Comparing CoolSculpting to Liposuction
Liposuction and CoolSculpting both seek to remove stubborn fat deposits yet work in entirely different ways. First and most importantly, CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive. No anesthesia of any kind is required, it carries almost no risks, and involves negligible recovery time. Liposuction, on the other hand, is an office bases surgical procedure. It’s subcutaneously invasive, and uses local anesthesia .
The main difference is the volume of fat each procedure can accommodate. Liposuction removes large amounts of fat, sometimes up to 7 -10 pounds. CoolSculpting, as the name implies, is primarily aimed at improving the body’s shape and contour. It does break down some fat, causing it to pass from the body, but the total volume is much less.
Are multiple CoolSculpting body contouring procedures needed?
After just one CoolSculpting body contouring procedure, most people will see a significant reduction in fat to the treated area. Generally, only one CoolSculpting treatment is needed to see undeniable, noticeable results. Results are typically seen within three weeks of the fat reduction treatment; most dramatic results occur over a period of two to four months. However, additional CoolSculpting treatments can be performed if additional fat reduction is desired.
Is there pain associated with CoolSculpting Treatments?
Most patients do not report any pain during a CoolSculpting treatment; however most patients do describe it to be slightly uncomfortable when the cooling process begins. At first, there is a sudden tugging sensation (not pain) as skin is being suctioned into the device. As the cooling process begins, the treatment area will feel intensely cold for first 10 minutes, followed by numbness for the remainder of the hour. When the device is removed, you may feel tenderness as the area “thaws” for 1-2 minutes. Once the procedure is over, you should not feel any pain as you resume normal activities. There may be some minor redness and possible bruising. Some patients feel tingling or twitching sensations for the first few days. Numbness may continue for several weeks as normal sensation gradually returns. In very rare occasions, some people may experience temporary nerve pain that dissipates in the weeks or months following treatment.