Sometimes, patients come to us with a definite treatment in mind, like CoolSculpting® non-invasive fat reduction, only to discover during their personal consultation that what they really want is something they never even considered before—like liposuction.
We love CoolSculpting because it helps people reduce unwanted fat bulges without invasive measures like surgery or downtime. But we also love liposuction. Here’s a closer look at these two popular fat reduction treatments, and how they may fit into your lifestyle.
Both CoolSculpting and lipo:
•Tackle “pinch-an-inch” fat.
Pinchable, pliable pockets of fat are called subcutaneous fat, and both CoolSculpting and liposuction are designed to reduce this type of fat in particular. The fat that these treatments cannot budge is called visceral fat, the internal fat that wraps around your organs in your belly. The only way to reduce visceral fat is through diet and exercise.
Now, for the differences:
•CoolSculpting affords gradual results (up to 3 months following your treatment), while lipo offers immediate fat reduction with continued contour improvements as your body heals and any swelling subsides.
•CoolSculpting involves little to no downtime, whereas liposuction may involve a week of rest at home while wearing a compression garment and avoiding heaving lifting and exercise for at least 6 weeks.
•Liposuction affords more control over your contours, allowing the surgeon to remove specific areas of fat, whereas CoolSculpting targets a more generalized area of fat, albeit in a targeted treatment area
What you need to know:
If you are determined to experience little to no downtime and want results that appear gradually over a period of weeks or months, CoolSculpting may be the ideal choice for you.
If you are seeking more immediate fat reduction with more dramatic results, liposuction is probably the right choice for you.