With warm weather around the corner, we’re getting a lot of inquiries about CoolSculpting Elite. People from Abilene, Fort Worth, and throughout Texas are getting ready for summer by the pool or lake, and we all want to be swimsuit ready! CoolSculpting Elite is a great solution for getting rid of stubborn fat that diets and exercise can’t reduce.
More than 10 million people have already been treated with CoolSculpting, but if you’ve done a bit of research into your fat reduction options, you might have a few more questions.
There’s one question I hear a lot: Which is the better choice for me, CoolSculpting Elite or liposuction? Both procedures could work great for patients trying to feel more confident in a bathing suit. But depending on your body type, lifestyle, and desired results, one might be better than the other for achieving your summer goals.
What Are the Benefits of CoolSculpting Elite?
CoolSculpting Elite is a great option for targeting small, unwanted areas of “pinchable” fat without surgery. Applicators designed for specific areas of the body draw fatty tissue between two cooling panels to freeze and destroy fat cells. Some of the most popular areas to target are the
- inner thighs
- upper, middle, and lower abdomen
- bra line
- under the chin
My practice also has the added benefit of having access to 3 CoolSculpting machines. Using more than a single machine at the same time means you can finish the procedure in less than half the usual time. This nonsurgical option is ideal for patients who are near a healthy weight but are seeking more sculpted results.
You can read more about what happens before, during, and after a CoolSculpting treatment in our related blog post.
What Are the Benefits of Liposuction?
Liposuction, on the other hand, is a great surgical option to sculpt the abdomen, waistline, flanks, and thighs. It requires a local anesthetic before the surgeon inserts a small tube (called a micro-cannula) through small incisions to break up fatty tissue and suction it from the body. Dr. Camp uses power-assisted liposuction (PAL), a state-of-the-art technique that enables him to minimize bruising and bleeding compared to manual liposuction and reduce the time spent in the operating room. The procedure is best suited for patients who are in generally good shape but want to remove localized fat deposits. The results are more dramatic and immediate than can be achieved with CoolSculpting Elite, but there is some downtime because it is a surgical procedure.
While liposuction produces more dramatic results, some people want a quicker recovery time. The entire CoolSculpting appointment takes only 1 to 2 hours and involves minimal discomfort. There’s also no downtime following a CoolSculpting Elite treatment, but it does take several weeks for results to appear, and you may need a series of treatments for the best results. CoolSculpting Elite is ideal for patients who want a nonsurgical option that reduces fat in the treated area and are OK with results that emerge over several weeks or months.
You can also ask about CoolTone™ treatments to improve your muscle tone in the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.
It’s important to remember that neither procedure is designed to reduce weight. Instead, they improve the contours of your current body. While both options are good ways to help make your body look its best, it’s smart to consider your goals and desired recovery time when making this decision.
If you’re looking to get in swimsuit shape this summer, consider CoolSculpting and browse our gallery of before-and-after photos. If you have any other questions, please request a consultation using the online form or call us at (817) 228-4315.