Diet and exercise are important for health, but sometimes they just don’t make the grade when it comes those last few stubborn pounds and problem areas like saddlebags or saggy arms. People looking to contour their bodies into their ideal silhouette may consider options like liposuction and CoolSculpting. While both procedures sculpt problem areas on the body, they are very different methods. Here’s a little side-by-side comparison of the two procedures so you can decide which one best fits your situation and lifestyle.
What is the Major Difference Between Liposuction and CoolSculpting?
The most significant difference between liposuction and CoolSculpting is the procedure itself. Liposuction is an invasive surgery, which removes fat by sucking it out from beneath the skin and requires some form of anesthesia (local, general, or intravenous). Conversely, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, fat-freezing technique that is performed on the surface of the skin, targeting fat cells underneath the skin. CoolSculpting also does not require anesthesia; in fact, you can check emails, read a book, or take a nap during the procedure.
What are the Risks?
Since liposuction is an invasive surgery, there are inherently more risks. The risks include anesthesia risks, bruising, deep vein thrombosis, fluid accumulation, infection, worsening of cellulite or skin rippling, swelling, change in skin sensation, and cardiac complications. In one in every 5,000 patients, death is a risk associated with liposuction. It should be noted, though, that over 95% of patients have a positive experience with liposuction.
Alternatively, CoolSculpting carries with it very few risks for patients. These risks include temporary redness, swelling, bruising, and skin sensitivity at the treatment site. However, most patients have no negative after-effects of the procedure. In very few cases, and mostly for males, paradoxical adipose hyperplasia can occur, but it is extremely rare.
What About Downtime?
Liposuction carries some downtime as patients recover from surgery. Generally, recovery takes a few days, and patients can return to their active schedule after two weeks. CoolSculpting, however, has no downtime. In fact, you can drive home immediately after your procedure or drive straight back to work!
Liposuction results tend to be more dramatic and immediate after any post-surgery swelling goes down. This is in part because liposuction can remove more fat in a single session than CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting requires a bit more patience. Most patients will start seeing some results in the first month, but generally, see more dramatic results in two to three months.
Liposuction and CoolSculpting are both great ways to contour your body to its ideal form. When deciding which procedure to choose, consider these items as well: cost, number of sessions needed, and which procedure would describe you as an ideal candidate. If you think CoolSculpting is a good fit for you, schedule a free consultation with us to determine if our CoolSculpting solution is the best way to meet your body goals.