Stubborn fat layers are hard to get rid of. And once they are there, shifting to a diet plan and exercise are often not enough to give you the slim physique you seek. Certain body areas need the help of procedures like CoolSculpting or Liposuction to achieve your beauty and fitness goals.
Liposuction has always been the gold standard to remove excess subcutaneous fat. However, nowadays, nonsurgical options like CoolSculpting are gaining popularity amongst the masses.
If you wonder which is the better option, it all boils down to a matter of personal choice. Both effectively reduce adipose tissue to improve your body contour. However, the two procedures are entirely different.
The choice depends on what you plan to achieve through the process, time, and cost.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that’s performed without any anesthesia. It’s also called cryolipolysis and is used to freeze and remove body fat from specific body parts. As each session removes little fat, most patients need multiple sessions to get their desired look.
How does it help?
CoolSculpting helps remove smaller fatty deposits. It is popular with patients who want to avoid surgery either for health or personal reasons. It’s not as risky as liposuction because no cuts or incisions are involved.
Liposuction is also known as lipoplasty and is a surgical cosmetic treatment that breaks and ‘sucks’ body fat. It is performed to improve appearance for health reasons where lifestyle changes don’t help.
How does it help?
Lipo helps remove stubborn fat from more significant body parts, without leaving hanging skin. Examples are the abdomen, neck, chin, thighs, tummy, buttocks, and upper and back of arms, calves, and back.
CoolSculpting vs. liposuction- which is better?
It’s challenging to define which is better between CoolSculpting or Lliposuction. It depends on the area to be treated and how aggressive you are about fat removal.
If you want to avoid surgery, and don’t expect too dramatic results, then Cool-Sculpting is better. However, liposuction is better to eliminate maximum fat in a single session.
Liposuction has a longer healing time, requiring several days off work and everyday activities. However, you end up with precise fat reduction and a predictable body sculpted results.
Besides, your plastic surgeon can sculpt various areas together.
Sculpting is zero-downtime that’s performed in-house, usually within an hour. It’s not that painful either. There’s at the most intense cold for a few minutes. However, results aren’t as immediate as liposuction.
Your body needs about three months to metabolize the affected fat cells. While results are noticeable after the first treatment, most patients require multiple sessions to get their desired physique.
The complexity of the procedure
Liposuction is the more aggressive treatment of the two, requiring anesthesia. You need more sedation to treat bigger areas. It involves making less than ¼” thick small incisions through which a hollow instrument, the cannula is inserted under the skin.
A powerful and robust vacuum is then used to suction out the fat through the cannula. There’s no scarring, but recovery takes a few weeks with some bruising and swelling.
CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is less invasive. It involves placing a disposable gel pad over the treatment area. Then a cooling head, a machine with a base that cools the flowing liquid, is placed over the gel pad. It creates suction by pulling the fatty areas into the head and then freezes it.
Your surgeon then removes the cooling head after an hour or so and massages the frozen area. There’s some discomfort while pulling tissue into the cooling head. However it soon numbs, so there’s no pain while massaging.
All said, it takes some time to see the best results of cool sculpting. You can see the final effects only after a few weeks. There’s generally no pain, only some tenderness at the treated area.
Suitability for different age groups and medical conditions
The ideal candidate for liposuction is someone healthy and older than 18, following a healthy diet and exercise. Unlike CoolSculpting, liposuction is safe on aging skin.
The ideal candidate for CoolSculpting is someone in good health, with localized fat deposits and minimal skin laxity. Age isn’t a constraint. However, it may not give the best results with sagging skin, because it may not withstand the treatment.
Those with a weakened immune system may not be good candidates. They may not be able to handle the cold, and this can lead to severe consequences.
CoolSculpting is cheaper of the two processes since there are no operating room or anesthesia expenses involved.
Lipo is relatively expensive because of the associated operating room and anesthesia costs. However, if you compare the price of a single liposuction operation with multiple CoolSculpting sessions, liposuction works out cheaper.
It all depends on your needs and your pocket.
If you have more fat to remove, then a single liposuction procedure is better. However, if you have minimal stubborn fat, then one or a few CoolSculpting sessions work out cheaper.
There is no clear cut answer for which is better-CoolSculpting or Liposuction. This is because of its many determining factors, benefits, and reasons. Your cosmetic surgeon is the best person to ascertain, which is better for you. They decide based on your health, budget, the amount of fat to be removed, and your fat loss expectations.