Procedure freezes fat away

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If you want to ditch your spare tire by spring break, you'd better start now.

Diet, calorie-counting and exercise are key to fitness, but what about those stubborn fat deposits that linger no matter what you do? Some people are having success by freezing their fat.

It's called "coolsculpting." There is no anesthesia, no cuts and no down time. The measurable results are leading to competition to get an appointment at a Fishers Medspa.

Debbie Reed is back for her second treatment to freeze her fat.

"The first one I had done I was just amazed at how much improved I was," Reed said.

After getting the procedure done on her stomach, now she's targeting her love handles.

For the process to work, you must have pinchable, pliable fat, which is marked and then covered with a gel pack to protect your skin. The applicator you pick will vary depending on the area that you want treated.

A smaller applicator is used for Debbie Reed, and two cooling plates use cryolipolysis technology to selectively affect fat cells. It takes about an hour per side.

"Once we take the gel pad off, the skin will be red and raised and actually frozen. We do a massage portion and you feel little crystals of ice when we do the massage and then your body will release the fat cells through the lymphatic system," said Amanda Voss, Simply Skin Medical aesthetician.

"It's a numbness right now," said Reed.

That could last for weeks.

Kellee Yarian says it was worth it.

"I'm very happy with the result especially after having a C-section. I didn't think that I would get that as flat, but as you can see the before and after it actually pulled my sides in," she said.

Kellee is now thinking about having her thighs done. She has four months to be beach buff by spring break.

This is an FDA-approved procedure.

Simply Skin is one of three companies with the technology in central Indiana. The cost starts at $800 per treatment. You may experience initial skin discomfort or bruising in the treated area. Studies have found no long-term degenerative nerve damage.

Compared to liposuction, it impacts less fat - about 18 to 30 percent - but results are more likely to be even. Also there is no scar and no need for a compression garment.