Updated October 2018
Liposuction, a surgical procedure during which excess fat is removed using suction, has long been one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world. CoolSculpting® is an innovative and relatively new body contouring procedure that freezes fat cells using a non-invasive method of controlled cooling.
Both liposuction and CoolSculpting can produce beautiful results, and both can be done on several areas of the body. However, many people ask, is there one that’s better for you?
The Pros and Cons of Liposuction
Liposuction is a surgical procedure. You’ll require general anesthesia and you can expect some post-operative discomfort. You’ll also need to plan for some downtime following liposuction, just as you would with any other type of surgery. Regardless, liposuction still remains the go-to body contouring method for those who want to see dramatic results.
CoolSculpting uses the science of cryolipolysis to destroy fat cells, which are then eliminated through the body’s natural processes.
The Pros and Cons of CoolSculpting
The major advantage of CoolSculpting is that it’s a completely non-invasive method of fat reduction. CoolSculpting involves no surgery and, therefore, no discomfort or downtime. However, CoolSculpting is not intended for treating a larger volume of fat removal. The results of CoolSculpting appear gradually over several weeks.
Which One Is Better?
There’s no definitive answer in the liposuction vs. CoolSculpting debate. The answer to which option is best for you really depends on your body type, your goals and expectations, and whether you are a good surgical candidate. If you’re dealing with larger pockets of fatty tissue, liposuction might be the answer. If you have less excess fat or aren’t a good candidate for surgery, consider CoolSculpting. Check with your plastic surgeon to see which option is likely to deliver optimum results for you.