CoolSculpting and Liposuction: Apples and Oranges?

Coolsculpting, NYCIn recent years, innovative thinking has brought several devices into the aesthetic arena that are touted as “liposuction alternative” treatments. CoolSculpting is one of them. The increase in options for reducing stubborn fat has been advantageous, to say the least. Millions of people have received CoolSculpting treatment and we routinely utilize the cryolipolysis method in our office. However, to describe CoolSculpting as a liposuction alternative might be comparing apples to oranges.

If you want your dream body by summer and your diet and exercise efforts aren’t getting you to the goal-line (they seldom do), you may be weighing your surgical vs. non-surgical options for body contouring. Here, we offer a few suggested questions to help you find your way.

What is my problem area?

We don’t expect that you’d need much time to answer this question. Most of us are acutely aware of the parts of our body we’d like to change. When you hone in on the problem, you can ask a deeper question like “what do I want this area to look like?” For example, if, like many of our patients, you want a slimmer midsection, the deeper question might be which part of the midsection is problematic (upper or lower) and whether you’d like sculpted abs or just a toned, flat stomach.

CoolSculpting targets as much tissue as can be held between the cooling panels. This method is commonly applied to the lower abdomen, the backs of the arms, the thighs, back, and the chin. Liposuction is performed on these areas as well as the upper abdomen, chest, inner knee area, pubis, breasts, calves and ankles, buttocks, and cheeks.

How many problem areas are there?

CoolSculpting panels have evolved since early generation devices, giving us the ability to treat a wider range of areas. It is possible to treat both thighs simultaneously now, whereas early models could treat only one at a time. However, non-surgical treatment continues to be relatively limited in what can be achieved in each session. CoolSculpting can be applied to as many areas as a patient desires, but may require more visits or more time in the office to achieve the desired outcome. Liposuction, on the other hand, can remove fatty tissue from multiple areas in a single procedure.
Luxurgery is a comfortable space in which you can receive the information you need to choose which method of body contouring is right for you. Schedule a visit at (212) 508-0000.

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