Many people, women and men, struggle with hiding bulges of fat. Whether you’re hiding it with long clothing, Spanx or jackets, it’s frustrating.
No matter how well you eat or how much you exercise, it’s can seem downright impossible to get rid of excess pockets of fat.
At the Plastic Surgery Center and Infinity Medical Aesthetics, you’ll find treatments for this excess fat. Yet, this begs this question, “Which one is right for me – CoolSculpting or Liposuction?”
The best answer to this question is, “It depends.” Each procedure has its benefits, and one procedure might work for one patient, while the other procedure suits another.
When choosing, your best bet is to discuss all of your options with your surgeon and nurse. They’ll help you sort out the pros and cons while explaining to you the best possible outcomes.
To get you started, let’s look at both procedures and answer some of your initial questions.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, often referred to as “lipo,” removes fat.
It’s a procedure that plastic surgeons use to refine the body’s contour by removing fat deposits beneath the skin, improving body contours and proportion. Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body.
Fat cells are permanently removed from the directed area, and this results in a thinner, more sculpted physique. Liposuction (lipo) is sometimes done in conjunction with a facelift, thigh lift, breast reduction or tummy tuck.
According to American Society of Plastic Surgeon Statistics, liposuction was the second most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in 2016, with over 235,000 procedures performed in the United States, alone.
The Advantage of Liposuction
- One treatment may be all you need to reshape problem areas resulting in complete fat reduction.
- Results are generally immediate.
- Treat more areas—and larger areas—in one procedure.
- May be performed with either local or general anesthesia.
- More consistent and predictable result than noninvasive treatments.
- Can combine with other surgical procedures for greater results.
What Liposuction Can’t Do
Liposuction is not a substitute for proper diet and exercise, nor is it a treatment for obesity.
It also isn’t effective as a treatment for cellulite. That’s better treated with Cellulaze.
What is CoolSculpting?
The CoolSculpting procedure is an innovative way to contour your body by freezing unwanted fat away with no surgery or downtime.
With more than four million CoolSculpting treatments performed worldwide, patients find the procedure is virtually painless with no surgery or downtime.
The Advantage of CoolSculpting
- It’s noninvasive.
- Patients have no or minimal down time.
- There are fewer risks (though not risk-free).
- The treatment often comes at a lower price, depending on the amount done.
- It’s a treatment option for those who can’t have or don’t want surgery.
What CoolSculpting Can’t Do
It is not a substitute for proper diet and exercise, nor is it a treatment for obesity.
Which Option is Right for Me?
CoolSculpting is designed to treat focal pockets of fat, non-surgically and with little downtime.
If you’re looking for a minimally invasive option without losing time off work and your regular schedule, CoolSculpting may be for you.
It’s good for localized visible fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm.
With CoolSculpting, you can count of multiple treatment sessions. In addition, results are not immediately noticeable. You see the most dramatic results one-three months after treatment.
If you’re looking to treat excess fat over a larger area of your body, and you’d like a more dramatic change in body contour, liposuction is the better choice.
It’s aggressive, and doctors can remove more fat in a single session. If more body contouring is your goal, liposuction can help.
Unlike CoolSculpting, you notice an overall reduction in fullness and an improve contour within days of the procedure.
So, what’s the bottom line? Speak with your plastic surgeon at the Plastic Surgery Center to discuss your options and see which procedure is best for you.