If you’ve been thinking about body contouring, you probably already know the big differences between liposuction (a surgical procedure that breaks up and removes unwanted fat) and the newer CoolSculpting® method (a nonsurgical treatment that cools fat cells, causing them to die off).
But just knowing what these procedures are all about isn’t necessarily going to help you determine which one’s right for you. So here’s the “skinny” on some ways you can determine whether liposuction or CoolSculpting® will be best to achieve the results you really want.
Think about Scale
No, we’re not talking about that pesky thing next to your shower! By scale we mean the extent of fat tissue you want to address. For larger volumes of fat in several areas of the body, liposuction may be the best option for you. If instead you are focused on refining the appearance of just a few “trouble spots,” CoolSculpting can provide great results without surgery.
Note Your Timeframe
If you are thinking about a body slimming procedure to get ready for a big event such as a wedding or reunion, make sure you are planning enough time to achieve your goals before the big day. Liposuction provides more immediate results, while CoolSculpting® generally takes several months to deliver final results, as your body naturally removes the treated fat cells. On the other hand, CoolSculpting® does not require the downtime associated with liposuction.
Talk with a Surgeon
In all honesty, the absolute best way to determine which of these body sculpting methods is right for you is to talk with a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers both options. Yeah, it may not be as easy as scouring the internet looking for advice, searching for anecdotes, and studying photos of patients who have a body shape a lot like yours, but scheduling some time with a plastic surgeon can be well worth it. You’ll have an in-depth evaluation and get the opinion of a trained medical professional who can guide you toward the best approach. So find an expert in both body contouring options and schedule a visit to learn more!
One of the most popular treatments for women and men who want to slim their shape without surgery, CoolSculpting® can seem like a fat blasting miracle. Like any new treatment, it’s also not fully understood by some people, and it’s all too easy to believe some of the rumors and half-truths about what CoolSculpting® really has to offer.
So let’s set things straight on this noninvasive body contouring treatment:
Myth 1: It Doesn’t Work
Tell that to the thousands of women and men who have an improved body contour and visibly lose stubborn fat pockets after their CoolSculpting® treatment! The reality is that while not everyone is a candidate for CoolSculpting®, this treatment can very effectively target “problem areas” such as the love handles, abdomen, or the inner/outer thighs.
Myth 2: It’s Great for Weight Loss
Nope. This procedure was never designed as an alternative to eating a healthful diet and getting plenty of exercise. CoolSculpting® was developed in response to the need for a treatment that targets what most people call “stubborn” fat cells. After one session, most people see about a 30% reduction in fat in the treatment area, which generally only means a pound or two. A second recommended treatment can double these results. The goal is to create a more attractive body shape in the treatment area, not to drop pounds.
Myth 3: It’ll Keep You Thinner
CoolSculpting® will remove treated fat cells, and those cells will not grow back. But it’s still up to you to stay healthy and fit – the fat cells that remain behind can enlarge if you don’t eat right and exercise. You absolutely can gain weight and completely undo your improved body contour, so you need to stay actively engaged in maintaining your results.
Myth 4: It Isn’t FDA-Approved
CoolSculpting® has received FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) clearance as a treatment for reducing abdominal fat as well as fat in the flanks and thighs. This means that the safety and effectiveness of the procedure for nonsurgical fat reduction has been reviewed through the FDA’s formal process, giving patients added peace of mind.