Liposuction Vs. CoolSculpting

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Many people struggle with frustrating areas of fat that seem resistant to exercise and healthy eating practices.

Liposuction and CoolSculpting are the top two procedures to help eliminate this troublesome problem. The ideal candidate for either treatment is a healthy individual who is within their ideal weight range.

But which is better for removing fat long-term and with beautiful results, CoolSculpting or Liposuction?

Does CoolSculpting Work?

CoolSculpting treatments are marketed everywhere as a non-invasive alternative for fat reduction. But when it comes to getting you the fat reduction results you want, is it right for you? One of the most common questions clients ask is whether or not CoolSculpting compares to liposuction.

In a CoolSculpting treatment, an applicator is suctioned up against a target area.

The fat will be forced to the top of the skin, into the treatment area of the applicator. The device will emit cold temperatures to essentially “freeze” your fat cells. Freezing the fat cells will kill them, leaving them for your body to remove and metabolize them. This non-surgical treatment is slow and you will only see improvements after a treatment and a few months.

Although many have made big promises with CoolSculpting, this technology does not have the same track record of success and results as liposuction.

With CoolSculpting, only the areas that are accessible by the cooling panels can be treated. More difficult-to-reach pockets of fat on the body are notoriously hard to treat through CoolSculpting. Individuals with thicker or firmer skin are also likely to see minimal changes. Though some make the claim that CoolSculpting is a non-surgical alternative, the results simply do not measure up. Since it’s rise in popularity, CoolSculpting treatments have shown to provide only mild to moderate reduction of fat in the treated area. To truly see significant results, patients will need to undergo multiple CoolSculpting sessions.

Ultimately, the best way to determine which option best suits your body and needs is through an in-person consultation.


Liposuction is the time-tested fat sculpting technique and has a long record of provided beautiful results for those who want to get rid of stubborn fat deposits. There are many lipo surgeries available today, such as Vaser liposuction and SmartLipo. These two methods are revolutionary and promote a short, comfortable recovery. There are many advantages to a liposuction procedure, such as:

  • Treatments are cost-effective
  • More convenient because of instant results
  • Have a short recovery period
  • More than one area can be sculpted
  • Provide a personalized treatment
  • These body sculpting will last you years

Your liposuction treatment will be designed by a lipo specialist to ensure adjustments are made for your exact anatomical features. Liposuction is a personalized procedure whereas CoolSculpting has a “one size fits all” approach. Liposuction can be used all over the body to reduce fat. Potential treatment areas include the ankles, waist, knees, abdomen, back, thighs, flanks, calves, chest, arms, and the fat that collects in the upper thigh right below the buttocks. Liposuction is not limited by bulky applicators and can reach small areas, providing detailed sculpting. A lipo treatment will contour your body and give you the results you want right away! There are a few excellent lipo techniques that will help you achieve your body goals.

Tumescent Fluid

This formula is an essential part of an excellent lipo surgery. Tumescent fluid is made of lidocaine and saline solution. The formula is administered to your treatment area as the first step of any liposuction surgery. The tumescent fluid will swell the treatment area, make the fat cells more accessible. The lidocaine will also act as a local anesthetic.

Liposuction is frequently performed under general and sometimes local anesthesia.

The tumescent fluid has impressive results that will affect your recovery as well. The fluid will help reduce blood loss, lessen bruising, and thus provide a more comfortable recovery.

VASER Liposuction


Our board-certified plastic surgeons at ABS Institute recommend VASER liposuction because this advanced liposuction technology provides skin tightening and the ability to sculpt the body with extreme precision.

VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance and is a form of ultrasound surgery. An ultrasound probe is used to stimulate bubbles made present by the tumescent fluid.

The waves will fluctuate bubbles size, which will assist in the gentle dislodging of fat cells. The fat cells will then be gently removed from your body, leaving you with a slender appearance. Vaser liposuction also provides localized skin tightening. This treatment can be used to sculpt your body and help you achieve your desired aesthetic.


This FDA-approved form of liposuction implements laser technology to reduce fat swiftly. SmartLipo cannulas are small, similar in size to a pen, and help to reduce trauma to surrounding tissues. The heat of the laser stimulates collagen levels allowing your skin to strengthen and regain a healthful glow. After treatment, your treated area will be slim and the skin will be smooth. The heat from the laser fiber will emulsify fat cells which will be suctioned from the area quickly. In this procedure, the precision of the laser will allow the surgeon to meticulously sculpt the body.

Your Best Fat Sculpting Option

Liposuction will give you long-lasting, impressive results and can provide noticeable improvements whereas it is unlikely you’ll achieve the contours you’re looking for through CoolSculpting.Liposuction is a meticulous surgery that can enhance the contours of your muscles, helping to provide subtle enhancement to your natural attractiveness.

CoolSculpting and liposuction are both solutions to bulges of fat that concern you.

However, liposuction will give you more dramatic results and more fat removal. You will have to undergo multiple CoolSculpting treatments. Multiple treatments are not cost-effective and you will not see your desired results until a few months after your first treatment.

Liposuction is the best way to quickly reduce stubborn fat and give you the body you’ve always wanted! For your best outcome, enhance your procedure with a healthy, active lifestyle.


Is Liposuction better than CoolSculpting?

Liposuction is a better solution for people who want significant changes in contour right away that last for years to come! CoolSculpting is a simple process but will not enhance your appearance for a few months, SmartLipo will give you noticeable improvements immediately. CoolSculpting cannot tighten your skin like liposuction can and may leave you with a slimmer area but loose skin. CoolSculpting also relies on your body to reabsorb frozen fat and is only designed for small pockets of localized fat. Lipo is your best option for reducing unnecessary fat!

Is CoolSculpting cheaper than liposuction?

The costs of each procedure depend on a variety of factors such as the area(s) being treated, the size of the area, and in regards to CoolSculpting, how many sessions will be needed to achieve your goal. Liposuction has surgical costs whereas CoolSculpting will need to be repeated a few times, which can make costs add up. In the long run, liposuction is more cost-effective and convenient because you only need to take time out of your schedule once to get the results you desire.

How many times do you have to do CoolSculpting?

The number of treatments it takes to get your optimal aesthetic will depend on the amount of fat you want to be reduced. Most patients start off with two treatments to see how those impact their appearance. With CoolSculpting, you don’t know how much fat will be reduced and in what arrangement. With liposuction, your surgeon will be able to remove an exact amount of fat and in a symmetrical fashion. Liposuction only needs to be done once and allows your body to be personally sculpted.

Is laser lipo the same as CoolSculpting?

No. Laser liposuction uses laser fibers to emulsify fat cells and tighten skin. CoolSculpting is the opposite of laser lipo. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical, fat freezing technique used to kill off fat cells. SmartLipo is a form of laser liposuction and is offered at the ABS Institute. SmartLipo is the cutting-edge technique of laser lipo and allows our surgeons to target your stubborn fat and remove it quickly. The use of laser technology allows the body to be sculpted with precision and grace, allowing your best outcome to become a reality.

Does lipo permanently remove fat?

Yes. Liposuction allows for the long-term removal of fat. Our fat cells become a set number in our teenage years. As we go through life they will fluctuate in size but no new cells will be created. When you undergo lipo surgeries, your entire fat stores will be lowered. SmartLipo will liquefy and remove fat cells, never to bother you again.

How much does liposuction cost?

Liposuction costs $3000 per area, 2nd area is 25% off, and 3rd area is 50% off. There is an additional $1275 facility fee. If you would like to learn more about liposuction costs and hear the cost breakdown of your personalized treatment plan, schedule a consultation with us today.

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