Body fat, although an important aspect of your overall health, can be a stubborn adversary when it comes to achieving a slimmer, leaner figure.

In order to achieve your body goals, eating right and exercising regularly are a must, but sometimes even your best efforts may not be enough. Trouble spots such as the stomach, thigh and waist are especially challenging to sculpt and achieve a toned, tighter appearance. For these situations, Liposuction or CoolSculpting can be great treatments.

Although both Liposuction and CoolSculpting can deliver great results for fat reduction, these are not the same procedure. The best choice will depend on what is specific to your body’s needs and your personal goals.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction has been the gold-standard fat reduction treatment, providing patients with an effective, efficient and safe means of eliminating their fat and contouring their body. Using the most advanced liposuction technologies such as laser-assistance and tumescent techniques, patients are able to target stubborn fat deposits in many different areas of the body and have them eliminated.

As a minimally-invasive surgical procedure, liposuction achieves profound results relatively quickly, but ultimately requires some amount of recovery time.

Persistent fat deposits on the stomach, flanks, thighs, and even delicate areas such as the chin are effectively sculpted with liposuction. Once the fat has been removed via liposuction, the results are long-term with the exception of excessive weight gain.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a relatively new fat reduction treatment that achieves results without any surgery or downtime. CoolSculpting is a uniquely advanced cryolipolysis technology, FDA-approved to achieve non-invasive fat reduction on areas of the body such as the stomach, thighs, and flanks. CoolSculpting has become the gold standard in “non-surgical” fat reduction.

Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting – a Quick Comparison

The main differences between the two is that liposuction is surgical and CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical:

At a glance, Liposuction offers:

  • More profound fat reduction (up to 75% of fat layer)
  • Only one treatment is needed to obtain goals (usually)
  • Must wear compression garment post treatment
  • Though rare, has surgical risks including infection
  • May need 1 to 2+ days off work

At a glance, the CoolSculpting offers:

  • An easier treatment with little to no downtime
  • About 1/3 the cost of liposuction per treatment
  • Non-surgical (no surgical risks)
  • Reduces fat layer up to 25% per treatment
  • May require more than one treatment to reach goals

Liposuction and CoolSculpting treatments are often compared, but these treatments are not the same nor is CoolSculpting meant to be a substitute for liposuction. Moreover, neither treatment should be thought of as substitutions a weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.

Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting – Consultation

During a consultation, patients will have the opportunity to point out their areas of concern and discuss their goals. After a physical examination, the doctor will draw upon his extensive body sculpting expertise and guide patients in their decision-making process. Every patient is treated on an individual basis and matched with the treatment that will best serve their goals and achieve ideal results.

Neither treatment is necessarily better than the other, but rather the best treatment is determined based on what will most effectively achieve natural, beautiful results according to a patient’s goals.

Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting – Results

The results of a liposuction treatment are typically more dramatic than a CoolSculpting treatment. Liposuction also achieves fat reduction much more quickly, although swelling and bruising are common. CoolSculpting typically requires about four to six weeks before results are noticeable.

Both liposuction and CoolSculpting can achieve natural-looking, long-term body sculpting results.

Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting – Cost/Price

Liposuction: Between $3500 to $8,000, average cost $6,000
(learn more about liposuction pricing)
CoolSculpting: Between $600 to $4500 per treatment area
(learn more about CoolSculpting pricing)

At Houston Liposuction, we are pleased to offer both Liposuction and CoolSculpting treatments to meet all manner of body goals. Every treatment is tailored to the goals and presenting issues of the patient. In some cases, patients may best achieve their goals through a combination of treatments.

Schedule a consultation to receive a customized quote tailored to your goals and body.

More about Liposuction

Liposuction is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure where fat is suctioned from the body using specialized instruments called cannulas.

The treatment begins with the injection of local anesthesia that is formulated to cause the fat layer to swell and the blood vessels to contract. Then, a small incision (about 1 to 3 mm in length) is made near the targeted area. The thin, hollow cannula is worked through the fat layer. For SmartLipo treatments, the laser thread attached to the cannula achieves simultaneous skin tightening and fat melting for smoother contouring results.

After the procedure, the patient is bandaged and placed in a compression garment. He or she will be asked to avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks. Learn more about liposuction.

More about CoolSculpting

A CoolSculpting Treatment is performed in-office and treatments may be performed on the same day as the consultation. The treatment begins by prepping and cleaning the area designated for CoolSculpting. Then, an ergonomically-designed CoolSculpting applicator is placed on top of the skin and begins a suction phase to draw flesh close to the cooling panels. As a controlled cooling effect begins, the skin is maintained at a safe temperature while the patient is awake and resting comfortably.

When fat cells are frozen, they are broken down and removed by the body’s natural metabolic processes.

CoolSculpting effectively achieves cryolipolysis in the targeted area, which refers to the controlled break down of fat cells through a freezing action. Since fat cells break down at higher temperatures than adjacent tissue cells, surrounding tissues are unharmed by this freezing action.

A CoolSculpting treatment may be completed in under an hour and patients are able to return to their normal, daily routine almost immediately. Learn more about CoolSculpting.

Fat Reduction Procedures vs Weight Loss

Fat is an essential part of normal, healthy body function, but when the body has too much of it, fat can be problematic. Fat is an important macronutrient that the body stores and converts to energy. A single gram of fat is about the equivalent of nine calories, but as it turns out, the manner that your body stores your fat may have a huge impact on your appearance.

Not all fats in the body are the same and every individual’s body stores fat a little differently. In fact, more and more research has shown that gender, age, and hormones can play large parts in the type and location that your body stores fat.

There are different types of fat that each have a unique molecular structure and impact on the body’s overall health. Brown fat, subcutaneous white fat, beige fat, and visceral fat are the main types of fat.

Brown fat is a beneficial type of fat that is more readily used by the body for energy conversion. Individuals with higher natural percentages of brown fat tend to have leaner body compositions. Children start with more brown fat in the bodies, which decrease as they age. Brown fat tends to be in smaller concentrations compared to white fat.

White fat is the body’s main storage unit for excess energy and tends to linger in larger concentrations. White fat helps to manage to body’s insulin sensitivity, but when there is too much of it, the protective qualities diminish.

Visceral fat and subcutaneous fat are the two categories that describe the location fat is stored on the body.

Visceral fat is stored deeper in the body and functions as a protective layer around vital organs. Although visceral fat is known to pose more risks to health, it is also the type of fat that is easiest to reduce through exercise. After half an hour of moderate daily physical activity, you can effectively reduce the amount of visceral fat you have on your body.

Subcutaneous fat refers to the type of fat that lingers close to the surface of the skin. This is the type of fat that is most prominent on the body and impacts your appearance directly. Belly fat or the extra bit of flab you can grab on your flanks is likely your subcutaneous fat layer.

Exercise and a balanced diet are essential to your health, but research shows that even when an individual loses a significant amount of weight, the number of fat cells in their bodies remain the same. Dieting and weight loss result in shrinkage and constriction of fat cells. Unfortunately, when it comes to weight gain, the human body can respond by creating new fat cells, resulting in increasing amounts of fat deposits.

Treatments such as liposuction and CoolSculpting are known to effectively reduce the number of fat cells in almost any area of the body.

Houston Liposuction Center is a body sculpting and fat reduction specialty clinic offering both CoolSculpting and Liposuction. Schedule a consultation with the Houston Liposuction Center to learn which options will best accomplish your body goals.