Liposuction or CoolSculpting for Love Handles?

Question: What are the pros and cons of liposuction and coolsculpting when used for love handles?

Dr. Carlin Vickery Answers: Both coolsculpting and liposuction are great techniques for the love handle area. The pros for Coolsculpting in the Love Handle area is that the procedure takes one hour and is an office procedure that does not require anesthesia. There is minimal post procedure discomfort so essentially this could be a “ Lunchtime” procedure and then you could go back to work -- well , a long lunch time as it takes an hour for each side.

The limitations of Coolsculpting are that it will maximally reduce the love handle area by 20 to 25 percent. It may be that you require a second round of Cool Sculpting to achieve your desired result.
Liposuction by comparison will remove at least 50 to 75 percent of your excess fat in one sitting. Because it introduces a cannula into your fat tissues it must be done in a sterile environment. Most patients require some form of sedating anesthesia in order to tolerate the procedure and allow the surgeon to achieve the optimal result. Sedation should never be given without a preoperative medical clearance and intraoperative monitoring. The recovery period from liposuction will include some well tolerated swelling and discomfort. It takes about six weeks to see the final result. The final result from liposuction is much more certain and dramatic than what can be achieved with Coolsculpting.

In short: Coolsculpting is very user friendly, less expensive for one treatment, but will only achieve a 20 -25 percent reduction of fat.

Liposuction requires a great investment in pre-op preparation and a greater expense, but will give you a more certain result.

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