Molly Sims, the stunning ’90s supermodel, is a swimsuit at 47, after shedding a remarkable 85 pounds, using a controversial weight loss method.
Sims showed off her swimsuit form in a pale pink strapless bikini on Instagram. It recalled her glory days as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model in the early 2000s.
The mother-of-three told her 500,000-plus followers that she shed her excess weight with diet, exercise and a process known as CoolSculpting
The willowy 5-foot, 10-inch tall model looked half her age with flat abs, curvaceous hips an alluring cleavage.
Sims’ battle with weight began in 2015 after the birth of one of her children.
“You’re like, ‘Oh, my God, what has happened?’ And you work out constantly and you try to eat well, and very slowly it comes off,’ she told Allure magazine.
She said it took almost a year to shed her post-baby weight. “I realized that no amount of dieting or exercise was going to get that last bit off my belly.
“So I went to my derm, and I said, ‘Is there anything else I can do? I can’t do any more sit-ups.’
“And she was like, ‘Yeah, we have this new thing called CoolSculpting.
Sims was so impressed by the treatment she became a spokeswoman for it.
CoolSculpting is the brand name for a process known. scientifically. as cryolipolysis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it in 2010.
The process evolved out of a scientific study of how extreme cold affected human skin.
As it turned out, fat freezes at a higher temperature than skin. Cryolipolysis cools fat to a temperature that destroys it. Skin and other tissues are unharmed, according to WebMD.
A cryolipolysis device consists of two paddles. A doctor places them on the area to be treated. They remain in place for about half an your to an hour.
Up to 25 percent of fat cells in the treated area can be destroyed by a single treatment.
Results become evident in one to three months as your immune system flushes the dead fat cells.
The final results may not show up for a few months, but you may start to see some changes within a few weeks. Your immune system clears out the dead fat cells slowly over this time.
Sims noted that it is not lipsuction, and does not require and invasive procedures or an anesthetic.
“I did my stomach, so I did two hours all at the same time. I saw results in a month,” she said.
“I wrote about it two years ago in my book because it really worked. I wasn’t out to get an endorsement. I really did it,” she said.
Medical experts warn, however, to be aware of the risks if you’re considering this procedure.
A very rare but serious side effect of is paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. It occurs most in men.
Fat cells in the treatment site actually grow larger rather than smaller. If it occurs, paradoxical adipose hyperplasia requires additional treatment to make it disappear.
Pain, stinging, or aching at the treatment site are also common side effects, according to a 2015 study. They can last up to two weeks.
The treatment can also cause temporary redness, swelling, bruising and skin sensitivity, according to healthline.com
CoolSculpting is not a treatment for obesity. Rather, it can help eliminate small amounts of excess fat that doesn’t easily go away with diet and exercise alone.
Sims also revealed that she maintains her diet exercise by planning her meals and snacks in advance.
“I literally make my snacks on a Sunday if I’m traveling on a Tuesday, and I’ll pack them before I leave.
“Or I’ll look at the menu of a restaurant we plan on going to beforehand, and I’ll say, ‘OK, we’re getting tacos on Tuesday, so we’re going meatless on Monday.'”
The actress and husband, Netflix executive Scott Stuber, have three children, Brooks, seven, Grey, three, and Scarlett, five.
She was born and raised in Kentucky and dropped out of college at 19 to pursue a modeling career.
She signed Next Models Management in New York City and was later featured on the covers of American and Paris Vogue magazine.
Sims did a turn in the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2001 and got her big break the following year. She landed a multiyear contract with CoverGirl cosmetics.
She appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2006.
She segued into acting in 2002 and has appeared in nine films, most recently 2020 romantic comedy “The Wrong Missy.”
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