SculpSure or Coolsculpting for arms? Do you need more than 1 area to reduce 25% of circumference of the arm? is it permanent?

Dr. Dean Kane Q & A Q. Looking into CoolSculpting or sculpsure on arms. I’m 130lbs and 5ft3″ w 14″circum. arms hoping for 12″<. Read both max at 25%. How many areas on one arm need to be treated to reach 25%? Is it forever? Or is lipo the best way to go? For me 2500$+/- for all 3 but different results is what I am worried about. I would rather do the most effective instead of continually having to retreat and spend for mediocre results. A. ​Thanks for your question. For the past 15 years and to date, I have been underwhelmed with the use of thermal devices like light and laser (ultrasound and radiofrequency) machines to deliver fat loss particularly without pain. It is the heat created by the device that causes the pain and therefore the non-compliance of the patient to return for further or completion therapies. Without reaching the threshold temperature of 44 degrees centigrade, fat cells are not destroyed. ​ ​I cannot comment on SculpSure (SS) but it is the same technology as the above. ​ ​CoolSculpting (CS) is tried and true, consistent and reliable. Patients come back again and again to continue their treatments for liposuction-like results toward their non-surgical “Transformation”. ​ ​In both cases, CS and SS, the applicators target a “smallish” area; so, do not expect “circumferential” results until you use the applicators circumferentially in successive sessions. ​ ​Liposuction is a great way to go if the surgical artist you choose has the skills and talent. It is surgery and has the risks of surgery but the benefits are fully and circumferentially contoured arms with 80 to 90% fat reduction not limited by the applicator so the transitions are smooth and the areas of lipocontouring are unconstrained. ​ ​Choose your consultants and surgeons wisely. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with Certification in CoolSculpting and a artistic manner would be my recommendation. ​ ​I hope this is helpful. All the best! Happy Holidays!   This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
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