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A Cool New Way to Reduce Fat

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    A Cool New Way to Reduce Fat
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    Boyfriend Jeans are loose and sit low around the waist.

    Do you have a muffin top or some extra little bulges you want to reduce without surgery?

    This month, the FDA approved the first device for non-invasive body sculpting -- and it's available here in South Florida.

    Odilis Fernandez used to cover her midsection. She's not hiding it anymore since having the procedure in May

    “I was not happy with my stomach and every time I went to the beach I would use a one piece because I had these bulky little pouches here,” Fernandez said.  “Big time difference. I can show my stomach now. I'm really happy with it.”

    Odilis didn't melt away her fat or get it suctioned out of her body. Instead she gave it the cold treatment using the procedure called cool sculpting.

    The device has 2 cooling plates inside. Suction holds it in place. Each area has to be treated for an hour .

    “During that hour it cools the fat to 43-44 degrees which kills the fat cells and nothing else," explains Aventura dermatologist Dr. Mark Nestor.

    Odilis says “ it feels like a vacuum cleaner at first. Like a vacuum sucks in your skin., But it doesn't hurt. It's not painful.”

    The body's natural scavengers gobble up the dead fat cells so the results are not instantaneous.

    Odilis says it took “a month, month and a half where I started seeing I was liking it. I was like yeah this is really working.”
    She fits the description of the perfect candidate for this procedure.

    But the procedure is not for people who are very overweight.

    “The ideal person for this is essentially reasonable weight but has pockets of fat whether it is the love handles, the area of the abdomen, on the back , by the knees, by the thighs” says Dr. Nestor.

    it's $800 for each area treated and usually patients need two to four areas treated at one sitting. There's no downtime when you're done.

    “Some patients may feel a little bit of numbness that may last about a month but we've had no issues whatsoever from the point of side effects or problems” says Dr. Nestor.

    Odilis, says the results she got are more than she expected.

    “Sometimes you see so many things out there and they show you great pictures and tell you all kinds of stuff so you get into it, and sometimes they don’t work," she said. "But this really worked on me.”