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CoolSculpting Vs. Liposuction

Liposuction Salt Lake City UT

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and liposuction?

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

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is CoolSculpting more effective than 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.

is Liposuction safer than CoolSculpting?

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

Liposuction Recovery vs. CoolSculpting Recovery

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.

Am I 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 a significant excess of the 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.

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Choosing to have your CoolSculpting performed in an office that offers all options will assure that you make the right choice as to which procedure is best 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. Contact us today at (801) 525-8741 to learn more about CoolSculpting and to schedule your free consultation!

Patient Testimonials

I had a tummy tuck back in March, I am now 3 months post op and my results have exceeded my expectations. Dr. Yates is very professional, honest and friendly! His staff is awesome and made me feel very comfortable. I will be returning to him for other surgeries in the future. I have also been and will be referring friends and family to him too!


“I can’t say enough about Dr. Yates and his staff. Everyone was so professional yet made me feel completely at ease. Dr. Yates is meticulous about his work and this showed at each and every appointment.

I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Yates to anyone interested in plastic surgery. Should I ever consider any other type of plastic surgery, I would not go to anyone else.

I am extremely pleased with my results.”


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