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June 28, 2016 · Posted in Body, Non-Surgical Procedures, Surgical Procedures

Liposuction vs CoolSculpting®

Both treatments can help to alleviate those stubborn fat bulges that often exercise and diet just won’t move.

How do you know which procedure is the right one for you?

The short answer is both procedures can be effective for people who are good candidates, but for some, one option may be a better choice than the other.


Let’s look at Liposuction:

The decision to have cosmetic surgery is a personal one and often comes with careful thought, research and a desire to change something about you.

Liposuction was introduced in France in the 1920s, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that the procedure became more popular. Figures from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) reveal liposuction was most heavily requested treatment in the world.

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, liposculpture suction lipectomy, or lipo is a type of cosmetic surgery which breaks up and “sucks” fat from the problem area and helps to reshape the male or female body.

Areas that can be treated range from the abdomen, thighs and buttocks, to the neck and backs of the arms.

Liposuction is most likely to be successful for people with a healthy weight and firm, elastic skin, who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas.

Before you choose liposuction, there are some important issues to keep in mind, such as if your skin is dimpled before the liposuction, it will probably still be dimpled afterwards; think about the financial cost, cosmetic surgery does not usually qualify for rebates from Medicare or private health insurance companies. Click link to see other issues to consider and to read more about Liposuction.

Now let’s look at the non-surgical option – CoolSculpting®:

CoolSculpting® is also known as Cryolipolysis or fat freezing. It’s a non-invasive fat reduction method which is ideal for helping reduce stubborn areas of fat on the abdomen or tummy, inner and outer thighs, buttocks, love handles, back and neck.

Freezing fat was the innovation of two Harvard dermatologists. Intrigued by the strange phenomenon known as “popsicle panniculitis”, which is the loss of cheek fat that occurs while sucking on a frozen popsicle. Research confirmed that selective freezing of the fat cells, known as adipose cells helped to reduce fat bulges in some areas by up to 25%. Patients usually require 1-3 treatments on the same area to achieve noticeable results. These findings and research lead to the CoolSculpting® system.

This innovative fat freezing system has multiple applicator heads including the new ‘CoolMini’, which is a breakthrough in treating smaller pockets of fat. Areas that can be treated include under the chin, on the back, the medial aspect above the knees or other parts of the body that may have small fatty deposits.

Developed by ZELTIQ Aesthetics Inc., they received FDA approval in 2010 and since then its fat freezing treatments have taken off like a rocket…so much so that in 2015, ZELTIQ was recognised for the second consecutive year on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunication, life sciences, and clean technologies companies – both public and private – in North America.

During a CoolSculpting® treatment fat cells are exposed to low temperatures from a specialised applicator placed on the skin which damages the fat cell’s structure allowing them to be naturally reabsorbed into the body. The controlled cooling freezes the fat cells without harming the skin, muscle, or nerves.

The treatment is completely surgery free, pain free and with no downtime, meaning you can return to work after your CoolSculpting® session.

Good candidates for the CoolSculpting® procedure have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of.

Click link to read more about CoolSculpting®.

Let’s look at the advantages/disadvantages of Liposuction vs CoolSculpting®:

Liposuction wouldn’t be the most popular cosmetic procedure if it didn’t have advantages over CoolSculpting®, such as:

  • more aggressive and complete fat reduction
  • better body contouring
  • more immediate results
  • the possibility of simultaneous surgical procedures

But CoolSculpting® wouldn’t be ranked number one in medical device growth if it didn’t also have advantages, including:

  • a non-invasive non-surgical technology
  • no or minimal downtime
  • fewer risks (though not risk-free)
  • treatment at a lower price, depending on the amount of treatments per area
  • a treatment option for those who can’t have or don’t want surgery

Here are some of the disadvantages of Liposuction:

  • the possible surgical risks
  • downtime of a few days with some activity restrictions for 3 to 6 weeks
  • the potential for surface irregularities

CoolSculpting® also has disadvantages, including:

  • less dramatic results compared with liposuction
  • surface irregularities
  • rare risks of pain or paradoxical increase in fat
  • treatable body part areas is limited by fit of application head
  • bulges must be pinchable to fit into cup

News flash: both procedures are not a substitute for weight loss nor do they protect against weight gain. If you consume more calories than expended you will continue to gain weight, so it is important to remember that a proper diet and exercise are both essential elements in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Neither liposuction nor CoolSculpting® is magic, but they’re both number one. So that must mean they’ve made a lot of patients happy.

But always remember don’t go into these or any procedure, for that matter without doing your homework and seeking expert advice.

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