What’s The Difference Between Liposuction and CoolSculpting

Are you considering a fat reduction procedure to target you stubborn unwanted body fat? While researching options you’ve likely come across both Liposuction and CoolSculpting as possible options. But which one is right for you? Though both procedures help to achieve the main goal of reducing unwanted body fat they do have different approaches. In this article we will help you to understand the difference between CoolSculpting and Liposuction in order to help you discover the right choice for you.

Always remember that it is best to consult with a professional before choosing a fat removal procedure. For a comprehensive understanding of both Liposuction and CoolSculpting procedures consider reaching out to a member of our Body Clinic. We can help you understand your goals and help you choose the procedure best suited to your needs. See our previous article “What’s the Difference Between CoolSculpting and SculpSure” for additional comparisons of fat reduction treatments.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting, scientifically known as cryolipolysis, is a non-invasive procedure that targets stubborn unwanted fat in order to remove and reduce the total amount of fat cells. CoolSculpting involves the use of cooling to freeze fat cells in your desired target areas. By freezing the fat cells, the cells are destroyed and over time become eliminated from the body. CoolSculpting takes a relatively short amount of time to see results and changes can be seen as early as four weeks after your procedure. Only areas specifically treated with freezing will be affected by the procedure.

Many people find that the chin, arms and back are challenge areas for fat loss. Those who are at their ideal body weight may still struggle with fat loss even when they are at their ideal body weight. CoolSculpting is a good choice for fit and healthy people as it removes the fat cells entirely, treated fat cells will not return. CoolSculpting effectively targets unwanted body fat leaving fewer fat cells present than before your procedure.

 What is Liposuction?

Similar to CoolSculpting, Liposuction removes unwanted fat from the body. But unlike CoolSculpting, Liposuction is a surgical procedure and will require some form of anesthesia. Liposuction removes fat from unwanted areas of the body through suction. While removing unwanted fat the procedure also contours the target area enhancing the desired esthetic after fat removal.

Liposuction is effective in reducing the total amount of fat cells in a desired target area. Liposuction is commonly used on stubborn areas of the body including the arms, neck, hips, abdomen and thighs. Liposuction is ideal for individuals who are healthy and near their ideal body weight. As it is a surgical in nature, those in poor health or with medical conditions may not be good candidates for liposuction.

What Are the Main Differences?

Both CoolSculpting and Liposuction both aim to reduce fat cells in a targeted area. Though the end result is the same, the procedures are very different in nature. Below are the main differences between the two procedures;

  • CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that requires little to no recovery time.
  • Liposuction is a surgical procedure. You will require some recovery time as this procedure will leave a wound.
  • CoolSculpting takes some time to see results. Though results are seen relatively quickly you may not see results until 4 weeks post procedure.
  • Liposuction offers immediate results. Though fat is immediately removed during the procedure you will still have recovery time and may need to wait for a reduction in swelling to see the full result of your procedure.
  • CoolSculpting doesn’t take long. You will be in and out from your procedure in little time.
  • Liposuction requires some form of anesthesia and will involve more preparation that non-invasive procedures.


What Are the Side Effects?

You should not expect many side effects after a CoolSculpting procedure. During the procedure you may feel tugging or pulling and numbness in the target area. After your procedure you may feel some pain or aching along with swelling or bruising. CoolSculpting is generally low risk but it is important to consult with a professional to determine what your individual risks or side effects may be.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that comes with additional risks and side effects. Along with the general risks of anesthesia those who undergo liposuction are at risk of developing DTV, infections, damage to nerves, blood vessels and abdominal organs. Bruising and persistent changes in skin sensation may also be a risk. It is important to seek medical advice before obtaining a surgical procedure for fat reduction.

Do the Treatments Work?

Both CoolSculpting and Liposuction are effective fat reduction procedures. When considering a fat reduction procedure, it is important to understand that with diet and exercise fat cells do not disappear but shrink. When obtaining CoolSculpting or Liposuction fat cells are removed from the body. These effects are permanent in that the removed fat cells will not return.

Be aware that although removed fat cells will not return, results from your procedure can be diminished with weight gain. For this reasons CoolSculpting and Liposuction are best suited for individuals who are at or near their ideal body weight. B

Which Treatment is Right for Me?

Deciding on the right procedure for your fat reduction needs can be overwhelming. There are many choices available to you, each providing a different method for similar results. In order to make the right decision for your body it may be best to speak with a professional who can help you determine the right treatment option for you.

We believe that CoolSculpting is a safe and effective treatment option for fat reduction. With little preparation or recovery time CoolSculpting can quickly help you obtain your desired results. Consider reaching out to a member of our Body Clinic to learn more about this effective and safe procedure today.

Author: Alin Gharibian

With over fifteen years of experience, Alin has earned her reputation as a highly respected Certificated Medical Aesthetician. Her welcoming personality, strong dedication to her clients continue to support her growth in this field. Alin strongly believes that continuous education and ongoing training is fundamental in offering her clients with the most advanced technologies and innovative treatments. Her annual attendance at world seminars, including the Anti-Aging World Seminars and Management Programs, have kept her at the forefront of the industry’s latest trends and innovative new technologies.