CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: Which is The Right Choice For You?

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A good diet and exercise help many people lose fat and feel better about their bodies.

But what happens when you have some stubborn areas that don’t seem to change? Many people choose to turn to a plastic surgeon for either liposuction or a CoolSculpting procedure.

Both are great tools to reduce fat deposits and improve the overall shape and aesthetics of the body. Liposuction is often chosen by those who are interested in treating larger parts of the body, like the abdomen or knees. CoolSculpting is a more targeted procedure that is usually best suited for smaller areas, like the inner thighs, lower abdomen, or under the chin.

The results of liposuction and CoolSculpting are similar when it comes to reducing fat on the body.

But how do you know which procedure is right for your situation? An experienced plastic surgeon will be able to give advice but keep reading for a breakdown the most cost-effective procedures.

Treating Targeted Areas vs. Dramatic Changes In Body Contours

Patients should think about their fat loss goals when choosing between liposuction and CoolSculpting. Those who undergo CoolSculpting should be interested in treating pockets of fat and need to be prepared to undergo multiple sessions to see results.

In contrast, patients who are looking for a total body change should pick liposuction since it is a more aggressive type of treatment. Fat that is extracted by liposuction can be reinjected into other parts of the body, like the breast or buttocks, to increase volume and change shape. The results of liposuction are also noticeable in just a few days after the procedure.

Concerned About The Recovery Period? CoolSculpting Might Be The Right Choice

The liposuction recovery period is pretty quick, but patients can experience swelling and bruising. These issues usually fade away in the weeks and months after a procedure.

Most plastic surgeons allow people to return to work and other normal activities within a week. Since the body does make adjustments after liposuction, it can take up to a year to see the full results of a procedure.

The recovery process for CoolSculpting is much shorter and less taxing. Most procedures offer patients a low risk of complications and very minimal discomfort. People are usually able to resume normal activities immediately after the CoolSculpting is finished. Any redness or numbness is very mild and should resolve quickly.

Budget-Conscious Patients Usually Opt For CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting costs less up-front than liposuction. Doctors can treat patients with small amounts of fat deposits in one to two sessions economically.

Some who are on a tight budget choose to pay for a couple of CoolScultping procedures to see some fat reduction and then save for a liposuction procedure in the future if they feel like it could be beneficial.

However, people who are interested in multiple CoolSculpting sessions might find it to be more expensive than a single liposuction surgery when the two are added up.

Most plastic surgeons are willing to work with patients on a financing plan so patients can pay for either procedure on a monthly basis.

When You Want Multiple Procedures for a Big Change

Surgeons can combine multiple procedures if a patient wants a more complete transformation. They often combine the tummy tuck and liposuction or an arm lift, tummy tuck and lipo all in one surgery. The Mommy Makeover and Daddy Do-Over both consist of multiple procedures.

For those going for the radical transformation, liposuction allows for fat removed to be transferred to another part of the body. Some people choose to have fat inserted into their breast or buttocks to reshape these areas. CoolSculpting does not involve fat transfer.

Your Consultation With Zochowski Plastic Surgery

The choice between CoolSculpting and liposuction depends on the patient’s desires and goals for their body. People who are interested in treating smaller areas would be best suited for CoolSculpting. Those who are looking to treat multiple spots on the body should look into liposuction.

We closely work with all patients and carefully explain the pros and cons of liposuction and CoolScultping so you can make a decision that best fits your needs.

Contact us today to set up a consultation.

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