Lipodissolve or Coolsculpting? Can I have both on my love handles?
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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 what procedure would be best for you.
Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM
Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Lipodissolve or CoolSculpting?
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Lipodissolve and/or Coolsculpting
If you have Coolsculpting on your love handles, you want to let that area heal prior to have any further treatments on the same area the next day...certainly lipodissolve is not a good idea the day after coolsculpting as the tissue is still healing.
In general, I suggest considering tumescent liposuction or Smartlipo or a similar internal laser liposuction procedure as opposed to Coolsculpting, an external laser liposuction procedure. Your results may be better with Smartlipo, Slimlipo and similar lasers or with tumescent liposuction.
Lipodissolve and CoolSculpting
LipoDissolve or CoolSculpting for love handles?
Thanks for your question particularly comparing CoolSculpting to LipoDissolve!
CoolSculpting (CS) is a limited but effective treatment to reduce the bulge of the muffin-top or love handle. While the skin will not "tighten", it will shrink or accommodate to the new reduced fat volume. CS can "treat to transformation". This concept is that you would continue multiple sessions of CoolSculpting up and down, and around the trunk until you are pleased. Consider that CS reduces the superficial fat under the skin up-to 20% of its thickness in limited applicator size areas. CS takes 8 or more weeks following session to see your optimized results.
LipoDissolve is a injectible liquid that stimulates absorption of superficial fat. It too is limited to the area injected and can have very significant consequences such as concave irregularities, infection, cysts and abcesses particularly if not done properly. It is not an US FDA approved medicine or technique. There is a similar drug currently under testing and not yet available for under the chin named ATX-101. (See the below reference). It's off-label use will need months to years for its action and concerns to surface.
I recommend you defer from the use of these injectibles at all knowing that CS is FDA approve, tried and true.
Depending on the amount of fat or contouring you wish to achieve, Liposuction maybe your best approach.
Please consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with experience in the treatment options available to you for your best results.
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