CoolSculpting or Liposuction: Which is Best for Me?
It’s not uncommon to have stubborn areas of fat despite a healthy lifestyle. Many people struggle to gain the body contours that they want even with dedicated exercise routines and balanced diets. If that’s the case, cosmetic procedures can help shape the body to show off your hard work in the gym. Two of the most common procedures for removing unwanted fat are CoolSculpting and Liposuction.
Liposuction is a familiar procedure to most people, as it has been available for many years. CoolSculpting is a newer advancement, but is rapidly growing in popularity. The two procedures have similar goals but different methods to achieve them, so choosing between them can be confusing at first. Here are some of the key differences between CoolSculpting and Liposuction to help you figure out which is best for you.
About the Procedures
CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical procedure in which fat cells are frozen, effectively killing up to 25% of the fat cells present in the treatment area. These dead fat cells are then metabolized naturally and permanently flushed away by the body. This process is known as cryolipolysis. During a treatment session, a technician will use the CoolSculpting tool to clamp down and cool a roll of fat. This process takes about an hour.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure completed using a small incision or series of incisions. A suction tool, called a cannula, is inserted through the incision(s) to manually remove fat from the body. This surgery is completed in about an hour and is performed under general or local anesthesia.
Time and Convenience
CoolSculpting sessions are completed relatively quickly, taking about an hour at the most. However, most patients will require multiple sessions which will be spaced several weeks apart. Because CoolSculpting works by freezing fat cells which are then flushed away naturally, results take some time to be visible. However, there is no downtime associated with the procedure, and you can return to normal activities immediately after your session if you choose.
Liposuction is an outpatient surgical procedure, which requires several days of downtime and recovery. However, unlike CoolSculpting, liposuction is completed in a single session and the fat is removed manually, meaning that results are visible as soon as swelling has subsided. This may take a few months.
Cosmetic Goals and Results
The goal for both CoolSculpting and Liposuction is to reduce fat in specific areas of the body. The most common treatment areas for the procedures are the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, and arms. It’s important to remember that neither CoolSculpting nor liposuction are considered weight loss procedures. Candidates should be at a healthy, stable weight before undergoing the procedures.
Ultimately, the results from either procedure are quite comparable. The procedure that best meets your cosmetic goals is best determined by a cosmetic surgeon or trained CoolSculpting technician.
Schedule a Consultation
Now that you have a better idea about which procedure may be best for you, the next step is to schedule a consultation to discuss them with a professional. Call Accent on You in Arlington, TX at (817) 417-7200 or fill out our online form to set up your first appointment.