We adore CoolSculpting, as do our patients at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa in San Diego, CA. What's not to love about a treatment that allows for non-surgical spot reduction, involves little to no downtime, and allows you to watch Netflix while the procedure? At LJC, we've performed over 1,000 CoolSculpting procedures, and the 5-star evaluations continue to pour in... However, we are not about to abandon our liposuction cannulas anytime soon.

We couldn't end this piece without mentioning a few reasons CoolSculpting outperforms liposuction:

  • You will experience nearly no downtime and will not require surgical recuperation.
  • If you want to keep your operation a secret, the fact that CoolSculpting results occur gradually (and do not radically alter your body form) may be an advantage.
  • There is no need for anaesthesia, no post-operative pain medication, and no scars.
  • You can plan and have your procedure within a few days of your consultation—possibly on the same day!
  • It's simple to repeat CoolSculpting for additional fat loss.
Even in the age of CoolSculpting, liposuction has remained a popular plastic surgery procedure—more than 280,000 Americans underwent liposuction in 2018. That is because liposuction offers a number of distinct advantages that make it a preferable procedure for many women and men.

“While many believe CoolSculpting is less expensive than liposuction, repeated CoolSculpting treatments can add up. Which technique is the most cost-effective is determined by your fat loss goals.”

Here are just a few reasons why liposuction is worthwhile and should be considered among your body reshaping alternatives (even if you are reluctant to have surgery).

There is no better technique to mould the body into a more desirable shape.

While non-surgical procedures such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure® can be effective for simple fat freezing Dubai, these devices do not allow us to precisely control the amount of fat removed or the form of a region.

We can do so via liposuction. That's because liposuction is a tool that a plastic surgeon can use to precisely sculpt away fat in order to improve the form of an area while also decreasing a stubborn bulge. Several instances of what our San Diego plastic surgeons may accomplish with liposuction include the following:
Reduce the size of the lower back, hips, and flanks in order to cosmetically enhance the derriere and/or produce an hourglass form.
HD Lipo, also known as hi-definition liposculpture, reveal muscular detail in the abdomen, upper arms, back, and shoulders.
By reducing the small fat pocket in front of the armpits, you can create smoother, more graceful transitions between the shoulders and breasts.
Reduce the circumference of the waist or thighs by sculpting the entire torso and/or thigh, accordingly.

The outcomes of liposuction are immediately evident, extremely predictable, and continue to improve over time.

If there is one disadvantage to CoolSculpting, it is the two to three months required for your body to digest and destroy the treated fat cells. We also cannot anticipate exactly how much fat will be lost (although you can expect to see and feel the difference in how your clothes fit).

With liposuction, the fat is removed immediately following surgery, and your cosmetic surgeon removes only the quantity of fat required to get a desirable result. While post-operative oedema will be noticeable initially, you will notice a noticeable alteration in your shape within a few days following surgery. (See how those outcomes will appear in our before-and-after photo gallery!)

For the majority of individuals, liposuction recovery is relatively quick.

While a professional, experienced plastic surgeon is necessary for a successful liposuction procedure, developments in liposuction technology have resulted in a technique with one of the quickest recovery times of anybody sculpting surgery. Our San Diego liposuction patients typically return to work within five days, sometimes even following a long weekend.

“While CoolSculpting destroys fat cells, you might adore that fat if it was relocated. We can remove undesired fat through liposuction, cleanse it, and then reinject it where you want it!”

While some swelling, discomfort, and/or bruising are to be expected following surgery, these symptoms are typically modest and transient, requiring just over-the-counter pain medicines for relief. The majority of patients return to the gym within a month.

With liposuction, you can redirect your fat to another area that requires it.

CoolSculpting causes fat cells to be eliminated over time, but why eradicate fat and pay for separate fillers when you'd give anything to have that fat in another location? With liposuction, we may remove excess fat, cleanse it on-site, and then recycle it! For instance, we can inject fat from the abdomen, hips, or thighs into the buttocks to create a larger derriere—or we can use fat as a natural, long-lasting face filler.

Liposuction is frequently less expensive than CoolSculpting.

Patients frequently inquire whether liposuction is cost-effective in comparison to non-surgical alternatives. This is an excellent question, but do not assume that CoolSculpting will be less expensive in the long run: the most cost-effective procedure will depend on your fat reduction goals.

If you're looking to target one or two bothersome areas without undergoing significant contouring, non-surgical fat reduction may be the most cost-effective solution. The likelihood is that you will reach your goals with only one or two treatments per area or side. However, if you have a larger area(s) or amount of fat to treat, then further treatments may be necessary.

In comparison, liposuction can effectively accomplish both fat removal and body contouring goals in a single surgery. While that single procedure may be more expensive than one CoolSculpting treatment, it may end up being substantially less expensive in the long term than a series of non-surgical treatments—not to mention that you will see benefits in weeks, not months.

The figure below illustrates how you might compare the expenses of liposuction and CoolSculpting, as well as the anticipated outcomes.

Liposuction can be used in conjunction with other treatments to improve your overall outcomes.

Consider getting a stomach tuck. Abdominoplasty is capable of removing extra skin and tightening the abdominal muscles on its own. You'll have a flatter, firmer stomach, which is fantastic! However, imagine having a lovely taper between your waist, hips, and lower back. You can achieve all of this—most likely without extra surgery or recovery—by combining liposuction with your stomach tuck.

Liposuction can help you get more pleasant, long-lasting results with a variety of techniques. Here are a few such examples:

Liposuction combined with Cellfina® cellulite removal results in smaller, firmer thighs free of dimples.
  • Neck liposuction + chin implant: Using a single, minor incision, strengthen your chin, balance your facial characteristics, and enhance your neck contours.
  • Liposuction near the armpits might be used to improve the contours of your breasts.
  • In a few aspects, CoolSculpting is superior to liposuction.

Would you like to have a closer look at both options?

We are not astonished if liposuction compares better than you thought after reading this. Still, the best approach to decide the best fat reduction surgery for you is to meet in person with an experienced, board-certified cosmetic surgeon who will listen and explain what each choice entails based on your natural form, starting point, and desired outcome.