How does CoolSculpting effect areas that have surgical scarring?
Dr. Dean Kane Q & A
Q. How does CoolSculpting effect areas that have surgical scarring?
A. Without photos or an examination, it is difficult to answer your question.
In general, scar, ie. collagen does not contain fat. Scar remodels over 3 to 12 months or more contracting, tightening and then softening. The fat will tend to bulge on either side of the scar due to its displacement. It is this fat that is amenable to CoolSculpting (CS) without requiring surgery. Scars will also depress inward which is contrary to the need for the CS applicator to vacuum the bulge into the cup. There is no ability for the unit to “freeze” the fat without the cooling plates of the applicator cup touching the skin-fat bulge,
Sometimes it is better to revise the scar and lift the fat with it (like a tummy tuck following a C-section) to stretch and redrape the flap and create a better scar.
It is best to consult a well versed, Plastic Surgeon with experience performing all these options so he / she, other cosmetic surgeons will not be biased by the only procedure(s) they perform.
I hope this was helpful. All the best!