Men Turn to Fat Freezing, Discrete Non-Surgical, for Removing Fat

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    Jul 15, 2017 2:39 AM GMT
    NYT: Fat freezing, a treatment that can eliminate people’s fat cells, is becoming a hot new revenue opportunity for doctors’ offices and spas looking to capitalize on Americans’ willingness to open their wallets for a trimmer physique.

    Dermatology clinics and medical spas are increasingly offering a procedure called CoolSculpting to shrink love handles, flabby tummies and jiggly arms. Doctors’ offices are eager to offer the treatment because it represents a way to meet the fast-growing demand for fat-reduction services that don’t require surgery. It is also, they say, a way to get new types of customers in the door, including men.

    Treatment lasts 35 minutes to an hour, depending on the targeted area. The effects are seen over a period of weeks after treatment, as the body eliminates the dead fat cells. It can take two to four months to see full results.

    The procedure is not covered by insurance, and costs an average of $625 per treatment, according to Zeltiq. A course of procedures, typically treating different areas of the body, can run $2,000 to $4,000.

    W. Grant Stevens, a clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of Southern California’s medical school and an early tester of fat freezing, said he maintains more than two dozen machines at his network of clinics near Los Angeles. The procedure may be especially appealing to men, he said, as a discreet nonsurgical treatment.

    “They don’t want anybody to know,” Dr. Stevens said. Zeltiq said about 20 percent of CoolSculpting patients are men.

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    Jul 15, 2017 12:21 PM GMT
    What will they think up next ...icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 15, 2017 12:59 PM GMT
    It only works for subcutaneous fat outside of the muscle wall, not intra-abdominal fat inside the muscle wall.
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    Jul 15, 2017 9:16 PM GMT
    This might be a good way to treat "Moobs" (love handles, double chin?) instead of lipo. Diet shrinks the fat cells this takes them away.