Non-surgical fat removal: If you weren’t already aware, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure to remove fat from areas of the face and body. It uses cryolipolysis technology to target body fat, without damaging surrounding tissues in a convenient treatment with no downtime or significant side-effects. At CosmeSurge in Harley Street, we have seen a huge rise in the number of patients requesting CoolSculpting as a replacement to invasive liposuction surgery. There are many reasons for this:-
CoolSculpting offers a non-invasive procedure with no downtime and almost instant results. It’s done in around 30 to 60 minutes and there is no need for anaesthesia or an overnight hospital stay, as there is with liposuction. With liposuction surgery, there can be some heavy risks involved, such as negative reactions to anaesthesia, side-effects such as blood clots and other serious complications. If you have heart problems or a blood clotting disorder, it’s not advisable to have liposuction surgery.
The convenience of non-surgical fat removal
CoolSculpting is performed in our clinic here in Harley Street and is an outpatient procedure. A course of treatment might be advised, but this is far more convenient than the downtime involved with liposuction. You can start to see results form CoolSculpting in as little as a few days to a couple of weeks, whereas the results from liposuction may not be visible for a few months following the procedure. CoolSculpting doesn’t offer the requirements to wear compression garments or return to the clinic for drain removal. Liposuction can mean several trips back to the clinic and some uncomfortable weeks in recovery, wearing restrictive and tight undergarments.
CoolSculpting can work out significantly more cost-effective than invasive surgery. If you consider that with liposuction, you will need to pay for the procedure, the anaesthetist, compression garments, return visits to the clinic as well as further potential treatments, such as radiofrequency or ultrasound, to smooth any lumps and bumps that might be visible after the treatment. With CoolSculpting, you are paying for a course of treatment with one practitioner, making it more cost-effective than invasive surgery.
So is CoolSculpting as effective as liposuction?
CoolSculpting can freeze and eliminate up to 25% of your unwanted, excess fat cells in any given treatment. With liposuction there is a limit to the amount of fat that can be removed. Taking more than 11 pounds of fat can be dangerous for your health, so it might not be the very best option for you.
Both procedures are permanent, however, with both treatments, there is a possibility that you can develop fat in other areas, if you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle and sensible eating plan. One study found that 1 year after liposuction surgery, patients had the same amount of body fat that they had, prior to the procedure, just distributed in other areas of the body.
In summary: Coolsculpting vs Liposuction
CoolSculpting is a clinically-proven, FDA-approved fat freezing technology that is as effective as liposuction surgery, without the discomfort, potential risks or side-effects that can be experienced from invasive liposuction surgery. If you follow a healthy lifestyle and are sensible about your expectations, CoolSculpting can be the perfect alternative to a more aggressive approach.