Liposuction has long been hailed as the top body contouring procedure available. Recently, a new non-invasive treatment called CoolSculpting® has taken the body contouring scene by storm. CoolSculpting® freezes fat to produce body sculpting results without any surgery or downtime. Is this new treatment as good as it sounds? Does liposuction still have a place in modern body contouring treatments? Let’s compare these two fat reduction techniques to find out.
You may be familiar with the liposuction procedure: using a small metal tube, called a cannula, fat is vacuumed out of the body to enhance the figure. This is a surgical procedure that is performed with the aid of anesthesia, ensuring patient comfort. CoolSculpting® is a little different, using a unique cooling device to freeze fat cells from the surface of the skin. During treatment, patients wear the CoolSculpting® applicator on the treatment area. The device delivers cooling energy to the desired areas of fat for the duration of the 30 to 60-minute treatment session. During this time, patients may feel a cold sensation in the treatment area, but are able to relax and even read a book or use their cell phone.
Liposuction produces instant results, as fat is removed from the body during treatment. CoolSculpting® destroys fat cells during treatment, but it can take a few weeks for the destroyed cells to be completely eliminated from the body. For that reason, it can take up to a month or longer to notice the full results from treatment. Multiple treatments are often needed to achieve the desired results with CoolSculpting®, while only one liposuction treatment is necessary.
CoolSculpting® is non-invasive, so there is no downtime after the procedure. Patients are able to return to work and other activities immediately after their appointment. Liposuction, on the other hand, may require patients to take time away from work and other usual activities. Recovery can vary depending on the extent of treatment, but for most patients, the initial recovery period only lasts a week or two.
Which Treatment is Right for Me?
Both liposuction and CoolSculpting® are effective fat reduction techniques, so the treatment that is best for you may depend on your treatment goals or personal preference. If you are considering either of these treatments, contact us to schedule a consultation at Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center. We welcome patients from Green, Beachwood and Akron, OH.