Q: CoolSculpting vs Liposuction

April 5, 2011
by Dr. Carlin Vickery

Q: What is the best treatment to remove belly fat and love handles? The photos of smart lipo show better results, i.e. more fat removed. It also seems to me that the CoolSculpting in the end will be very expensive because you need 3-4 treatments while from the slim lipo only one. What do doctors that offer both treatments recommend?

A: CoolSculpting is an appealing technology and procedure because it avoids anesthesia and immediate recovery time. It is best used in patients who have good overall core body contour with the exception of fatty excess of the lower abdomen and love handle area. Ideally a patient will be satisfied with a single treatment or possibly two, thus making it cost effective as well. If a patient needs or wants a greater contour change than the anticipated 25% reduction, then the patient is better off considering liposuction. The "best" treatment always is the procedure which is going to give the patient her anticipated change. Consult with a qualified plastic surgeon who has Cool Sculpting and who performs liposuction to fully understand which technique will achieve your desired results.

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