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Body Contouring: Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting™


Liposuction (“Lipo”) is a surgical procedure that removes your unwanted or excess fat from a number of different areas of the body. An incision is made in the treatment area.  A small tube – known as a cannula – is placed through the incision and used to break up fatty tissue.  The fat is then suctioned out of the body, thus providing significant contouring to the treatment area.

It is commonly used to remove fat from the neck, backs of the arms, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, and other regions. With excess fat deposits removed through liposuction, a slimmer figure is created and body contours and proportions dramatically improve.  Liposuction can be used to treat isolated small areas or multiple larger areas where pockets of unwanted fat exist, reshaping what diet and exercise alone cannot always achieve.


CoolSculpting™ is a noninvasive fat-reduction procedure that eliminates stubborn fat safely and effectively without surgery or the associated downtime. This fat reduction treatment is the only FDA-cleared procedure to use controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate diet and exercise resistant fat.

CoolSculpting™ technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), and then die. Over time, your body naturally processes and eliminates these dead fat cells, leaving a more sculpted you. The CoolSculpting™ fat freezing procedure is completely non-surgical, so you can typically return to work and normal activities immediately.


The advantages of liposuction over CoolSculpting™ are that it can provide a more aggressive and complete fat reduction, more precise contouring and the ability to be combined with other surgical procedures. However, it has a greater downtime and carries the potential for surgical risks.

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