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
Fat Removal with CoolSculpting
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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.
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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