CoolSculpting, launched in the US in 2010, is a technology-based system which basically freezes fat cells away. As discussed above, when we gain and lose weight, our fat cells basically grow and shrink, but our proportions pretty much stay the same. CoolSculpting is revolutionary in that it lets you target your stubborn fat with “spot treatment.” That means the fat comes off where you want it too. And for the first time, safe and effective spot reduction of fatty bulges can be performed noninvasively, and with no downtime.

When diet and exercise efforts have been tried, tried again, and then exhausted, it can feel as achieving your dream figure is completely out of reach. However, modern medical technology and micro-body contouring techniques can open the doors that were once blocked by frustration and discouragement. Physicians at Athenix use these top three procedu...

As a Harvard and NYU-educated, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rapaport has a track record of over 24 years of achieving exquisite results for his clients, and is dedicated to providing the most innovative and groundbreaking new treatments on the market. He is joined by Dr. Darren Smith, another experienced surgeon in body contouring and other minimally/non-invasive treatments. At Coolspa, each patient receives a customized, one-on-one consultation and treatment that targets their unique trouble zones. This personalized attention coupled with expert skill and artistry is the reason why Coolspa is known as NYC’s premier body sculpting center.


CoolSculpting works by taking advantage of the fact that fat cells are more sensitive to cold than the other cells around them. This basic scientific fact was first discovered in 1970 by doctors observing children who sucked on popsicles for hours, and ended up having first soreness, and later dimples, caused by loss of fat cells! Fast forward about 20 years, and Harvard scientists revisited this fact, and realized that they could turn this science into a system for aesthetic sculpting of fatty bulges. The key was to find the ‘sweet spot’ of time and temperature, which would kill some fat cells but not damage surrounding structures such as skin. They called the public company that makes the systems Zeltiq. The proof of the success of this concept and treatment: Zeltiq was bought out by Allergan in 2016 for whopping 2.5 billion! This was the largest sale of a single medical device company in history.
As the name suggests, the CoolSculpting procedure can be a little chilly. Controlled cooling is delivered via an applicator to freeze the targeted fat. Though you may feel intense cold initially, this feeling usually subsides within 5 to 10 minutes as the area numbs. Because most applicators use a vacuum to draw fatty tissue into the applicator cup, you may also feel some pulling, tugging, and/or mild pinching.
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As a Harvard and NYU-educated, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rapaport has a track record of over 24 years of achieving exquisite results for his clients, and is dedicated to providing the most innovative and groundbreaking new treatments on the market. He is joined by Dr. Darren Smith, another experienced surgeon in body contouring and other minimally/non-invasive treatments. At Coolspa, each patient receives a customized, one-on-one consultation and treatment that targets their unique trouble zones. This personalized attention coupled with expert skill and artistry is the reason why Coolspa is known as NYC’s premier body sculpting center.
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