CoolSculpting Birmingham MI

What’s Better, CoolSculpting or Liposuction?

CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction

CoolSculpting and Liposuction are two of Dr. Ali’s most popular – yet very different – fat loss treatments. Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men in Birmingham, West Bloomfield & Oakland County get the body they want using these procedures.

In this article we discuss differences between Liposuction & CoolSculpting – to help you begin deciding which procedure is right for you.

Remember you are unique! What is the best fat loss procedure for one person may not be right for someone else. The best way to decide on your ideal fat loss treatment is a consultation with Dr. Ali. He will evaluate your situation and provide detailed answers to your questions, so that you can chose the best fat loss treatment plan for your goals.

CoolSculpting Procedure

CoolSculpting and Liposuction both remove stubborn areas of fat that resist diet and exercise.  However, neither Liposuction nor CoolSculpting are weight loss tools for obesity and they do not remedy flabby or loose abdominal skin or muscles.

However, CoolSculpting is non-surgical and non-invasive. This means that there is no incision and no need for anesthetic. This also means that there no “downtime” and you can resume normal activities immediately after the treatment. In fact many people go back to work the same day!

CoolSculpting typically involves more than one treatment – while Liposuction is generally done in a single treatment.

The CoolSculpting process “freezes” the fat to kill the fat cells. The body then gradually and naturally eliminates the dead fat cells.

Because it takes time for the body to eliminate the dead fat cells, with CoolSculpting you will begin to see results after 2 to 4 weeks. And it may take 2 months for more dramatic results, and up to 3 to 5 months to deliver complete and final results. Full results will eventually reduce the area treated by 20 to 25%.

Liposuction Procedure

Unlike non-invasive CoolSculpting, Liposuction is a surgical technique that removes the excess fat deposits located between the skin and muscle.

In most cases Liposuction is performed under local anesthesia.  A very small (less than 3mm) incision is made inLiposuction – but typically there are no stitches and no (or unnoticeable) scars.

While CoolSculpting waits for the body to eliminate the fat cells, Liposuction actually suctions the fat cells out at the time of the procedure. This means only one treatment is typically needed.

The patient can go home within a half hour after the procedure, however there is some downtime with Liposuction. The recovery time for Liposuction is from 2 to 7 days before normal activity can be resumed. And mild pain (treatable with medication) or discomfort gradually subsides over a period of 2 weeks up to 8 weeks.

Once the swelling goes down in 4 to 6 weeks, the Liposuction results are visible “immediately”. This is because the fat has been surgically “sucked out” and there is no need to wait for the body to eliminate it.

In summary, CoolSculpting is less invasive, less uncomfortable, and has less downtime than Liposuction. But CoolSculpting usually requires more treatments than Lipo, and CoolSculpting results take more treatments and the results take longer to be visible.

Best CoolSculpting in Birmingham, West Bloomfield & Oakland County

The best way to determine which fat loss treatment is best for you is to discuss your goals with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali who offers both procedures. Dr. Ali will assess your skin, muscles, body, lifestyle and goals to help you chose the best treatment for your individual needs.

As an aside, it is wise to be very wary of doctors or clinic that only offer one type of fat loss procedure. They may try to steer or pressure you into the procedure they offer – even if another procedure would be better for you. Only a surgeon like Dr. Ali who offers multiple treatment options can give you the array of choices you need to find what’s best for your fat loss goals.

Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men across Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills & Oakland County get the body they want with CoolSculpting and Liposuction. He will be happy to offer you a consultation to help you understand your options and decide if CoolSculpting or Lipo is right for you.

And remember, financing options are also available!

Call Dr. Ali for a CoolSculpting & Liposuction Consultation: 248-335-7200