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If you've tried and tried to get rid of stubborn fat, you're definitely not alone. No matter how healthy you eat and exercise, it can still be hard to get rid of those lingering pounds. A group of Harvard scientists came up with an idea to freeze away the fat.

FOX 26 News caught up with a local woman, who's more than ready for the extra help, and is relying on an FDA-approved device to lose her "bulge".

Stephanie Nygrin is an avid runner, who recently finished a 10K. She eats healthy and exercises, but also recently had her third child. "This last baby did it, because I'm over 40, and I just can't seem to get that last little bulge, so I hope to make the bulge go away," exclaims Stephanie.

She were with her, as she underwent a procedure called "Cool Sculpting" at Renew Body Contouring. It kills fat cells under the skin. Spokesperson for Renew Body Contouring, Katina Kearns, explained to Stephanie what to expect.

"You're going to feel a sucking sensation. It's going to cool down to freeze the lipids in the fat cell. Typically you'll feel a cooling sensation, like someone puts an ice pack on your body. It's a little bit of a shock! After five minutes, that area becomes frozen and numb, but you won't feel much after that. It's a cryoliposis method, so we go in and freeze the fat cell to a temperature where the lipids crystallize. Then your body's immune system metabolizes it. Most of it burns up as energy, very little through the lymphatic system, but it doesn't put any more strain on your kidneys or liver than eating a cheeseburger," says Kearns.

Stephanie says she actually expected it to feel colder than it did.

"It's just sort of tingling, and there's pressure, but it's bearable. I'm pleasantly surprised. Now I want a cheeseburger - ha, ha, not really, I'm a vegetarian," laughs Stephanie.

Kearns says patients can lose anywhere from 20-35 percent of fat from the first time they undergo the procedure.

"Studies are showing us a 50% reduction, if we treat it a second time within 30-60 days," states Kearns.

Six weeks after Stephanie's procedure, she's happy with the results.

"I really like to be fit, look fit, and feel good about myself. I'm thrilled, and after one more treatment, I can't imagine how good it's going to look," she says. Stephanie tells us her treated area was definitely tender after her procedure for a few weeks, but well worth it, she says. It typically takes up to two months to get the final results, so Stephanie could see more changes in the next few weeks.

"At this point, there aren't any known long-term negative effects of CoolSculpting," says Kearns. Again, many patients say their treatment area often feels numb and/or sensitive for a few weeks. Some patients may suffer from bruising.

The price ranges from $750-$1,500, depending on the area treated. For more information, visit http://www.renewbodycontouring.com.

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