What am I candidate for? CoolSculpting? Laser lipo? Tummy tuck? Or regular lipo? (Photo)
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Candidate for Coolsculpting
Coolsculpting and Abdomen
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Options for abdomen?
Thank you for the photo. It looks like you may be a candidate for CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting has had FDA approval for fat reduction since 2010. CoolSculpting freezes the fat cells. Fat cells are more susceptible to damage by freezing than the other cells, (nerve, vessel, bone, etc.), around them. The fat cells die via a process called apoptosis, (programmed cell death). The number of fat cells are therefore reduced. This happens over a period of time, so the body is not overwhelmed with dead fat cells. The body will take these cells up, process them and excrete them, just as any other cell. The remnants are filtered through the liver, and then excreted eventually via stool. CoolSculpting has a specific applicator that has been used in this area with good results. We have had good experience with the skin snapping back. Each individual is different. See an experienced CoolSculpting practice, they will determine if you are a candidate. Moreover, would also consider seeing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who can give advice on both CoolSculpting and Liposuction.
What am I candidate for?
CoolSculpting for Fat Reduction Without Downtime
Tummy contouring following C-section and Peri-menopause
Thank you for sharing your photos! Each of the procedure / technique options are different and have their strengths and limitations. I will review some of these below. It is best to consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who provides all of these option so he or she may provide you the best options for your needs and desires without the bias that this is all they provide.
Are you interested in fat reduction only?
Do you desire skin reduction or scar improvement?
Do you wish for your tummy muscles tightened (tummy fullness following pregnancy and peri-menopause)?
Do you have a medical concerns which impact the type of surgery or recovery?
How much time to recover do you have available?
What is your budget?
Many other factors to discuss..
With regards to the techniques you selected:
- CoolSculpting: non-surgical fat reduction, limited to 50-100 cc fat per hour session, multiple sessions required to achieve a smooth contour and up to 20% fat reduction, no skin reduction, no recovery, no garment required
- Traditional Liposuction: surgical technique for up to 90% fat reduction and best contouring, about 1 week recovery, compression garment used
- Laser lipo: surgical option by itself is limited in results; with traditional liposuction may achieve same results as traditional lipo alone but with added risk and costs
- Tummy Tuck: the best of fat reduction and contouring with tummy flattening from the muscles "tightened", removal of skin excess and scar revision, 4 or more week recovery.
What am I candidate for? CoolSculpting? Laser lipo? Tummy tuck? Or regular lipo?
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