What is the difference between Liposuction and Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting is a non-invasive procedure that freezes your fat cells.  The procedure takes about one hour and requires no anesthesia and no downtime. Patients typically experience minimal fat reduction and may require several sessions. Results can be seen in ideal patients within 2-4 months. There is a period when the skin is red and swollen. The area will remain numb and tingly. There could also be pain and tenderness associated with this treatment. In rare cases, there could be an overgrowth of fat in the area treated, known as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. Coolsculpting is best for patients who are looking for a non-invasive procedure with minimal results and have small fat deposits in certain. The cost can vary between $500-$5,000 per treatment depending on how many areas. The treatment may have to be repeated.

The results of coolsculpting do not compare to the results of liposuction. Liposuction is more invasive than coolsculpting and requires a local anesthesia, but the results are immediate and can be more drastic. To put things in perspective, we must admit that to get similar effects as coolsculpting the downtime for liposuction is less. For more aggressive liposuction a patient may have 1-2 weeks of soreness and bruising. Liposuction results are more powerful and dramatic allowing more fat to be removed in one session. You can see results almost immediately. Cost can range anywhere from $2000-$10,000 depending on the area and how much is removed. Neither coolsculpting or liposuction will help cellulite, stretch marks or sagging skin. You may need additional procedures to address those problems.

If you are looking to reduce fat in any area of your body, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Farhad Rafizadeh who can evaluate your individual situation and let you know which option is right for you. If indeed Coolsculpting is what you need and want, we will provide that service for you through our affiliate Spa.