Plastic Surgery Specialists 1st In Region To Offer CoolSculpting
Freezing away body fat
For the past 18 months, Tina Moes has gotten up at 4:30 a.m. each day for an intense workout of kick-boxing and resistance band training.
She has lost two dress sizes and 10-12 pounds and gained muscle and enough stamina to run 5K races. Despite her strict exercise regimen, she hasn’t been able to lose the stubborn belly bulge.
“No matter how hard I’ve tried, I haven’t lost the stomach pooch,” said Moes, 49. “I figured I would always have it, particularly after having two kids and a couple of abdominal surgeries.”
Now, she hopes to see a flatter stomach over the next several weeks after undergoing CoolSculpting®. The innovative technology freezes away unwanted fat and is now available at Genesis Plastic Surgery Specialists, the first medical practice in the region to offer this breakthrough in non-invasive fat reduction.
“CoolSculpting is an exciting new approach that is non-invasive and has shown significant results in clinical studies for removing fat without the potential risks and downtime of invasive procedures,” said Anne Cramer, M.D., who is in practice with John Searles, M.D.
“We have found the procedure to be extremely effective, especially on resistant, localized areas, such as back fat, love handles and the isolated belly fat. CoolSculpting is comfortable, and patients are highly satisfied.”
The procedure was comfortable enough for Tina Moes to undergo CoolSculpting last Thursday in front of a large audience -- at an event at Genesis Plastic Surgery Specialists to introduce the breakthrough technology.
Unlike most other methods of fat reduction, CoolSculpting involves no needles, surgery or long periods of recovery. That non-invasive approach appealed to Moes, who was able to drive home to Dubuque after her CoolSculpting procedure.
Cooling unwanted fat
Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, CoolSculpting cools unwanted fat cells in the body, thereby inducing a natural, controlled elimination of fat cells. Based on science developed by the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass., this breakthrough is based on thorough research that demonstrates fat cells are more susceptible to cold and are selectively, painlessly and permanently destroyed.
Starting several weeks after the procedure, cooled fat cells begin a process called “apoptosis” and begin to shrink and disappear. The body proceeds to naturally and gradually eliminate the cooled fat cells, reducing the thickness of the fat layer.
During the procedure, Moes sat reclined in a chair while the CoolSculpting device was positioned on her abdomen, the area of treatment. The device then drew the bulge up between two cooling panels. The sensation is a firm pull and pressure -- enough of a pull to ensure the selected tissue will be cooled most efficiently.
Treatments last one hour. Some patients will benefit from a repeat procedure to the area.
“It felt like a pretty intense suction for the first 10-15 minutes. It wasn’t exactly pleasant, but it didn’t bring tears to my eyes either. After that, the area was completely numb and I couldn’t feel anything. I could easily have taken a nap or read a book,” Moes said.
Patients often spend procedure time reading, working on their laptops, or simply relaxing. Some patients experience redness, minor bruising, tingling, numbness or discomfort in the treated area, but this is temporary and will resolve completely. Often times, patients return to work after the session is over. “After an hour, the suction was turned off.
After the CoolSculpting machine was removed, the suctioned area looked like the shape of a stick of butter,” Moes said. “A nurse then kneaded my stomach back to the way it was.”
On average, each CoolSculpting procedure results in an undeniable reduction of fat in the treated area, and patients can start to see results as soon as six weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring over a period of two to four months in most patients.
Moes said she would recommend CoolSculpting, especially for the stubborn body fat that diet and exercise alone doesn’t seem to help. “It was a pretty easy procedure, and I look forward to seeing my results over the next several weeks,” she said.
Surgeons Dr. Anne Cramer and Dr. John Searles provide board-certified services in breast surgery, body contouring, liposuction, face and eyelid surgery and post-bariatric plastic surgery. They also specialize in breast reconstruction after cancer, skin cancer and burn care.
Genesis Plastic Surgery Specialists is located at 5335 Eastern Ave., Davenport. For more information, call (563) 323-0026. To find out about CoolSculpting, go to www.thefatfreeze.com.