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I first learned about CoolSculpting a couple of years ago when on every corner of Miami stood a billboard that showed before and after pictures of the CoolSculpting results one can expect. I consider myself optimistic in many cases but if it has to do with a new fad, I am always initially pessimistic. I don’t know about you, but I prefer to not be one of the first people trying something new.
Its been a couple of years now and I have continued my weight loss journey. This journey I speak of is one I have been on my whole life. I won’t bore you with the long details so let’s fast forward to the last 5 years of it. I basically kept losing and gaining the same ten pounds every two weeks. I would eat well Monday through Friday and then I would eat what I wanted Friday to Sunday. I would gain 12 pounds in a week from a vacation with the family. Grant it, I have proven to myself that it is mostly water because a couple of days of non-processed foods and drinking water usually does the trick in removing the excess weight. Inflammation is the biggest culprit in these sudden and spiked weight changes. If you are trying to lose weight this program will not get you far.
Fast forward even more to September 2018 when I was introduced to the concept of intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it's a pattern of eating. It's a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn't change what you eat, it changes when you eat. Aside from eating for only eight hours in the day I also changed my relationship with food so that it was no longer associated with any reward I was giving myself. During the 8 hours that I am eating I am also choosing better foods that provide me with the nutrition my body needs.
Fast forward for the last time to right now where I have lost twenty pounds and I am concerned about specific areas that make me self-conscious. Now I have decided to give CoolSculpting a try. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that can assist people with their insecurities and seems to be doing just that.
CoolSculpting is the #1 FDA cleared procedure used to eliminate stubborn fat in certain areas. It was invented by two Harvard scientists in 1999 when they made the discovery that intense cold damages fat cells. CoolSculpting targets fat without damage to other structures in the skin. As a company, they take comfort into consideration as well and it is the first aesthetic procedure that achieves measurable results without significant discomfort.
But how does it work really?
CoolSculpting fat-freezing technology creates what is considered to be a “medically induced frostbite” or in other words Cryolipolysis (Cryo- Intense, Lipolysis- fat cell death). Which means we are killing those fat cells for good using intense cold! Some of us have stubborn fat pockets that are more difficult to reduce despite diet, exercise or weight loss. The stubborn fat pockets vary greatly from person to person. With this “cool” technology, they can adequately target those areas creating natural and beautiful results. No incisions, no downtime, just beautiful results!
So far, in my experience at Miami Body Image & Sculpting I have observed that they take an additional approach with their clients. Because all the technicians are also Registered Dietitians with over 10 years of combined experience, they take pride in not only helping someone achieve their body goals, but also developing healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle. They provide individualized meal plans to their clients to help us reach our goal weight and feel more confident about ourselves.
I especially like that Dr. Eric Valladares, MD is one of the top bariatric and general surgeons in Miami, with years of experience helping his patients achieve their body goals and ensuring long-term success. He enjoys helping those in his community live a happier and healthier lifestyle and believes CoolSculpting can help do this.
Miami Body Image accommodates busy professionals and clients on-the-go with extended hours and weekend availability. Because they understand that time is of the essence, multiple areas of the body can be treated during a single session with the use of Dual Sculpting which is two machines that get you in and out in half of the time. Fat reduction should enhance your life over time, not hamper your schedule.
Lastly, they pride themselves in being a CoolSculpting only boutique! While there are other facilities that offer CoolSculpting along with a menu of other services, Miami Body Image’s sole focus is on fat reduction. They look at the technology and the craft as an art form: the mastery of time, attention to detail and the individualized care given with each treatment affects your mental, emotional and physical health.
I have already done my first session of CoolSculpting and look forward to sharing my full opinion with you in a later edition of Calle Ocho News so stay connected via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linked In @CalleOchoNews.
Rosi R. Rodriguez
Editor in Chief