Many people want to know the difference between liposuction and Fat Freezing or Coolsculpting.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that invasely removes (by suction) large volumes of fat. This surgical procedure usually involves general anesthesia when combined with tummy tucks or involves large areas.
Large volumes of fat can be removed with liposuction, however there is risk with any surgery. This can include pain, infection, nerve damage, clots, and even death.
For many patients, if large volumes of fat and skin removal are needed, liposuction is the only option.
Coolsculpting is a fat freezing procedure for small bulges of fat, or for patients who are close to their ideal weight. These patients probably would not be great candidates for liposuction.
Coolsculpting involves placing a large suction cup on the fat bulge area and freezing the tissue for one hour. There is NO surgery, needles, anesthesia or down time. Any given area may need to be treated 2-3 times. Ideal areas for Coolsculpting are:
- Love handles
- Inner Thighs