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Pros and cons of CoolSculpting, tummy tuck surgery

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The number of tummy tucks has risen by more than 100 percent over the last 10 years. (WLS)

The number of tummy tucks has risen by more than 100 percent over the last 10 years. But this surgery, which targets stubborn belly fat, is expensive and can be risky. So how does the traditional surgery stacks up against a topical treatment that literally freezes the fat away?

CoolSculpting is a freezing treatment that works like a vacuum cleaner. While the canisters suck in fat, the tissue chills to 39 degrees, causing it to crystallize.

"They found a way to cool the fat, but not kill the skin," said Dr. Salvatore Dimercurio, a plastic surgeon.

Jerra Feaga was treated on her thighs and stomach.

"It's like a numbing feeling that continues to get colder and colder to the point of probably what hypothermia feels like," she said.

The pain generally lasts about seven minutes of the hour-long treatment.

"Even though we have some good results four to eight weeks post treatment, we find that if we treat that area again, we get better results," said Dr. Dimercurio.

"It's only up to a 30 percent decrease, so it's not going to be a wow factor," said Feaga.

For more dramatic results, some patients consider the tummy tuck sometimes called the "yummy mummy" surgery.

"Typically it's the woman who's had children; she goes to the gym five days a week, she doesn't understand why she can't remove this loose flabby skin," said Dr. Henry Garazo, a plastic surgeon.

Like Christine Rosenthal, a mom, who after two C-sections, still had overhanging skin. But she says after surgery, she physically improved by 90 percent.

"Everything isn't going to be perfect, but it's better than it was. That's how I viewed it," she said.

"It's transformational. For women when the walk in the office, you can literally see them at the front desk walking down the hall and they're a completely new person," said Dr. Garazo.

Neither procedure is covered by insurance. CoolSculpting costs about $2000-$3,000 and tummy tucks from $5,000 and up.

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