Thinking of using Coolsculpting. I really want to contour the belly pouch and love handles. Would this help me?
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Its difficult to assess without a photo
However, it is typically used to treat what you describe
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!
However, do understand that if the skin is very stretched and the muscles separated, then a tummy tuck may be the best option for you. If you are looking solely for a non-surgical option, then I would also consider a center that has skin tightening devices such as the Profound system or Ultherapy as you may get some degree of skin tightening on top of volume reduction.
I would visit a center that has a multitude of non-invasive options coupled with surgical solutions to address your concerns so you have an informed consultation/decision making process.
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You may consider CoolSculpting like a visit to the hair salon and make appointments for many sessions over many months. A group of our patients are happy with this "Treatment to Transformation" schedule. Others convert themselves to surgical procedures to obtain a more contoured and tighter result using liposuction and tummy tuck options.
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