Love handles, back fat, stomach pooches - most of us are familiar with the terms and what they mean.
But what if we told you there is a new procedure in town that can freeze away that fat and that a favorite summertime treat for kids led to the technology.
It's called Cool Sculpting, and compared to tummy tucks or liposuction it's a treatment you might be able to afford.
Katie Fisher is a recent Saint Mary's College grad who has always had trouble with one part of her body - her belly.
“I've always been apple shaped, I’ve always had the tummy area to work on, everything else I am pretty ok with,” she said. “It's just been an excess in the mid-section that this will help a lot with.”
Fisher was considering smart liposuction but Dr. Stephen Zucker of South Bend's Plastic Surgery Center thought she was a better candidate for a procedure called Cryolipolysis or Cool Sculpting.
Technology that requires no needles, no incisions, no surgery. Just an office visit, compression and cold which gobbles up the fat after a three month period.
“The Cryolipolysis will take down the treated area by at least 20 percent per application, 20 to 40 we say, but it can be repeated,” said Dr. Zucker.
And because Katie is serious about maintaining and even losing weight, she's a good candidate.
“You typically find them on the waist, around the bra straps and between the thigh and the buttock. They lend themselves well to this kind of treatment,” he added.
A treatment that, believe it or not, researchers caught on to by watching little people, like Henry.
“Somebody caught on to kids taking popsicle and put them in their mouth had a shrinkage of soft tissue and fat in chubby cheeks,” said Dr. Zucker.
So after consulting with Dr. Zucker and being shown a lot of before and after pictures, Katie is set up with technician Sarah Bank who will perform the Cool Sculpting procedure.
Katie is going to have two areas worked on and each will take one hour.
First Sarah applies a gel pad to make it easier for the area of fat to get sucked into the freezing unit.
“This is the area I'm going to suck, so this is the part that I need really smooth,” said Bank.
Then, it’s time to apply the suction and Katie's fat is sucked into the suction cup.
Then Bank hits the cooling button.
“We will eventually work on her upper belly. Right now we are focusing on her lower. She's going to feel a tight tugging sensation that lasts about a minute or two and then it starts to go numb,” Bank said.
So how does Katie feel?
“It's like a really intense pull and like a really strong layer of icy hot.”
Bank leaves Katie to watch TV for an hour and then comes back to remove the suction.
“It's going to look like a frozen stick of butter because it's been frozen in there for an hour,” Bank said.
With a little massage the area smoothes out and Katie is ready to have the same hour long procedure on the upper part of her stomach.
She's looking forward to the 20 to 40 percent reduction in stomach fat over the next few months and having clothes fit better.
Katie said she feels good about the procedure. “It was like a day at the spa.!”
And when she leaves the office today?
“I'm a waitress so it's an active job.”
And unlike many procedures that need drugs or a trip to the hospital, Katie says at $750 a section, this is a procedure she can afford and it will help her continue working her lifelong battle with belly fat.
“I know it takes discipline and everything but this will be a good jumping off point,” she said.
A jumping off point that came from observing children eating one of their favorite summertime treats.
Dr. Zucker said he is the only doctor in Michiana offering this non-invasive, Cool Sculpting technology.
For more information about it and pricing, see below:
Cool Sculpting Before and After
Plastic Surgery Center, PC