11 Things You Need to Know Before Freezing Off Your Fat

It’s not a new treatment (it launched in the latter part of 2010), so you’re probably wondering why I’m about to tell you about the non-invasive, fat-freezing treatment otherwise known as Cool Sculpting by Zeltiq. Here’s why: Thousands of treatments are being performed worldwide (over 650,000 so far!), yet new important updates have surfaced since Cool Sculpting first launched. Here’s everything you need to know before freezing your fat:

  1. Fat cells self-destruct when the skin gets cold enough. The FDA-cleared procedure suctions in the skin surrounding the area of fat you want to freeze, then uses controlled cooling (aka cry lipolysis) to drop the temperature of the skin down to where the fat cells die. The body then eliminates the cells in the following weeks.
  2. There is a tendency for uneven removal. It’s not skill-dependent, since a vacuum-like head suctions the skin in to freeze it, so there is a risk of uneven removal, says Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City.
  3. It can be pricey. Depending on where you live and the area you’re looking to get treated, a Cool Sculpting session can run you $500 and up.


  1. One treatment has been said to be enough, but that isn’t always the case. So, in the end, it might not be the most cost-effective option to get the results you’re looking for. Be sure to talk to your doctor before going in for the treatment to see if you’re the perfect candidate for this procedure.
  2. The procedure is for very discreet fat removal. Picture a thin man with love handles or a woman with small pockets of fat on her inner thighs. “Broader areas are not good for this treatment because that won’t come out evenly,” Dr. Frank adds.
  3. There is literature that Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) can occur after cry lipolysis. According to Dr. Frank and the National Center for Biotechnology Information, fat can grow back rather than disappearing forever. “Of course, there are risks with everything, but this is the only fat removal process that has this particular risk though low,” Frank adds.
  4. It takes an hour to treat each section. So, it could take a long time, depending on how many areas you want to treat.
  5. You might experience cry lipolysis-induced numbness that can last for weeks. “It does something to the superficial nerves when the skin is frozen that can leave you without feeling for hours,” Dr. Frank says.
  6. You can also have bruising. There’s minimal downtime with this treatment, but you might experience bruising since the areas treated will have been pulled, tugged, and pinched in the suction process. And you could be sore for days or weeks after the treatment.
  7. Full results take weeks or months to show up. This depends on how well your body reacts to the treatment. You should expect to full results by the second or third month.
  8. You need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine to keep the results. But you probably already knew that.

This Lady Was Once an Actress and Now Is a Successful Businesswoman; Shares Her Secrets

Q You started off as an actress, but soon after your marriage with businessman Raj Kundra, we saw you venturing out in a lot of businesses. What caused the sudden shift of interest as today more than movies we see you delving into commerce?

Woh kehte hai na ‘sangat ka asar Hai’ (laughs). Well frankly it was Raj who opened my eyes and so I have to give him full credit for what I am today. He saw me endorse a lot of other brands and made me understand that instead of promoting other brands, why not come up with my own brands! This is when I thought about coming up with something of my own. So, for my first project I took to exploring my ‘love’, which for fitness and that is how I launched the yoga DVD (in 2008). After getting some confidence I delved into wellness and launched IOS is Spa from here on there was no looking back and I enjoyed the journey as a businesswoman.

If we talk about something more recent, I launched my own channel online (The Shilpa Shetty.com). In this day and age, I feel people have no time to buy DVDs or watch TV. The audience needs everything at a click of a button and on the phones, which is why I took to exploring the digital medium. Here, I have gone beyond yoga and I am concentrating on health as a whole.

Q How are women when it comes to numbers and finance?

Terrible! (Laughs) I don’t know about others, but I am really bad at it. My dad (Surendra Shetty) used to handle all the finances for me. After his death, it’s all suddenly thrust upon me. I am taking time to learn as I realized that I have to become a little more street smart and have to learn to do things on my own.

Q You have been an inspiration to many, name the women entrepreneurs who inspire you?

Vandana Luthra (founder of VLCC Health Club), I feel she’s a torch bearer. Kiran Shaw (chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited) she is brilliant. Even Shahnaz Husain (CEO of Shahnaz Herbals Inc.) I feel Shahnaz has really made an empire for herself and that too way before ‘women’ could even think of doing something as big as what she ventured into. Basically, I like women who are trend setters and do things before time.

Q Do you think actresses of the current generation are sharper and bolder as compared to the earlier generations? From exploring various ventures, to turning producers and even making a mark in Hollywood, they are going all out!

I think it’s a welcome change. Heroines today are no longer relegated to doing just song and dance in movies. Cinema is really coming of age. And it’s wonderful to see women now commanding as much as their male counterparts if not more than them at times (in terms of fees).

Q Times have changed in Bollywood for women, yet actresses are facing issues like the ‘gender pay gap’. You have been a film producer; how can the problem be curbed?

I made some mistakes in my life and film production was one of them (laughs). Frankly speaking, you can’t only look at one side and forget all the good stuff that is happening. It’s not about being man or a woman, but about making the right choices. Look at me, I must say, today I am making more money than what I made in my entire life. Look at Anushka (Sharma) or Deepika (Padukone), they are making much more money than all of us (actresses of her generation) put together in our times and it is because of the choices that they are making. Even Priyanka (Chopra) for that matter, I am sure she’s making much more than her male counterparts. But in the end, I feel that money and success is just subjective, it is all about the ‘happiness’ that you get from what you do.

VLCC to launch new centres to expand footprints

VLCC, the Indian beauty and wellness brand today reinstated its focus on Jammu by announcing the plans to expand its footprint by opening new centres in the existing and new markets.
Vandana Luthra, Founder, VLCC said, “Jammu is an important market for us and we are extremely happy with the uptake of the beauty, health and wellness segment in the State. It is one of the fastest growing market for us in the Country. This expansion plan is in line with our strategy to reach out to more and more customers as we strive to further strengthen our foothold in this burgeoning market”.

VLCC has one of the largest scale and breadth of operations within the beauty and wellness services industry in India. The expansion drive will continue in the next financial year with the launch of new centres in existing and new markets. The network expansion is well-strategized bringing the brand closer to the customers, she added.
VLCC offers scientific weight loss solutions and therapeutic approach to beauty treatments making beauty, fitness and health an integral part of our lives. Keeping this approach in mind, VLCC launched Curve Xpert 3D Power Shaper, a highly intensive and comprehensive body shaping therapy that breaks down fat deposits, drains toxins and firms the body. Last year, VLCC also introduced a new 3D range of Body Contour Power Dose Therapies–3D Tummy treatment, 3D Body Contouring, 3D Body Sculpt and 3D Body Firmer to enable our customers to look and feel the way they have always craved for.
Headquartered in Gurgaon, VLCC was founded in 1989 and is the leading slimming, beauty and wellness brand to have emerged out of the Indian subcontinent, whose presence currently spans 330 locations in about 150 cities and 13 countries across South Asia, South East Asia, the GCC Region and East Africa. This includes Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Kenya.