CoolSculpting and Liposuction are two very different procedures that are both designed to remove unwanted fat deposits. So with both procedures ending with similar results, which one should you choose?
Most people think when gaining weight they increase or decrease the number of fat cells in their body. When actually, the number of fat cells in our bodies typically becomes a fixed number sometime in our teenage years. Losing or gaining weight generally does not increase or decrease the number of fat cells. Instead, it changes the size of fat cells… So when gaining or losing weight our fat cells either expand or decrease in size.
Let’s dig a little further into each procedure to better help guide you on your future decision…
Liposuction is a procedure that was developed in the early 1970s, which is performed under general anesthesia. Several small incisions are made throughout the areas of the body being targeted. A large blunted cannula is then used to target unwanted fat under the skin. This procedure can be very effective, when performed by the proper surgeon, but can also leave unwanted dimpling effects when not performed properly. There is however, the recovery process, which can last up to weeks with significant bruising and typically requires some sort of compression outfit to help reduce swelling. Based upon studies, a patient will typically lose around 5 pounds with Liposuction.
CoolSculpting has a rather interesting history which was developed by Dr. Dieter Manstein and Dr. R. Rox Anderson when they came across a syndrome known as “popsicle panniculitis” – a phenomenon of fat loss in the cheeks in children who are frequent ice or popsicle eaters. They then applied this principle toward fat loss in other areas of the body, using the targeted application of cold temperatures to lower the tissue temperature to about 40 degrees. This causes the fat cells of interest to die, naturally eliminating from the body without harming nearby organs or skin. CoolSculpting is extremely effective, with zero downtime, which allows patients to undergo treatment on their lunch hour, then head back to work. Patients see a 20-30% fat loss in the targeted area, providing them with great results, by losing inches in each treated area.
Digging a little deeper into fat cells and how they are removed…
Fat cells are naturally processed and eliminated with CoolSculpting, so they won’t migrate to another area of your body like people might see with other procedures. And, unlike what happens with other procedures, there’s no change to fat cells in untreated areas.
Which to choose?
Both treatments are very effective, but a lot of a patient’s decision lies on cost, downtime and anesthesia. CoolSculpting typically comes with a lower price tag because you are only paying for treatment and not the anesthesia or surgical suite. CoolSculpting has zero downtime, while liposuction has weeks of recovery time. Not many people like to undergo general anesthesia, which is why a lot of patients choose CoolSculpting to not have to undergo sedation.
Many of us exercise, eat healthy or try any means to lose that stubborn fat. In The Woodlands and Magnolia area there are multiple offices that provide fixes to these issues, but don’t dive in to see what’s best for you and your body type.
Overall the choice of which treatment is best depends on you – how you feel about it, what issues are the most important, and how aggressive you want to be fat removal process. In this day and age, time is money. With CoolSculpting not only is there zero downtime, but it’s also a procedure that you don’t have to “plan” for. It’s as simple as coming to the LVWellness & Aesthetics on your lunch break.
With anything in life there are pros and cons, but its best to reach out to your local provider to help clarify any further questions you have before making a decision.
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