Summary: When it comes to body contouring, there are two standout options: liposuction and CoolSculpting. But these procedures each have their own strengths and weaknesses. This can make it difficult to choose whether you should get liposuction or CoolSculpting. Lucky for you, we’re here to help!
Deciding When to Use Liposuction and When to Use CoolSculpting
It’s getting to that point of the year where we all start thinking about getting “beach ready.” This is, on the one hand, kind of silly—especially when you stop to think about how often we actually get to the beach. Even still, there are many who feel it’s important to have a body you can feel confident with before strutting your stuff. That goes for the beach, or anywhere else I suppose.
My point is not to engage in any kind of body shaming or to posit that only slender bodies are ones that inspire confidence—after all, confidence comes from within and often has nothing to do with body shape. But there are some people who, understandably, just feel more confident when their bodies are slender.
Of course, when you’re in a hurry, or when diet and exercise aren’t really working, your options are somewhat limited on how you can achieve the results you want. Because, honestly, sometimes you just want results now. And sometimes diet and exercise simply don’t work. If you still want to get rid of excess fat, you basically have two options: Liposuction or a procedure such as CoolSculpting. But how do you know when to get Liposuction and when to get CoolSculpting, especially when they promise very similar things?
When to Use Liposuction
Because it is a surgical procedure, liposuction is usually performed in a hospital setting—but as an outpatient procedure. Some clinics will, of course, have a surgical suite in house where they will perform liposuction procedures. In any case, this procedure is performed by making a small incision in the targeted area (usually the belly, but sometimes the arms or the legs or even the back or neck). Once the incision is made, a small tube called a cannula is inserted and the cannula proceeds to suck out all the unwanted fat.
In some cases, the cannula is able to melt or otherwise disrupt the fat before removing it, creating a more natural and subtle contouring effect. According to the website of the Milwaukee liposuction experts at Milwaukee Plastic Surgery, liposuction is used primarily in patients who want to achieve bold effects. These are patients who have substantial areas of unwanted fat and for whom diet and exercise are not effective means of mitigating that fat.
In other words, liposuction is a great procedure for when:
- You want results that are big and bold
- You want to mitigate a substantial amount of unwanted fat
- You have ample time for recovery
- You do not require immediate results
- You are healthy enough for surgery
- You have realistic expectations about what liposuction can accomplish
When to Use CoolSculpting
On the other hand, when you want to achieve subtle results, CoolSculpting may be the way to go. CoolSculpting works by “freezing” your fat cells until they burst. It’s able to achieve this result without an invasive procedure because your skin is actually more resistant to cold than your fat cells are. A handpiece is held up against your skin—all the patient feels is cold (and that cold ends up numbing the skin so that there’s little to no discomfort).
That’s why CoolSculpting is an incredibly popular procedure. To be sure, the results will not always be as dramatic as they might be from liposuction. CoolSculpting is a non surgical procedure, after all. It can only do so much. But it’s great if you want to see your results in a couple of week (or between 4-6 weeks) and you don’t want to muck around with a recovery period.
In other words, CoolSculpting is good if you:
- Want to see natural-looking, subtle results
- You do not want to deal with surgery or recovery
- You are okay not seeing your optimal results for four to six weeks
- You have realistic expectations about what this procedure can accomplish
- You have areas of fat that you would like to get rid of that diet and exercise cannot diminish
- You want a procedure that can be accomplished quickly
Talk to Your Surgeon for Best Results
As with all of these procedures, it’s best to discuss this with your surgeon before committing to one procedure or another. Liposuction, after all, is capable of creating subtle results. CoolSculpting is also capable of creating bold results (though, obviously, not as much as liposuction). The point is that much might depend on you personally—your body and your desired final results. The source for accurate information about you is from your surgeon.