CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction

Written on November 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

We often hear the question “What is the difference between CoolSculpting and Liposuction?”  Both procedures are designed to address unwanted excess fat, but the two procedures will provide very different outcomes. So we’ve put together this simple guide to help give you a better idea on which procedure may be able to give you the experience and outcome you are looking for!

How it works:
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that vacuums excess fat deposits from under the skin, slimming and reshaping specific areas of the body.
CoolSculpting is FDA cleared for fat reduction using a non-invasive cooling technique called Cryolipolysis to target and freeze localized fat.
Who makes a good candidate:
Someone in good health with disproportionate contours due to fat deposits that won’t respond to diet and exercise.
Someone close to their ideal body weight who has small areas of stubborn fat pockets such as belly bulges, love handles or back fat that won’t budge with diet and exercise.
Benefits:
Dramatically improves body contour and shape.
Non-invasive procedure with minimum discomfort, no anesthesia, needles or downtime.
Risks:
Liposuction is a surgical procedure, therefore, there are possible risks involved.
You may need more than one treatment to achieve the results you are looking for.
Recovery:
Swelling and some bruising is expected after surgery.
A compression garment is usually worn following the procedure to control swelling.
The recovery time depends on the extent of your surgery.
No downtime!  Get back to work or go for a run after treatment.
The treated area may be numb or sensitive to touch directly after procedure.
Results:
Dramatic improvement in body shape and contour.  It may take a several months before the swelling subsides to notice the final outcome.
The results from Liposuction will last as long as you continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
CoolSculpting will eliminate 20-25% of the fat cells in the treated areas.  Noticeable, natural results of fat reduction in just 6 to 8 weeks.
What it won’t do:
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, nor will it take place of proper diet and exercise.
It also will not treat cellulite or loose, saggy skin.
CoolSculpting will not tighten skin or improve stretch marks.

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