CoolSculptung or Tummy Tuck? (photo)
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CoolSculpting vs. Tummy Tuck
CoolSculpting can be a great option for patients wanting to reduce fat in typical problem areas of the body. CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared for the treatment of the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, and also underneath the chin. Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting are at a healthy, stable weight. It is not meant for weight loss. Instead, it helps patients to contour their body by addressing bulges of excess fat, not bulk. While it does appear you would be a good candidate for CoolSculpting, you would want to address your goals with a board-certified plastic surgeon at a consultation appointment. Good luck!
CoolSculpting® may be all that’s needed.
Thanks for your question and photos. Given that you have modest and realistic goals and expectations, CoolSculpting® may be able to give you the fat reduction and smaller waist that you desire. Keep in mind that there are limitations as to how dramatic of a result you can achieve with nonsurgical treatments, but if you’d like to avoid surgery then I would recommend giving CoolSculpting® a try. There is a possibility that you may still desire more improvement and surgical body contouring, such as liposuction or a tummy tuck, may be necessary to bring your results to the next level. There’s no harm in trying CoolSculpting® first, so I’d say give it a shot and see if you feel you still need more intervention. No matter which option you decide, be sure to visit a board certified plastic surgeon.
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Hi and thanks for sharing photos. If you can pinch significant fat then Coolsculpting is a reasonable option-it will not address your muscle separation though. If you see a lot of difference when you tighten your abdominal muscles (hold in your muscles), and that is the look you are seeking, then a tuck is the only way to achieve that. Remember that liposuction can be completed at the time of the tuck to address the excess fat. Pros of CS: no anesthesia, minimal downtime-possible numbness, bruising, swelling; Cons-multiple cycles and possibly repeat treatments to get desired result. Pros of surgery: single treatment provides maximum contouring by repairing muscle, removing fat and reshaping belly button; Cons-scar, need anesthesia, days of downtime. Have a consultation with an ABPS certified plastic surgeon, and a certified Coolsculpting specialist (graduate of Coolsculpting University-advanced Zeltiq training) for more info. Best wishes!
CoolSculpting verses Tummy Tuck
CoolSculpting can provide a moderate improvement—approximately a 20% reduction in fat in the areas treated, but it does not tighten loose skin. An abdominoplasty is major surgery, whereas CoolSculpting is non-invasive, so you could always start with CoolSculpting and then reassess. An alternative might be considering liposuction, which is a surgical procedure but less extensive than an abdominoplasty. Like CoolSculpting, liposuction does not tighten loose skin, but it can provide more substantial fat reduction in a single procedure than Coolsculpting. A plastic surgeon can help you assess which options are best for you.
Coolsculpting vs. Tummy Tuck
Coolsculpting May be the Way to GO!
It seems like you are very health with a localized area of fat. The overlying skin itself appears to have good tone. Coolsculpting may be the best non surgical alternative to treat this issue. While surgical options would give the best result, you certainly appear to be a Coolsculpting candidate.