Fat freezing newest, coolest movement in weight loss

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      Like many women and mothers her age - 46-year-old Monique Robinson wants to tighten and tone her body.

      But, after spending countless hours in the gym without losing that dreaded “pooch,” Robinson is turning to different measures to rid herself of those extra inches.

      “I was hoping that this technique might help get those areas that just come along after getting older,” Robinson said.

      The procedure is called CoolSculpting—it’s a non-surgical device just approved by the FDA that works by freezing fat cells to the point where they break down. So, instead of burning fat off at the gym, you can freeze it off at the doctor’s office.

      “It was like jumping into a cold ice bath,” Robinson said.

      The whole process takes about an hour and begins with a gel patch put on the skin. A suction applicator is then put on to the fatty area, cooling it and then finally numbing it.

      “It’s basically a non-surgical liposuction,” said Dr. Scott Gerrish, who is one of a handful of doctors in the area offering CoolSculpting.


      He says it is an ideal option for men and women who are in relatively good shape but just cannot get rid of that muffin top, love-handles or pesky back fat. The website boasts that “developed by Harvard scientists, our unique, patented, clinically proven procedure involves freezing fat cells without damage to your skin. There’s no knife. No suction hoses. No needles. No lasers, even. After your treatment, you get on with your busy day.”

      Zeltiq—the manufacturer of CoolSculpting—says the majority of people see a 20-percent reduction in fat.

      “Patients are incredibly happy that they can walk out, lose a bump or bulge, maybe an inch around their waist, and have no down time and go right back to working out,” Gerrish said.

      Kat Mahan is one of those happy customers. She came to Dr. Gerrish about a year ago.

      “I believe I started to see results in about two weeks, I felt it in my waist band in my pants,” Mahan said.

      CoolSculpting does carry risks like bruising, pigment loss and frost bite. It also will not work for anyone who is overweight—it just works for those with concentrated pockets of fat.

      But, for many, like Monique Robinson, the positives outweigh the negatives.

      “I'm hoping that this just does the trick for me and I’ll be happy with the results,” Robinson said.

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      Offices in our area offering CoolSculpting:

      Melda Isaac, MD & Christine DeWitt, MD
      2440 M Street NW
      Suite 703
      Washington, DC 20037
      202-393-SKIN (7546)

      Tina Alster, MD & Elizabeth Tanzi, MD
      1430 K Street
      NW Suite 200
      Washington, DC 20007

      Jennifer MacGregor, MD
      1430 K Street
      NW Suite 200
      Washington, DC 20007
      (202) 628-8855

      Drew Varano, MD
      2 Wisconsin Circle
      Suite 220
      Chevy Chase, MD 20815

      Tina B. West, MD
      5530 Wisconsin Ave
      Chevy Chase, MD 20815

      Vineet Mehan, MD
      3289 Woodburn Rd., # 245
      Annandale, VA 22003

      Roberta F. Palestine, MD & Geeta M. Shah, MD
      6410 Rockledge Dr.
      Suite 201
      Bethesda, MD 20817

      Scott Gerrish, MD
      112 Pleasant Street, SW
      Vienna, VA 22180
      (571) 723-4338

      Christopher L. Hess, M.D.
      3930 Pender Dr.
      Suite 120
      Fairfax, VA 22030

      Timothy S. Mountcastle, M.D.
      21785 Filigree Ct.
      Suite 208
      Ashburn, VA 20147