When you’re trying to choose the right body-toning method, it can be a bit of a challenge when you’re faced with both options. CoolSculpting and liposuction are two of the most common procedures people avail of when they want a better-looking body. Even though they have the same goal—reduce excessive fat deposits—the procedures couldn’t be any more different.
CoolSculpting vs Lipo Body Contouring
The question remains: which of the two is better for you? Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. It depends on a wide variety of variables. We compared the two side-by-side to help you make this crucial decision.
Lipo Body Contouring
Liposuction is always performed under local or general anesthesia. Dr. Jugenburg will make a small incision (less than ¼ inch) in each of the areas that you want to target. Then, a thin metal tube called a “cannula” is inserted into the area. The fat is sucked out of the body permanently.
Depending on the size of the problem area, the procedure can take 1-2 hours. You can target multiple body parts at the same time. In most cases, a single session of liposuction is more than enough to help you achieve your ideal body shape.
Potential Risks & Side Effects
Because the procedure is invasive and involves anesthesia, there are some side effects you need to know about before undergoing liposuction. These include blood clotting, skin discoloration, fluid accumulation, irregularities in skin shape/texture, and possible negative reactions to the anesthesia.
The recovery period for a liposuction procedure can range from a few weeks to several months. Bruising, swelling and minor scarring are the most commonly reported effects of liposuction. While you can engage in light exercise a week after your operation, you cannot do heavy, strenuous physical activity until you have fully recovered.
Liposuction is one of the most aggressive and effective fat reduction procedures in the cosmetic surgery industry. You can remove large amounts of fat in just a single session. Dr. Jugenburg does not remove more than 4 litres of fat in a single surgery for safety reasons. Due to the swelling, however, it’s possible that you won’t see the maximum results until several months after the procedure.
Liposuction would interest those who are already undergoing other surgical procedures that require anesthesia, those who want to treat multiple problem areas simultaneously, and those who want to do a fat transfer to another part of their body.
Liposuction is not recommended for pregnant women and people with blood disorders or heart problems.
Depending on the difficulty and scope of the treatment, liposuction can cost anywhere from $500-6,500 per body part. Read our liposuction service page for details on your specific bodily procedure.
- Can remove large amounts of fat
- Permanent effects
- Can target multiple areas in a single session
- Won’t see results immediately
- Invasive procedure
- Potentially long recovery periods
The CoolSculpting process is called cryolipolysis. A gel pad is placed on your problem area, then a cooling head is placed over it. A suction mechanism pulls the fat into the headpiece and freezes the fat cells. Your body then naturally disposes of the frozen fat cells through the liver. It’s a completely non-invasive outpatient procedure. The whole process could take an hour for one area.
CoolSculpting is non-invasive and doesn’t require surgery, so there are minimal minor side effects. The most common side effects associated with CoolSculpting procedures are short-term bruising, tenderness, pain, and slight swelling. Side effects subside and eventually disappear after a few weeks.
Unlike liposuction, you can immediately resume your normal daily activities after a CoolSculpting procedure. You may feel a little soreness in the treated area, but it won’t interrupt your routine.
CoolSculpting is proven to be effective at reducing as much as 25% of the fat cells in the targeted area. While results are usually less dramatic compared to liposuction, it only takes a few weeks before you can see the difference.
The procedure is generally safe for most and acts as a great alternative to those who can’t get liposuction. It’s best for those who can’t or don’t want to undergo invasive surgical procedures and for those who only need a minimal reduction in body fat.
People with blood disorders may not be eligible to undergo CoolSculpting.
- Virtually no recovery time
- Effective at targeting small fatty deposits
- Not as aggressive as liposuction
- Can be pricey if multiple sessions are needed
Which Is The Better Procedure For You?
Doctors and surgeons agree on one thing: as with most medical procedures, it really depends. If you want something more aggressive or dramatic (and you don’t mind going under the knife), then liposuction might be the best choice for you. If you want something non-invasive and easy to recover from, CoolSculpting could be the procedure for you.
Always consider many factors before making a decision: your budget, your preferences, and what your body needs.