Like millions of Americans, you may have looked into how plastic surgery and the different cosmetic procedures can help you achieve the body, face, skin, teeth, or other physical features that you have always wanted. When it comes to reducing stubborn and unwanted fat, two procedures seem to stand out beyond the rest. CoolSculpting and liposuction are two of the most commonly requested – and performed – procedures for Tucson, AZ fat loss patients.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao has performed countless liposuction and CoolSculpting procedures on men and women in the Tucson, AZ area. One of the questions that’s frequently asked by first-time patients seeking fat reduction is, “What is the difference between CoolSculpting and liposuction, and which procedure will give me the best results?” Dr. Rao and the team of medical professionals at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery take great pride in providing the highest level of patient care and education, starting with setting aside an ample amount of time during your initial consultation to fully evaluate your situation, discuss your needs and goals, and answer all of your questions about each procedure that may be available to you.
To help better clarify the differences between CoolSculpting and liposuction, here are some of the most frequently asked questions – and answers – about these two popular fat loss procedures:
Is there a noninvasive way to reduce fat?
In short, the answer to this is: yes. CoolSculpting was one of the first and most highly regarded noninvasive fat loss procedures to hit the market. With an overwhelmingly high success and satisfaction rate, CoolSculpting continues to lead the market today.
CoolSculpting is completely noninvasive, using a temperature-controlled freezing technique, applied externally, to effectively destroy fat cells. No anesthesia, incisions, or downtime is required with CoolSculpting.
Dr. Rao and the expertly-trained medical team at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery has performed countless CoolSculpting procedures and can help answer any further questions you may have about the highly-effective, noninvasive fat loss treatment during a consultation at their convenient Tucson, AZ location.
Is noninvasive CoolSculpting a better option than liposuction?
While many patients immediately gravitate toward a noninvasive body contouring procedure over a surgical one, there are certainly many things to consider before making a final decision about your course of treatment.
As discussed above, CoolSculpting offers patients a noninvasive, incision-less, scar-less fat loss alternative when compared to traditional liposuction. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rao is proud to offer both CoolSculpting as well as liposuction to his Tucson, AZ patients seeking fat reduction, but is important that patients understand the differences, benefits, and other factors associated with each procedure.
What are the pros and cons of CoolSculpting?
Whenever a noninvasive option is offered as an alternative to surgery, the discussion of pros and cons of each procedure becomes even more important. A completely noninvasive procedure, CoolSculpting has both benefits and downsides to its surgical counterpart, liposuction:
Pros of CoolSculpting:
Noninvasive: no anesthesia, no incision, no scarring.
Rapid Visible Results: patients usually see results within a few weeks after their treatment.
Highly Effective: proven to eliminate up to 25% of fat cells in any given area.
No pain: CoolSculpting is virtually painless and requires no downtime.
Cons of CoolSculpting:
Limitations: cannot treat cellulite, loose, or excess skin.
Not permanent: while a large number of fat cells are permanently destroyed in the treated area, they can grow back in neighboring areas.
What are the pros and cons of liposuction?
While noninvasive body contouring procedures have many benefits to be lauded, there is much to be said for the overwhelmingly positive results realized by Tucson, AZ liposuction patients. As with any procedure, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rao and his caring team of professionals at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery are committed to treating each patient as an individual and evaluating his or her specific needs and goals. In many cases, liposuction may be the more appropriate course of treatment with the highest chance of success versus CoolSculpting or other noninvasive body contouring treatments. Some pros and cons of traditional liposuction include:
Pros of liposuction:
Significant and permanent fat reduction: with the ability to permanently remove fat cells – up to 11 pounds worth – liposuction can result in a marked difference in patient’s overall contour and physique.
Performed in a single session: typically, Tucson, AZ liposuction patients require only a single session to fully address their needs.
Cons of liposuction:
Invasive: there are incisions required for liposuction, but they are incredibly tiny and, with a competent and knowledgeable surgeon like Dr. Rao, are strategically placed so as to minimize the visibility of any scarring.
Delayed result: it may take up to several months for swelling to go down, allowing patients to realize their final results.
Not permanent: as with CoolSculpting, liposuction can permanently destroy the majority of fat cells in a treated area, but patients must be committed to regular diet and exercise to inhibit any significant future weight gain which could trigger swelling of neighboring fat cells.
Which fat loss procedure is right for me?
The first step in determining which course of treatment is most appropriate for you is to be evaluated by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao of Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Rao and his team of caring and knowledgeable staff will help answer all of your questions, recommend a treatment plan for you, and remain by your side through treatment, recovery, and beyond.
Call our office today to schedule a liposuction or CoolSculpting consultation, and find out more about how you can achieve the body you have always dreamed of.