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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Valentine’s Day Treats for Your Kids


Valentine’s Day isn’t just observed between romantic couples. It’s a day for celebrating the love you feel for people in all areas of your life. And if you have kids, Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to celebrate your love for them and let them know how special they are to you. Here are a few ways to make this Feb. 14 the most memorable one yet for your little ones. GIFTS AND BALLOONS Surprise your little ones the morning of Feb. 14 by decorating their room with their favorite treats and balloons. Tie their favorite candy bar or a small toy they’ve had their eye on to the bottom of one or more balloon strings. Then, place the balloons around their bedroom for them to find.

shape of hearts. For extra love, add strawberries or raspberries to complete the Valentine’s Day vibe.

REFLECTIONS OF LOVE While you’re busy cooking up a feast, your kids will most likely visit the bathroom to get ready for the day. What will they see when they walk in? Their mirror covered in sticky notes in the shape of a heart! You can write words of encouragement, love, and support and set the display up for them the night before. It’s a fantastic way for them to start their day. LET YOUR KIDS BE IN CHARGE Valentine’s Day lands on a Friday this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate over the weekend. Let your kids plan a day of fun by creating a list of activities they can choose from. Let them decide whether you all spend a few hours together ice skating, watching a movie, going to the park, or visiting an amusement park. To add a little more fun, create a “menu” they can look at and choose what they’ll have for dinner that night.

A HEARTFELT BREAKFAST Take the time to whip up their favorite breakfast and try to add a little bit of Valentine’s Day cheer. If you want to get extra crafty, you can cook bacon, pancakes, eggs, and toast all in the

Enjoy this day of love with all of your special someones this year!


How Emsculpting Tones and Strengthens Muscle

When you’re trying to look like your best self, you can do more than just get rid of excess body fat. CoolSculpting will absolutely get rid of any pesky flab that sticks around regardless of proper diet and exercise, but that’s only half the battle. What about the

that the procedure is proven to work as intended and is largely painless. The device issues electromagnetic pulses to your muscles, which simulate muscle contractions. These contractions cause muscles to release chemicals that signal fat cells to break down their contents into fatty acids, which then overwhelm and kill those fat cells. Then, they’re metabolized normally through the body. That’s not all. While Emsculpting breaks down fat, it simultaneously builds up muscle fibers. One study found that Emsculpting patients experienced muscle fiber growth of 16%. Receiving electromagnetic pulses might sound extremely painful, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. While there’s not quite any feeling to which you could directly compare Emsculpting, the company describes the feeling as “like an intensive workout.” Any discomfort is mild and bearable, and there is no residual pain after the treatment. This treatment is a supplement to a proper diet and exercise — not a substitute. I’ve used Emsculpting to help me play golf better, and I can speak to its effectiveness. If you have more questions or want to schedule an appointment, call 814-864-9969.

underdeveloped muscle that lies beneath? While you could max out on ab and glute workouts at the gym, there is another option to consider: Emsculpting. Much like CoolSculpting when it first hit the market around a decade ago, Emsculpting sounds too good to be true. It’s a procedure that’s meant to strengthen and tone various muscle groups (most popularly, the abdominal and gluteal regions) without risking overexertion in the gym. Just one 30-minute treatment to your abs is equivalent to 20,000 crunches! With claims like that, I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re a bit skeptical. Most people are when they first hear about Emsculpting. Rest assured, however,


WHEN THE TREATMENT IS OVER Tips for Your After-Session Care Routine

MASSAGE THE TREATED AREA In the days following your CoolSculpting session, the treated area might feel a little tender. While it might feel a little uncomfortable, massaging the tender area can actually aid in the healing process. Massaging breaks up the frozen dead fat cells so your body can eliminate them through your liver. Plus, it will help alleviate some of the stiffness that might follow the procedure. WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING If you have yoga pants, Spanx, or any other type of comfortable compression-style clothing, you’ll want to wear them in the days following a CoolSculpting session. Stiff, less comfortable clothes can aggravate any swelling that might occur after the session, but more comfortable

DON’T STOP EXERCISING It may seem counterintuitive to remain active after a fat-reduction procedure, but activities like yoga, jogging, and even stretching on a daily basis can reduce inflammation and reduce discomfort. Don’t substitute CoolSculpting for an active lifestyle — you’ll need both in order to achieve the physical results you desire. No two CoolSculpting experiences are exactly alike, and some people’s treatments may take less time to finish than others. Don’t worry, the results will come. For more ways to maximize your after-session results or any other questions you might have, give Cool Renew Med Spa a call at 814-864-9969.

CoolSculpting is a relatively painless, nonintrusive way to get rid of excess body fat. While CoolSculpting sessions usually only take between 30 minutes and an hour, your treatment doesn’t end there. In order to achieve the best results possible, consider following these few tips in your after-session care routine.

clothing will allow for more comfortable movement during the healing process.

Inspired by My Darling Vegan Vegan Banana PANCAKES

Take a



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1 1/2 cups flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 extra ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup soy milk

2 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

Cooking spray


1. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. 2. In a separate bowl, whisk bananas, soy milk, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla together. 3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir. Don’t overmix. Lumps are okay. 4. Spray a heated pancake griddle with cooking spray, and scoop 1/4 cup of the mixture onto the griddle. Repeat until the griddle is filled. 5. After 3 minutes or when bubbles appear, flip each pancake. 6. After each pancake has risen to double its initial height, remove from griddle. Repeat as necessary until batter is gone. 7. Serve with your favorite toppings!

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Inside This Issue

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The Wildly Weird History of CoolSculpting

Your Kids Deserve Valentine’s Day Treatment, Too!

What Do You Know About Emsculpting?

Tips for Continued Care After CoolSculpting

Vegan Banana Pancakes

How to Implement an Eye Care Routine

IT’S EYE TIME TO CONSIDER EYE CARE Maintaining a Spec-tacular Beauty Routine

Eye care might not be something people think about regularly, but it should be. The skin around the eyes is more delicate and thinner than any other part of the body, and eyes are constantly on the move, so they often show the first signs of aging. Thankfully, it’s never too late to start caring for your eyes. If you’re wondering how to combat dark circles, crow’s feet, and under-eye bags, read on for a few tips. INCORPORATE AN EYE CREAM INTO YOUR ROUTINE. As you age, wrinkles form around your eyes, causing you to look that much older. By getting into the habit of keeping your under-eye area

products to the area, it’s essential you be as gentle as possible. Adding too much pressure can cause dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness, which can worsen over time. Try using your pinky finger to touch this area since it uses the least amount of pressure. PAY ATTENTION TO INGREDIENTS. Take the time to read through the ingredients of the products you choose. To prolong shelf life, many cosmetic manufacturers use preservatives. While most of these won’t irritate the eyes, some people find them uncomfortable. Look for the following red flags hidden in complicated ingredient lists: parabens, benzalkonium chloride, and formaldehyde. MAINTAIN YOUR VISION HEALTH. Did you know that eyestrain and squinting contribute to wrinkled and tired eyes? Wearing glasses when necessary and ensuring your prescription is up to date will reduce your chances of premature aging. Additionally, regularly cleaning your lenses and changing your contacts according to the manufacturer’s recommendation will keep your eyes healthy and strong.

moisturized, you’ll minimize the aging process and keep your skin smooth. With a daily dab of eye cream — try Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream or Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream — you’ll feel ready to take on the day and look the part, too.

BE GENTLE WITH YOUR UNDER-EYE AREA. As mentioned above, the skin around your eyes is delicate, so when you remove makeup or apply


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