Stubborn fat is one of the most common problems nagging many people. No matter how many crunches you do or how much time you spend at the gym, you may still be bothered by love handles, a muffin top, or a belly paunch. Diet and exercise aren’t always effective on their own, and many people would rather not have surgery to address the fat. Fortunately, a cool solution can help you shed persistent fat without surgery or downtime: CoolSculpting. People in the Springfield, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut, area can rely on the expertise of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Glen Brooks and certified physician assistant Julia Boucher for this non-surgical alternative to liposuction.

To find out more about CoolSculpting, request a consultation online with Dr. Brooks, or call his office on the Longmeadow Town Green at (413) 565-4400.

Your Improvements

Many patients choose this alternative to liposuction in the Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts, area because CoolSculpting requires nearly no recovery time and very minimal discomfort. Although you probably won’t see a big change on the scale, CoolSculpting is effective at reducing excess fat on specific areas. It uses precise, targeted cooling outside the body to kill fat cells while protecting surrounding tissues.1 People of many ages can benefit from CoolSculpting, which can be used to slim down the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks (love handles/muffin top)
  • Arms
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Below the chin

Our Physician Assistants

Julia Boucher and Nina Vital combine their extensive experience as certified physician assistant's with their friendly personality to make our patients feel at ease. Recognized as a leader in their field, Julia and Nina look forward to meeting you.

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If you are looking for more comprehensive fat reduction or need to correct loose abdominal skin, liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries are popular and effective solutions. You may also want to consider KYBELLA™ injections to target unwanted fat below the chin. This FDA-approved treatment is a non-surgical alternative to neck liposuction.

CoolMini™ for a Double Chin

CoolSculpting’s specialized applicator targets fat that causes a double chin and other small bulges. The CoolMini is designed to fit snugly below the chin and is cleared by the FDA to reduce submental fat—the kind that causes a double chin. Like other CoolSculpting applicators, the CoolMini kills fat cells with controlled cooling that doesn’t damage the skin or surrounding tissue.1 It is the only non-invasive method to reduce the appearance of a double chin—no incisions, no injections.


Men and women alike appreciate the convenience and efficiency of a CoolSculpting treatment session. Patients can easily come in for treatment during their lunch hour, for example.

What to Expect

During your procedure, a thin gel pad is applied to the treatment area to protect the skin. Then the CoolSculpting device is applied. Once activated, the device gently suctions the skin and fat up between 2 cooling panels, which deliver precise cooling. Fat cells are more sensitive to cold than other tissues in our bodies, so the cold causes them to slowly die off.

Initially, you feel intense cold, but after a short time, the area becomes numb. While CoolSculpting works, you can read a book or magazine, relax with your tablet, get some work done on your laptop, or take a nap. One treatment session of a single area requires about 60 minutes.

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Some redness, swelling, tenderness, tingling, or bruising may result, but these are temporary. Most people return to work or their daily activities immediately afterward, although experiences vary. Following treatment, your body’s metabolism will break down and flush out the dead fat cells. Fat reduction takes place over the next 3 to 4 months as the treated area literally shrinks. While experiences vary, many patients achieve desired results with just a single treatment. You can have additional treatments to achieve greater fat reduction if desired.

1 Zelickson B., Egbert B.M., Preciado J., Allison J., Springer K., Manstein D., Cryolipolysis for Noninvasive Fat Cell Destruction: Initial Results from a Pig Model, Dermatologic Surgery: 2009; 35(10):1462-1470.

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