The nonsurgical CoolSculpting procedure is an effective treatment against unwanted fat cells that diet and exercise can’t improve. Because it is nonsurgical, this revolutionary procedure offers patients many benefits, including its ability to treat a diverse range of areas. From the hips to the back of the knees to the arms, CoolSculpting seems like it can go almost anywhere that liposuction can, and more. In the past, liposuction has even been used to help with breast reductions, so why not CoolSculpting? Learn more about this nonsurgical approach and whether it could benefit you.
Nonsurgical Breast Reduction
It might sound almost too good to be true that a breast reduction could be performed as a nonsurgical treatment, helping you skip out on expensive treatments and long recovery times. Some plastic surgeons, however, have begun offering the CoolSculpting treatment as an alternative way to reduce male breasts from a condition known as gynecomastia. Here are a few things to know:
- CoolSculpting can help clear away fat cells that have caused the breasts to enlarge.
- It cannot remove breast tissue, so an evaluation is needed to confirm that CoolSculpting will be effective.
- The effects of CoolSculpting are gradual, so it will take a few weeks for your complete results to appear.
- One CoolSculpting treatment can remove 20% of the fat cells in the treatment area, so repeated treatments may be needed to achieve the complete results.
In the case of gynecomastia, like female breast reduction, the issue most often is the excess amount of breast tissue present. CoolSculpting is designed to freeze and kill fat cells, which are then flushed from the body. If applied to the breasts of a man or woman, it will not harm or effect the breast tissue in any way. Using CoolSculpting as the sole method of breast size reduction is not always a practical choice but it may aid you in reaching your ultimate goal.
Fat Removal and Breast Reduction
It is very common for breast reduction surgeries to involve some form of liposuction technique in order to trim down the area and achieve the optimum results. Typically, the traditional liposuction method is used, with a cannula inserted into the area and sucking out the unwanted fat. More technologically advanced methods like SmartLipo have evolved in recent years, allowing surgeons to melt the fat away with laser energy and suction it out more gently, resulting in shorter recovery times.
CoolSculpting is a device that works externally, sucking the skin of the treatment area between two cooling panels. The fat is targeted with a special temperature of cold that will affect only fat cells without harming the surrounding tissue. While not traditionally paired up with breast reduction surgery, it could offer some patients a different treatment approach.
Including CoolSculpting Into Your Breast Reduction
If you’d like to talk about the possibility of using CoolSculpting to help you reduce your breast size, start the conversation during your consultation. Most likely, it won’t be practical to have the procedures performed at the same time. It makes more sense to split up your treatments, perhaps sitting in for CoolSculpting sessions to reduce the fat content of your breasts before surgery. Likewise, some patients might seek CoolSculpting after their breast reduction has healed in order to trim down their breast size a little but more. Your plastic surgeon is the best resource for determining which methods would be the best for your body.
Plan Your Own Breast Reduction Strategy
If you’re tired of that excess fat around your breasts and you want it gone forever, it’s time to think about planning for your own CoolSculpting procedure. If you’re still on the fence, plan a consultation with Dr. Ran Rubinstein, who will be able toproject his expected results from your procedure with a revolutionary new technology. The VECTRA 3D Imaging system allows the surgeons at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists to modify a 3D photo of you with your planned surgical changes. This helpful tool provides the ultimate way to really see if where and how CoolSculpting can make a difference for your breast reduction.
Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein has been practicing in the Hudson Valley for more than 14 years and specializes in facial plastic surgery, nasal, and sinus disorders. He uniquely combines his medical and surgical expertise to help patients feel better and look better. He holds dual board-certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and is an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.