Body Sculpting problem areas

Freezing or heating genetically predisposed problem areas could help unwanted bulges.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — When good ol’’ fashion diet and exercise won’t cut it for those stubborn fat pockets — science is thinking of ways to burn or cool off fat. Coolsculpting was one of the first body sculpting procedures to remove unwanted fat bulges. The noninvasive procedure is FDA cleared to treat 9 different areas of the body, including under the chin and abdomen.

In shape

Dr. Tamara Poling at the Rapid City Medical Center says, “The science behind it is that adipose tissue or fat is very sensitive to cold compared to other tissues in our body, and so the coolsculpt machine specifically targets the fat. It doesn’t damage blood vessels, skin, muscle or any of those other areas. It causes damage to the fat cells in the body over a period of a month or two. To see kind of the beginning of results, the best results at about 3 to 4 months. It kind of gobbles up or eats up those damage fat cells from the treatment.”

After a treatment, there’s a 20-25% permanent reduction of fat cells — now that doesn’t mean you couldn’t gain weight and as a result the remaining fat cells get larger in size. But continuing a healthy lifestyle is encouraged to maintain results. Each treatment lasts about 40 minutes — some may want more than one treatment. The plans are customized to each patient.

You can also heat off your fat. The EndyMed Pro relies on radio frequency and deep dermal heating of collagen fibers to stimulate long-term skin tightening.

Cool Sculpt

Cool Sculpt

Poling says, “In general, EndyMed helps with fine wrinkling, but they have the first new EndyMed Contour which is FDA approved for a specific spot reducing of cellulite because not only are fat cells really sensitive to cold, they are very sensitive to heat as well. And so it’s kind of the same mechanism of action in terms of damage of fat cells.”

Poling also says that the EndyMed targets not just the smaller areas of fat, but focuses in on the cellulite on the back of thighs.

EndyMed Pro

EndyMed Pro

The side effects of both procedures are minimal.

Dr. Poling adds that the Rapid City Medical Center will have another body sculpting tool to enhance muscle tone within the next year.

The Medical Center is hosting a Coolsculpt Consult Day on April 30 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 721-3376 (DERM) to schedule.

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