The Cons of Liposuction
Because liposuction is a surgical procedure, there are certain risks involved, such as excessive bleeding or a negative reaction to anesthesia. These complications are extremely rare, and liposuction is minimally invasive, but it's important to understand the risks of liposuction are higher than CoolSculpting.
The post-procedure downtime is longer than CoolSculpting. You may have to take time off of work to recover. Most patients are able to return to work and light exercise after a few days.
There is also bruising and swelling involved, which can last for 2-to-3 weeks. You’ll most likely wear compression garments to reduce the extent of both. Until the swelling goes down, you won't see the full results.
CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: Which Is For Me?
CoolSculpting may be better for you if:
- You do not want to undergo surgery.
- You’re willing to accept more modest and more gradual results
- You’re okay with having multiple treatments
- You wish to avoid any downtime (eg. a few days off work and a few weeks of bruising and swelling following liposuction
Keep in mind that CoolSculpting is an excellent treatment for reducing unwanted fat, but it's not the equivalent of liposuction.
Liposuction may be best if:
- Your personal/work schedule allows you to take enough time to properly recover.
- You don't have an aversion to surgery if it means getting the results you want.
- You’re okay with swelling, bruising, and numbness for a few weeks in exchange for more dramatic outcomes.
Remember, neither CoolSculpting nor liposuction will improve loose skin or stretch marks. Good skin elasticity is a necessity to accomplish the most optimal outcomes with both of these procedures. Loose skin after weight loss or pregnancy is best addressed with a tummy tuck.
Making the Best Decision
A consultation with a plastic surgeon, experienced and skilled at both liposuction and CoolSculpting, will help you make the best decision. It's tempting to choose a treatment based on a price tag or recommendations from a friend. But you're doing this for yourself, and you deserve the best possible outcome. Consulting a reputable surgeon who has experience with both procedures is highly recommended.
If you want to get a head start, you can take this online cosmetic self-evaluation form. It only takes two minutes, and we'll send the results directly to your inbox. It'll help you determine which treatment may be best for you. You can also schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Fan.