While a tummy tuck reduces excessive amounts of fat and sagging skin along the midsection, individuals who are suffering from localized fat deposits often require a more targeted treatment approach. Consider this comparison of CoolSculpting versus traditional liposuction. Consult your cosmetic surgeon to determine which fat eliminating procedure is right for you.
CoolSculpting: CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is a procedure that reduces stubborn fat deposits by targeting, cooling, and eliminating fat cells without surgical incisions. Ideal candidates for this procedure are those who are at a relatively normal body weight—or within 10-15 pounds of their ideal weight—and wish to eliminate bumps, bulges, or pockets fat that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. After the treatment area is targeted between two cooling panels, your surgeon will crystalize the fat cells so they can be broken down and naturally absorbed into the body over a two to four month period. The procedure itself generally takes less than two hours and can be done without the need for anesthesia. Because the procedure is noninvasive, patients can return to their daily activities immediately following treatment.
Liposuction: Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a minimally-invasive cosmetic surgery designed to reshape specific areas of the body by removing excess fat for smoother, firmer body contours. After making a small incision, your plastic surgeon will insert a thin, hollow tube, or cannula, and loosen excess fat cells using a controlled back-and-forth motion. Once the fat has been dislodged, your surgeon will suction out the deposits using a syringe attached to the cannula or surgical vacuum. While there may be some swelling following the procedure, most patients’ body contours continue to improve over time when maintained with a healthy lifestyle.
Whether you’re interested in CoolSculpting, liposuction, or a tummy tuck, Dr. David Abramson is here to help. Call our Bergen County office at (917) 720-4806 to learn about your cosmetic surgery options.