Not surprising at all, as summer is the time when people make travel plans to sunny and sandy beaches. Preparations are not just limited to booking air tickets and beachfront accommodations. You need to get into shape as well.

“I have not been in shape for over a month” says a steno. The answer is not diet and rigorous workouts.

It is surgery. Sometime back liposuction was the buzzword for those who wanted to shed some pounds fast. In this procedure, a doctor makes the patients go under a needle, inserts a cannula under the skin to suck fat from a target area.

Today for people looking for body contouring, there are other options as well. Laser technology has minimized the need for invasive surgical procedures.

Currently the world over, more and more individuals are going in for laser treatment to get rid of scars, pigmentation, and acne.

A system called CoolSculpting is catching on. Manufactured and sold by Zeltics Inc., it has received approval for use in the United States by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). In a nutshell, it is a fat freezing procedure that uses controlled cooling to get rid of stubborn fat that refuses to respond to diet and exercise.

Several cosmetic surgeons vouch, that the results are proven, noticeable, and long lasting.

Here are some key features of this innovative procedure in the market:

• This FDA approved fat reduction procedure makes use of precisely controlled cooling to target fat cells.

• It is not an answer for obesity. Rather, CoolSculpting addresses areas such as back, fat, bra rolls, stomach rolls, and love handles.

To explain this procedure in a simpler way, it uses rounded paddles, chosen from among four sizes to suction fat like a vacuum. The patient sits in an inclined chair for around 2 hours, while cooling panels crystallize the fat cells.

According to a doctor specializing in body contouring surgery, “People tolerate the mild discomfort very well”. He further adds, “The suction and cooling sensors usually go away”.

Some cosmetic surgeons even go to the extent to say that those patients while being operated upon, work on their laptops, read, or enjoy a movie.

But is this procedure for everyone?

For people considering body contouring surgery specialists say this procedure is only for those looking for mild improvements.

CoolSculpting is not a major fat removal procedure like liposuction.

Some of the things doctors look for in their patients include:

• Their age and skin quality

• Is the skin likely to rebound?

• How thick the tissue is. This is because the suction panel will be able to treat only the tissue it can access.

The good news is the procedure being non-invasive, the risks comparatively is very low.

For patients, what matters is choosing the right doctor.