You’ve been bothered by stubborn fat bulges for too long. Now it’s time to take action. However, which popular fat reduction treatment will you choose: CoolSculpting or liposuction? Both options are safe and effective, but which one is better? The answer depends on your body and goals.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive way to reduce fat in targeted area. CoolSculpting uses a process called cryolypolysis to freeze and destroy fat cells using low temperatures. During CoolSculpting procedures, an applicator is applied to the fatty area where it remains for about an hour. Each CoolSculpting treatment kills 25-25% of the fat cells in the treatment area. Multiple applications are usually required for patients hoping to achieve fat reduction of more than 20% in their trouble areas.
Many patients prefer CoolSculpting over liposuction because CoolSculpting is painless and non-surgical. People who don’t want anyone to know that they’ve had “work done” also prefer CoolSculpting because the results are gradual and take several months to become fully apparent! Finally, busy people with an active lifestyle often prefer CoolSculpting because there is no recovery time following the procedure.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is the second most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States. Liposuction is an invasive procedure that involves inserting a thin, hollow tube called a cannula under the skin. Suction is then used to vacuum out fat cells. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with minimal pain and discomfort. More fat can be removed in a single liposuction treatment than in a single CoolSculpting treatment, so multiple liposuction treatments are optional. Most patients require a week off work to recover from liposuction, and strenuous activities must be avoided for at least two weeks.
Patients with more radical fat loss and body contouring goals choose liposuction because more fat can be removed in a single treatment and the results are almost instantly apparent. Patients who want to see dramatic fat reduction in a simple treatment often opt for liposuction.
When choosing between CoolSculpting and liposuction, consider your timeframe. Would you prefer several non-invasive treatments or one invasive treatment to obtain the results you desire? It takes months to enjoy the full results of CoolSculpting, so consider whether or not you have the patience to wait for results. If you’re looking for immediate gratification, liposuction may be a better option for you. If you want your results to look gradual and natural (like you’ve been working out over the course of several months), CoolSculpting is the more subtle option.
The size and location of your “trouble areas” will also help determine if CoolSculpting or liposuction is a better fit for you. For either procedure, the area you’d like to treat must have fat that is soft and pinchable. CoolSculpting is ideal for people with just one or two trouble areas, while liposuction is preferable for people with multiple, large treatment areas. The best candidates for CoolSculpting are within 30 pounds of their ideal weight, while liposuction is better for patients who want to achieve more dramatic results.
Finally, look at the skin in your trouble areas. Is it taught and normal or loose and saggy? Neither CoolSculpting nor liposuction tighten skin, so if you are struggling with loose skin, a tummy tuck may be a better option for you. Tummy tucks remove loose skin in addition to liposuction and body contouring.
Take some time to think about your fat reduction goals. Which areas would you like to treat, and what percentage of fat would you like to see removed? Making an informed decision about which procedure is best for you will help you obtain the results you desire without disappointment.
A professional consultation will also help you determine which procedure is best for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and obtain a professional opinion!