CoolSculpting or Liposuction: Cost, Benefits, Side Effects & Results
- Dr. Armen Kirakosyan
- March 20, 2019
There are so many body
contouring procedures, all of
which promise quick results or
your money back. Your biggest
dilemma is weeding out the duds
from the real deal. This article
will help you make the best
decision between the two
frontrunners in the market
CoolSculpting and Liposuction are both result-oriented methods to get rid of unwanted body fat. The demand for the former has been surging recently as CoolSculpting in WNY is a great non-surgical fat reduction technique that is significantly more affordable than Liposuction.
Overview of CoolSculpting
Also referred to as
Cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting is
a non-invasive method of
freezing the fat cells in
targeted areas by anywhere
between 20-25%. The operative
word is “non-invasive” meaning
that the suction is applied on
the surface of the skin.
Do you lose weight when you do CoolSculpting? Absolutely. The fat cells are suctioned by the CoolSculpting applicator’s regulated cooling plates. This crystalizes them, thereby damaging the cells irreparably, following which they are deconstructed by the liver and eliminated from the body.
If you’re happy with your overall body shape but are looking to remove fat bulges, CoolSculpting is a great option.
Developed in 2010, CoolSculpting has had extensive success in over 3 million treatments across the globe.
Overview of Liposuction
Liposuction, on the other
hand, is a surgical technique
that also uses suction to
extract surplus fat from under
the skin. Incisions (a quarter
of an inch long) are made for
this purpose. The fat is
extracted with a hollow
apparatus which is connected to
a high-pressure vacuum. People
who opt for Liposuction are of a
stable weight but want to
eliminate undesirable pockets of
fat from certain areas.
Over and above being a weight loss technique, Liposuction is more inclined towards contouring and sculpting. Because it is surgical in nature, Liposuction can remove more fat (40-60%). If you’re looking for more a precise sculpting outcome to dramatically change the body shape, Liposuction is a good option.
Liposuction is one of the most well-known cosmetic procedures in the U.S. with over 300,000 treatments occurring yearly.
Cost: Which One is Easier on the Wallet?
The cost per CoolSculpting
session essentially boils down
to the number of areas that must
be treated and the extent to
which they are to be treated. If
we were drawing broad strokes,
we could estimate the cost per
session based on the size of the
Small Applicators ($750-$900)
Medium Applicators ($600-$800)
Large Applicators ($1,200-$1,500)
Liposuction is offered by a number of reputed clinics, all with varying pricing solutions. Again, drawing broad strokes, we could estimate the cost per session to be around $2,000 to $3,500.
Is CoolSculpting cheaper than Liposuction? It most definitely is. CoolSculpting sessions are more affordable than Liposuction with the average cost of the former going up to $1,500 and the average cost of the latter going up to $3,500.
CoolSculpting is suited for
those areas that the pre-sized
applicator can access. This
includes outer and inner thighs,
lower abdomen, chin, flanks,
armpit puffs, banana rolls,
mid-back fat, and the neck. If
you have a couple of problem
areas, CoolSculpting is a more
viable technique than its
Liposuction is suited for treating larger and more expansive areas of the body. The surgeon will adjust the tools to extract copious amounts of fat from the abdomen, knees and upper thighs. This technique is great when there are many areas to treat.
CoolSculpting doesn’t require
the administration of anesthesia
nor is there any downtime or
Liposuction is administered under local/general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
Number of Sessions + Time Per Session
patients will have to attend
more than one CoolSculpting
session to bring their vision to
fruition. It really depends on
the number of areas that are to
be treated. Each session runs
anywhere between 35 minutes to 1
Liposuction yields more dramatic results in a single session. One session can run anywhere between 1 to 4 hours.
Is CoolSculpting as
effective as Liposuction?
CoolSculpting is a safer and
more affordable alternative than
Liposuction. It reduces fat
cells by about 20-25% in treated
areas but does not tighten the
skin or reduce stretch marks.
Liposuction is more expensive being that it is a surgical technique. It reduces fat by about 40-60% but it’s mostly for contouring and sculpting of the overall body frame, over and above simple weight reduction.
there any side effects of
CoolSculpting? After undergoing
a CoolSculpting treatment, a
majority of patients have
reported that there is no pain,
scarring, swelling or weakness.
Treated areas may feel sensitive
to the touch due to being
exposed to the cooling plates,
however, this sensation quickly
wears off. Patients often occupy
themselves with other hobbies
during their session such as
reading a book, working on their
laptop or even taking a nap.
Liposuction involves tiny incisions being made near the treatment areas into which a slim tube is inserted to shake loose and remove the surplus fat. Patients may have an adverse reaction to the anesthesia and experience bleeding. A few patients have also reported bruises and swelling after their Liposuction session. The risks related to Liposuction are higher than those of CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting does not involve
incisions, therefore, the
patient is able to get back to
life as usual after their
session. There is little to no
Liposuction is a whole different ball game. The patient is likely to be put out for a couple of weeks following the surgery. They might have to deal with bruises and swelling for the next couple of days and some patients even skip work to recover during this time.
Is CoolSculpting covered by
insurance? Since CoolSculpting
is a cosmetic surgery that is
not medically mandated, most
insurance policies do not cover
the ensuing costs. However, many
CoolSculpting clinics have
flexible payments options that
allow you to defray their fees
over time rather than in a lump
Unless you’re undergoing Liposuction to treat subcutaneous lipomas (tiny fat tumors), insurance does not cover it either as it is a cosmetic surgery.
This is perhaps why a lot of patients opt for CoolSculpting as it’s much more affordable than Liposuction; ergo paying out of pocket doesn’t set them back as much.
Are you interested in learning
more about CoolSculpting? Our
team is happy to answer any
questions you have.
Contact us to find out if
you’re a good candidate for the
CoolSculpting is a Safe,
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About The Author
Armen Kirakosyan, MD, FACOG, FPMRS, FRCSC, FACS is an obstetrician/gynecologist, certified by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American College of Surgeons, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has received subspecialty certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (former Urogynecology).