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For patients of all genders and backgrounds, one of the biggest sources of body insecurity comes right from our centers: that’s right, our stomachs. Many patients who have healthy lifestyles, featuring a healthy diet and regular exercise, and even those who have recently undergone weight loss still struggle with stubborn fat on the abdomen. This can prevent many people from feeling fully confident in their bodies. If you have struggled with unwanted belly fat, CoolSculpting may be right for you.

CoolSculpting is an innovative fat reduction technique that eliminates fat cells through a fat freezing treatment. Initially discovered through observing the way children developed dimples in their cheeks temporarily while eating popsicles, CoolSculpting treatment is FDA cleared to eliminate body fat in nine target areas on the body, including love handles, upper arms, double chin, inner thighs, outer thighs, and the lower abdomen or belly.

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If you’re tired of seeing stubborn fat on your stomach and want to improve the way you look and feel, NYC board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is an expert in CoolSculpting and non-invasive body contouring. Contact the office today to learn more about CoolSculpting and to develop a customized body contouring treatment plan.

Does CoolSculpting work on the stomach?

So, how effective is CoolSculpting on the stomach? Many patients walk in to an initial consultation with Dr. Green wondering, does CoolSculpting really work on the stomach?, and understandably so; it’s hard to believe that a technology could exist to truly eliminate fat cells from targeted treatments.

CoolSculpting treatment uses the process of Cryolipolysis, which targets and freezes fat cells using a vacuum-like applicator. There are a variety of hand-held CoolSculpting machines that are designed to target stubborn areas of body fat. For more information on the best CoolSculpting applicator for your target areas of fat, you can visit our CoolSculpting applicator page.

Cryolipolysis operates under the scientific understanding that fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other cells in the body, and these frozen fat cells are then able to be broken down by the lymphatic system, ridding the body of stubborn fat for good. CoolSculpting oftentimes provides patients with their desired results after their very first treatment, as dead fat cells continue to be metabolized for several weeks post-treatment.

It’s important to note that CoolSculpting is not a replacement for weight loss. The CoolSculpt method is designed to eliminate fat cells, but the results can be undercut if patients have large fluctuations in weight post-treatment, or if patients use CoolSculpting as a substitute for a healthy lifestyle.

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What is CoolSculpting for the stomach?

The CoolSculpting treatment process for the stomach is a simple one. First, Dr. Green will meet with you to provide you with everything you need to know when it comes to noninvasive fat reduction treatment.  Dr. Green will give you an honest and frank assessment of the desired treatment area and provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that will lead to your ideal results. From there, you can schedule your initial CoolSculpting treatment at your convenience.

For many patients, the first CoolSculpting procedure is the only CoolSculpting procedure necessary for optimal results. During the procedure, Dr. Green will use a handheld CoolSculpting applicator and apply it to the middle or lower abdomen. Some patients experience mild pinching or discomfort during the first few minutes of treatment as the applicator “freezes” the treatment area. Once the skin is acclimated, patients can sit comfortably for the remainder of the treatment, which can vary in length from 35 minutes to an hour, depending on your personalized treatment plan. Oftentimes, patients will bring along a good book or an iPad to entertain themselves during the CoolSculpting procedure.

CoolSculpting Results: what to expect after CoolSculpting for the stomach

After treatment, you can go back to your usual daily activities; CoolSculpting is considered a procedure with no downtime. You may experience mild tenderness, swelling, or bruising on the treated area as the skin “thaws”, but these symptoms will likely subside within the first week post-treatment. Over the next few weeks, you will see the results appear from your CoolSculpting procedure on the treated area. Results will continue to improve for 3-4 months after your first treatment, at which point you will have a follow-up visit with Dr. Green where you can assess your current body contouring experience.

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How many CoolSculpting treatments are needed for the stomach?

The most exciting aspect of CoolSculpting is that the results are truly permanent. The dead fat cells are processed naturally through the lymphatic system, and you don’t have to worry about those fat cells returning, provided that you continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle post-treatment. If you don’t achieve your desired results from your first treatment, you can schedule a second CoolSculpting procedure for the same target area 3 to 4 months after your first treatment. Each time that you have a CoolSculpting procedure, further fat cells are eliminated, so more optimal results can be achieved with additional procedures.

Does CoolSculpting work on a big stomach?

CoolSculpting treatments are designed to work on a variety of body types and areas of fat and, for this reason, CoolSculpting can be applied to a stomach of any size. However, as CoolSculpting is not a replacement for weight loss, it’s important to note that you should only seek CoolSculpting treatment if you are within 30 pounds of your ideal weight. If your abdomen is large, you may need four separate small applicators to apply to the four quadrants of your abdomen, in a diamond pattern, to completely treat the area. The CoolAdvantage Plus applicator, which is a single larger treatment may be a good choice for certain patients. During the consultation with Dr. Green, she will help customize the best CoolSculpting treatment plan for you.

Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting

Which treatment is best for eliminating belly fat?

Both Liposuction and CoolSculpting are defined as fat-removal treatments, meaning that they target areas of fat and reduce the appearance of unwanted fat on the body. However, there is  a large difference between the two: Liposuction is an invasive procedure administered by a plastic surgeon that requires extensive recovery time, whereas CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure, that can be performed during your lunch break, and has no downtime. As CoolSculpting procedures are incredibly low-risk in comparison to liposuction, CoolSculpting has become a leading nonsurgical fat treatment in the cosmetic procedure world.

Additionally, liposuction is designed to remove more fat during a single session, but unfortunately the results are often temporary, the skin may sag and ripple afterwards as the fat cells are not destroyed in the same manner as CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting has the benefit of both zero recovery time and greater permanence than liposuction for the majority of patients who might be candidates for either.

Does CoolSculpting tighten loose skin on the stomach?

When considering liposuction or CoolSculpting for the stomach, the decision often comes down a single simple question: does CoolSculpting tighten stomach skin?

One unfortunate side effect of liposuction is that, due to its redistribution of fat within the body, it can lead to skin laxity or loose skin along the treatment area. Unlike invasive plastic surgery like liposuction, CoolSculpting actually eliminates fat cells and allows them to be metabolized naturally in the body, which thus cuts out the risk of loose skin forming in the first place.

Those who are already dealing with skin laxity and are self conscious about loose skin on the stomach may consider other invasive cosmetic procedures, such as a tummy tuck. As CoolSculpting is not designed to tighten skin, patients with a large amount of loose skin may choose this invasive procedure. However, when it comes to reducing the appearance of stubborn fat on the stomach and eliminating fat cells once and for all, CoolSculpting is an extremely effective, noninvasive solution that will provide you with long-lasting results.

Are there any side effects from CoolSculpting?

Typically, side effects post-CoolSculpting are incredibly mild, and involve mild swelling or bruising of the treated area for a few days post-treatment. In very rare cases, CoolSculpting can cause symptoms of acute pain, but this can be treated with an oral medication such as Neurontin to alleviate any pain. In fewer than 1% of cases, patients may experience paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, where fat cells will clump together after the procedure rather than metabolizing, but this is a much greater risk when the person overseeing your CoolSculpting procedure is inadequately experienced.

As CoolSculpting is a medical cosmetic procedure, it’s incredibly important that you consider where and with whom you undergo CoolSculpting treatment. Many medical spas or “med spas” will offer initial consultations that don’t involve medical professionals and, in some cases, CoolSculpting procedures will be done by professionals without recommended training in CoolSculpting applicators. For these reasons, we recommend CoolSculpting treatment only with an experience board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in New York.

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Am I a good candidate for CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is an excellent fat reduction treatment for any patient who is at or near their ideal weight and who maintains a healthy lifestyle. If you have been struggling with stubborn fat in certain areas on the body, which can be a common aspect to aging, then you are an excellent candidate for CoolSculpting.

For those who are currently undergoing pregnancy or who are nursing, Dr. Green advises holding off on treatment for the time being. However, as CoolSculpting targets fat cells in particular, CoolSculpting procedures on the stomach will not have any adverse affects on a woman before getting pregnant.

Additionally, you are unlikely to be a successful candidate for CoolSculpting if you have any of the following:

  • Cold Agglutinin Disease: an immune disease that attacks red blood cells that is triggered by cold or frozen temperatures
  • Cryoglobulinemia: a presence of abnormal protein in one’s blood stream that thickens when in colder temperatures
  • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria: an autoimmune anemia that can sensitize red blood cells after exposure to cold

CoolSculpting Cost: how much is CoolSculpting for the stomach?

The cost for CoolSculpting is dependent on a variety of factors. The use of multiple CoolSculpting applicators, need for multiple CoolSculpting procedures, and desired results will all combine to determine the cost of your CoolSculpting skincare plan. However, as CoolSculpting is a noninvasive procedure, it’s typically more affordable than plastic surgery fat removal alternatives. When it comes to your CoolSculpting treatment plan, Dr. Green will work with you to determine the right plan for your desired results and budget.

CoolSculpting: is it worth it?

CoolSculpting is an incredibly effective and safe fat removal cosmetic procedure for the majority of patients. If you are experiencing stubborn fat and want to permanently benefit from body contouring, CoolSculpting comes highly recommended.

In terms of body contouring and fat reduction treatment, other non-invasive treatments are available. Kybella, which is an FDA approved dermal injection that contains deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule that dissolves fat, is often considered as an alternative to CoolSculpting. In fact, Kybella can be combined with CoolSculpting treatment to create a comprehensive fat reduction procedure, particularly in areas with pockets of fat too small for a CoolSculpting applicator. Nevertheless, when it comes to larger areas of fat on the body, CoolSculpting is the most effective treatment option.

If you are struggling with stubborn fat on your stomach, there is a solution that can help. Contact the NYC office of Dr. Michele Green today to create a customized treatment plan and feel fully confident in your own skin. To schedule your in-person or virtual consultation contact us online, or call us at 212-535-3088

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