells shrink, but the number of cells remains the same. They’re still there, just a bit smaller. The snag is this: when we begin to regain weight those fat cells plump right back up.

CoolSculpting actually works by reducing the number of fat cells in a treated area. Through CoolSculpting, the fat cells are frozen and die. They are slowly metabolized by the body, used either as energy or flushed away. Once gone, those fat cells are gone for good.

Patients may or may not weigh less following a procedure, but they will certainly be smaller in the treated areas. Unlike other procedures, patients do not have to worry about fat cells simply being redistributed to untreated areas.

Bottom Line

The decision to make a permanent change to your body is a big one, and we appreciate that. We’re here to answer your questions, walk you through the procedure, and help you be the best version of yourself you can be.

Now available in Greenwood Village, Colorado

Coolsculpting

If you ever watched “Star Trek” as a kid, it is easy to imagine Scotty or Uhura marching to the infirmary and asking for a quick session of cryolipolysis to rid themselves of stubborn fat. In less than an hour good old Dr. McCoy would have hooked them up to a high-tech gadget, gotten rid of the fat, and sent them on their way.

Seems far-fetched, doesn’t it? And yet, that is precisely what CoolSculpting does. The same cryolipolysis our fictional characters would have asked for has been developed and is available to anyone who seeking to lose stubborn pockets of fat. Cryolipolysis (the medical term for CoolSculpting) is a procedure that destroys unwanted fat cells in a non-invasive way, relatively pain-free way.

It all started in the 1970s when a doctor began to notice that his young patients with dimples had one thing in common: they adored Popsicles. Sure, some of the kids inherited dimples, but others actually developed them over time. This doctor – who went on to write about his research in the New England Journal of Medicine – discovered that those yummy, ice cold treats actually killed fat cells in the interior of his patient’s mouths.

Fast forward 39 years when a study authored by Coleman et al. reported that freezing fat cells was a legitimate, reproducible, effective way to rid certain parts of the body of fat. Their study involved 10 patients, each of whom was given a single one hour session of cryolipolysis on their love handle area. After two months, patients showed a 20% decrease in love handle fat. At the six month mark that reduction was up to 25%.

It was no surprise when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the procedure for general use in 2010.

CoolSculpting is not magic, but is still fairly awe-inspiring. Here’s how it works: fat bulges are placed between two cooling plates and held in place by a strong vacuum. The cooling plates are set to a specific temperature that is proven to destroy fat cells without damaging skin, nerves, or blood vessels. After about an hour, the work has been done. All that is left is to wait for the dead fat cells to be absorbed into the body. The body then treats those fat cells like they would treat any food that has been consumed, by storing what is needed to fuel bodily functions and getting rid of the rest. In other words, all those dead fat cells are either used up by the body or disposed of. Regardless of how they leave, they are gone forever.

Now available in Denver, Colorado

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I know I’m a good candidate for CoolSculpting?

If you are within 20-30 pounds of your ideal body weight, you are likely a good candidate for the procedure. It does not matter if you have just lost weight or are in the process of dropping a few more pounds, CoolSculpting can help get rid of those fat bulges that plague you.

How many sessions will I need?

 In what may be one of the greatest benefits of CoolSculpting, you can customize your treatment, undergoing as many sessions as you need to achieve your personal goals. Many of our patients feel like a fat loss of 20-25% is plenty. Others would like to lose 20-25% more so they add another session.

How long before I can return to normal activities?

 CoolSculpting is non-surgical, meaning most of our patients are able to return to their everyday activities right away. Although some do experience minor bruising, redness, discomfort or numbness, these are temporary. The vast majority of patients who undergo CoolSculpting experience no downtime at all.

What can I expect during and after the procedure?

Within a few minutes you will begin to feel intense cold and pressure. This soon dissipates as your body adjusts to the treatment. Many of our patients can read, work on their laptop, watch a video, listen to music, or even nap during treatment.

Immediately following the procedure you may feel a bit swollen. That is a natural reaction and one that is sure to pass. To get a better picture of how CoolSculpting will work for you, it helps to remember that fat cells have actually been killed and are simply in the process of being used up (metabolized) by the body. Each day following your procedure fat cells are metabolized and your body will begin to shrink. Patients generally report seeing optimum results four months after receiving their CoolSculpting treatment, although it does not end there. The body continues to rid itself of dead fat cells for at least two more months.

Now available in Denver, Colorado

Is CoolSculpting safe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved CoolSculpting for several areas of the body, including stubborn love handles, thighs and abdomen. There have been more than 1.5 million treatments performed worldwide, making CoolSculpting one of the safest, non-invasive, non-surgical fat reduction procedures on the market.

 Why would I choose this procedure over liposuction?

The goals of liposuction and CoolSculpting are nearly identical. They simply go about achieving those goals in different ways. Liposuction requires that patients dedicate themselves to a recovery period, compression garments, temporary disfigurement, and possible time off work. Because it is non-invasive, CoolSculpting allows patients to undergo the procedure and immediately go back to living their regular lives.

Does the procedure really produce permanent results?

Yes, it does. CoolSculpting works by freezing fat cells. Once those fat cells are frozen they die and are eliminated from the body. Once they are gone, they are gone for good.

Isn’t it funny how open we were as kids, how ready we were to believe what we saw in movies, Saturday morning cartoons, and in books and comics? Everything seemed possible. Today, we have at hand the technology to rid ourselves of fat in a way that seems like something out of a space-age television show. Why not embrace the reality that CoolSculpting can change our lives in one single hour – about the time it once took to watch our favorite television show?

Now available in Denver, Colorado