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Why Are People Choosing CoolSculpting Over Liposuction?

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Thanks to advancements in cosmetic medicine and state-of-the-art technology, people today have plenty of options when choosing aesthetic treatments and procedures. And when it comes to removing unwanted fat deposits around your body, you’ll find that you have the option of invasive cosmetic surgical procedures like liposuction, or the growingly popular choice of non-invasive fat reduction treatments like CoolSculpting.

So why are more people choosing CoolSculpting over liposuction? There are a number of reasons more people are choosing CoolSculpting, but we can narrow it down to five essential reasons: it’s a non-invasive procedure, its process of reducing fat cells, its ability to help people reach their weight goal, its overall cost, and its long-lasting results.

Why Are Patients Choosing CoolSculpting?

In the past, reducing fat through cosmetic procedures always meant invasive plastic surgery that suctioned out fat. But thanks to technological advancements, new procedures like CoolSculpting offer patients the same sculpted results with additional benefits and less risks associated with surgery. Here are the 5 reasons more patients are choosing CoolSculpting:

1) Non-Invasive Treatment

CoolSculpting works by using cryolipolysis, a process where fat cells are killed by extremely low temperatures. A CoolSculpting device targets blasts of cold temperatures to target the fat cells beneath the skin without harming your skin, muscles, and other tissue and organs surrounding the area. 

This effectively kills the fat cells, which are then dissolved and absorbed by your lymphatic system over the course of several months. Your body will then filter and flush these out of your body as waste. You can start to see the results of your CoolSculpting session months after treatment.

Unlike other invasive and minimally-invasive procedures, CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive. This means there are no injections for substances like anesthesia or lidocaine that can result in side effects like bruising, bleeding, or inflammation around the injection site. 

While most patients feel minimal discomfort, they can easily pass their treatment time reading a book or working on their phones. Unlike procedures like liposuction and BodyTite, there’s no incisions necessary. This reduces the chances of scarring as well as risks like skin infections to virtually none.

One of the biggest advantages of opting for a non-invasive procedure over plastic surgery is downtime. For liposuction, you may need 2 to 3 weeks of recovery time before you can feel well enough to go back to work or perform everyday activities. 

It can also take up to 3 months for your body to fully recover for you to safely perform strenuous activities like intense exercises. In comparison, CoolSculpting patients can return to their normal activities immediately after their appointment.

2) Kills Stubborn Fat Cells in Targeted Areas

Even for many people who live active lifestyles, there may still be stubborn fat deposits that a healthy diet and regular exercise can’t shed away. If you’re close to your ideal body goal except for these unwanted fat cells, CoolSculpting is the way to go. It’s FDA-approved to treat the following areas:

  • Double chin
  • Love handles
  • Neck
  • Upper and lower abdomen
  • Back
  • Thighs
  • Fat rolls under the butt (banana roll)
  • Bra line
  • Underarms

These areas are where fat cells can be difficult to effectively treat even with diet and the right exercise. CoolSculpting gives you that boost you need to dissolve these stubborn fat cells and sculpt these areas to your desired appearance.

3) Less Drastic Option for People Close to Their Weight Goal

Fat reduction procedures like liposuction, BodyTite, SculpSure, and even CoolSculpting may give you a thinner, sculpted appearance, but these aren’t considered weight loss surgeries or treatments for obesity the same way bariatric surgery is. Although you can lose some weight from losing fat cells, it’s a very minimal change.

This is why the best candidates for CoolSculpting are those who are 20 to 30 pounds away from their ideal weight. If you want to shed the last bit of stubborn pockets of fat but find invasive plastic surgery to be the drastic solution, CoolSculpting offers a more practical option. 

The treatment can help you lose up to 25% of fat cells in the treatment area. This makes it the preferable option for those who just need a little boost in their fitness goals or those who want to avoid invasive surgeries due to medical reasons.

4) More Affordable Option Over Cosmetic Surgery

When you consider the time and overall costs of CoolSculpting sessions and plastic surgery, you’ll find that CoolSculpting is actually the more practical solution. The average CoolSculpting session can range from $2,000 to $4,000, though for smaller treatment areas like the chin or abdomen it can range from $600 to $800 per session. 

On average, CoolSculpting patients need 2 to 3 treatment sessions per target area. These costs are all-inclusive. Because it’s a non-invasive procedure that requires no downtime, there are no hidden costs that come with choosing CoolSculpting.

The average liposuction session can cost $3,637, and patients will need up to three sessions. The difference might not seem like a lot, but you also have to consider that $3,637 is only the surgeon’s fee; there are other additional costs and expenses that come from getting an invasive procedure like this, including:

  • Medical testing to see if you are healthy enough for invasive plastic surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Surgical facility costs
  • Post-surgery treatment
  • Prescription medication to take during recovery
  • Medical supplies needed during recovery
  • The cost of taking time off work to recover
  • Any additional expenses you can incur while recovering at home

When you add these costs and compare it to the minimal costs CoolSculpting provides, you can see that CoolSculpting is an investment that’s more practical.

5) Permanently Kills Fat Cells

When your fat cells are killed by low temperatures, they cannot be revived and will ultimately stay permanently dead. Over the next 4 to 6 months, your body will absorb, filter, and flush out the remaining dead cells. This means you can slowly but surely see the change CoolSculpting has on your body, and this can be permanent as long as you take steps to maintain your current weight.

An ideal candidate for CoolSculpting is one who leads a healthy lifestyle, is 20 to 30 pounds away from their body weight, and are willing to continue leading their lifestyles even after CoolSculpting has helped them achieve the body they want. By avoiding excessive weight gain, you can prevent fat cells from potentially growing back in the treated area.  

CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction

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To learn why CoolSculpting is growing into the more popular choice over a fat reduction procedure like liposuction, take a look at the comparisons between the two.

When Was It First FDA-Approved?Approved in 2010Depends on the type of liposuction treatment (laser, ultrasound, tumescent liposuction, etc.)
Is It Invasive?No. No incisions or injections are necessary.Yes, fat is regularly suctioned out of the body. Even ultrasound-assisted liposuction requires a metal rod inserted under your skin.
How It WorksCoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis, which kills fat cells by freezing it. Fat cells are then dissolved and absorbed by the lymphatic system, filtered, and naturally eliminated from the body. Fat cells are disrupted through various ways like ultrasound, laser, salt water solutions, etc. The fat is then suctioned out via a cannula connected to a vacuum.
Treatment AreasDouble chins, love handles, neck fat, bra line, underarms, banana roll, back, thighs, upper and lower abdomenAbdomen, upper arms, butt, calves, ankles, chest, back, hips, thighs, chin, neck, breasts
Average Cost Per Session$2000 to $4000 ($600 to $800 for smaller areas like the chin or abdomen)$3,637
Additional CostsN/AAnesthesiaOperating room and other surgical facility costsMedical procedure testsMedication taken during recovery periodAdditional costs of recovering at home
Downtime & Recovery PeriodMinimal. Some patients may feel mild discomfort after a session, but they’re free to return to their regular routine shortly with no risks.Up to 2 weeks before you can return to work, but up to 3 months to fully recover and safely get back to physical activities.
Is It a Weight Loss Solution?No. CoolSculpting can sculpt your body, make you look thinner, and reduce up to 25% of fat from the treatment area, but it’s not meant to be a treatment for obesity.No. A plastic surgeon will only remove around up to 10 pounds of fat.
Is It Effective?Yes! That’s why it’s the #1 non-surgical fat reduction treatment in the world.Yes, though the recovery period can incapacitate patients for several weeks, and it can take up to three months to fully heal from the process.

Which One Is Right for Me?

Some patients still opt for liposuction as it offers instant results immediately after the surgery. However, most patients fail to consider the overall time preparing and recovering from the procedure itself. Responsible cosmetic surgeons have their patients undergo laboratory testing to determine if they’re medically healthy enough for cosmetic surgery.

After getting liposuction, you may feel unable to move around too much. This means taking up to 2 weeks off work or canceling on events and plans while you recover. Even if you are well enough to return to work, it can take up to 3 months before you can safely start exercising again. 

If you’re someone who lives an active lifestyle but can’t stand repetitive low-impact exercises that do little for your body, this recovery period can feel like the instant results aren’t worth the additional time you have with limited movement.

CoolSculpting, in comparison, offers the effective results you want minus the invasive procedure and long recovery period. You may feel some discomfort from the treatment but CoolSculpting patients are free to return to their usual routines shortly after each session. 

The results may come later on, but they come without having to affect your daily lifestyle and to prevent you from living the active and healthy lifestyle you want.

The Best CoolSculpting Treatments Only at Ethos Spa

There’s a reason why more people are choosing CoolSculpting over invasive fat reduction surgery like liposuction. With its convenience and efficiency, minimal downtime, and effective results, patients can get all the benefits of reduced fat pockets without the downsides that have been unavoidable in the past.

Ethos Spa is one of the leading centers for CoolSculpting in New Jersey. Our world-class cosmetic practitioners and highly-trained staff are always glad to provide an effective treatment plan for our clients to help them achieve their ideal body and weight. Say goodbye to your unwanted body fat and book a consultation with us today.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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