CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: Which is Right for Me?


Everyone at some point has probably had to deal with fat in a certain area that won’t go away, no matter what we do. Even people who are in good shape find themselves having stubborn fat they can’t deal with. A healthy diet and regular exercise can’t spot reduce fat. Hips, upper arms, thighs, and stomachs are all common areas for people to have excess fat deposits. If you’ve ever put serious thought into eliminating your stubborn fat, you’ve probably heard of CoolSculpting and liposuction.

Both CoolSculpting and liposuction are great options for those looking to reduce fat in certain areas. While both procedures work wonders for anyone looking to contour their body, they do have their differences.

Neither CoolSculpting or liposuction are intended to be a weight loss option. Both are exclusively meant to be a fat reduction procedure used in specific areas. Patients for either procedure should already be at a healthy weight before they start treatment. These procedures aren’t a replacement for exercise and a healthy diet.


CoolSculpting is one of the newer trends in the cosmetic surgery world. One of the major reasons for its recent fame is that it’s a non-surgical fat reduction surgery. CoolSculpting in noninvasive, which gives it a lot of appeal. Patients receiving CoolSculpting treatments have fewer risks from the procedure than a surgical option, and the recovery time because of this is much lower.

During CoolSculpting, skin, muscles, and nerves will be protected by a gel pad, while a vacuum sucks the surface into a suction cup. During this time, cooling panels work to freeze the fat cells. Fat is much more susceptible to extreme cold than skin is, so it’s easier to kill off the cells by freezing them. Once the fat cells die, they won’t be able to grow back.

CoolSculpting is a relatively painless procedure, many people are able to read or book or nap through it with little discomfort. A CoolSculpting session can take around two hours and costs $2,000 to $4,000 depending on the size of the area being treated. Side effects from CoolSculpting tend to be bruising, swelling, or aching in the area treated and usually resolve on their own.

Who is CoolSculpting good for?

The ideal candidate for CoolSculpting is already in good health but struggles with excess fat in localized areas. If you’re in between CoolSculpting and Liposuction and you’re worried about undergoing and undergoing an actual surgical procedure, your best bet will be CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting will be a better option for patients looking to only have a mild to moderate amount of fat reduced. Weight Loss from CoolSculpting is very minimal. CoolSculpting typically removes about 25% of fat cells in the area being treated. The fat being lost from CoolSculpting won’t do much to impact your overall body weight but can help with areas where you might have fat that bulges over clothing. Aesthetically Coolscultoing is effective, but it really won’t affect anything health-wise.

CoolSculpting also works better for people who aren’t looking to see results immediately. Depending on what your aesthetic goals are, you will most likely need to undergo more than one treatment. It’s helpful to keep in mind the while sometimes a single CoolSculpting treatment could be less expensive than liposuction, doing it more than one can add up to be more expensive.


Liposuction is the long-loved surgical procedure to remove fat from targeted areas. This procedure has been allowing people to contour their body for decades. Liposuction has developed a large, loyal following over the years. Despite the popularity of less invasive treatments it will likely continue to be a fan favorite going forward.

While many love the results of lipo, it does come with some more hurdles being a surgical treatment. There are a few different ways that fat can be removed during liposuction, the most common being tumescent liposuction. In all liposuction procedures, fat is sucked out of the body through a tube inserted in the skin connected to a vacuum.

During tumescent liposuction, a saline solution is injected into fat to make it easier for a vacuum to suck it out. Alternatively, you can also opt for ultrasound-assisted liposuction, where fat is broken down with sound waves, or laser-assisted liposuction, where fat is broken down with laser light.

Who is Liposuction good for?

Liposuction is meant for healthy patients looking for somewhat more dramatic fat reduction in certain areas. While CoolSculpting is only intended to reduce a small amount of fat, liposuction is better for people looking for more significant loss in targeted areas. Liposuction is still only meant to be used aesthetically and is unlikely to take off more than 8 pounds. Patients who receive liposuction can see results that are more pronounced and quicker than with CoolSculpting.

The average cost for liposuction is around $3,500. Most people can return to work after liposuction two weeks after the procedure. Liposuction does come with more severe side effects but is generally very safe. Some side effects include bruising, infection, and fluid accumulation.


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