Is Coolsculpting truly a good option?
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CoolSculpting as an alternative to surgery
CoolSculpting as an option
Thank you for the question. They are different modalities. CoolSculpting can get a 25% reduction. We have found it to be very effective for the love handles, abdomen, bra area, arms, thighs, neck, and other areas. We have found that treating the area twice usually improves the fat cell kill significantly. Other physicians I have spoken to have found similar findings. The fat cells die and are taken up by the normal cell disposal mechanisms of the body. Liposuction is a surgical modality that is usually more dramatic, with a greater reduction. The fat cells are physically removed with liposuction. Again, the CoolSculpting is non invasive, no surgery, no downtime. As always, the modality should be appropriate to the individual patient. Best to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who can evaluate for all modalities.
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.
Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM
Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Really Does Work
There are now various methods available to eliminate small areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. Not only are they less invasive than other techniques, such as surgery and liposuction, they can also be quite cost-effective. However, they generally only kill and eliminate up to about 25% of fat cells in a session, so you may require more than one treatment. CoolSculpting works by cryolipolysis(TM) – a patented technique that freezes fat cells without affecting surrounding tissue. Everybody responds differently to treatment, but common side effects include redness, soreness, sensation of cold or numbness, bruising and swelling. These generally resolve within hours to days, although some patients may take up to 2 weeks to heal completely. Full results from treatment are apparent within 3 to 4 months. Other noninvasive fat reduction techniques include Vanquish (uses radiofrequencies), Sculpsure (uses lasers) and UltraShape (uses ultrasound waves). Schedule a consult with a board-certified dermatologist to find out which non-invasive fat reduction technique is best for you.
CoolSculpting Permanently Eliminates Stubborn Fat
CoolSculpting does absolutely work
CoolSculpting is a very reliable option for non invasive body contouring for the right person. It is important to have a consultation with an experienced provider to get the best results. There are very few side effects and limited to bruising, swelling, and temporary numbness. Less frequently there is risk of delayed onset pain which is decreased with the new cool advantage applicators. Ideal clients will experience the best results.
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Is Coolsculpting truly a good option?
The most important considerations are how much fat you want to lose, how quickly you want to lose it, what you are willing to go through to do so, and of course, how much you are willing to spend. Non-invasive options like CS are appropriate for small, localized areas of fat, which are resistant to diet and exercise, and are great choices because they avoid all the effects of surgery, with little to no downtime, but will not give you as good of results as surgery. You should be seen by an experienced cosmetic surgeon, who can review all the treatment options with you, and help determine what is best for your particular body type. If you do choose to go non-invasive, I believe SculpSure is a better choice than CS - as it gives the same or better results in less than half the treatment time, with none of the side effects of CS, and can treat up to 4 areas in a single session, rather than just one at a time.
Coolsculpting does work
Side effects are temporary numbness and soreness in the treated areas. Other issues or anything major is unusual.