We have very exiting news in our practice! Narasimhan Plastic Surgery is pleased to announce Coolsculpting as a treatment in our practice. This non-surgical tool will no doubt diversify our patient options and remove fat in a safe, FDA-approved, and effective way. While we remain a plastic surgery practice that weekly performs liposuction and abdominoplasty procedures (tummy tuck), there is a niche and effective way to integrate coolsculpting. We only bring treatments to our practice that are effective, and patient selection is important in this processes.
Our staff has experience with CoolSculpting, and many of us have had treatments which have proven effective! While we have not replaced surgery or liposuction procedures, we want to highlight the unique areas that coolsculpting can be effective. We have already had great success with this treatment.
Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting
Liposuction is often considered a gold-standard procedure for removal of fatty deposits, has proven to be very effective, and is done in a single session of treatment. However there is (often) anesthesia involved, and recovery from heavy activity. Swelling is also involved in liposuction, as a fluid mixture of saline and lidocaine is used for the procedure. CoolSculpting, by contrast, does require several sessions (often 4-8 depending on the amount of fat to be removed). In one session it is not as aggressive as liposuction treatment. There is also increased time involved with these sessions. However, Coolsculpting has the great advantage of having little to no downtime, recovery, or recuperation period. Patients can work out and go to the gym almost immediately after the procedure. Coolsculpting patients do not wait 4-6 weeks as would be recommended for surgical procedures.
Who are the best candidates?
In Liposuction and CoolSculpting , having good skin tone (no loose skin) is favorable for a good outcome. While these two treatments are effective for fat reduction, only abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) effectively tightens the skin. Younger patients, and patients who have not had massive weight loss, can often have better outcomes. For the abdominal area, muffin top, and love handles (flanks), liposuction and coolsculpting are often considered equally effective.
Coolsculpting can be more effective however than traditional liposuction in more contained and less full areas the body such as the bra line fat, inner thigh region, and armpit/axillary area.
There are variety of new applicators from Coolsculpting that can be used for small areas such as the CoolMini applicator. This can also treat the submental (chin) area of fat, often with great results.
As you can see the decision tree for liposuction versus coolscupting varies based on patient preference, recovery , efficacy, and downtime. While I do think liposuction can achieve everything that coolsculpting can achieve, the opposite is not necessarily true.
We have found coolsculpting to be a proven, effective way to remove fat deposits, particularly on patients with smaller and more contained areas. In patients with larger fat deposits, more cycles (sessions) are necessary.
Please contact our Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa office at 727-289-7119,