CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction
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If you’ve been wondering about the benefits of CoolSculpting vs. liposuction in Tampa, it’s important to first consider the ways in which these procedures are similar. CoolSculpting and liposuction are both effective methods of permanent targeted spot reduction of excess stubborn body fat. Both are useful in cases where diet and exercise have failed to produce results.
However, they are quite different in their methods of fat-cell reduction, and this affects the overall process in a number of ways. Generally, the benefits of CoolSculpting outweigh those of liposuction, and it also offers fewer drawbacks.
CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: Mechanisms of Fat Reduction
Liposuction involves insertion of a cannula – a thin tube with a sharp end – through an incision in the skin. The cannula’s end loosens stubborn fat cells from the surrounding tissues. The fat cells are then suctioned out of the body through the tube using medical suction.
CoolSculpting, on the other hand, employs a process called cryolipolysis. Cryolipolysis is a word meaning fat-cell reduction through application of freezing energy. Lipids freeze at a higher temperature than other cells, resulting in death of the fat cells. This signals the body to naturally gradually remove the dead cells.
CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: The Experience
During liposuction, general anesthesia is often used to bring about a temporary unconscious state. In some cases, local anesthesia with sedation is instead used to make the patient drowsy and numbed.
During CoolSculpting, no anesthesia is required and the patient is fully awake. The procedure is very comfortable and does not involve any pain. A temporary cold sensation is felt, but generally, patients can enjoy reading, using mobile devices, or even sleeping comfortably.
CoolSculpting only takes an hour per treatment area. Liposuction can take one to two hours depending on the size of the treatment regions.
CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: Recovery/Aftercare
Because liposuction is an invasive surgical method of fat reduction, it damages the tissues of the body, both through incisions and the internal fat-cell loosening process. This means that the tissues need to recover. The procedure requires several days of recovery and downtime, making patients unable to work or perform their daily activities. Pain is common after liposuction, and painkillers are needed to address it.
Because CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive non-surgical process of selective fat reduction, the skin is not breached and no internal tissues are damaged (aside from the targeted fat cells).
This means no recovery time or downtime is required after a CoolSculpting session, allowing patients to immediately return to work and their daily activities. Avoiding exercise for 24 hours may be advised as a precaution.
CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: Risks and Side-Effects
Surgical procedures generally carry more risks than non-surgical ones. Liposuction’s general anesthesia, incisions, and invasive tissue removal can result in several complications.
Liposuction can result in internal puncture wounds, blood clots, prominent scars, bleeding issues, skin infection, fluid buildup (leading to hematomas and seromas), temporary or lasting numbness, swelling, bruising, and even more serious issues like heart problems, kidney issues, and fat embolism.
Because it is non-surgical, CoolSculpting does not carry these risks, with the minor exception of mild temporary bruising or swelling. Numbness or tingling may be temporarily present, but these are quite rare.
CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: Total Cost
Liposuction’s cost includes anesthesia and recovery time, and the overall procedure usually takes longer to perform. These factors typically make it a more expensive procedure than CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: Results
Liposuction results may be instantly visible in comparison to those of CoolSculpting, but this results in dramatic body contouring, which can lead to awkward questions and self-consciousness. Because CoolSculpting results appear gradually, this offers a much subtler transformation.
Additionally, in the wrong hands, liposuction’s results have a greater chance of an irregular appearance than those of CoolSculpting. Lumps or divots may be present. Because CoolSculpting involves contouring through the body’s natural processes, lumps and divots are avoided, and the results have a very natural and symmetrical appearance.
Learn More Today
The best way to learn more about the benefits of CoolSculpting vs. liposuction in Tampa is by arranging an informative consultation. Dr. Anitha Reddy has the experience required to answer any questions you may have regarding the right fat-reduction method for your specific case.