Summary: Most people have at least one part of their body they wish had a slimmer, firmer, more toned appearance. Usually, dedication at the gym and self-discipline at the dinner table can help you get your dream body, but sometimes stubborn problem areas will remain.

For years, liposuction was the only option available for removing specific fat deposits, but medical technology has introduced many new noninvasive procedures that can sculpt your body without surgery or downtime. CoolSculpting® is one of these innovative procedures that’s rapidly gaining popularity. Yet, if it comes down to a choice between lipo CoolSculpting®, how do you know which option is best for you?

The Skinny on Liposuction

Even though liposuction has been around for decades, many plastic surgeons still rely on this trusted technique to help shape and slim the body. First, a solution that’s designed to reduce bleeding and bruising, loosen individual fat cells and increase the patient’s comfort is injected into the entire treatment area. Next, your surgeon uses a hollow surgical tube (cannula) to break up the fat and removes it via suction.

Because lipo relies on the doctor’s expert eye for angles and proportions, liposuction results are very technique-dependent, requiring a highly skilled board certified plastic surgeon to deliver the most optimum outcome. Compared to its nonsurgical counterparts, liposuction is more invasive, but is also able to remove a larger volume of fat.

The Cold Hard Facts about CoolSculpting®

Although liposuction has a long and proven track record in the world of body contouring for delivering reliable results, many patients feel hesitant about having surgery and are interested in exploring noninvasive options instead. CoolSculpting® is a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction that is FDA-approved for targeting and eliminating fat cells in the body.

During the treatment session, a practitioner methodically maneuvers a handheld device over the surface of the skin in the treatment area. The device uses a patented cooling process to target the fat cells, which are frozen, destroyed and then naturally eliminated from the body over the following months as the crystallized cells are metabolized. One treatment session lasts about an hour, is entirely pain-free and usually delivers about a 20 percent reduction of fat in the treatment area.

What Are the Drawbacks to Lipo and CoolSculpting®?

Liposuction and CoolSculpting® have both shown to deliver quality body contouring results, yet each offers unique benefits and disadvantages compared to the other. We’ve already explored the benefits, so let’s look at the potential negatives:

  • Liposuction: Liposuction carries some risks, particularly when requiring the use of anesthesia, and is much more invasive than CoolSculpting®. Patients will likely need to plan on a fair amount of downtime to recover before returning to their normal activities.
  • CoolSculpting®: The noninvasive nature of CoolSculpting® is both a pro and a con for most patients. While it won’t require downtime, CoolSculpting® won’t be able to remove as much fat as liposuction can.

How to Choose Which Is Right for You

Find a surgeon who’s highly trained and experienced with both procedures in order to get quality, sound advice on which procedure is best considering your given unique anatomy and the goal you’re hoping to achieve. No matter which procedure you choose to target unwanted fat, ensuring you’re a good candidate and picking the right surgeon will help you see the best results possible.

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