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Fat Freezing: Cryolipolysis – I wish I’d really known

Fat Freezing: Cryolipolysis, which is the medical term for fat freezing, is a medical treatment used to destroy fat cells under your skin.

“I Bought Into the Hype.”

There it was; the newest, greatest weight loss fat wonder. The magical fat melter. Oh, the promises. Oh, the praise. Banish the bulges forever. Lose the love hands. Undouble (or even un-triple) that beyond chubby chin. Abolish those flabby abs. Get those stubborn inner thighs, back and arms. It was a celeb sensation. You couldn’t turn the page of a fashion magazine, watch enough talk shows, or be Twittered about it enough. “Yes, I thought.” “Yes.” A fat removal fairy tale with absolutely, positively, guaranteed happy endings. Personally, I’m not one of those people who buys into those kind of unproven oaths. Upon thinking about it some more and doing more research, I discovered that some fairy tales can turn into horror stories. Off came the rose-colored glasses. Fortunately, (from all I’ve heard) I didn’t give fat freezing the green light.

“The Proof is in the Popsicles.”

 You’re going to love this one. Where did the concept for fat freezing come from? Some Stephen Hawkins kind of genius? Are you sitting? Years ago, scientists at Harvard University observed that some children who ate popsicles got dimples in their cheeks. The scientists—Dieter Manstein, MD and R. Rox Anderson, MD—realized that the popsicles were freezing and eliminating small pockets of fat cells. The idea that cold can target fat cells—without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue—was the insight behind Cryolipolysis®, the proven science on which the fat freezing procedure is based. Enough to give you the chills.

“There Are a Lot of Words for It”

So, suddenly fat freezing was the word. And so many good ones to choose from: non-invasive, economical, miraculous, amazing, incomparable, tantalizing, revolutionary, unbelievable…go on, Google the Thesaurus under synonyms for “staggering.” But the more I read (and I read, and read more) a host of other words came up: painful, expensive, ineffective, imprecise, uneven. Now that’s what I call really unbelievable. While they claim the side effects are mild, you are still pulled, tucked, pinched and sucked from repeatedly, even in one area, over and over. And even more when you consider all the sessions they say you need to get any results. Oh, and then expect the same thing for every part of your body you want to fat freeze. Oh, my word.

“Who’s Paddling the Fat Boat?”

Here’s another good question to ask; who, exactly is at the helm of the fat freezing procedure. More often than you think, it isn’t always done by a board certified plastic surgeon. Those vacuum-like tools are often in the hands of someone who might not have had much training. Sort of similar to all the relatively untrained folks administering Botox. (My dentist offers that service, if you can believe it.) Be totally assured, fat freezing is still (and should be) a medical process. They’re not love paddles for love handles. Not only do some of the individuals performing the process lack the skill needed, the machines themselves, have limitations in terms of fine-tuning fat removal the way an artful, precise and skilled plastic surgeon might by hand. And forget about anyone performing fat freezing on themselves. Yet, they do. Another terrible trend. There are fat freezing devices listed all over the web: “Do it yourself. Save even more money. It’s safe, effective. And it only costs $399…$129.99…$69.99…” I even saw one on eBay for $2650.00. Crazy would be putting it mildly.

“It Cost a Bundle, but it Didn’t Pay.”

I went for it. And there’s no question I’d never do it again. I certainly didn’t feel great afterward in a lot of ways. The pain was horrible; I couldn’t even sleep for three nights, and the doctor who did it prescribed prescription painkillers, assuring me it would go away. (Pain killer addiction, anyone?). I thought I’d go in for one treatment and come out svelte and sexually tempting. One treatment? Try three or four. If I did less, the doctor said it wouldn’t work the way it was supposed to. I thought I was taking the easier, less expensive road as compared to getting liposuction.  But each session was extremely expensive. I did three treatments because I wanted great results, but to my great dismay, the results were VERY subtle. I ended up dropping what to me was a small fortune for something that didn’t change anything. Once you get started, it doesn’t stop adding up. To anything but regret. To say it was a pain, is understatement.

“Liposuction is the Gold Standard.”

Unlike fat freezing which has only been around for ten years, liposuction has been a proven, safe way to sculpt and define areas of your body for 27 years. People think liposuction is more expensive, and requires surgery. Liposuction is done in a single treatment with dramatic results. “Wow” results. Pressing fat freezing paddles on your skin is like letting a vacuum loose on your fat. It can be extremely painful, and each time you subject yourself to it, it hurts all over again.(Sounding less and less appealing?)  Just as liposuction is the gold standard for getting the look you want, Thomas A. Narsete, MD, is the gold standard of cosmetic board-certified surgeons performing the procedure. He has an artistic eye. He has incomparable expertise and experience. He wants you to understand the differences between fat freezing and liposuction, and understand why liposuction is the smarter, more dramatic choice. Don’t be fooled by the fat freezing frenzy. Get the facts. Then get on the phone and call Dr. Narsete for a consultation.