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 Invasive Treatments
Coolsculpting versus Invasive Procedures
Coolsculpting is the best non-surgical method for reducing a bulge that currently exists. Liposuction is the surgical alternative which can be very successful but is invasive and obviously carries certain risks. If you are considering a fat reducing procedure and want something non-invasive and effective than coolsculpting may be the best option for you. Please consult a board certified dermatologist with a great deal of experience with coolsculpting for the best cosmetic results.
Fat Removal with CoolSculpting
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Effectiveness of CoolSculpting
The process of CoolSculpting®, which is called cryolipolysis, is designed specifically to target only fat cells and leave the surrounding tissues unaffected. Unfortunately in your case, this means that CoolSculpting® probably won’t be a sufficient treatment to help you reach your goals of reducing glandular breast tissue. However, you should be able to combine surgical excision of glandular tissue with a body contouring procedure like CoolSculpting® or even lipo and see very nice results. Be sure to visit a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in gender reassignment surgery, or male breast reduction at the very least if the former isn’t an option in your area.
CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction
Whether CoolSculpting or liposuction is the better option depends on a patient’s anatomy and overall aesthetic goal. CoolSculpting is great for patients who want a non-invasive option for fat reduction. There is no downtime for patients, and fat can be reduced up to 25% incrementally. CoolSculpting is meant to reduce fat in typical problem areas that are stubborn to efforts of diet and exercise, such as the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, and underneath the chin. It is not meant to be a weight-loss solution for patients. Liposuction is another great body-contouring procedure. With liposuction, fat can be reduced at a higher percentage. It can be completed in one in-office appointment, but there is a compression period after the procedure that is necessary to allow tissues to heal and reattach. To determine which procedure is best, consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals. Good luck in your research!
Coolsculpting Provides an Alternative to Liposuction for Improvement in Body Contour.
Our office offers both liposuction (tumescent, ultrasonic assisted, laser assisted), which is a more invasive surgical procedure involving liposuction and the non-invasive alternative Coolsculpting. Liposuction involves more of a recovery and is prefered for larger volume of fat reduction and cases where more areas are treated. CoolSculpting is a great, FDA-approved non-invasive alternative for fat reduction of the abdomen and flanks. Coolsculpting relies on Cryolipolysis due to the fact that fat cells are more sensitive to cold than are other tissues. This technology can is best suited a means to produce reduction in inches when the issue is a few extra pounds. We utilize the new Cool Advantage applicators which are much more comfortable and reduce treatment time to 35 minutes. We currently have 4 Coolsculpting machines and can offer "Dual Sculpting" which further reduces the treatment time. It can be used safely for off-label treatment of the upper arms, inner/outer thighs, bra-strap area, chin, and above the knees. The advanced cooling technology selectively targets and eliminates fat cells gently and gradually without affecting the surrounding tissue. Patients in our office have seen an average fat reduction of 20-25% with each treatment. Depending on the patient's body composition and outcome goals, it generally takes more than one treatment to achieve optimal results. A second treatment is general scheduled 30 to 45 days after the initial treatment. It takes about 2-3 months to get a general idea of the final results. The results are long-lasting as long as you maintain a stable healthy lifestyle. I recommend scheduling a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon well versed in all options for body contouring to determine if you an ideal candidate for Coolsculpting.
Liposuction generally achieves more dramatic results than CoolSculpting
Coolsculpting versus Liposuction
Coolsculpting less effective than lipo but no surgery and minimal recovery
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.
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