Many patients ask us about Coolsculpting vs. Liposuction for the best results. The answer is patient and problem area dependent. To help you to decide between the two, I decided to write this blog post.
Downtime and Invasiveness
First off, Coolsculpting is non-invasive and requires no downtime. Liposuction is invasive and requires some time off work and exercising. You typically cannot work out for 6 weeks after liposuction and will need to wear a compression garment. After Coolsculpting, you may return to normal activity and should not miss any work. There is no need to wear a compressive garment as the subcutaneous layer has not been mechanically disrupted.
Coolsculpting will not remove as much fat as a liposuction treatment and that can be good for some folks and bad for others. It is my bias that you achieve more natural-looking results with Coolsculpting. Having said that, I still refer approximately 5% of our Coolsculpting consultations out for a surgical consult. Liposuction does have that instant gratification piece that Coolsculpting lacks, however you will not wait long on Coolsculpting results. Within 6 weeks, subtle results are starting to be noticed by our clients. At 12 weeks, we see amazing results. It is often difficult to decide which treatment is right for you in the world of aesthetics. There are so many solutions to each problem and patients are often overwhelmed by the numerous options.
We pride ourselves in helping patients decide which is best even if we don’t offer the service. I typically do around 6 surgical referrals and 5 dermatology referrals per week. I only refer my clients to other physicians I trust and know their results. We can be an amazing resource for patients just getting into aesthetics and also for veterans that need a little guidance.
We are extremely passionate about our Coolsculpting results and only treat patients we know are going to have good results. My Coolsculpting specialist, Melissa Miller, has attended Coolsculpting University in California and truly has the eye of a sculptor. Stay tuned for more blogs on Aesthetic Medicine!!
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