Is it okay to do CoolSculpting AND ultrasonic cavitation?
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Typically Coolsculpting™ which is a non-surgical noninvasive surgical option is performed with no down time. Ultrasonic cavitation is typically performed in conjunction with liposuction. Liposuction is a surgical procedure. Generally, I would not perform Coolsculpting™ and liposuction with or without Ultrasonic cavitation. To date, I do not believe there is any data to support that ultrasonic cavitation will enhance the efficacy of fat reduction with Coolsculpting™.
Coolsculpting is an excellent form of non-invasive fat reduction for the right patient. Some applicators take 1 or 2 hours but the new advantage applicators take only 35 minutes and have significantly less risk for delayed onset pain (especially in the abdomen). Results are seen at 2 months and typically 1-3 treatments will be necessary on each area to achieve ideal results. The number of treatments depends on the amount of fat there and the patient's goals. There is not downtime and the results can be impressive in the right patient. We also use the Zimmer Z-wave for improved patient comfort and added results. The best candidates are those who are in pretty good shape with areas of stubborn fat that won't go away no matter what.
Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM
Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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