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For many of us, a healthy diet and consistent exercise routine simply aren't enough to remove stubborn pockets of fat. Fortunately, there's a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that can safely freeze and destroy fat in as little as one hour. Hello fat freezing - goodbye love handles and double chin.
How fat freezing works
During a fat freezing procedure, a hand-held device is used to freeze and destroy fat cells below the surface of the skin. The treatment crystallizes fat cells and permanently eliminates them from the body, resulting in an area that appears smooth and toned. The procedure treats areas including the stomach and abdomen, thighs, chin, back and upper arms. Since the procedure is non-surgical and minimally-invasive, patients are awake during the treatment and there is no down time after the procedure.
Preparing for your fat freezing procedure
First, determine if you're a candidate for fat freezing. Men and women who are healthy, exercise and are within 20 pounds of their ideal weight are generally good candidates. Since the procedure uses extremely cold temperatures to destroy fat cells, it's a good idea to discuss your health history and any medical conditions with your doctor to determine if it is right for you.
How quickly to expect results
Most patients lose 20 to 30 percent of fatty tissue in the treated areas after one session and report noticeable results anywhere from a week to a few months after treatment. Once the fat cells are treated and destroyed, they are gone for good, resulting in a more contoured, sculpted and natural look.
Depending on the area (or areas) to be treated, more than one treatment might be needed to achieve the desired results.
Smooth, contoured, natural looking skin
Keep in mind that this procedure isn't a replacement for diet and exercise, but rather a convenient and effective minimally-invasive non-surgical treatment that can help you reach your cosmetic goals. Remember that your CareCredit credit card is accepted to finance this and other cosmetic procedures to help you get and keep the look you want. Use our Provider Locator to find a doctor near you who accepts your CareCredit card.
Fat freezing versus liposuction
Fat freezing and liposuction are two of the most popular body contouring procedures, yet they are different treatments. Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure that removes excess fat over a large part of the body, often requiring a week or two of recovery. Fat freezing is non-surgical and minimally-invasive, designed to treat smaller, local pockets of fat, with no down time. The best treatment option for you depends on your cosmetic goals and individual preferences.
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