Summary: Does Coolsculpting or Kybella work better for eliminating unwanted areas of fat? The answer to that question is going to vary wildly from one patient to another. Much depends, for example, on where that target for body contouring might be. If you want to get rid of fat along your jawline you might get one answer–if you want to eliminate fat from around your waist, you might get another answer.
Should You Go With Coolsculpting or Kybella?
In recent years, two non surgical body contouring options have risen to the forefront of consumer consciousness: Coolsculpting and Kybella. One technique uses cold to freeze fat away. The other is an injectable that can eliminate fat without surgery. They seem… somewhat comparable. So patients often wonder: does Coolsculpting or Kybella work better?
The question is, of course, something of a misnomer. If one procedure definitively worked better than the other, you wouldn’t have to choose between the two. The better question, ultimately, is: which procedure works better for you?
Comparing Coolsculpting and Kybella
In order to answer that question, it’s sensible to take a quick look at how Coolsculpting and Kybella actually work.
- Coolsculpting works by freezing your fat cells. Your skin, it turns out, has a pretty high threshold for cold–much higher than your fat cells do. A specialist will hold a hand device up against your skin. Your skin will feel numb and cold but experience no damage. The fat cells beneath your skin, however, will start to break down. In this way, Coolsculpting uses cold to minimize fat.
- Kybella works by replicating your body’s own fat metabolising chemicals. A synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, Kybella works by dissolving your body’s fat deposits in a way that mimics your body’s natural mechanics. A simple injection starts the process–and a few weeks later you notice that the injected area is looking slimmer. That’s all there is to it, which makes it easy to see why Kybella is incredibly popular.
So Coolsculpting and Kybella work in entirely different ways. But they both manage to, more or less, get the job done. That might make your decision harder–so far, Kybella and Coolsculpting seem pretty evenly matched.
So Which Should I Choose: Coolsculpting or Kybella?
So, ultimately, which one should you choose? Should you go with Kybella or Coolsculpting? To some degree, the answer to that question might lie with your personal preferences: do you prefer needles or cold?
But more realistically, the answer to that question will instead depend on where you want to have your non surgical body contouring performed. Kybella is approved for use in the submental area of the jaw only. This means that Kybella is fantastic for eliminating the so-called double chin.
Anything beyond that desire–any body contouring beyond a possible double chin–will likely be better handled by Coolsculpting. Generally, Coolsculpting is approved for use across the body. So if you want to eliminate fat from your legs or back or arms or tummy, Coolsculpting will be the best way to go.
Up to You and Your Surgeon
There is, of course, some variation in this–and you should always talk over your options with your surgeon. As always, we’re not here to offer medical advice of any kind. So talk over Kybella and Coolsculpting with your cosmetic surgeon. Find out what works best and what might not.
Once you’ve made up your mind, you should remember that both Kybella and Coolsculpting are non surgical body contouring techniques, so you won’t get the same super-bold result you might from liposuction. That’ll be a benefit to many patients who are looking for subtle, natural-looking results.
Kybella and Coolsculpting each work in different ways. That means you’ll have to find the procedure that is most suited for your needs. Just remember, when it comes to non surgical body contouring: it’s all about you.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for almost five years. He’s constantly in touch with cosmetic and plastic surgeons to ensure he has the latest and most accurate information possible.