Liposuction or Coolsculpting? (Photos)
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CoolSculpting® is a wonderful noninvasive option to lipo.
Based on your photos, you appear to be an excellent candidate for liposuction or CoolSculpting®. Which procedure is best for you really depends on the degree of improvement you wish to achieve and what kind of downtime you are willing to experience. CoolSculpting® can deliver great results, but it will never be able to deliver as dramatic of an improvement as liposuction. With that said, liposuction does require a significant amount of downtime whereas CoolSculpting® allows you to return to normal activities almost immediately. This can be a difficult decision, but there are definite pros and cons to each procedure. As you stated in your questions, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help you make the best decision.
CoolSculpting is a great solution for patients with pinchable fat in common problem areas, such as the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, and even underneath the chin. Reducing fat in these problem areas can help patients achieve a more sculpted body. A certified CoolSculpting provider can help you determine the number of treatment areas needed to help you achieve your goal. Consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine which procedure is best for you. Good luck!
Lipo vs. CoolSculpting
I always like to inform my patients on the difference of CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction. More importantly, I like to see what the patient is most willing to undergo, what their lifestyle is life, expectations, and areas being considered, etc. If you are looking for precise and significant body contouring, have several areas to treat, are willing to accept downtime, incisions, the need to wear compression garments, prolonged bruising, swelling, numbness and undergo anesthesia, then liposuction is probably your best option. Though most surgeons do have a limit of how much fat can be removed with an outpatient lipo procedure, based on your photos, you wouldn't have to worry about reaching the maximum as it doesn't seem you have a significant amount to treat. With this being said, you are also what I would consider to be an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting has the potential to reduce anywhere from 15-25% of fat in the areas being treated. Sometimes a second treatment in the same area is recommended to help reach your aesthetic goals. Though CoolSculpting does also have some temporary bruising, swelling, and numbness associated with it as well, it is typically nothing near the longevity of that of liposuction. There is also no need to wear compression after CoolSculpting (though it is not a bad idea), there are no incisions and no need to undergo anesthesia. You can have CoolSculpting done and go about your routine the same day of treatment. There is minimal to NO downtime with CoolSculpting treatment.
Whether it be liposuction or CoolSculpting, ultimately the best results will be maximized with proper diet and exercise as well. The best thing to discuss with any consultation you encounter is what you are looking to achieve exactly, and what you are willing to accept as the conditions.
Hope this helped. Good luck on your journey!
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Hi. Thanks for sharing photos. You are a good candidate for both liposuction and Coolsculpting. Liposuction will remove more fat in a single surgery, and you may see skin shrinkage with certain technologies like VASER liposuction. With the faster 35 minute CS applicators, you can be treated in less time, but with CS you may need another round of treatments to get maximum improvement (i.e. delay in getting to end result). Two rounds of 5 cycles may actually cost more than one liposuction surgery, so be sure to get estimates beforehand. You can take extra measures by choosing a Coolsculpting certified specialist and/or ABPS certified PS for whichever method you choose. Best wishes,
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