At SkinSpirit, we specialize in CoolSculpting, a non-invasive body contouring procedure that freezes away unwanted fat. We find this procedure to be very effective at eliminating some of your most stubborn body fat, such as those pesky love handles so many of us struggle with. And, of course there’s the added benefit of of no surgery or downtime compared to other fat reduction treatments.
But there are also some cases where CoolSculpting may not be the best treatment for you, and we like to be candid about who is the best candidate for this non-invasive option.
CoolSculpting vs Liposuction
We often have our patients ask us specifically about the difference between CoolSculpting vs Liposuction during their consult. That’s because Liposuction is a fairly common alternative that while more invasive, can achieve better results where there are large areas of fat.
Our Body Department Director, Mercedes Tracy, likes to use the acronym STEPS to summarize who is a good fit for CoolSculpting vs Liposuction:
Shape of the area: Pinchable bulges do great with CoolSculpting, like muffin tops. Overall thickness (thighs) or large volume (larger abdomens) may be resolved better with Liposuction.
Time to see results: The two treatments are very similar once you factor in time for fat cells to evacuate with Coolsculpting or swelling to reduce with Liposuction.
Expectations: Areas of fat can be pared down with CoolSculpting, or dramatically reduced with Liposuction.
Pain/downtime: Each carries some risks but CoolSculpting has no downtime whereas, depending on the extent of your Liposuction, you’ll have swelling, possible discomfort, and limited activities for a short time.
Size: CoolSculpting can be great for contouring one or two areas, whereas Liposuction can provide more value for those wanting substantial slimming in several areas of the body.
So Are You A Good Fit for CoolSculpting?
Of course, there is no replacement for an in-person consultation with an expert – but we hope the above gives you a starting point as you explore your options.
If you think you may be a good fit for CoolSculpting, or aren’t sure and want to speak with a professional, we encourage you to come in for a complimentary consultation at one of our clinics in California or Washington. You can book your free consult here.
Interested in learning more about body contouring? Mercedes is joined by Medical Director, Dr. M Dean Vistnes, on December 13th for our CoolSculpting Webinar, where they will answer more of your questions and give you a peak into an actual treatment. Register today!