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Should I get liposuction or CoolSculpting?

Should I get liposuction or CoolSculpting?

If you are someone who’s been struggling to get rid of excess fat, you may have begun analyzing your options to determine which is better – liposuction or CoolSculpting.

The two options do have some similarities. Both are methods of fat reduction used to permanently remove fat from target areas that include the chin, thighs, love handles, stomach, banana rolls, and more.

But they also have several key differences that set them apart. Here’s a comparison of liposuction vs. CoolSculpting to help determine which is a better option for you.

CoolSculpting Liposuction
Procedure Non-invasive Non-surgical Low-risk 35-45 minutes Invasive Surgical High-risk 1-2 hours
Recovery None Results in a few weeks A few days No physical activity for 2-4 weeks Results in a few months
Side effects Aches Pains Bruising Swelling Redness of skin Blood clots Irregularities in skin shape Skin discoloration Internal puncture wounds Fat embolism Kidney or heart issues
Cost $2,000-$4,000 $3,500
Ideal candidates Men and women looking to permanently reduce stubborn fat Men and women looking to remove larger amounts of fat
Effectiveness Eliminates 25% of fat cells from target areas Removes up to 11 pounds of fat*

*Study found patients had same amount of fat one year later as they did before surgery


CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure medically known ascryolipolysis during which a technician uses an applicator to freeze fat cells beneath the skin. The body then naturally eliminates the frozen cells in the weeks following the procedure. There are no needles, incisions, or stitches involved, and a session typically only takes between 35-45 minutes. Multiple sessions may be needed to produce the desired result.

Liposuction is a bit more intensive and high-risk in that it is an invasive surgical procedure. During the surgery, a small incision or series of incisions is made before a long, narrow suction tool called a cannulais used to vacuum fat out of the treatment area. Liposuction does require cutting, stitching, and anesthesia, and usually consists of one session that takes between one to two hours.

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CoolSculpting essentially has no recovery period. Because it is such a non-invasive procedure, participants are able to relax during treatment and can even read a book, watch a movie, or get some work done before returning to their normal day immediately afterward. Results from CoolSculpting are usually seen within a few weeks after treatment.

Recovery from liposuction typically takes a few days, although patients are able to go home the same day of surgery. It is then recommended that strenuous physical activity is avoided for up to two to four weeks. Results from liposuction are typically seen a few months after surgery.

Side effects

CoolSculpting side effects are usually minor (such as aches and pains) and are almost always no longer an issue within a few weeks aftertreatment. Side effects might also include temporary bruising, swelling, or redness of the skin.

Liposuction side effects can be a bit more serious and include blood clots, irregularities in skin shape, skin discoloration, or internal puncture wounds. Even more serious side effects can include fatembolism or kidney or heart issues.


The cost of CoolSculpting generally varies based on the target areas and number of treatment sessions, but typically the figure ends up somewhere between $2,000 and $4,000.

Since liposuction is a surgical procedure, the cost is usually a bit higher. While it can also vary based on your specific circumstances, the average cost of liposuction surgery in 2018 was $3,500.

Ideal candidates

CoolSculpting is a great option for both men and women looking to permanently remove stubborn fat from trouble areas in the body. It is a safe procedure for most people with a few exceptions. You should not undergo CoolSculpting if you have any of the blood disorders cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobulinuria as it can lead to serious complications.

Liposuction is best for people interested in removing larger amounts of fat, though you should not have liposuction surgery if you have heart problems, blood clotting disorders, or are pregnant.


CoolSculpting and liposuction both permanently eliminate fat cells in their treatment areas, but they do vary in their overall effectiveness following procedure. It is first important to note that neither should be viewed as a method of weight loss, nor as a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise.

In terms of effectiveness, CoolSculpting can eliminate up to25% of fat cells in each target area.

Liposuction, on the other hand, can remove about 11 pounds of fat at a maximum before it is generally considered unsafe. However, one study found that one year after liposuction, patients still had the same amount of fat in their bodies as before the procedure. The fat had simply shifted to other parts of the body.

In fact, many CoolSculpting treatments are done in order to correct this issue following liposuction.

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CoolSculpting is the best and most comfortable way to permanently remove fat cells from the body. If you have trouble areas of stubborn fat and are within 30 pounds of your ideal weight, then CoolSculpting is perfect for you. It’s that simple.

Booka free consultation with us today. We’ll explain how CoolSculpting in Scottsdale will work for your unique situation and will even create a custom treatment protocol tailored to your specific goals.

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