CoolSculpting vs. Tummy Tuck: 3 Questions to Know What's Best for You
- 25 April 2018
- Dr. Mark Broudo
Confused between CoolSculpting vs. tummy tuck? Don’t worry – you’re not alone.
Some plastic surgeons would take one look at a patient and say that she’d benefit from CoolSculpting, while other plastic surgeons would say that a tummy tuck would work better.
But how would you know which one is best for you? Check out the following questions that you should ask yourself to know if you need CoolSculpting or tummy tuck:
Question 1: What is your main problem?
Do you have stubborn fatty deposits in your abdomen? Or is excess sagging skin bothering you?
Keep in mind that although both tummy tuck and CoolSculpting can help contour the abdomen, they have different purposes. Thus, not everyone is a good candidate for both procedures.
You’re a good candidate for CoolSculpting if you want to reduce unwanted fat bulges in your abdomen. It is best suited for people who have small areas of fat that need to be reduced.
But if your main problem is excess sagging skin over your panty lines due to pregnancy and massive weight loss, then you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck instead. This procedure tightens loose skin, especially for patients with poor skin elasticity.
A tummy tuck is also the best procedure for patients who have muscle separation, thus making their stomach look distended. Abdominoplasty can tighten abdominal muscles – something that CoolSculpting cannot do.
Question 2: Are you willing to undergo surgery?
Whether you’re getting a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck, abdominoplasties are still invasive procedures that require incisions in your tummy area. If you’re willing to go under the knife and experience downtime for a couple of weeks, then you might consider getting a tummy tuck.
On the other hand, CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that helps remove unwanted fat bulges in your abdominal area. It has little to no downtime, and it does not require any anesthesia.
However, you have to get at least six CoolSculpting treatments to enjoy significant results. It might take three to four months before you can start seeing CoolSculpting results.
Question 3: How much is your budget?
Budget is a major concern for many people.
With a tummy tuck, you would need to shell out around $6,000 for a one-time procedure, and it can seriously drill a hole in your pocket.
But with CoolSculpting, you only have to pay around $750 per session, which amounts to $4,500 for six sessions. It’s easier on the pockets since you can essentially pay in installment.
CoolSculpting vs. Tummy Tuck: The Verdict
To sum it all up, you should get CoolSculpting if you want to get rid of stubborn fatty deposits without the need for an invasive procedure. Since it has no downtime, you can go back to work right away. It also costs a lot less than a tummy tuck, although you need to undergo several sessions to see results.
But if you want to get rid of excess skin and tighten your abdominal muscles, then a tummy tuck is a better choice. The results are instant, but you need to recover for at least two weeks before you can go back to work. You also need to pay more for a tummy tuck than several CoolSculpting sessions.
Still, the best thing to do is to consult an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate you and give proper recommendations on the procedure that’s best for you.