CoolSculpting on Lower Abdomen - Large Handpiece or 2 Smaller Handpieces?

Is It Better to Use the Larger Zeltiq Head Vs 2 Smaller Ones for the Lower Abdomen?

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Large vs 2 Small Handpieces

This answer will vary depending on your distribution of fat at your abdomen. The best thing to do would be to get a consultation in order for your clinician to assess the area. While the larger hand piece can shorten the treatment time, it may be advantageous to take the extra time with the smaller hand piece in order to more accurately treat the area if it requires it. It really depends on your anatomy and how much fat can be suctioned into the hand pieces adequately and give you the optimal result.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Which CoolSculpting Applicator for the Abdomen?

Thank you for your question.

Each patient is different and that is why an examination is important.  Some patients have 2 distinct areas separated by the belly button and so two treatments with the smaller handpiece would work well on this patient.  Some can get a real good treatment with the larger handpiece.  

When you go in for your consultation, they should also discuss that sometimes with the larger handpiece, there may be more discomfort during and after the procedure.

Best to be well informed and make a good decision.

Best Wishes!

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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One large vs two small applicators for lower abdomen

To answer this would really depend on physical exam.  For example a non-linear placement of the two smaller applicators may help to treat a non-linear fatty deposit.  If the bulk of the fatty deposit can be pinched and drawn into a large applicator, then I usually favor this approach.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Cool sculpting applicator choice

This all has to do with your examination.  In general it is easier to put the large applicator on males and use two smaller applicators on females.

Body reshaping can be performed with a cannula that removes fat via liposuction or with noninvasive technology like Cool Sculpting. With Cool Sculpting there is no cannula inserted into your body. All treatments are performed on the surface from the outside in using technology that freezes the fat. Don’t hesitate to give us a call in Austin regarding a Body Reshaping Consult at the Upper Room. On our Facebook Page there is an Interview I recently did with KVUE, a local news station in Austin, that was picked by affiliates around the United States, including Miami. During the Interview we discussed the technology of Cool Sculpting as well as it application process.

It depends on the patient and determined during a consultation

It depends on the patient.
We normally determine which applicator would be appropriate during the initial consultation and assessment. Each patient has different anatomy, fat distribution and different areas of concern. In most cases the large applicator is used to “debulk” the fat or when the bulge is concentrated in the center of the abdomen. The small applicators are used to sculpt or define the stomach or for the flanks.

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting on Abdomen

This really depends on your anatomical structure.  The large applicator works best to "debulk" an area while the small applicators work well to define the treated area.  It is something that would best be determined through a consultation with your provider.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting Selecting the appropriate handpiece

The appropriate handpiece depends on an individual's anatomy. The treatment is truly technique dependent. For some, the larger, single applicator for lower abdomen might be ideal, for others, using two small handpieces, one on each side, could be best.

In order to provide elimination of fat as quickly as possible we do offer CoolSculpting Complete. This includes two systems, for twice the fat elimination in a one hour period. Vibrational therapy increases circulation and lymphatic drainage which my help waste, including damaged fat cells be eliminated with the body more efficiently. Finally, al of our patients receive a compression garment to help with skin quality and comfort.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting - Abdomen - When one large handpiece is better than two

With CoolSculpting, you have the two handpiece sizes (thus far) - The larger one grabs considerably more fat than the smaller one. If your abominal fat is centralized, then the one larger handpiece (or cup) is the most efficient, both from a time and cost perspective.

This eliminates any potential two-handpiece "treatment overlap" which can cause some additional tenderness and side effects. So when possible, opt for one larger handpiece.

On the other hand, if your fat is more laterally focused - outside so that the single large handpiece won't grab hold of the entire width of the area you want to treat, then the two smaller handpieces will be your choice.

A careful technician will be able to consecutively treat side by side areas without undue overlap.

Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Which handpieces for the abdomen when having CoolSculpting depends on your body

The only important thing is to make sure the applicator that is applied fits well and covers the maximum area possible. Even if you need the large applicator on the lower abdomen, you may need a separate treatment on the upper abdomen and a small applicator may be the only one that fits you there.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting for the Stomach Fat

The beauty of CoolSculpting is that there are several handpieces with different treatment areas to allow for individualization of the treatment.  The large 8 applicator is most commonly used in the low abdomen.  It covers 2.5 x the area of the smaller 6.2 or 6.3 applicators, but each persons fat and tissues are different.  So it is important to have a consultation with a provider who can determine the best treatment plan for your individual needs.

Kent V. Hasen, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
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