Mount Pleasant Magazine May/June 2021

www. Char l es tonWomen . com | www. Char l es tonWomenPodcas t . com | www. ReadCW. com CW C oolSculpting is the newest med-spa trend in body makeovers. Its origins trace back to some popsicle-loving children in Massachusetts. There, Drs. Rox Anderson and Dieter Manstein, both affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, identified a condition known as popsicle panniculitis. It seemed that repeated exposure to cold popsicles could destroy cheek fat and cause dimples to appear in the cheeks of certain children who were particularly passionate about popsicles. After studying this phenomenon, the doctors concluded that a cold temperature of 40 degrees would destroy fat cells without harming the skin and other underlying tissue. The resulting procedure, known as cryolipolysis, or fat freezing, was born. The FDA approved CoolSculpting for the thighs in 2010 and for the stomach in 2012. Today, the procedure has been authorized for nine body locations including the chin and jaw area, upper arms, buttocks, back, sides and bra line. According to Michele Hensel, the practice administrator and weight loss consultant at Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center in Mount Pleasant, CoolSculpting is not a solution for weight loss. The fat cells that develop during childhood and adolescence can be permanently destroyed by this procedure, but new ones will grow to replace them if extra weight is gained and distributed around the body. For that reason, the ideal candidates should BY JANE T E . PERR I GO What Makes CoolSculpting So Cool ?