Which parts of the body is coolsculpting recommended over liposuction just based on the results? Is it cost-effective to try a more conservative method before considering surgery?
How Effective is Coolsculpting Compared to More Invasive Fat Removal Treatment Options?
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CoolSculpting Vs. Liposuction for Fat Removal
Coolsculpting and liposuction are both excellent therapeutic options for managing localized fat collections. Both procedures offer advantages and the choice of procedure depends on a variety of factors.
Without pictures or a physical examination it’s hard to know which option is best for any given patient. In these cases, the location of the fat, is less important than the amount of fat and the patient’s aesthetic goals. When larger amounts of fat are present, liposuction will most likely yield a superior result. Unfortunately, this procedure may be associated with more pain and longer recoveries.
When smaller amounts of fat are present, excellent results can occur with coolsculpting with shorter recoveries and less pain in the post-operative period.
If you’re considering treatment of localized fat collections, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon would be appropriate. This surgeon can advise you regarding which procedure is best for you.
Coolsculpting Compared to Liposuction
Coolsculpting is a nonsurgical technique using a device which cools select areas of the body most often the love handle area and the abdomen. The procedure takes one hour and there is no significant recovery time. Over the following 8 weeks, the patient will experience a 20 percent reduction in fat volume which is a more subtle change than what is achieve by liposuction. Patient’s must be realistic about the different degree of results achieved by these two techniques otherwise they risk being disappointed by the degree of change with Coolsculpting. Patients may also undergo Coolsculpting a second or third time in order to achieve a greater removal of fat.
CoolSculpting vs liposuction
CoolSculpting DOES work. Most healthy people with areas of stubborn, unwanted fat can achieve wonderful results with CoolSculpting
In my practice, we have incorporated two systems, in order to provide results in half the time as well as vibrational therapy and a compression garment for optimal results. We believe this provides the best possible results for ideal candidates. But, not everyone is an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting.
For people with ore than very limited areas of excess fat, liposuction migth be a better option. The only way to know for is to receive a consultation from a plastic surgery practice that offers both CoolSculpting and Liposuction
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Thank you for your question. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese, or a substitute for surgical methods such as liposuction. Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. Your doctor will determine if treatment is right for you during a one-on-one consultation. Typically, each CoolSculpting treatment results in a noticeable reduction of fat in the treated area. After the initial treatment is complete, you can attain further reductions with additional treatments, resulting in even more fat loss. Some patients find that just one treatment fully addresses their goals. You and your doctor will discuss and design a plan that suits you best.
CoolSculpting vs Liposuction
The answer to your question is more dependent on what you want to gain from the procedure. CoolSculpting is really designed for those who have smaller pockets of stubborn fat that they want to eliminate non-invasively. CoolSculpting cannot remove fat to the same degree that you will see with liposuction, but it's more cost effective, there's no incision, garment, or downtime, so many of our patients who either don't want surgery or don't have a schedule that allows for downtime prefer this easy 1-2 hour procedure.
Non-invasive vs. Invasive Fat Removal
Thank you for your question.
This is very patient specific. If a patient needs multiple areas treated and wants a significant result, liposuction may be the answer. If a patient has areas such as flanks and/or bra strap fat and does not want to undergo surgery, CoolSculpting is perfect for that patient.
consider coolsculpting like liposuction lite. the patients who are good candidates for lipo would be good candidates for coolsculpting. that being said, some anatomic areas fit poorly in to the device and make treatment of these areas more difficult. these are the lateral thighs, sometimes the upper arms and others. some areas like these are better treated by liposuction.
CoolSculpting vs liposuction
Liposuction is more effective for a localized but significant abundance of fat than Zeltiq. Liposuction is also more practical when there are multiple areas to treat as Zeltiq's CoolSculpting is designed for the lovehandles and abdomen currently, with other sites awaiting dedicated applicator manufacturing. CoolSculpting can provide 20% fat volume reduction after four months, and liposuction more. Some patients do not have much fat to remove and Zeltiq might be more practical and safer for them. If there is a moderate bulge to remove with liposuction but the patient is not interested in surgery or has a medical history to warrant avoiding surgery, then CoolSculpting may be practical and effective. It eliminates the down time of liposuction.
CoolSculpting and it's effectiveness
Each CoolSculpting treatment generally results in a 20% reduction of fat, so more than one treatment may be required. It is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that is ideal for smaller areas of exercise resistant fat i.e. the abdomen area and love handles. If a patient has very large amounts of fat and wants to undergo a single procedure, Liposuction is likely the best choice.
There are advantages to CoolSculpting versus surgery and cost can certainly be one along with no downtime following the procedure. I recommend a personal consultation with a board certified dermatologist to see if this treatment is right for you.
CoolSculpting can effectively reduce fat non surgically
It is best used for the lovehandles or muffin top/waist area, lower abdomen, upper abdomen and bra fat. It can also be used for the arms in some cases, and male breasts. Typically patients see a reduction in fat of 15-25% after one treatment, and repeat treatments can be done in the same area after 8 weeks. Liposuction can be used to reshape the abdomen, waist, outer and inner thighs, and typically removes approximately 80% of fat in the abdomen and waist area, leaving nicer contours. However, there are a few days of downtime after a liposuction procedure. With CoolSculpting you can go right back to your normal routine. Best to you,
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