I've had weight loss surgery and am wondering if coolsculpting will help with loose skin.
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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. Coolsculpting allows the reduction of fat to occur over a period of time and that gives the skin a chance to naturally retract to some degree. We use radio-frequency technology known as pelleve to tighten the skin.
Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM
Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Coolsculpting and Loose Skin
Coosculpting is not to tighten loose skin. It is to reduce fat in a particular place. If your skin is loose and sagging then I think your best option is to have it surgically removed. Congratulations on your weight loss.
Coolsculpting/Liposuction/Body Contouring/ High Definition Procedures
I appreciate your question.
Coolsculpting is best for fat deposits not skin tightening
The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.
Best of luck!
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Hello donnak01,CoolSculpting is an excellent non-invasive treatment for permanent fat removal in a variety of body areas. However it is not a "skin tightening" procedure and any skin tightening noted after these treatments is more related to your skins natural ability to retract as it would with weight loss. In cases of significant skin laxity (sagging) such as seen after "weight loss surgery" CoolSculpting will be of no value; in fact in cases such as yours removal of the excess skin typically require a surgical procedure for this. You indicated you had 50 more pounds to go thus when you are at or very near your ideal weight, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to assess the areas of your concern and the type of procedure best suited to accomplish your goals will save you a lot of time, energy and potential wasted money on non-invasive options that will prove unsatisfying to you. Congratulations on your success to date with the weight loss.
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