Liposuction is still in high demand by people who can’t get rid of hard to target fat with routine exercise and a healthy diet. There are now non-surgical body contouring alternatives like CoolSculpting instead of liposuction, that can contour the body without incisions, anesthesia, or downtime. This has got many people asking – can I get CoolSculpting instead of liposuction?
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting uses cold temperatures to reduce fat. Fat cells are more sensitive to the cold than other skin cells, and can therefore be frozen and dissolved. It’s used to treat the abdomen, inner and outer thighs flanks, upper arms, back fat, bra fat, the area below the buttock, and a double chin.
What to Expect When Getting CoolSculpting
With CoolSculpting, the area being targeted is marked to ensure that the applicator is positioned in the correct place. A disposable gel pad is applied to the treatment area, and the applicator is placed over the gel pad. The suction is activated and pulls the skin and fat into the applicator.
CoolSculpting only freezes the fat cells, so the surrounding tissues, nerves, and blood vessels are left intact. The fat cells eventually die and are passed from the body over the following weeks. The applicator is removed after about 1 hour and the treated area is massaged briefly. This helps to break down the fat cells, and improve results.
To ensure safety, the CoolSculpting system has sensors that automatically shut down the system if they sense that the skin is getting too cold.
Can you get CoolSculpting Instead of Liposuction?
CoolSculpting and liposuction are both designed to get rid of unwanted fat and reshape your body, however, the techniques vary significantly. Unlike liposuction that is a one-time procedure, multiple CoolSculpting treatments may be needed to achieve the best results.
CoolSculpting is an option if you would like to avoid surgery, and is recommended for individuals that are near or at their goal weight. It’s not recommended for people wishing to lose a lot of weight. Most people experience 20-25% fat reduction in the treated areas after CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting may also be a good option if you’re interested in a non-surgical fat reduction treatment with minimal to no downtime. CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical so there is no anesthesia, no needles, and no incisions. In addition, the treatment only takes 60 minutes, making it easy to fit into your busy day, or even during your lunch break.
Patients can expect to see dramatic results 2-3 months after CoolSculpting, as the fat is flushed from the body.