TAMPA - Do you have love handles or a muffin top? You know, those areas on your body that no matter what you do, just won't go away?
There's a hot new trend in plastic surgery that's making those trouble spots disappear without having to go under the knife.
Angel Hyatt could never get rid of the bulge in her belly. "I was always the January 1st go get em, New Years resolution could never get rid of it, eat right, couldn't get rid of it."
So Angel turned to the latest trend in plastic surgery, coolsculpting. She says, "I got it done on my lower abdomen, I definitely feel a difference. My pants are a little bit more loose, I can see it's a little bit smoother."
Coolsculpting is a quick, easy and relatively painless cosmetic procedure. It requires only one treatment and you don't have to go under the knife.
"It's better tolerated, it's less invasive, and it takes less time," says Dr. Michael Cohen, a board certified plastic surgeon at the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland.
His center has performed more than 100 coolsculpting procedures in the last 2 months alone.
He says the treatment is ideal for people who are in relatively good shape but can't get rid of those stubborn bulges of fat.
"Someone who's been to the gym, lost some weight, is comfortable with where they are fitness wise, but still has a persistent area like the muffin top."
The procedure can be done on both women and men. Dr. Cohen says, "A lot of men don't want to take off time for work and go through a more invasive procedure with a lot of recovery."
So how does coolsculpting work?
The treatment involves using cooling plates to freeze the fat off. Dr. Cohen says, "The process is to cool the fat cells and cause them to crystallize and be destroyed, so it really does sculpt the body."
The target area is marked and a gel pad is placed on the skin to protect it from the cold temperature, then an applicator is pressed down on the targeted area. One treatment lasts an hour.
Angel says, "It's a little bit of suction and then it gets cool right away so there's no discomfort, it's kind of just an hour of looking at an iPad."
When the treatment is done, results take some time to kick it. Dr. Cohen says, "It usually takes about a month or so before the patient starts perceiving some reduction and by the end of about 3 months you start to really see the difference."
Angel says, "My pants were a little bit looser, I could pull them up and down without unbuttoning. It was actually a nice change so I actually had to go and get a size smaller jeans which was nice."
At the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Maryland, one coolsculpting treatment can cost anywhere from $800 to $1,500 depending on the area of treatment.