The 2 Newest Coolsculpting Handpieces Are Now Available at Dr. Steven F. Weiner's Aesthetic Clinique and Enable Nonsurgical Fat Reduction of Thighs, Flanks and Abdomen

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The CoolSmooth and CoolFit Coolsculpting Handpieces open up opportunities to treat thighs with their recent FDA approval. Dr. Weiner has all the available handpieces for performing Coolsculpting on almost every part of the body to reduce unwanted fat deposits completely noninvasively with no downtime.

The CoolSculpting device has been on the market since 2009 and proves to be a very safe and effective treatment for removing that stubborn fat that just doesn’t seem to go away, despite all the hours spent in the gym. Before the advent of CoolSculpting, liposuction had been the mainstay for treating problem areas, but there are several drawbacks to this procedure: downtime, a need for anesthesia, discomfort, and a potential for uneven results. The ability to walk in and walk out and go to the gym or to lunch is an extremely attractive factor of the CoolSculpting treatment. People undergoing the procedure will not miss any work, don't need to wear tight, binding garments, and have no bandages to change. In fact, there are no restrictions on activity or diet, and there is no need for wound care. Some might argue that liposuction is more aggressive because larger amounts of fat can be removed. This is true, but there is nothing preventing a person from getting a second or even a third treatment with CoolSculpting to achieve the desired results. Keep in mind that CoolSculpting is indicated for people who are within 15 percent of their ideal body weight, so it’s not meant for the very obese client.

Coolsculpting was conceptualized by Dr. Rox Anderson and Dr. Dieter Manstein of the Wellman Center of Photomedicine which is associated with Harvard Medical School and The Mass General Hospital. The two knew of a phenomenon called "popsicle panniculitis" which is loss of fat in the cheek area after a child freezes it while sucking on a popsicle. They also found a case report of a women riding a horse naked in cold weather which resulted in fat loss of her inner thighs, after they became extremely cold. They postulated that cooling fat can lead to fat loss - "Cryo = cold, lipolysis = breaking up of fat."

Back in the lab, the 2 physicians found that fat was more sensitive to cold than muscle, nerves, skin, and vessels. They were able to find an optimum temperature to maximize the destruction of fat, while leaving all of the other structures unharmed. The concept of cryolipolysis was created. After the fat was exposed to cold for a certain amount of time, it was terminally injured, and would gradually die. Over time, the body would remove the dying cells, with no increase in lipid or cholesterol levels in the blood.

With further research, it was found that about 25% of the abdominal fat treated was reduced in one treatment. Further treatments have been shown to further reduce the fat by about the same amount.

Up until this point, all the Coolsculpting handpieces required a suction to adhere to the area that was going to be treated. There needed to be a roll of fat that could be "grabbed" by the suction or the area couldn't be treated. The development of the newest handpiece, the Coolsmooth, allowed for areas to be treated without the use of the suction, such as the thigh area. It also enabled the person with smaller amounts of fat or tighter skin to be treated. At the present time, each application of the Coolsmooth handpiece requires 2 hours but this will most likely be reduced to 1 hour in the future. Coolsmooth was recently FDA approved to treat excessive thigh fat.

The procedure is relatively painless, and most people work on their computer or watch movies during their treatments.

For more information, contact Dr. Steven Weiner's The Aesthetic Clinique at 850.622.1214.


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