CoolSculpting® vs. Liposuction
With all the benefits the CoolSculpting procedure offers, why would anyone get liposuction? The quick answer: The treatments have different uses and advantages. If you've been thinking about getting liposuction in the Naples-Fort Myers area, take a moment to also consider the CoolSculpting procedure.
Contact our Naples office to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Kent Hasen where you can learn more about both body contouring options. You can request your consultation online or call (239) 262-5662.
Liposuction can effectively eliminate greater amounts of fat than CoolSculpting treatments and allow Dr. Hasen greater control. If a patient's fat-reduction needs are more extensive or intricate, or if a patient wants immediate fat removal, liposuction may provide more satisfying results than CoolSculpting treatments.
The CoolSculpting procedure offers a solution for effectively reducing fat in patients who don't want to undergo more invasive liposuction. It's an effective treatment for patients who want to reduce isolated fat pockets, such as in the belly paunch or a "muffin top." Liposuction can correct these small yet noticeable fat deposits, but CoolSculpting treatments require little to no downtime or discomfort, and have a lower cost.
Comparison at a Glance
|Must be at or close to your ideal weight||Must be at or close to your ideal weight|
|Non-surgical and non-invasive procedure||Surgical procedure|
|Can be used in areas such as midsection, buttocks, and thighs||More versatile for use in a variety of areas, including arms, neck, and breasts|
|Size of treatment area is limited to the size of the applicator||More precise body contouring|
|5 applicator sizes and shapes available||Multiple techniques available including standard, power assisted, laser assisted, water assisted and ultrasonic|
|No restrictions or recovery time, including time away from work or even exercise||Requires some time away from work and temporary restriction on certain activities|
|No stitches or post-treatment dressings or support garments||Requires stitches and post-treatment dressings and support garments|
|Fat reduction is gradual over 3 to 4 months||Immediate reduction in fat content|
|No scarring||Very minimal (1/4 inch) scars, typically hidden beneath undergarments or swimwear|
|May cause temporary bruising, swelling, tenderness, numbness, or tingling||Causes temporary bruising, swelling, and soreness (easily controlled with pain medication)|
|Easily repeatable for maintaining results or further reducing fat||Additional treatments require another operation and recovery period|
|Relatively fast procedure requiring about 1 hour per area||Requires about 2 to 6 hours, depending on the fat removal|
|Results can be maintained with diet and exercise||Results can be maintained with diet and exercise|
CoolSculpting Treatments Plus Liposuction
Combining procedures may give you the best outcome. For instance, liposuction may provide better results in certain areas such as the upper arms, beneath the buttocks, and in the neck, while the CoolSculpting procedure can reduce fat in your abdomen, muffin top area, and thighs.
An Expert Opinion
Dr. Hasen will help you determine whether the CoolSculpting procedure, liposuction, or some combination of both can help you achieve your goals for a slimmer, sexier physique.