More non-surgical fat removal machines have been popping up in the last decade. There are more options to achieve your ideal body with today’s technology without going under the knife. But do they really work?
One of the more popular non-surgical fat loss methods is CoolSculpting, also called cryolipolysis. The technique claims to help get rid of pesky stubborn fat cells under the skin. This is not plastic surgery, rather a non-medical cosmetic procedure to treat stubborn areas.
CoolSculpting can be a liposuction alternative for some patients, but for many, the results are ineffective. Not sure which option is best for you? We’re breaking down the difference between CoolSculpting and lipo.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a brand name for this particular fat-freezing method. The treatment helps eliminate unwanted fat in various parts of your body without surgery or downtime. The FDA approved CoolSculpting in 2010. The cryolipolysis device cools excess fat to a temperature that essentially kills off fat cells while leaving the surrounding skin and other tissues unscathed.
CoolSculpting is not an alternative to plastic surgery or liposuction. You won’t get the same dramatic results with fat freezing as you would with surgery.
Learn everything you need to know about CoolSculpting and why traditional liposuction is more likely to help you look and feel your very best.
Coolsculpting Doesn’t Guarantee to Keep Off Fat
Coolsculpting doesn’t necessarily mean your fat will disappear forever. If you gain weight, the treated areas can get larger. Once your fat is killed off, it’s not coming back, but new fat can still grow.
You’ll also probably need more than one session. You might see a slight reduction in fat on areas of your stomach, flanks, and chin in just one season, but at least two sessions are required for better results. If you’re looking into CoolSculpting for larger areas like your abdomen, you might have to have as many as three sessions.
Lipo, on the other hand, usually only takes one session to achieve optimal results. It’s important to note that the average cost of CoolSculpting is between $2,000 and $4,000 per session. All CoolSculpting patients can expect to undergo at least two treatments with some needed as many as four to see results. Each session is spaced out, meaning it could take 6-8 months for the treatment to be complete.
Lipo isn’t just more cost-effective, it’s proven to deliver greater results. While the recovery time may be a bit longer, most patients are willing to opt for this treatment for the guaranteed results.
How Does CoolSculpting work?
CoolSculpting technology freezes and kills fat cells in targeted areas. The device targets the fat cells beneath the skin. Once the fat cells reach freezing temperatures, the cold triggers their natural death. Over time, the fat cells in the treatment site will shrink, and your body will naturally break down the cells. Your body’s immune system works to clear out the dead fat cells. The body flushes the eliminated cells through the liver.
Is CoolSculpting As Effective As Liposuction?
No. CoolSculpting is known to render very minimal results. CoolSculpting isn’t a magic wand to get rid of all your fat. It’s more for fine-tuning areas that you can’t seem to slim with diet and exercise. If you want a small area tweaked, CoolSculpting could be an option. During the CoolSculpting treatment, the process destroys around 20%-25% of fat cells. However, most patients will not see dramatic outcomes. The final results usually take a few months to show up, and many patients are left feeling underwhelmed after the treatment.
If you’re looking to remove larger amounts of unwanted fat and change your body’s shape, liposuction will offer better results. Lipo offers immediate results. Your doctor physically removes the excess fat cells from your body, allowing them to clearly see each treatment area’. CoolSculpting is more of a risk when it comes to giving you the outcomes you want. After months of waiting, many patients claim they look relatively the same.
What Areas Can We Treat With Liposuction?
We treat various areas of the body with different liposuction techniques. Our cosmetic surgeons at Atlanta Liposuction Specialty Clinichelp remove unwanted fat from the following areas:
- Stomach and Abdomen
- Upper Arms
- Love Handles and Flanks
- Back Bulge and Bra Area
- Back and sides
- Under Buttocks (Banana Roll)
- Double Chin and Jawline
Don’t see an area of your body you want to be slimmed? That doesn’t necessarily mean we can’t help. If you have unwanted fat in an area that’s not listed above, talk to one of our cosmetic surgeons about it. We’re always here to listen to our patients and work toward a common goal – giving you the best body possible.
Are You A Good Candidate For CoolSculpting?
When you’re considering any type of fat reduction procedure, it’s essential to know which method will give you optimal results.
Cryolipolysis isn’t for everyone. This is not a weight-loss procedure. Our doctors don’t recommend this treatment for patients seeking advanced fat removal. Most patients require other fat removal procedures like traditional liposuction. If your fat loss goals are more significant, CoolSculpting likely won’t render your ideal results. Results are subtle. If you’re hoping to remove more body fat, a slightly more invasive fat reduction treatment is better for you.
Patients who are seeking the most drastic change should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. You may need a tummy tuck or another type of plastic surgery to give you optimal results.
When Should CoolSculpting Treatment Be Avoided?
You should avoid cryolipolysis if you have any of the following:
- A BMI of 34 or More
- Loose Skin
- Poor Skin Tone
- Cryoglobulinemia (a medical condition that causes abnormal proteins in your blood to thicken in cold temperatures.)
- Cold Agglutinin Disease (a medical condition that’s triggered by cold. Cold Agglutinin Disease makes the body’s immune system attack red blood cells and destroy them.)
CoolSculpting could cause severe complications for patients with these disorders.
Are There Any Risks With CoolSculpting?
The biggest risk of CoolSculpting is paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. While this is extremely rare, it’s a serious side effect. The condition causes fat cells in the treatment site to grow larger rather than smaller.
Are You A Good Candidate For Liposuction?
Liposuction isn’t safe for everyone. If you have a severe illness or are severely overweight, lipo is unlikely the best treatment plan for you.
You should avoid liposuction if you:
- Are a tobacco smoker
- Have a compromised immune system
- Are severely overweight
- Have saggy skin
- Take blood-thinning medications
- Have chronic health issues
The best candidates for liposuction include people who:
- Are close to their target weight
- Have good skin elasticity
- Don’t have much extra skin
- Have unwanted fat deposits that do not react to diet and exercise
- Don’t smoke tobacco
- Are in good overall health
Maintaining Wellness After Fat-Removal Surgery
We’re here to help ensure you achieve your body goals. Liposuction is the most effective fat removal treatment. However, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy diet, regular exercise routine, and an overall healthy lifestyle for your best results.
Seeing Results – CoolSculpting Versus Lipo
You can expect to see results immediately following your liposuction surgery. Because lipo is such a personalized procedure, your results will depend on which area of your body you’re having treated and the amount of excess fat you have. The healing process for lipo is a bit lengthier, but the more trustworthy outcomes are worth it for most patients looking to make a change in their body.
CoolSculpting takes around 3 months to see any type of changes in your body’s shape and contour. Even after multiple treatments, many patients don’t notice much of a change in the look of the treatment area. Some patients report they look slightly more toned, but again, the results are very minimal.
What Procedure Is Best For You?
CoolSculpting can help with body contouring, but patients may need a healthy diet, regular exercise, and additional treatments to yield the desired results. Like we mentioned above, CoolSculpting has very subtle effects. It’s best for people who don’t want a drastic improvement in their bodies’ shape and look.
Liposuction is better for people looking to make a considerable improvement. Our cosmetic surgeons at Atlanta Liposuction Specialty Clinicuse the latest lipo techniques to give each patient customized treatments that work. If you want to make a noticeable change, liposuction is your best bet.