The Best Way to Remove Fat: CoolSculpting vs Liposuction



It’s that time of year again! Summer is only a couple of months away and people are wondering how they can get bikini body ready. No matter how many hours you put in at the gym, some fat can be difficult to eliminate. If you are thinking about getting plastic surgery to help deal with that stubborn fat and to improve your body’s contour, there are a few procedures that might work for you. Two popular procedures for fat removal are CoolSculpting and Liposuction.  Choosing between the procedures can be a challenge; below we have provided some information about how the procedures are performed and some of their pros and cons.  The idea is to make a decision that is right for YOU.


CoolSculpting is a relatively new procedure that eliminates fat from the body by cooling fat cells.  More specifically, the area to be treated is cooled through a non-invasive applicator and fat cells are frozen- skin, muscle and nerves are unaffected. The body then eliminates the frozen fat cells naturally.  Patients generally see the full results of a CoolSculpting procedure after 4 months, but can start to see a reduction in fat within 3-5 weeks. One of the advantages of CoolSculpting is that it is a non-invasive procedure, meaning there are no incisions made to remove fat and no downtime.  Another plus is that one treatment takes only one hour. One of the disadvantages of CoolSculpting is that patients sometimes need a second treatment to get the result that they want.  Also, some areas cannot be treated with CoolSculpting because of the shape of the applicator.


Liposuction is a procedure that has been around and evolved over a long time.  It is performed by inserting a cannula into small incisions made in the area being treated and using suction to remove fat.  Recovery time for this surgical procedure involves a few days off from work.  Patients need to be careful with certain activities for up to 4 weeks.  Results can be seen after a couple of weeks but the final result can take 3-6 months. One of the advantages of liposuction is that it can be paired with other surgical procedures that treat issues such as excess skin. Also, you can remove more fat with liposuction than with any non-invasive procedure.  One of the disadvantages of liposuction is that it requires surgery and a recovery period.


So if you are looking to improve your body contour, liposuction or CoolSculpting could be the procedure for you. Both are very safe and have their pros and cons. I recommend consulting with your plastic surgeon before deciding which procedure suits you best.


Best of luck,


Dr. Karl Schwarz