CoolSculpt your trouble spots away

Courtesy The Greenwich Medical Skincare and Laser Spa. Photograph By Marria Pooya.
Courtesy The Greenwich Medical Skincare and Laser Spa. Photograph By Marria Pooya.

Written by Marria Pooya

Whether it’s a tummy bulge, love handles or double chin, getting rid of unwanted fat has never been easier. 

When trouble spots refuse to budge with diet and exercise, the noninvasive treatment CoolSculpting can literally freeze away your fat without any downtime or discomfort for you.

For more than six years, CoolSculpting has revolutionized the nonsurgical body contouring industry, and more than 1 million treatments have been safely and effectively performed worldwide. CoolSculpting is the No.1 noninvasive fat reduction procedure.

It began with a discovery by Harvard scientists, who realized that freezing fat cells could destroy them. This process, called cryolipolysis, was harnessed by the developers of CoolSculpting and now allows patients to give unwanted fat the cold shoulder. CoolSculpting works by targeting fat cells deep below the skin’s surface, destroying them so that the body can naturally eliminate them during the course of the next three months with permanent results.

During a CoolSculpting treatment, the contoured applicator is attached to the targeted area, and, following some initial coldness, the area becomes numb as the fat cells get frozen. This all happens without ever breaking the skin or damaging the surrounding tissues while you just relax and chill out. During the next several weeks, you will notice your treated area gradually becoming slimmer, leaving you with a more contoured appearance. Best of all, as long as you maintain your weight, those fat cells are gone forever.

FDA-approved in 2010, CoolSculpting keeps getting better. With the new CoolAdvantage applicator, just introduced in June, a typical treatment now takes only 35 minutes and then you are out the door. There is absolutely no downtime from a CoolSculpting treatment. You can return to work, and even working out, the same day. You may experience some temporary side effects, such as bruising in the treated area, swelling, soreness or numbness to the touch. However, any of these reactions disappear within two to three weeks. By then, you’ll begin to see the results of CoolSculpting with maximum results achieved one to three months post-treatment.

A single CoolSculpting treatment can make a noticeable difference, reducing fat as much as 25 percent in the treated area. If you would like to increase your results, additional treatments can be safely applied to the same area, freezing away more fat. It is also safe to treat multiple areas.

Are you wondering if CoolSculpting is right for you? A good candidate is someone who diets and exercises but just cannot get rid of the stubborn bulge around a hard-to-reach area like the abdomen, bra line or inner thighs. These areas, as well as the hips, outer thighs, arms and the fat below the chin, can all be effectively treated with CoolSculpting. Be sure to continue with your healthy diet and exercise regimen, and you’ll be able to maintain results on any area of the body.

When it comes to CoolSculpting, experience matters. The experts at The Greenwich Medical Skincare and Laser Spa have performed more than 5,000 CoolSculpting treatments to date. The spa is the leading CoolSculpting facility in Connecticut and Westchester County and among the top 2 percent of CoolSculpting facilities in the nation. The Greenwich Medical Skincare and Laser Spa also has a variety of CoolSculpting applicators, including the new CoolAdvantage and the CoolMini, which targets small areas like submental fat (the dreaded double chin). By using two applicators at once — Dual CoolSculpting — treatment time for areas like thighs or love handles can be cut in half.

If you are looking for a way to target and destroy unwanted fat on any area of the body, but surgery and downtime don’t fit into the equation, CoolSculpting can provide your solution. With the benefits of being noninvasive and offering permanent results coupled with the new CoolAdvantage applicator, which shortens treatment time, CoolSculpting will really make you sizzle.

Marria Pooya is managing partner of The Greenwich Medical Skincare and Laser Spa. For more, visit

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