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


Comparing side effects

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.
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