Worcester Dermatology Clinic Now Offers Innovative CoolSculpting®

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The specialists at Worcester Dermatology Associates have a new procedure to complement their range of cosmetic and medical skincare services: CoolSculpting®. Worcester, MA patients can melt inches away using the procedure’s fat-freezing technology.

Worcester Dermatology Associates now offers CoolSculpting in Worcester, MA and Chelmsford, MA. FDA-approved CoolSculpting is the latest advancement in what manufacturer ZELTIQ® Aesthetics calls Cryolipolysis. This non-surgical system has revolutionized the elimination of stubborn fat.

In the past, the only option cosmetic physicians had for reducing unwanted fat was a surgical procedure such as liposuction. With the inception of CoolSculpting, women and men gained a non-surgical alternative for body contouring.

"Patients now have a solution for removing fat from common trouble spots without having to go under the knife," says Dr. Seth Kates, director of the dermatology clinic in Worcester, MA. "And you can't beat the recovery time. With surgery, patients may be out of commission for weeks, but with CoolSculpting, you can go right back to work or even the gym after your treatment."

CoolSculpting uses ZELTIQ's proprietary Cryolipolysis technology, which means freezing fat. Fat freezes at a higher temperature than other tissues in the body. The CoolSculpting device cools a targeted area to a precise temperature to trigger the death of the fat cells without harming surrounding tissues. The body metabolizes the dead fat cells and flushes them out naturally over the course of several weeks.

"The technology uses fat cells' sensitivity to cold and the body's natural design to its benefit," says Dr. Kates, who is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, as well as a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology. "The body naturally breaks down fat to produce energy and regulate body temperature. By focusing cold energy on particular areas, we can activate that process and naturally reduce fat."

Dr. A. David Simkin, who practices as a dermatologist at the Chelmsford office, says the procedure is safe and effective.

"Most of the tissues in the skin — the blood vessels, nerves, and other underlying structures — are more durable under cold conditions than fat," he says. "So the CoolSculpting device affects the fat cells without harming other parts of the body."

CoolSculpting is versatile, too. It can be used in the areas around the waist (the areas commonly referred to as "love handles" and "muffin tops"), abdomen, back, thighs, buttocks, and arms. But Dr. Kates reminds patients that CoolSculpting is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise.

"It's important to note that CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss system," he says. "It's a body contouring treatment designed to enhance a person's appearance and help them overcome fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. Patients should be in good health and at least close to their ideal weight."

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Dr. Seth Kates and Dr. A. David Simkin of Worcester Dermatology Associates (http://www.worcesterderm.com) specialize in providing expert advice and optimal care for patients with a wide range of cosmetic and medical dermatology needs in Worcester, MA, and the surrounding area. Both doctors underwent comprehensive training in dermatology and focus on effective solutions to meet – and even surpass – patients’ expectations. Together with their dedicated staff, Dr. Kates and Dr. Simkin combine extensive experience with a commitment to personalized patient care.

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