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With the new year underway, many women and men have set their sites on toning their bodies.
Having excess pockets of fat across the abdomen, hips, thighs, or buttocks can be disheartening, especially when you are hoping to fit into your new bikini by summer.
When weight loss fails to remove the final fatty deposits, some patients turn to cosmetic enhancement. These cosmetic enhancements include liposuction and CoolSculpting®.
What Should I Know About Cosmetic Fat Reduction?
The first thing to understand about both liposuction and CoolSculpting® is that these are body contouring procedures, not weight loss procedures.
Many individuals do not realize that there is a difference between those two things: fat removal and weight loss.
- Fat reduction—as experienced with liposuction and CoolSculpting®—permanently removes fat cells from the body.
- Weight loss occurs when the size of the fat cells shrink, but it can also happen when your body loses muscle mass or fluids.
What Is the Difference Between Liposuction and CoolSculpting®?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that suctions out unwanted fatty deposits with a vacuuming device.
CoolSculpting® uses intense temperatures to freeze excess fat without surgical incisions and, therefore, the risks that accompany surgical procedures.
While liposuction remains popular (it is the second most commonly performed cosmetic surgery), CoolSculpting® has been gaining prominence.
Since both of these procedures destroy fat cells permanently, it begs the question: are they interchangeable?
Does Liposuction Remove More Fat Than CoolSculpting®?
You cannot deny that when faced with a choice, most individuals would prefer a non-surgical treatment as opposed to a surgical one.
Both of these procedures reduce fat; unfortunately, they cannot remove the same amount of fat.
On average, CoolSculpting® is estimated to remove up to 25 percent of fat cells in any given area, such as the abdomen.
Liposuction can potentially remove up to five liters of fat cells—which roughly correlates to 11 pounds.
It is important to note that this is the absolute limit of what is safe to remove with liposuction at one time. Most surgeons will not attempt to remove that much for safety concerns.
What Is the Difference in Cost Between CoolSculpting® and liposuction?
According to the CoolSculpting® website, the cost of your treatment should fall somewhere between the amounts of $2,000 and $4,000, depending on the treatment areas and the number of treatments required to achieve optimal results.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of liposuction is $3,518; however, this amount may vary once external factors like geographical location, anesthesia fees, and facility fees are included.
All in all, the cost of these treatments may not be radically different.
Schedule a consultation with PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery for an accurate cost estimate.
Will My Recovery After Liposuction Be Longer Than My Recovery After CoolSculpting®?
Since liposuction is a surgical procedure, it will require a recovery period of at least one to two weeks with a limited activity period stretching out four to six weeks.
Most CoolSculpting® patients jump right back into their normal activities.
Is CoolSculpting® Worth My Efforts?
CoolSculpting® can tighten and highlight the definition in the abdomen; however, it cannot remove as much fat as liposuction can.
To know whether or not CoolSculpting® is for you, you need to examine the current state of your body contour and where you want that contour to go.
If you are only looking to tighten an area, CoolSculpting® may be the right path.
Can Fat Return Sooner With CoolSculpting® Than With Liposuction?
Unlike traditional weight loss, both CoolSculpting® and liposuction reduce the physical number of fat cells in the body. While this can result in long-lasting improvement, it will only last as long as you maintain a stable weight.
You can still gain weight in other areas of your body and can even gain weight in the remaining fat cells of your treatment area.