I have back boobs. Would CoolSculpting be effective?

Even at my lowest weight I have back boobs. I have had like 9 treatments of Lipo dissolve with NO results. I am trying to avoid invasive surgery.

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I appreciate your question.
Coolsculpting is a great option if you have smaller targeted areas such as what you describe.
A picture would be helpful please

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!

Dr Schwartz

Coolsculpting for "back boobs?"

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The problem is that unless you have been examined and the "back boobs" or bra rolls you describe are determined to be fat rather than loose skin, treatments aimed at excess fat are NOT going to work!

You have already had 9 treatments for excess fat that have not "worked," suggesting that the problem is NOT one of excess fat, but excess skin! Who made that diagnosis of excess fat?! (Probably the one who sold you lipodissolve.) Of course most patients feel this is excess fat, and usually don't even consider that excess or loose skin might be the culprit!

Of course, "trying to avoid invasive surgery" when the problem requires surgery is a bit like taking aspirin for a headache that is due to a brain tumor. (Won't work!)

See one or more ABPS-certified plastic surgeons, who won't "automatically" tell you you need surgery. Unless, of course, you do. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 263 reviews

CoolSculpting for "back boobs"

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CoolSculpting reduces fat in problem areas.  If your back fullness is caused by fat, then CoolSculpting can help.  If your back fullness is caused by loose skin, then a surgical option may be your best option.

Carmen Kavali, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Back bulges are one of our favorite areas to treat at my practice.  The success rate is very high.  CoolSculpting is designed to treat stubborn pockets of fat.  What could describe that pesky back fat any better than that?  If you have already had 9 treatments with another technology I strongly encourage you to meet with a CoolSculpting provider for a consultation.  There may be a waiting period that you would need to respect between your last Lipodissolve and your first CoolSculpting treatment.  You also want to make sure you are not identifying extra skin as back fat.  Your provider can help you with that. It's a great technology and you should give it a try!

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