Body contouring is a specialty of medicine that allows physicians to shape your body to how you want it to be. There are limits, obviously, but you may be surprised to see what is possible. The two main types of body contouring are Coolsculpting and liposuction. Liposuction has been around for many years, while Coolsculpting is relatively new. They both affect the lipose (fat) cells in your body, though they do so in different ways. If you are having a hard time deciding which procedure you would like to undergo, here are a few main points which may help you to decide.
What is the procedure like?
Liposuction is a more invasive body contouring procedure that Coolsculpting. In liposuction, a suctioned probe is placed internally in places where a lot of fat is located, such as your thighs, upper arms, or belly. The fat is then removed from your body, and you receive a few stitches. It can be a bit of a rough procedure since the probe must reach the fat storage. Some patients may feel sore afterwards, and it can take up to 6 weeks to fully heal. Coolsculpting is a much more superficial procedure. Skin is basically sucked into a applicator which then freezes fat cells. It can be a little tingly, and potentially uncomfortable, but many people say that it is not painful. After several applications and a bit of time, there is usually a visible difference.
What happens to fat cells?
Coolsculpting shrinks fat cells that remain in your body, while liposuction removes the cells completely. Consequently, liposuction is a much faster fat reduction process. Following the procedure, you will have a noticeable reduction in fat cells. Coolsculpting can take up to 3-4 months to begin seeing major results. Each time you undergo Coolsculpting, fat cells become more and more damaged, shrinking a little more each time.
What is the cost?
The cost of Coolsculpting depends on on the area that receives the procedure, the number of applications, and the specific doctor. Most places charge anywhere between $2,000 & $4,000. Liposuction is around that as well for the actual procedure, though the cost of anesthetic and physician fees may add quite a bit.
In conclusion, the procedure you choose will depend on your personal preferences, as well as your doctor. Your specific circumstances may make it obvious which one would work better for you. Talk to your doctor for more information.