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CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: What Is the Difference & How Do I Choose?

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

Liposuction and CoolSculpting are both medical procedures for eliminating fat. However, there are particular key distinctions to consider to make an informed decision.

How Do You Decide Between CoolSculpting and Liposuction?

Liposuction and CoolSculpting remove fatty deposits in different ways, with varying effectiveness. So, which operation is suitable for you? The truth is that it all depends on you. Each technique has benefits and drawbacks and other factors to consider before deciding which one to go with. Before making a decision, we'll provide you with an outline of the critical information you need to know.

What Is the Difference Between CoolSculpting and Liposuction?

The main distinctions between CoolSculpting and Liposuction are outlined in the following table:







​Treats Obesity





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​in 1-2 months







​in 2-3 months


1. Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Methods

Another distinction is that Liposuction is a surgical treatment, whereas CoolSculpting is not.

The patient is anesthetized using either local or general anesthesia, depending on the type of liposuction surgery. A tiny, hollow suction tube called a cannula is inserted beneath the skin and linked to a strong vacuum. The surgeon uses a cannula to remove targeted fat cells, which are permanently eliminated as the instrument is moved across the region. Depending on the amount withdrawn, the procedure may take 1 to 3 hours.

Liposuction surgery:

CoolSculpting is a cryolipolysis technology that involves a non-invasive device being applied to a specific region and cooling fat cells, which are then crystallized. The frozen cells are then naturally broken down by the body. CoolSculpting does not require anesthesia. The procedure usually takes between 45 and 60 minutes for each site, with two to three treatments (one every 30 days) needed to see results.

CoolSculpting procedure:

2. Smaller vs. Larger areas of fat

The critical difference between Liposuction and CoolSculpting is that Liposuction is intended to remove larger quantities of fat from the abdomen, buttock, hips, thighs, upper arms, or flanks. CoolSculpting goes after smaller ones. The fat in question should be "pinchable," which means it can fit into the applicator cup for CoolSculpting.

The CoolSculpting procedure is excellent for people who want to get rid of little unwanted fat in their upper thighs, love handles, or lower belly. On the other hand, Liposuction is a more practical choice for substantial fat loss. Liposuction and CoolSculpting are not intended to treat obesity, and they can't be used as such. Liposuction may be beneficial for treating lipedema (an excessive accumulation and expansion of fat cells in the lower half of the body, producing disproportional hips and legs compared to the upper half). Still, CoolSculpting has not been proved helpful against this condition.

3. Recovery Periods and Outcomes

Recovery time for Liposuction is unpredictable. Following a minor or moderate liposuction, patients typically return to work after a few days and resume normal activities in weeks. In 1 to 3 months, final results will be apparent.

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, painless, mobile procedure that uses cryolipolysis to reduce fat. There is no recuperation time with CoolSculpting, and you can go back to your normal activities immediately after the treatment. After 2 to 4 months, the fat layer will diminish gradually. You should expect up to a 20% reduction in fat on the treated region.

Eligibility, Advantages & Disadvantages of Liposuction

The qualities of the perfect liposuction candidate are:

  • The skin tone and suppleness are good.

  • Overall, health is excellent.

  • There are no circulation issues, diabetes, or heart disease.

  • Expectations of the outcomes that Liposuction may provide must be realistic.

The Benefits of Liposuction:

  • Aggressive and complete weight reduction

  • Liposuction may be used to transplant fatty tissues from the targeted region(s) to other areas of the body (e.g., for body contouring).

  • Cellulite reduction or improvement

The Drawbacks of Liposuction:

We should also not forget that Liposuction is a surgical procedure with inherent risks. However, if you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon, the danger may be reduced. Here are some of the potential issues that might occur as a result of Liposuction:

  • Numbness and bruising are hallmarks of this condition.

  • Infections or Inflammation.

  • Movement of the cannula caused skin discomfort.

  • Embolism in one of the pulmonary arteries (blockage)

  • Fluid accumulation in the lungs (pulmonary edema)

Eligibility, Advantages & Disadvantages of CoolSculpting

The following are the traits of a perfect candidate for CoolSculpting.:

  • The patient wants to treat very small or limited regions.

  • Cannot undergo surgery or have anesthesia.

  • A non-invasive treatment method is required.

Advantages of CoolSculpting:

  • Non-invasive therapy

  • There is no recovery time (or little)

  • There's little to no risk.

Disadvantages of CoolSculpting:

  • It will take several treatments to see results.

  • Erythema (red and irritated skin)

  • swelling, bruising

  • Itching and soreness.

  • Numbness and tingling in the treated region

Are You Unsure of Which Treatment Is Best for You?

Luviacure can assist you in selecting the most appropriate method for your unique requirements. To ensure that you receive the highest level of healthcare available. Contact us to talk about your choices or get a free consultation- we're here to help.

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