Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting: Which Is Better for Your Goals?

When a healthy diet and consistent exercise fail to provide the body contouring goals you desire, it’s not uncommon for people to start researching alternative methods to achieve the results they’ve sacrificed and worked hard to produce. Two of the plastic surgery industry’s most popular body contouring procedures are liposuction and CoolSculpting. At first glance, it might appear that they do the same thing, but their methods are vastly different, making the decision of which one is best for achieving your aesthetic goals a bit tricky.

There are several things to consider when determining if liposuction or CoolSculpting is the best approach to trimming away your stubborn pockets of fat, including where on your body you tend to harbor fat, how much time you can sacrifice for recovery, and how quickly you want to see and enjoy your results. To help make the decision process easier for you, in this blog, we’ll be breaking down both liposuction and CoolSculpting treatments to help you feel confident and excited about starting your journey toward your best figure.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure designed to contour the figure by removing pockets of fat. The process begins with a localized anesthetic in the treatment area. Then, several small incisions are made before a tumescent solution is infused into the body to minimize patient discomfort, prevent bleeding, reduce trauma to surrounding tissues, and prepare the fat for removal. Finally, a narrow tube called a cannula is inserted through the incisions, and fat is strategically removed via suction.

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a revolutionary fat reduction procedure that freezes fat cells in a given area, effectively destroying them so that the body can metabolize them and dispose of them naturally via the body’s lymphatic system. This ingenious and highly effective technology allows it to be non-surgical, painless, and require no anesthesia. It’s the ideal treatment for patients who wish to avoid surgery or don’t have the schedule to accommodate a recovery period.

What Are the Benefits of Liposuction?

The primary purpose of liposuction is to help patients reach their ideal body image goals; however, the health benefits of liposuction should be discussed more. Some of the benefits include:

  • Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: Some studies have shown liposuction has the potential to reduce the number of inflammatory cells in the body. Inflammatory cells are linked to cardiovascular disease. Therefore, when the number of inflammatory cells in the body is reduced, it can help prevent a person from developing cardiovascular disease.
  • A Healthier Lifestyle: A healthy diet and exercise routine is essential to maintaining your new figure. One of the most significant benefits of liposuction is how it encourages patients to live a healthy life by making exercise more accessible and enjoyable.
  • Improved Self-Esteem: Our self-esteem is closely linked to our physical appearance. It’s very common for people who carry excess weight in a specific area of their body to feel low self-esteem. Liposuction can alter a person’s physical appearance. The result is increased self-confidence that can send a ripple effect throughout other areas of their life.
  • Increased Mobility: When the body harbors areas of fat, especially around the knees, thighs, and hips, it’s not uncommon for these fat pockets to limit mobility. Liposuction can specifically target these areas, lending to better mobility and posture.

What Are the Benefits of CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is among the most popular body contouring treatments available, and for good reason. The incredible benefits of this treatment include the following:

  • Safe, Quick, Non-Surgical Treatment: CoolSculpting is proven effective for reducing fat tissues in challenging areas. It is also a non-invasive procedure, meaning there are no needles, anesthesia, surgery, or recovery involved. The CoolSculpting treatment uses controlled cooling to target and freeze fat cells without harming the surrounding skin or tissues. A treatment requires as little as 45 minutes, and there is no recovery time to consider.
  • Results In 4 to 12 Weeks: CoolSculpting creates beautiful, natural-looking results that won’t look lumpy or result in uneven skin texture. The CoolSculpting process targets and freezes only the fat cells, so the results look smooth and natural.
  • Permanently Destroys Fat Cells: Once you reach adulthood, your body no longer creates new fat cells. What you have, is what you’re going to get. What does end up happening is as you gain or lose weight, the fat cells in your body either grow or shrink depending on your habits. CoolSculpting and liposuction permanently remove or destroy a percentage of fat cells, thus decreasing the total bulk of the fat in the targeted area. Once those fat cells are damaged or eliminated, they are gone forever.

Is Liposuction More Effective Than CoolSculpting?

As mentioned earlier, the effectiveness of these procedures is relatively the same; their processes and approach to fat removal are what separate them. Downtime, recovery limitations, and the amount of fat you want removed in each session may be deciding factors. Suppose you’re more interested in immediate results and have a large amount of fat you’d like to remove from an area. In that case, liposuction may be more effective but with the cost of a more extended recovery period. If you are focused on a smaller area of fat and are okay with waiting a few weeks and having multiple treatments to see the full results, CoolSculpting is an excellent alternative.

Which Is Cheaper, Liposuction or CoolSculpting?

Because liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves localized anesthesia, incisions, sutures, and aftercare treatments, it can cost more than CoolSculpting treatments. However, it is important to remember that you may require multiple CoolSculpting sessions to achieve your desired results. In contrast, you can achieve immediate results with liposuction making them relatively equal. During your consultation with Dr. Josh Waltzman, he will break down the total cost of each procedure based on the areas of your body you want to treat and will help you find a financial option that works best for you.

Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting Recovery Time

We’ve already established that CoolSculpting, being a non-invasive treatment, doesn’t require any recovery time. However, because liposuction involves surgical measures to perform, it will require a period of rest. That said, liposuction can require anywhere from two to six weeks of recovery, depending on the targeted locations. Smaller sites, such as the chin, the knees, or the ankles, may only require two weeks of recovery before you’re cleared for non-strenuous activities. Whereas larger locations, such as the thighs, arms, or abdomen, will require a longer recovery time of about six to eight weeks.

Want to Reach Your Goals? Partner with an Expert!

It can feel incredibly frustrating when you’re doing everything right to create a healthy lifestyle and you’re still not seeing the results you want, whether it be thinner arms, toned legs, or a flatter stomach. At The Waltzman Institute in Long Beach, CA, we understand this frustration on a personal level. We want to help you find lasting solutions that will help you reach your aesthetic goals and improve your quality of life going forward. Learn more about CoolSculpting and liposuction by scheduling your personalized consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Josh Waltzman by calling (562) 448-6100 or contacting us through our website portal