CoolSculpting or Liposuction: Which Treatment Should I Choose?
Do you have stubborn fat? This unwanted fat hangs around, even with a good diet and plenty of exercise. It’s the type of fat that lurks in your trouble spots and just won’t go away. If you’ve got stubborn fat (and who doesn’t have a little?), a little help from Dr. Waldorf may be the solution. Come see us at The Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery and send that unwanted fat packing.
Two of our most popular body contouring procedures are liposuction and CoolSculpting. Which of these treatments is right for you?
What Is Liposuction?
You’ve probably heard about liposuction, but how much do you really know about the procedure? Liposuction is a type of surgical procedure that we use to remove fat and reshape the body. Many people mistakenly believe that liposuction is actually a weight-loss treatment. While you may lose some weight, liposuction isn’t for weight loss, but rather for reshaping the body to its ideal form.
During liposuction, a series of small incisions are made. The treatment area is injected with a saline and anesthetic solution, which also contains a medication to constrict the blood vessels. This helps to separate the fat cells for easier removal, controls bleeding during the procedure, helps with pain management after surgery and reduces the amount of bruising you’ll experience. Then, fat is suctioned out through the incisions. For some patients, we use ultrasonic or laser energy to break up the fat cells prior to removal.
Liposuction takes about 1-2 hours, depending on the area treated. Most patients miss about 1-2 weeks from work and can return to full activity levels in 4-6 weeks.
Liposuction is an ideal choice for patients wanting:
- Permanent fat removal in treatment areas.
- Dramatic results with only one treatment.
What Is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical, non-invasive body contouring procedure. It uses a specialized cooling device to freeze and destroy fat cells. The damaged cells are then naturally eliminated by your body over time. This results in a very natural-looking result that improves over the first couple months after treatment.
CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive and requires no incisions, no needles, etc. You can return to work and your regular activities immediately. Some patients have a bit of pain, numbness or discomfort, but this typically resolves quickly. Each treatment takes about an hour, but you will likely need multiple treatments to see the full result.
CoolSculpting is a great choice for patients that want:
- To permanently remove fat in a specific problem area.
- Natural-looking, subtle results.
- No downtime after treatment.
Both CoolSculpting and liposuction are wonderful body sculpting treatments. If you want to learn more about either of these treatments, call us and schedule your consultation with Dr. Waldorf. A better shape is within your reach.