Fatty Thighs? CoolSculpting® Could Help

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Kickboxing. Running. Pilates. If you’ve tried everything to get rid of the stubborn fat on your outer thighs and still aren’t getting the results you want, you may be a candidate for CoolSculpting®.

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, using an FDA-approved procedure that freezes away the unwanted fat cells, causing them to crystallize and be eliminated naturally from the body.

How it Works

CoolSculpting® is based on Harvard University studies that found 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. It is a great alternative to the recovery times of surgical options like liposuction and tummy tuck.

The non-invasive 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.

And if you maintain your weight with a normal diet, you should have long-term results.

Where it Works

In addition to the thighs, CoolSculpting® is used to treat the lower abdomen, flanks and back rolls—the places prone to “love handles,” “muffin tops,” or “a belly pooch.”

Are You a Candidate?

The best candidates for CoolSculpting® are within 10-15 pounds of their ideal weight and 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® is an option for some people; it’s not a solution for obesity or excess skin, or a substitute for surgical methods, such as liposuction or a tummy tuck, if they are most appropriate for you.

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David S. Warsaw, DO, MBA, Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery

David Warsaw, DO, MBA, is a doctor with Lancaster General Health Physicians Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery.

Education: A graduate of Lehigh University and Western University of Health Sciences, Dr. Warsaw completed his plastic surgery training at the Mayo Clinic. His areas of expertise include plastic and cosmetic surgery.

Call: 717-291-5863

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