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It’s a rare person who doesn’t have a little fat around their middle that they would like to get rid of. Fortunately, in the last couple of years there has been new technology that has been FDA-approved to specifically address this concern.
Text by Sandy Lindsey | June 1, 2018 | Beauty & Wellness

Cool Sculpt works by freezing the fat. First, a hand piece is placed over the area the patient would like treated, such as the love handles or central abdomen. The machine then remains there for an hour to freeze the subcutaneous fat. This kills the fat cells, which are then eliminated from the body. One or more treatments can be done, and a 25% reduction in the fat can be seen. More recently, Vanquish was approved for fat reduction. With it, radiofrequency energy is delivered to the subcutaneous fat. This is done with a panel that’s able to treat the abdomen and flanks at the same time. The energy is delivered for 45 minutes, producing a warm sensation in the treated area, with the deep heat killing the fat cells. For best results, several weekly treatments are performed. There will also be a hand-piece to treat the thighs and upper arms in the near future. These treatments are great options for those stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to exercise and a good diet.

› Dr. John Martin is a Board-Certified Oculofacial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon who has been in practice in Coral Gables for 23 years. He’s a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Medical School, and did a fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami; 305.444.5950;

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