Cool Renew MedSpa - February 2020




POPSICLES AND HORSEBACK RIDING The Curious Roots of CoolSculpting

A t Cool Renew Med Spa, we passion for providing our community with this service and for the self-improvement opportunities CoolSculpting makes possible. Feb. 11 is National Inventors Day, and while it’s by no means a widely celebrated holiday, it does make this month a great time to share the history of how medical experts first invented CoolSculpting. It all started with some popsicles. pride ourselves on being Erie’s CoolSculpting experts. We have a Two medical doctors affiliated with the Harvard School of Medicine and the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rox Anderson and Dr. Dieter Manstein, are credited as the masterminds behind what eventually became CoolSculpting. Both of them were studying “popsicle panniculitis,” a peculiar phenomenon where children appeared to lose cheek fat after sucking on frozen popsicles or ice. During this time, another much stranger case exhibited a similar phenomenon. After a woman rode nude on

horseback in freezing cold temperatures (don’t ask us why someone would do this; we have no idea), the woman reported fat loss on the insides of her thighs. Drawing from both of these cases, Dr. Anderson and Dr. Manstein theorized there must be some connection between the direct application of cold temperatures to a certain part of the body and a loss of body fat.

without harming any organs or surrounding body tissue. This noninvasive fat-reduction procedure is now more technically known as cryolipolysis. In 2010, the FDA approved this procedure, which was at that point rebranded under the more straightforward moniker “CoolSculpting,” and the rest is history. Since then, over 4,000 CoolSculpting locations have popped up around the United States, and millions of people have experienced the confidence boost that comes with this revolutionary procedure. CoolSculpting is a large part of the services we offer here at Cool Renew Med Spa, and it wasn’t until three or four years ago that I learned about its wonderfully weird history. I’m glad I know it now, though. The procedure’s history may have come from something as insignificant as kids eating popsicles, but it just goes to show that great discoveries can be made when the right people pay attention.

It took a lot of testing, and a lot of trial and error, but finally Dr. Anderson and Dr. Manstein discovered that fat is actually a lot more sensitive to cold temperatures than nerves, skin, muscle, and other body tissues. When fat cells are exposed to the cold, they die and are excreted out of the body through the liver. But they didn’t stop there — they found a way to put this newfound knowledge into practice. The doctors pinpointed the optimal temperature at which to freeze and kill as much fat as possible “It just goes to show that great discoveries can be made when the right people pay attention.”

– Grant Miller

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