Most people—even those at their goal weight—struggle with stubborn pockets of fat or the inability to show off muscles they have worked so hard to gain. That’s why VIDA offers CoolSculpting, the leading non-surgical contouring procedure around the globe. Our clinic is led by Medical Director Dr. Glen, who trains and supervises the entire staff. Home to MDs with board-certifications and leading providers, if you’re considering a contouring treatment in 2022, you only deserve to work with the best from the start of your journey. And one of the first questions many people have is how CoolSculpting and liposuction compare. Ultimately? There is no comparison.
One of the most important distinctions between the two is that liposuction is a surgery and CoolSculpting is not. All surgeries inherently have risks, most notably during anesthesia, and of course require a recovery period and will leave scars (although liposuction scars are typically quite small). Understandably, most people don’t want to undergo surgery unless they have to. CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive and requires no prep, anesthesia, or downtime. Most clients scroll through their phone during their quick treatments, which typically last under one hour, though it depends on how many areas you are treating and their size.
Why CoolSculpting is the Clear Winner
It’s true that CoolSculpting requires multiple sessions (usually 4 – 6 for optimal results) while you would probably only need one liposuction surgery, but there’s actually a benefit to the slow and steady approach. Results from liposuction are immediate, save for the swelling. However, CoolSculpting results reveal themselves in the weeks following the treatment with full results at six months. This allows skin time to adjust to the new, more contoured you. There is a risk of severe skin laxity, sagging, and a crepe-like appearance any time you lose weight quickly, whether from a crash diet or liposuction.
Let’s also consider why liposuction results are immediate and CoolSculpting takes time. Liposuction literally vacuums out fat cells. CoolSculpting freezes unwanted fat cells. This is a safe method that “kills” fat cells, but then those cells have to be naturally and safely absorbed and expelled by the body. Both methods get rid of targeted fat cells for good, and once they’re gone they cannot grow back. However, keep in mind that neither liposuction nor CoolSculpting are alternatives to exercise and a healthy diet. Should a person gain weight, nearby fat cells can enlarge and shift to the treated area.
Which One is for You: CoolSculpting or Lipo?
It’s important to remember that CoolSculpting is not actually a “weight loss” procedure, even though clients typically lose a pound or two of fat. This procedure is best for those at or close to their goal weight, but who want to contour and sculpt their bodies while targeting difficult areas. Liposuction can remove more pounds of fat, making it more of a weight loss surgery. However, for those with very excessive fat, a weight loss surgery (such as bariatric surgery) is designed to curb appetite in order to help achieve a large amount of weight loss.
CoolSculpting can be applied to virtually any part of the body, from popular large areas like the stomach and thighs all the way to the chin. There are numerous modalities so that your provider can customize every session to suit your goals. Plus, CoolSculpting pairs perfectly with other non-surgical treatments to optimize results. It can be a standalone treatment or part of an in-office regimen to make 2022 the year you look and feel your best.
Getting Ready for CoolSculpting
The theory behind CoolSculpting was discovered in the 1970s, and it has been one of the most in-demand treatments for decades. Suitable and safe for all skin tones and types, if you start CoolSculpting right now you’ll be able to enjoy the full results in time for those summer vacations. It’s the perfect procedure to maximize a renewed workout regimen, too, removing fat so that you can show off those toned muscles.
If you’d like to learn more about CoolSculpting and see if it’s right for you, schedule a complimentary consultation today. Connect with VIDA by calling the office, or for the fastest response simply complete the online contact form today.