Differences Between CoolSculpting and Liposuction

Coolsculpting vs Liposuction
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Have you looked into doing CoolSculpting in Draper? If so you have probably heard a little bit about both CoolSculpting and Liposuction. It’s good to know about the key differences between this innovative noninvasive procedure, CoolSculpting, and liposuction. Both ways of removing body fat offer important advantages and disadvantages.

The CoolSculpting costs varies based upon the treatment site. It usually proves less expensive than liposuction performed in the same location (although this result might vary if rare side effects occur). Always consult with your physician before seeking any cosmetic surgery, since not every procedure proves safe and effective for every patient. You may choose to CoolSculpt your thighs, hips, belly, or another location so the costs may vary.

Differences Between Liposuction and CoolSculpting

In general, CoolSculpting and liposuction differ in several respects. With that said, they do also have a lot of similarities. But since we want to focus on how they are different, we’ve summarized these differences as:

  • Method of Extraction
  • Recovery
  • Results
  • Side Effects

Method of Fat Extraction

During liposuction, a plastic surgeon inserts a cannula into an anesthetized patient’s body and uses negative pressure to remove fat. By contrast, CoolSculpting proves far less invasive. The surgeon vacuums targeted tissue into a medical device that applies cold temperatures to freeze fat immediately beneath the skin’s surface. A percentage of fat cells in the enclosed skin segment will die as a result of the temperature change (typically 20%). The patient’s body clears away these dead tissues naturally. While some liposuction procedures involve only a single visit, patients usually schedule a series of CoolSculpting sessions several weeks apart.


Patients who undergo liposuction require some period of recovery time due to the application of anesthesia before the procedure. Even if the surgeon uses a local anesthetic, the patient will need to remain under observation for a while. By contrast, noninvasive CoolSculpting does not necessitate the use of an anesthetic. Patients remain fully awake during this procedure. In most cases, they leave the office and resume their daily schedules immediately after a treatment. The side effects of CoolSculpting procedures may include some aching, swelling, bruising, or tenderness around the site. Yet these symptoms tend to resolve more rapidly than liposuction side effects, too.


The effects of liposuction appear shortly after the side effects of the surgery resolve. After undergoing CoolSculpting, a patient’s body needs to remove dead fat cells over the course of several weeks. In some cases, the full results may not appear evident until one to three months later.

Side Effects

Typically, CoolSculpting produces far fewer side effects than liposuction due to the noninvasive nature of this procedure. Patients may experience some discomfort, such as tingling, swelling, aching, or cramping in the location of the procedure. In a statistically rare percentage of cases, fat tissues begin growing significantly at the site two to five months after CoolSculpting, and this exuberant growth requires surgical excision.

Further Information

La Belle Vie welcomes the opportunity to assist you in obtaining fat removal and other cosmetic procedures. We offer consultations to help people in evaluating CoolSculpting cost factors and available options. Contact us at 801-987-8384 to schedule an appointment soon. Ask us about CoolSculpting in Draper.

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