CoolSculpting and Liposuction are both cosmetic procedures that are designed to permanently remove body fat. Each method of fat reduction is designed to improve the contour of one’s body while enhancing confidence. The biggest difference between the two is that liposuction is a surgical treatment, and CoolSculpting is non-invasive and no-surgery.
Although these treatments are used to achieve similar results, each individual’s concerns will require a different treatment process.
Choosing between either procedure depends on a number of factors, not limited to:
- Problem areas
- Desired results
Continue reading for examples and more information on each procedure to determine the best option for you!
CoolSculpting, or cryolipolysis, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that targets areas of stubborn fat and then freezes the fat cells in order for the body to flush them out. After the fat cells are frozen, they are naturally recycled through the lymphatic system over the following weeks of the procedure.
CoolSculpting areas include:
- Under the Chin (submental)
- Outer & Inner Thighs
- Along the Bra Line
- Upper arms
CoolSculpting is an outpatient procedure and requires no surgery. The procedure presents minimal side effects, mostly limited to visible bruising around the treatment area. Session times vary per treatment and may require multiple sessions to achieve desired results.
Results vary; however, most patients will see up to a 25% reduction on the area per treatment. Patients will see results starting at four weeks post procedure but can continue to see changes for up to 12 weeks. The cost of a CoolSculpting treatment depends on the number of treatments needed and is customized for the individual.
Liposuction, or ‘lipo’ as it’s sometimes called, is an invasive plastic surgery procedure that involves the targeted fat being vacuumed out of the body through a small incision. Surgeries are typically quick and provide immediate, permanent results. Some patients find that the excess skin left after the procedure naturally contours to their new body shape within a few weeks.
Patients can resume normal activity within a few days of surgery, although certain swelling and bruising may take up to a month to fully heal. Liposuction is treated as an outpatient procedure and can treat multiple areas of fat in one surgery. Treatment areas go beyond CoolSculpting areas listed above and include calves, ankles and the chest.
Which Fat Removal Process is Right for Me?
There are two ways to determine which treatment option is best for you. First, you must determine your desired results, areas of concern and whether or not health factors will prohibit your choice.
Targeting Specific Fat Areas
CoolSculpting is ideal for individuals who are looking to target stubborn areas of fat such as the lower abdomen or under the chin. The procedure is quick, easy and does not require anesthesia or incisions. CoolSculpting involves little to no downtime and typically patients go on with their daily routines after their treatment.
Targeting Multiple Fat Areas
Liposuction is ideal for individuals who are looking to target larger or multiple areas of the body. Patients may require liposuction for treating areas that CoolScultping does not cover, such as the ankles and chest.
What Health Problems Will Interfere with My Procedure?
Patients who are pregnant or have heart problems should talk to their doctor before undergoing liposuction. Side effects may also include blood clotting, which can be potentially dangerous. You should also talk to a licensed specialist about any specific conditions you have, medications you’re taking and concerns as they will be able to provide you with medical advice specific to your situation.