Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting: Which One is Right for Me?

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Liposuction and CoolSculpting are both popular cosmetic procedures that can help you achieve your desired body shape. But which one is right for you? Let’s look at both procedures to see how they compare.


Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from specific body areas, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, arms, or neck. The surgeon makes small incisions in the skin and inserts a thin tube called a cannula. The cannula then breaks up the fat deposits and suctions them out of the body.

Recovery from liposuction can take several weeks. You may experience bruising, swelling, and soreness during this time. Liposuction frequently requires under general anesthesia, which means you’ll be asleep during the procedure. Compression garments will also reduce swelling and support your healing tissues.


CoolSculpting is a non-surgical fat reduction procedure that uses cold temperatures to freeze and destroy fat cells. The CoolSculpting machine delivers controlled cooling to the treatment area through applicators. The applicators suction the skin and underlying fat tissue into the machine, which is cooled to freezing temperatures. This destroys the fat cells without harming the skin or surrounding tissues.

There is no recovery time with CoolSculpting—you can resume your normal activities immediately after treatment. However, results can become visible for several weeks as the destroyed fat cells are flushed out of your body through your lymphatic system.

So, Which Procedure is Right for You? 

If you’re looking for conservative results with minimal downtime, CoolSculpting may be the best option for you. Liposuction may be worth considering if you don’t mind spending a few weeks of recovery for more dramatic results. Ultimately, the best way to determine which procedure is right for you is to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate your case and give you a professional recommendation.

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