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Do you have fat deposits you can’t get rid of?

Posted by: David Warsaw, DO, MBA on 5/2/2013 2:26:29 PM

If the answer is “yes,” you may be a candidate for CoolSculpting®, a noninvasive procedure that freezes away the unwanted fat.

For many people, no matter how successful they are at dieting and how much they exercise, stubborn fat deposits remain. CoolSculpting targets these areas without surgery. It uses a cooling process to freeze fat cells, causing them to crystallize, die, and be eliminated naturally from the body.

The procedure is done in the office without any medications or sedation. There are no needles, no anesthesia, no scars and no down time. The Plastic Surgery Group of Lancaster General Health is the first practice in Lancaster County to offer CoolSculpting.

How it works
CoolSculpting, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2010, is based on studies from Harvard University, where it was found that fat freezes at a higher temperature than the surrounding tissue. Unlike other therapies for reducing fat, CoolSculpting doesn’t affect skin, nerves, muscles and blood vessels.

The procedure takes about an hour and uses a suction applicator with cooling panels to provide a safe, constant cooling temperature. You’ll need to stay relatively still, but you can read, watch television, listen to music or just relax.

There’s minimal or no discomfort, but you could notice some bruising and redness at the site of your treatments, which could last a couple of days or longer. You can leave the office right after the procedure and go about your normal day. It will probably take two to three weeks to notice a reduction in your fat deposits, although it could take a few months to see the full results.

Where it works
Most commonly, we treat the lower abdomen, flanks and back rolls—the places prone to “love handles,” “muffin tops,” or “a belly pooch.” You could be a candidate if you have:

  • Distinct bulges.
  • Discrete, well-defined pockets of fat.
  • Healthy skin that is still tight.
  • Areas to “pinch an inch” and pull it away.
While CoolSculpting can help you, it’s not a solution for obesity or excess skin, or a substitute for surgical methods, such as liposuction or a tummy tuck.

If you’re within 10 to 15 pounds of your ideal weight and have localized deposits of fatty tissue, you’re among the best candidates for the procedure. And if you maintain your weight with a normal diet, you should have long-term results.
For a free consultation, call The Plastic Surgery Group at (717) 291-5863 or visit

David Warsaw, D.O., MBA, specializes in plastic and cosmetic surgery. He is a graduate of Lehigh University and Western University of Health Sciences. After an internship at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he was a resident at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA and served a fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.


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Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery

Lancaster General Hospital

554 North Duke Street

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Lancaster, PA 17602

Phone: (717) 291-5863

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Monday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
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Suburban Outpatient Pavilion

2110 Harrisburg Pike

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Lancaster, PA 17604

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Fax: (717) 291-1393

Monday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Saturday: Closed
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Specialty Center - Ephrata

1261 Division Highway

Suite #2

Ephrata, PA 17522

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.*
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Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
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*Patients are seen every Tuesday at this location

After hours please call 291-5863.


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