Liposuction Vs. CoolSculpting—What’s the Difference?

In recent years, non-invasive fat removal technology, like CoolSculpting, has grown in popularity as an alternative to traditional liposuction. However, Dr. Franckle’s extensive experience has shown him that traditional liposuction is still the best option. Read on to discover why. Image of a woman who has received liposuction from William Franckle, MD, FACS in Voorhees, NJ

How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction is still the only procedure available that completely removes fat from the body. After making tiny incisions into the areas being treated, Dr. Frankle inserts an IV fluid to loosen the fat cells and prepare them for removal. Next, a small metal tube with suction capabilities—a cannula—is used to remove the fat cells from the body. The progress is measured visually, as well as by feel.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

First, the treatment area is marked for the precise placement of an applicator device. As two cooling pads numb the area, the applicator head draws fat cells into a cup. Without harming the skin, muscles, or nerves, a controlled cooling process called cryolipolysis kills the fat cells in the cup. An hour later, the surgeon removes the cup and massages the dead fat cells for natural removal by the body.

Why Is Liposuction the Better Choice?

CoolSculpting appears to be an attractive choice because it offers the decreased risks and downtime associated with a non-invasive procedure. But, it is a newer technology, and the long-term results are less certain. Also, the areas of treatment can be limited by the size of the application head—fat being treated must be able to fit into the freezing cup. Typically, up to three treatments are necessary to achieve noticeable results, and patients have reported noticeable indentations where the application device was placed on the body.

Liposuction, on the other hand, offers a fast reduction of fat and better contouring of the body because the treatment area is not limited to the size of an application head. While liposuction does require some downtime for recovery and carries the possibility of surgical risks, the results are easier for the surgeon to control and visualize almost immediately. In recent years, Dr. Franckle has seen several patients interested in liposuction for cryolipolysis revision, correcting any indentations or undesirable contours caused by past CoolSculpting treatments.

For a good candidate, liposuction offers more proven results than the newer non-invasive alternatives. Liposuction and its techniques have improved over time, bringing us less invasive options like Body Jet and Laser-Assisted techniques. The best way to discuss your goals and potential fat reduction procedures is to visit a board certified plastic surgeon like William Franckle, MD, FACS. Call 856-772-6500 or fill out our contact form.

 

Timing Is Everything When Getting Plastic Surgery

No matter what type of plastic surgery you are considering, timing is a big consideration. How far ahead should surgery be scheduled? Are some procedures better undergone during certain seasons?

Here are a few tips for choosing the right time for your cosmetic surgery procedure, taking into account recovery time, maximizing comfort, and common schedule constraints.

Autumn and Winter

The cooler weather and more overcast conditions make autumn and winter ideal times for scheduling more intensive procedures. Not only is recovery more comfortable during this time, but the weather also calls for bulkier clothing—big sweaters, scarves, hats—that can more effectively hide the signs of recent breast procedures and other body contouring surgeries.

You may be surprised by some of the other benefits of scheduling during autumn and winter months. There are a handful of holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas that provide ample vacation time, perfect for recovery from a procedure. Also, consider the “wow” factor of getting a procedure done toward the end of the year. Who wouldn’t want to start a new year off right?

Spring and Summer

A woman on a beach after plastic surgery

The warmer months are often a popular time for cosmetic procedures because it’s the time of year when “beach bodies” are on our minds. Spring breaks and long summer vacations can provide the time needed for healing from major procedures without raising questions from friends or co-workers. If summertime is ideal for your situation, keep in mind the hot, humid weather. Be prepared to resist going out into the heat and limiting your sun exposure for the entire recovery period.

Timing a plastic surgery procedure is ultimately left up to you. Consider our suggestions above and take a close look at your day-to-day life. The most important thing to consider is finding enough time for healing and recovery, a topic best discussed with a board-certified physician, like Dr. Franckle, at a consultation.

 

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