CoolSculpting on under arms - is the pain & recovery similar to belly CoolSculpting?
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Coolsculpting and the Arms
Coolsculpting works extremely well on the arms and I often combine Coolsculpting with Thermage for the best cosmetic results. It hurts less than the abdomen but you may have some temporary numbness for a few weeks. It is vital that you go to an expert for this advanced technique. Best, Dr. Green
Our patients find tricep area treatments less uncomfortable than abdominal treatments, especially with the new treatment heads. Best Wishes, Maurice Vick MD
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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Coolsculpting for the arms
Patients have a much easier time with Coolsculpting for the arms than a large applicator on the belly. Though you may have a hickey-like bruise on the back of the arms (tricep area), any discomfort is usual quite minimal. Patients are very pleased with not only the fat and size reduction of the arms but the skin tightening as well. I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised how easy the arms are in comparison to the abdomen. Good luck!
Coolsculpting discomfort in the arms
First, I am assuming you're talking about the tricep area? Remember this area is off label but many centers still perform it. Secondly, the new cool advantage applicator is far more comfortable for clients that the traditional applicators that we had previously used. You may want to assure you're in a center who has purchased those. If you are literally talking under the arm and lateral to the breast I would not treat this area honestly. Hope that helps. Best of Luck
CoolSculpting of Arms Recovery & Discomfort
You are right that everyone is different when it comes to discomfort during and after CoolSculpting. This also varies from person to person based on area treated. In general, the large CoolMax applicators are the most uncomfortable both before and after treatment. The only main difference is that sometimes the numbness during the arm treatments can extend down to the hands. Most people tolerate the treatment quite well. Hope this helps.
Coolsculpting for arms is not that uncomfortable
This area should be easier than the Coolmax for the belly. It is a smaller surface area. Most of the pain after the procedure has been in the belly. Occasionally I heard of a problem in the arms related to numbness of the nerve.
Knowing what you're in for with Coolsculpting for arms
Many people use coolsculpting on arms with good results, but you may have some discomfort. Keep in mind comfort levels can vary, but you will have an opportunity to have levels adjusted before treatment. Fore best results for the arms, I suggest considering liposuction, which in combination with non-invasive devices will give you the most contour and skin tightening. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer
What patients say that is discomforting about the underarms is that their arms feel numb and it is a weird feeling. Once the applicator is placed on with the suction, that's the opportunity to voice if it's painful. The applicator can be adjusted then before the treatment starts.
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