CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction

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Removing stubborn pockets of fat that remain despite months or even years of vigorous exercise and low-calorie diets has long been an issue for those who want to look and feel their absolute best. For years, liposuction was the only technique for targeting these pockets of fat, but that is no longer the case. CoolSculpting from Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center now offers a nonsurgical, FDA approved alternative. Below are some of the most important differences between these two treatments.

How Do Liposuction and CoolSculpting Work?

Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure in which fat is literally sucked from the body via a vacuum device attached to a cannula (a sort of medical straw).  CoolSculpting works by chilling fat cells in specific areas of the body to a lower temperature that does not impact surrounding tissue, but which does do away with fat cells.

Downtime and Side Effects

CoolSculpting involves essentially no downtime for the patient and there are few side effects and low risks.  Since liposuction is a surgical procedure, the recovery period is longer, and there are a number of possible negative impacts, including scarring, pain, and bruising. There is also a relatively small but real likelihood of complications ranging from allergies, infections, and drug reactions, to relatively rare instances of skin necrosis or puncturing an internal organ.


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Both CoolSculpting and liposuction remove fat cells. The difference is that CoolSculpting is a gradual process in which fat cells die and are naturally removed from the body, while liposuction removes the fat in an invasive manner.  Liposuction patients see an immediate difference, but they typically have to spend some time recovering from bruising, pain, and other issues. In most cases, CoolSculpting patients wait approximately a month before beginning to see the full impact of their procedure, but their patience is rewarded with outstanding results and very little inconvenience.

Getting Started with CoolSculpting

While CoolSculpting should not be considered a substitute for weight loss, it is an FDA approved treatment that really does eliminate fat without downtime or serious discomfort. If you are interested in learning more about what it can do for you, call the number above or reach out to Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center via our contact page.