Difference Between CoolSculpting & Liposuction

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | Oct. 11, 2016, 5:34 a.m.

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At one point or another, most of us- male or female have had or still have an area of unwanted fat that is resistant to diet and/or exercise. Stubborn fat in areas like the stomach, thighs, and bulges around flanks and fat can be difficult to get rid of permanently.

For many years, liposuction has been one of the most popular and top performed cosmetic procedures.  When performed by a board certified surgeon who specializes in liposuction, it is generally a safe and effective procedure in permanently and effectively reducing fat and refining the body contour.

In recent years, thanks to advances in technology, nonsurgical or minimally invasive alternatives to liposuction have become popular. These body contouring treatments, like CoolSculpting and laser skin tightening, typically do not require an incision or anesthesia, and they often come with less downtime.

Liposuction Explained

Liposuction is a surgical fat removal procedure where fat is carefully and precisely removed through a small, hollow tube called a cannula. Suction is applied as the surgeon moves the cannula through the fat deposit, removing excess fat cells and sculpting a slimmer body contour. Liposuction usually provides more dramatic results than other noninvasive fat reduction procedures. Non-surgical procedures, it has a longer recovery period (up to six weeks) and typically costs more.

CoolSculpting Explained

Nonsurgical fat reduction treatments target and eliminate unwanted fat cells through a topically, rather than surgically, One of the most popular and effective treatments for non-surgical fat reduction is CoolSculpting.

You may be a great candidate for CoolSculptingif you’re a close to your target weight, but want to reduce small, localized trouble spots on the hips, abdomen, thighs, and even chin. This treatment uses a specialized cryolipolysis device to cool unwanted fat cells without affecting surrounding tissues. Fat cells are then flushed from the body during the days and weeks following the procedure. Results become visible from 6 weeks to 3 months after the procedure, and they are long lasting. There is no downtime associated with the procedure.

Check out our next blog to see which procedure you may be a candidate for!