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Vancouver Family Physicians Explain the CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Process

Dr. Shehla Ebrahim recently discussed how an advanced non-surgical fat reduction system could help qualified candidates achieve their aesthetic goals.

Physicians-in-Vancouver-Discuss-the-Science-Behind-CoolSculpting-300x285Vancouver, BC—Diet and exercise are not always enough for some people to achieve the body contour they desire, explains Dr. Shehla Ebrahim, a family physician with a special interest in dermatology. Fortunately, she indicates some patients may be able to diminish the size of stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to traditional methods of reduction using CoolSculpting™, an innovative, non-invasive technology available at their Vancouver skincare practice. Furthermore, she suggests that this device can work well on a wide variety of individuals due to the inclusive candidacy requirements.

When asked how CoolSculpting™ eliminates fat, Dr. Ebrahim begins by revealing that the technology delivers cooling energy into the area to be treated, usually the stomach, thighs, or flanks, in a process called cryolipolysis. As a result, she says the targeted fat cells will be cooled to the point of crystallization, which destroys the fatty tissue typically without harming surrounding skin, nerves, or other adjacent regions. The broken down cells will then be eliminated through natural bodily processes, she continues. Patients will then experience gradual improvement in body contour over the course of three to four months as the “bulge” is slowly reduced, and, she emphasizes, as individuals maintain healthy nutrition and active lifestyles.

Dr. Ebrahim notes that CoolSculpting™ treatments at her practice will be performed in-office by her CoolSculpting™ specialist, Marouska Smith, and they typically require little to no downtime for the patient, though some side effects, such as mild bruising, numbness, and redness may occur. She says these responses to treatment should fade within a few days. Candidacy requirements for CoolSculpting™ typically will be minimal, she suggests, saying that individuals should be within 20-30 pounds of their ideal weight and be in good health. This technology works best for people who are committed to a healthy lifestyle and relatively fit, she says, and the treatment should not be used as a weight-loss method. She recommends that patients who may be interested should schedule a consultation with a qualified physician to discuss whether this approach may be right for them.

Ultimately, Dr. Ebrahim believes CoolSculpting™ can be one of the best methods for reducing unwanted pockets of fat in hard to treat areas without undergoing a surgical procedure. This unique technology, she explains, typically allows patients to achieve the cosmetic results they desire, which otherwise may be impossible through diet and exercise alone.

About Shehla Ebrahim, MD

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Dr. Ebrahim has been practicing family medicine since 1992. She earned her certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and later received additional training in laser and light-based therapies. As a result of her keen interest in skincare she completed training in practical dermatology at the University of Cardiff in Wales. Dr. Ebrahim is an active member in several esteemed medical organizations and prioritizes community outreach programs for the less fortunate. She is available for interview upon request.

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Afterglow Physicians Directed Medical Aesthetics
104-2609 Westview Dr.
North Vancouver, BC V7N 4M2
(604) 980-3993

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