Is CoolSculpting better than Liposuction?

The human body is a complex amalgamation of fat, tissues, organs, and cells. Body fat is of two types

  • essential body fat
  • stored or reserved body fat
  • excess body fat

While the former is vital for survival and reproduction, the reserved body fat is stored in different parts of the body and mostly does not serve a specific purpose. It does offer protection to internal organs. The excess body fat is one that deserves attention.

High levels of stored body fat can induce numerous illnesses like heart diseases, high blood pressure, obesity-related risks, etc. Fat reduction programs help counter these problems by using different methods to get rid of excess fat. It not only improves overall health but also augments the physical outlook.

An excess of fat also causes increased secretion of cellulite, which appears when the stored-up fat pushes up against the skin’s surface. It causes the skin to appear uneven. Fat reduction procedures also have a cosmetic benefit in augmenting the overall look.

There are numerous procedures that one can undergo to remove fat. But among the most popular ones are Liposuction and CoolSculpting. They differ drastically from each other but provide similar results. To determine which one is better, one has to start by looking at their features.

CoolSculpting or Fat freezing:

It is a non-surgical fat reduction method that has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. It adopts a way of freezing the fat to destroy it. The results often take a few weeks to be apparent. This method is scientifically known as Cryolipolysis.


In CoolSculpting, the practitioner applies a gel and applicator to targeted areas in the body. Exposing specific areas to freezing temperatures from 0℃ to -11℃ destroys the fat. The fat freezes due to this action and is damaged permanently. It is then naturally eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system through the liver. This method does not harm the other nerve or body cells.

It can target fat in areas such as:

· belly fat- both upper and lower abdomen

· arms

· thighs

· buttock

· Chin

· Love handles


Liposuction, on the other hand, is an invasive procedure. It requires surgical intervention. The health practitioner uses a vacuum-like tool to suck out the fat cells. He will apply local anesthesia to the patient who undergoes this procedure, which is usually an out-patient surgery. It requires a certain level of post-treatment care.

         The similarities of both methods lie in their convenience and results. Both of the two procedures are an out-patient procedure. Both begets similar outcomes in the case of apparent fat reduction after a few weeks. Both destroy the fat cells.

         There are a few differences in both the procedures that can help one make the ideal choice. Liposuction is comparatively more expensive than CoolSculpting. The former requires surgery, which carries with it a risk of complications. The process of cutting, stitching, and operation may require post-treatment care. The side-effects are far lesser for fat freezing. Liposuction causes swelling, irritation, and redness in many cases. Studies have also shown that the chances for redistribution of fat are higher in the case of a Liposuction.


         Both procedures effectively remove fat. One has to choose based on their preference for factors like surgery, side-effects, and proportion of change.

katy petter

Passionate health content writer dedicated to simplifying complex medical topics and promoting wellness. With expertise in nutrition, fitness, and medical breakthroughs, I create informative and engaging content to empower readers in their journey to better health. Let's inspire a healthier world together.

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