CoolSculpting freezes away fat
It looks like a vacuum, but that's not how CoolSculpting works.
This non-invasive procedure at MedAge in Asheville aims to freeze away fat.
"Men typically have more flank fat, where women may have more fat around the middle or saddlebags or bra bulge," explained Dr. Laura Ellis.
"I am thin. I work out, and I eat very healthy, but there's always those problem areas with the love handles I just can't get rid of," said 36-year-old patient Luke Burrell.
" So, I decided to try this out to get rid of those love handles."
Ellis added, "CoolSculpting is not a weight loss plan. It's not for obesity. It's to sculpt and get rid of problem areas of fat despite good diet and exercise."
Applicators during the procedure can drop to 11 degrees fahrenheit.
"What's happening is when the fat cells are exposed to this low of a temperature -- they can't withstand that low of a temperature -- so it actually kills the fat cells," said Marni Stockhausen, a CoolSculpting technician.
"It starts off really cold, " Luke said, "but within 5 or 10 minutes you go a little numb and you don't feel it anymore."
For a typical patient, there are two treatments -- each lasting between 35 minutes and one hour.
Some 90 percent of patients see results that can take up to six months ... because the body slowly excretes the frozen fat cells.
Luke is thinking longterm.
"I want to look as young as possible for as long as I can," he insisted.