Would it be beneficial to use a large applicator or 2 small applicators for my upper abs? (photos)

Would it be beneficial to use a large aplicator or 2 small aplicators for my uper abs knowing that i already had my sides dune and i hade my lower abe dune with a large aplicator i attached pictures of before and after

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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. In office evaluation is necessary to evaluate which applicators would be best for you.

My best,

Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Would it be beneficial to use a large applicator or 2 small applicators for my upper abs?

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Thank you for your question and photos.
It would be best to be evaluated and measurements taken in person but from the photos, it does look like the smaller applicator may work better for your upper abdomen.
I hope this helps.
Best wishes.

Abdominal Fat -- Coolsculpting versus VASER HI DEF

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I suggest you look at my yelp/realself photos, you are not a great candidate for noninvasive body shaping unless you only want a small reduction in the area.  If you want full contoruing, ab etching, or body shaping you should see an expert in 4D liposuction.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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As a general rule the smaller applicators work better for the upper abdomen. However, the only way to know for sure it so be evaluated and measured to see how the various applicator templates contour to your body shape. Hope this helps.

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