Liposuction vs CoolSculpting : Dallas Fat Reduction Options
Liposuction is the second most popular cosmetic surgery in America, with nearly 250,000 procedures performed in 2017. Introduced nearly 3 decades ago, Liposuction was once the golden standard for reducing unwanted bulges like belly Fat, love handles, thigh fat, upper arm fat and double chins.
Liposuction is effective, but has major drawbacks. The most alarming perhaps, being the invasive nature of cosmetic surgery. Going under the knife for liposuction involves scalpels, stitches, general anesthesia, and lengthy recover times. Not to mention that plastic surgeons, operating rooms, and anesthesiologists come with a hefty price tag.
The Liposuction procedure
The specifics of a liposuction procedure depend on the area being treated, but basically, a patient is sedated with general anesthesia. Once the patient is fully under, the plastic surgeon makes incisions with a scalpel. He sticks a cannula (a tube with a sharp point and a suctioning device) through the incisions (known as stab incision) and uses the cannula to break up fatty tissue. The surgeon then suctions some of the fatty tissue out of the body through the cannula.
CoolSculpting: The Non-Surgical Alternative to Liposuction
It wasn’t very long ago when liposuction was the only option for men and women who could not get rid of stubborn fat. However, medical advancements and breakthroughs in cosmetic technologies now offer non-invasive fat reduction treatments, providing a safe and effective, non-surgical alternative to liposuction or a tummy tuck.
The most popular non-invasive fat reduction treatment is CoolSculpting. With more than 5 million procedures performed worldwide, to date, the fat freezing phenomena has spanned the globe.
The CoolSculpting procedure is starkly different from a liposuction procedure. This non-invasive treatment reduces stubborn bulges by exposing fat cells to controlled cooling. In a scientifically proven process known as cryolipolysis, a cooling applicator is attached to a treatment area. The applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to the treatment area, freezing the underlying fat cells, without harming the skin or surrounding tissue. Once the fat cells are frozen, they rupture and undergo apoptosis, or cell death. The lymphatic system gradually collects the destroyed fat cells over the span of several weeks and processes them out of the body in the form of waste. Once fat cells are excreted from the body they cannot grow back, resulting in natural looking, long lasting fat reduction.
So which fat reduction treatment, CoolSculpting or Liposuction is right for you?
CoolSculpting Cost vs. Liposuction Cost
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, based on a national average in 2016, the cost of liposuction, for a single treatment area was $3,200. Although this price tag can vary widely depending on your location and the surgeon you use. The $3,200 represents the cost for liposuction only. It does not include other related and necessary expenses such as paying for the use of the operating room and the anesthesiologist fees, which can easily add $1,600 to the overall cost of liposuction, taking it to nearly $5,000.
CoolSculpting cost is much more affordable. On average, CoolSculpting cost is usually half that of Liposuction.
CoolSculpting Recovery vs. Liposuction Recovery
CoolSculpting is a comfortable, non-invasive treatment that requires no downtime. Patients are free to return to their normal activities, including exercise, immediately after their fat freezing treatment. Liposuction recovery on the other hand is lengthy. Patients are restricted in activity for at least 2 weeks. They must also wear a compression garment for two weeks. Bruising can last for several weeks and most patients are told it will take several months for the swelling to completely subside before they can see the full effect of their liposuction results.
CoolSculpting Results vs. Liposuction Results.
With cosmetic procedures, usually the more invasive the treatment, the more dramatic the results. Liposuction will typically reduce more fat than non-invasive fat reduction treatments such as CoolSculpting.
That is not to say that CoolSculpting is not effective. It is very effective at reducing stubborn fat deposits, as all the raving CoolSculpting reviews and impressive CoolSculpting before and after pictures demonstrate. Clinical studies confirm how effective CoolSculpting is reporting, “cryolipolysis was shown to reduce subcutaneous fat at the treatment site by up to 25% after one treatment.”* While results may vary, “improvements were seen in 86% of treated subjects.”¹ *
CoolSculpting Near Me: Fat Freezing in Dallas
If you are a healthy man or woman who struggles with stubborn fat deposits that resist diet and exercise and want a non-invasive way to reduce that fat, CoolSculpting may be a good solution. The best way to learn whether liposuction or CoolSculpting is right for you is to schedule a free consultation with a fat reduction specialist from Santé Medical Aesthetics.