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CoolSculpting at West Houston Dermatology

Fat Reduction via CoolSculpting

Since the end of June West Houston Dermatology has had the privilege of helping numerous patients sculpt a new, sleek body through fat removal treatments with CoolSculpting.  We’ve all heard plenty about spa treatments or devices that promise to help a patient lose weight or inches from their bodies, and we’ve all heard of results that are all over the board.  Before the US Food & Drug Administration approved CoolSculpting, the creators from Harvard had to prove with empirical evidence that there was an appreciable loss of fat cells in every patient that was a part of the Phase III trials.  Each and every Phase III patient lost no less than 22% of the fat cells in the targeted area.  The fact that CoolSculpting successfully completed that requirement should give patients a lot of confidence in the process’s effectiveness.  CoolSculpting uses a process called cryolipolysis to create what is known as programmed cell death for fat cells. Almost every cell in the body whether bone, skin, or other type is programmed to live for a certain period of time.  For example, skin cells live for approximately 28 days before dying and being replenished by new skin cells.  Unfortunately, fat cells can last a lifetime, and in some areas those cells can be quite stubborn.  Unlike procedures called smart lipo or laser assisted liposuction, CoolSculpting is not an ablative process – meaning CoolSculpting does not damage the skin, muscle, or tissue surrounding the treated area in order to remove the fat.  Liposuction is ablative, so there can be lots of inflammation and tissue damage that is unintended.  With CoolSculpting, there are no incisions, drains, stitches, compression garments, anesthesia or downtime.  The holidays are coming, and if you’ve been wanting to get rid of bothersome bulges, contact West Houston Dermatology for an informative consultation and to determine if you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting.