Liposuction vs Coolsculpting
Alternative to Liposuction
Coolsculpting VS Liposuction
- Both Coolsculpting and liposuction are used to reduce fat.
- Both provide permanent fat removal from the targeted area.
- Coolsculpting is noninvasive. No to few minor side effects (varies per person)
- Liposuction is an invasive surgery using anesthesia. Side effects include blood clots, uneven results, negative reaction to anesthesia or other serious complications.
- Some patients experience short term bruising or skin sensitivity after Coolsculpting. Side effects are usually resolved within a few weeks of your treatment.
- Avoid liposuction if you have heart issues, clotting disorders or are a pregnant woman.
- You’ll be able to see results from Coolsculpting within a few weeks. Complete results from liposuction may not be noticeable for up to a few months.
- Coolsculpting is done as an outpatient procedure. Each area takes about an hour.
- Liposuction can often be done as an outpatient surgery. The surgery takes 1 to 2 hours to complete. Recovery may take up to several days.
- Both procedures permanently destroy fat cells in the area treated. However, you are still able to develop fat in other untreated areas of your body.
- Coolsculpting eliminates up to 25% of the fat in any particular part of someone’s body.
- You might be able to remove up to 11 pounds of fat with liposuction, removing more than that is generally not considered safe.
- Studies found that one year after liposuction, participants had the same amount of body fat they had the year prior, it was just redistributed to new areas.
- Coolsculpting can cost anywhere between 1,000 to 5,000. Prices do vary based on the size, area and demand of your geographic location.
- In 2016 the average recorded cost for liposuction was 3,500
CoolSculpting side effects
Because Coolsculpting is a nonsurgical procedure it comes with no surgical risks. However the procedure does have some side effects to consider.
- A tugging sensation at the procedure site (depending on applicator used)
- Temporary bruising, skin sensitivity, bruising and swelling.
- Aching, stinging or pain.
Liposuction side effects
Liposuction is riskier than Coolsculpting because it’s a surgical procedure. Common side effects associated with surgery include:
- Skin infection.
- Skin discoloration.
- Internal puncture wounds.
- Irregularities in skin shape such as lumps or divots.
- Accumulation of fluid tat may need to be drained.
- Temporary or permanent numbness.
Rare but serious side effects include:
- Complications related to anesthesia, if administered.
- Kidney or heart problems due to changes in the bodies fluid levels during the procedure.
- Fat embolism: a medical emergency that releases a clot of fat into your bloodstream, lungs or brain.