Despite exercising religiously and a devotion to dieting, many of us have stubborn body fat that we’d like to shed. While liposuction has long been the most popular cosmetic procedure in America, today CoolSculpting is the fastest growing medical device and offers an effective and affordable alternative to liposuction.
How to choose between the two? Consider the following:
The Liposuction Process
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from targeted areas of your body. Before the procedure begins you’ll be given anesthesia. Depending on the degree of fat being removed and the type of liposuction being performed, anesthesia may be locally applied or it may require a general application in which case the surgery will be performed while you’re sleeping. Through small incisions, the cannula is inserted into fatty areas between skin and muscle where it removes excess fat either using a suction pump or a large syringe.
The CoolSculpting Process
Many find CoolSculpting at Skin Thera P Medical Spa in Manhattan and Scarsdale to be a comfortable and relaxing experience. You’ll be awake for the entire procedure (unless you want to take a nap), and remain comfortable throughout.
CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling to target and kill fat cells. When the procedure begins, you will feel a cooling sensation and then the treatment area quickly goes numb. You sit or lie down from an hour to two, depending on the applicator. During the procedure, people often use their phone, watch television or enjoy other activities.
Recovery from Liposuction
With any invasive surgery, there is recovery time. Having fat sucked out from under your skin can be painful, with discomfort lasting a week or more. There will be swelling and bruising at the site where the fat was removed and it will usually be tender to the touch for about 10 days. Most people return to work after a few days, and return to normal activities within two weeks.
Recovery from CoolSculpting
As a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment, there is generally zero downtime*. Immediately following, people can quickly resume their daily activities. With little or no recovery time and you are free to resume your normal activities right away, including work and exercise. In the weeks that follow, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells.
Liposuction offers aggressive fat reduction, the opportunity for simultaneous procedures and quick results. Liposuction also brings with it possible surgical risks, extended periods of downtime and possible surface irregularities.
While results may be less dramatic, as a non-invasive procedure, CoolSculpting typically delivers a greatly improved appearance with minimal down time, few risks, a lower price and an option for those who can’t have or don’t want surgery.
To learn more about the advantages of CoolSculpting, contact Skin Thera P for a free consultation and let us help you see a slimmer you!