Like many of the patients he serves, Dr. Grant Stevens, Medical Director of Marina Plastic Surgery Associates, also has aspects of his appearance that he would like to improve. He offers several procedures for body contouring, one of the latest being CoolSculpting™ by ZELTIQ™. This Los Angeles plastic surgeon was so excited about the results of this treatment that he decided to try it for himself!
“I wanted to try CoolSculpting because I was seeing very satisfying results from my patients, and frankly, I had some pesky love handles that I’d been thinking of treating for some time,” explains Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Stevens. “Another benefit of having a treatment myself is that it helps me connect with the patients who choose it, because I have that firsthand knowledge and experience.” Many of Dr. Stevens’ CoolSculpting patients saw noticeable results from the treatment, which helped spark his interest. Dr. Stevens states, “I thought, ‘I’m seeing great results for my patients. The treatment is completely noninvasive and safe, so why not try it out and see for myself?'”
CoolSculpting works by chilling fat cells to a temperature just above freezing. The cold destroys the fat cells without harming other cells in the treatment area. The body then removes the targeted fat cells through its own natural cleansing process. The treatment is cleared by the FDA for noninvasive fat reduction – no needles, surgery or downtime are required. “I had two cycles performed on my love handles– one on each side,” Dr. Stevens recalls. “Each cycle lasted only an hour, and I was able to catch up on some medical journal articles during that time.”
While the treatment wasn’t necessarily relaxing, he explains that it wasn’t as uncomfortable as it might seem. “Some people who hear about this treatment and come in for a consultation are expecting there’s a catch – that it’s too good to be true and must be very painful or something,” says Dr. Stevens. “But I’ve found CoolSculpting to be one of the most comfortable body contouring treatments available at my Los Angeles practice. I know that from personal experience and from the feedback of my patients. It is not painful and there’s really no catch – just the potential for significant, satisfying results.”
To maximize results, most people choosing CoolSculpting will need 2 to 3 treatments separated by a 2 to 4 month time period. Dr. Stevens received his first treatment in May, and had a second treatment in September. However, he began to notice significant results even after his first CoolSculpting session. “I had already seen a difference in how my clothes were fitting before I received my second CoolSculpting treatment,” says Dr. Stevens. “I noticed a significant volume decrease in the treated areas, and that’s pretty impressive considering I had no surgery or downtime. I am excited to see how the results of the second treatment will help me slim down further in the months ahead.”
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