CoolSculpting Vs. Tummy Tuck
How does CoolSculpting differ from Tummy Tuck?
We frequently see patients who are unhappy with their belly but not sure what they would benefit from. Do I need liposuction, CoolSculpting, or a tummy tuck and what is the difference? Having a CoolSculpting consultation in Dr. Yates office assures that all options are not only available but will be brought to your attention should CoolSculpting not be an effective alternative. Compared to a Tummy Tuck, CoolSculpting is rather minimal in outcomes. Whereas CoolSculpting only addresses a portion of the fat, a tummy tuck removes all of the excess skin and much more fat, while allowing surgical tightening of the core muscles.
Which is more effective CoolSculpting or Tummy Tuck?
CoolSculpting and a tummy tuck are really not comparable procedures and no patient should ever expect a tummy tuck outcome with CoolSculpting.
Which is safer CoolSculpting or Tummy Tuck?
Here is one area where CoolSculpting wins over a tummy tuck. As there are no needles, anesthesia, or surgery there are very few risks with CoolSculpting.
How about downtime?
Also a big win for CoolSculpting, recovery is much simpler than that of a tummy tuck. There are no incisions to heal from, minimal pain, and no activity restrictions after CoolSculpting.
How do I know if I am a better candidate for Tummy Tuck or CoolSculpting?
Most importantly, choose to have your CoolSculpting consultation in the office of a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in tummy tucks. We have seen patients who only after their CoolSculpting treatments were informed the reason they didn’t get the result they expected was that they really needed a tummy tuck. Don’t pay twice, get good advice from the beginning. In general, if you have significant stretch marks, loose skin, or muscle separation a tummy tuck is typically a much more effective treatment. If the skin is healthy, relatively tight and there is minimal underlying muscle separation, CoolSculpting is often a great option.