Coolsculpting vs. Liposuction

Coolsculpting and liposuction both sound appealing but what is the better option for you?!  That’s a great question!  Both Coolsculpting and liposuction are great for the right person.  Here’s what I can tell you about it:


Liposuction is a surgery done under general anesthesia or sedation for an allotted amount of time, depending on which part of the body you choose.  After you visit with your physician they will recommend liposuction or Coolsculpting for your areas of concern. This is a very common procedure in our clinic and is a great surgery to have to feel great in your own skin again!

  1. How is it done? A physician will make a small incision on the desired body part and use a metal cannula to suck the fat out.
  2. How long will liposuction surgery take? It depends on the person and the complexity of the area involved.  It can take up to a couple hours.
  3. What is the recovery time? It can be a few days or up to a couple weeks.  It depends on the person and how their body reacts.  You can go back to work in as little as a few days if your body is feeling up to it.
  4. You will be required to wear a compression garment for up to 6 weeks following the procedure, for the best results. It can be hot, not fun, and annoying but well worth the outcome.
  5. Positives: You will see definite results in about 6 weeks.
  6. Negatives: The garment can be uncomfortable.  You may have swelling for up to 3 months.  You will have some down time and need to take off work because you need time to heal.


Coolsculpting is a non-invasive procedure done at our clinic.  You will see a nurse for a complimentary consultation so she can assess your worries/concerns and explain the procedure in detail.  She can advise you of how many treatments she can estimate that you will need, but you may need more than one treatment per area, depending on your body type and optimal results.  One cycle can take from a half hour to an hour.

  1. What is the recovery time? The best thing about coolsculpting is there is no downtime!  You will be a little numb and sensitive in that area but it shouldn’t hold you back from working or doing tasks around the house.  You also don’t have to wear a garment.  You should see results starting in a month to three months.
  2. I have had coolsculpting done before and it doesn’t hurt at all. The worst part was when my co-worker put on the gel pad because it’s very cold!  Also the massage is tough because that skin is numb but nothing that was too unbearable!  It was nice to be able to go on with my day and not feel restricted.
  3. How many cycles can you do in one day? You can do as many as you want in one day!  We provide lunch if it’s up to 7-8 hours.
  4. The nurse will take before pictures and after on your 3 months follow-up
  5. Positives: There is no down time, you can watch tv or be on your phone etc while the coolsculpting is happening.
  6. Negatives: You may need to do more cycles after you have completed to get the results you are looking for.

So which is better for you? Both options can have great results!  Set up an appointment at our office and we will get you started  with the process!

Written by Chloe S., ST