If You're Considering CoolSculpting, You Definitely Need to Read This First

by Byrdie
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Unless you’re one of the select few humans genetically predisposed with the physique of a Victoria’s Secret model, you probably have to accept a certain amount of body fat. But there are some areas, especially for women, that can be particularly stubborn. Women are more inclined to store fat than men, for example—especially as we age—and we also tend to carry more fat in our hips and thighs (you know, because of that whole childbirth thing).

So while a certain percentage of body fat is totally healthy and normal, it can be particularly frustrating for women who are trying to displace any excess. Diet and exercise can only do so much, and for a long time, the only real solution for getting rid of excess fat was surgical—that is, until a very buzzy noninvasive procedure called CoolSculpting emerged on the scene. By literally freezing away the offending tissue, it promises to effectively stimulate fat loss—with absolutely no downtime.

Intrigued by the idea of "lunchtime lipo," we pressed nurse practitioner Cristina Shallenberger for all of the details.

Keep reading to find out more!

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