My name is Shannon and turning 39 (for the second time) in six months. When I’m not spending time with family and friends, I work as a solo practitioner attorney. So, my job promotes being sedentary most of the day. I work out 4 days a week doing cardio for an hour, and twice a week I try to hit the weights. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to make much difference to my stubborn abdominal fat. I’ve toyed with the idea of having some “work” done to spruce up, but I’m reluctant to have elective surgery because as a brittle Type 1 diabetic, I could have complications with incisions healing property and infection. I’ve researched non-invasive options for fat loss, and I have been hearing about fat freezing technology called cryolipolysis. When I heard about CoolSculpting, I did what I do best – research! Initially I was excited because CoolSculpting is essentially non-surgical body sculpting. The science seems sound. The process uses a machine that freezes the fat cells in the treatment area, but without freezing the exposed skin. The freezing causes the cells to experience apoptosis – a fancy way for saying the fat cells die in a controlled way rather than being traumatized. After the fat cells die, they get flushed out of the body through the lymphatic system over a period of weeks. I also liked that CoolSculpting is not supposed to be painful, and doesn’t require any kind of anesthesia. After determining that I want to go through with Cool Sculpting, I decided to research doctors in my area. Top on my list is Stephen Mahoney, M.D. at West Houston Dermatology.