CoolSculpting Vs. Liposuction

How does CoolSculpting differ from liposuction?

CoolSculpting is an entirely nonsurgical procedure.  The procedure is done without any sedation or needles.  A cooling applicator is placed outside the skin.  With external suction the skin and fat are drawn into the applicator and the fat is frozen, resulting in reduction of the number of fat cells.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure typically done under sedation or anesthesia.   The area is anesthetized and the fat is directly removed with a cannula placed beneath the skin.

Which is more effective CoolSculpting or Liposuction?

In the office of Dr. York Yates more aggressive results can be achieved with liposuction than CoolSculpting as a greater percentage of fat can be removed in a broader area in one treatment with liposuction.   The areas of treatment can be three dimensionally sculpted depending on the experience and skill of the surgeon.  Improvements can be seen earlier with liposuction although final results after liposuction can take as long as a year.

For some patients with just a small bulge in a well defined area the final results with CoolSculpting can easily equal those of liposuction.  Additionally, doing multiple CoolSculpting treatments in multiple areas can be used for patients requiring larger treatment areas.

Which is safer CoolSculpting or Liposuction?

Although less dramatic, CoolSculpting is a safer procedure than liposuction.  There is no need for surgery or sedation.  The risk of contour deformity is very small and there is no scar tissue formation.

How about downtime?

Liposuction recovery is much more difficult than that of CoolSculpting.  After liposuction, exercise and activity are limited for 4 – 6 weeks and a compression garment must be worn.  There is moderate pain ,swelling and possibly bruising after liposuction.

After CoolSculpting there is only minor discomfort and a patient can return to work or exercise the same day.

How do I know if I am a better candidate for liposuction or CoolSculpting?

The best candidates for CoolSculpting have small to moderate fatty bulges in well defined areas of the body.  Patients with significant excess of skin may be better suited for a skin tightening procedure such as a tummy tuck.  Patients with excess fat that is not well localized or patients who want more significant results and are willing to undergo surgery may be better candidates for liposuction.

An added benefit of liposuction is that the fat can be harvested and grafted into other areas of the body such as the buttock for augmentation.

Choosing to have your CoolSculpting performed in an office that offers ALL options will assure that you make the right choice as to which is right for you.   Dr. York Yates is a Utah plastic surgeon specializing in plastic surgery of the breast and body and would be thrilled to give you an expert opinion on which would be best for you.