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  Whatever your non-medical term of choice is — "muffin top," "love handles," "pooch" — many people have that one fatty, diet-and-exercise-resistant area on their bodies. With them in mind, the company Zeltiq created its CoolSculpting technique, a noninvasive procedure that uses cold to kill fat cells.

  Dr. Elizabeth Kinsley, a plastic surgeon who offers the procedure at her Covington office (7039 E. Hwy. 190 Service Road, Covington, 985-893-3737; www.doctorkinsley.com), says good candidates for CoolSculpting are close to their ideal weight, but have a problem area. The procedure is not recommended for overweight patients. The FDA-approved device uses a suction cup placed over the fatty area. The device draws the area between two cooling panels with protective gel coating. Fat cells are frozen, which causes them to dissipate and be reabsorbed by the body. "Fat cells are poorly organized," Kinsley says. "It doesn't take a lot to disrupt them."

  Patients often see results three weeks after the procedure, with more noticeable results after two months as the body continues to reabsorb and flush fat cells. The procedure causes a 25 percent fat reduction in the treated areas. "Patients say, 'But I want it all (to be reduced)'," Kinsley says, "but a 25 percent reduction on a love handle is a significant difference."

  The procedure itself is noninvasive and requires no anesthetic, and Kinsley says the only side effects include mild bruising and "slight discomfort, comparable to placing an ice pack on your back or shoulder." Each area costs $700 to treat, but Kinsley says patients can see results after one treatment. — Lauren LaBorde



Visit www.coolsculpting.com for more details on CoolSculpting.


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