Liposuction and CoolSculpting can both help reduce stubborn fat that simply won’t go away, but they are two very different procedures. They have both proven to be effective in reducing adipose tissue and improving body contour, but one must be a little better than the other, right?
It truly depends on your goals and budget, but CoolSculpting definitely has the advantage of being more affordable and not requiring surgery or downtime. Because of this, it’s becoming the more popular option, and is poised to overtake the long-standing #1 spot of liposuction, which started in the 1980s.
CoolSculpting: CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, FDA cleared technique that uses cryolipolysis technology to reduce fat. The procedure uses a vacuum applicator to expose fat cells to an extremely low temperature, which basically freezes (kills) them.
Liposuction: Liposuction is a surgery. It’s a more aggressive treatment in which a surgeon makes small incisions in targeted areas of fat. A long, narrow suction tool is inserted though those incisions and removes the fat.
CoolSculpting: CoolSculpting is very popular with patients who want to get rid of their double chin, as well as fat in their thighs, tummy, love handles, and flanks. The CoolSculpting device is designed to treat very focused areas of fat.
Liposuction: Lipo treats excess fat over a larger area of the body, including the tummy, hips and sides.
CoolSculpting: With CoolSculpting, patients can typically resume their normal activities immediately following the procedure.
Lipsuction: Following liposuction surgery, patients can usually return to work and resume most of their normal activities within a week.
CoolSculpting: Many CoolSculpting patients experience little to no discomfort at all during their treatment, and use the time to read, spend time on their phone, or even catch a nap. Others are more sensitive and will remark that there was some pain during recovery, but never anything major.
Lipsuction: It is surgery after all, and some swelling, bruising, and numbness are common afterward. There’s a recovery process, and that process includes expected pain—most patients say that it’s about a 6 on the 1-10 scale. The discomfort and soreness usually lasts for a few days.
CoolSculpting: Changes in the treated area after CoolSculpting can become apparent in as early as three weeks, and the most dramatic results can be seen 1-3 months after treatment.
Lipsuction: Because the body continues to make adjustments for up to a year after surgery, it takes several months to one year to see the final results of most liposuction procedures.
Patients often ask which treatment is more cost effective: liposuction or CoolSculpting. This is another “it depends” situation. If a patient is treating a single small area which will probably be satisfactorily treated within two sessions, then CoolSculping is the better cost efficient choice. However, if there are multiple areas that a patient wants to treat which would require three or more CoolSculpting sessions, then liposuction may be the way to go.
For those who are frustrated with a more focused area of fat and like the idea of skipping the knife, CoolSculpting is the better choice. However, if you’re after a full-on fat removal from a few different areas and you’re okay with surgery, liposuction it is! But be sure to talk with a knowledgeable, board-certified surgeon like our specialists at Fremont Laser & Skin Care to discuss your goals and which procedure is right for you.