12 questions for EssenceMD: What are the pros and cons of Coolsculpting vs liposuction?

If you can pinch excess fat on your body, we can freeze it. Coolsculpting works fast, safe, and without expensive medical treatment.

How does CoolSculpting work?

Through a technology called cryolipolysis. We apply an applicator to the target area of your body — this can be your upper arms, bra area, abdomen, flank, thighs, knees, or more — and sends body fat cells to a natural death. By literally freezing the fat cells, almost like wart removal, unwanted fat shrinks and falls out of the body over time through sweat and urine. 

Through a technology called cryolipolysis. We apply an applicator to the target area of your body — this can be your upper arms, bra area, abdomen, flank, thighs, knees, or more — and sends body fat cells to a natural death. By literally freezing the fat cells, almost like wart removal, unwanted fat shrinks and falls out of the body over time through sweat and urine. 

How much time does Coolsculpting take? How much fat does it remove?

Coolsculpting can reduce fat cells by about 25% per cycle. The fat cells that linger after one or two sessions can be further reduced after about 100% after four cycles. 

Unlike liposuction, which requires a board-certified plastic surgeon, a medical team, and a whole liposuction procedure that is invasive and costly, Coolsculpting can be done over your lunch break in about 35-45 minutes.

Is a surgical procedure safer than Coolsculpting for fat reduction?

Probably not. While liposuction is definitely a more invasive, radical procedure for excessive fat, Coolsculpting can show measurable results in just a few Coolsculpting treatments. Plus, liposuction requires general anesthesia because a narrow suction tool is inserted into your body. For many, the Coolsculpting vs. liposuction debate begins and ends with that.

Other fat reduction surgeries, like lap band and bariatric surgery are at a different level of surgical procedure that goes beyond cosmetic procedures and plastic surgeons. Those procedures are an invasive surgery and are reserved for intense fat loss for extreme cases.

What else do I need to do for weight loss with Coolsculpting?

Fat reduction deep in your visceral fat cells — the kind that latch on to your organs, heart, and deep under the skin requires diet and exercise. But the subcutaneous fat are the kind you can pinch. We recommend an achievable diet and exercise plan for all our patients for reasons that go beyond mere weight loss. The reduction in heart disease, to name one factor, is worth it. But proper wellness can also keep fat cells from reforming later.

Is my body just predisposed to being fat? Will my fat cells come back? Will I always gain weight?

Everyone is born with some amount of fat cells. Heredity and genetics play the entire role in whatever amount of those cells you have. Those fat cells enlarge or shrink based on your diet and fitness levels. But when subcutaneous cells are removed — or die from being frozen like with Coolsculpting — they can never regenerate. 

This doesn’t mean the remaining cells, or visceral fat cells, can’t get larger if your diet is poor before, during, or after a Coolsculpting treatment.

What’s the average cost for Coolsculpting vs. liposuction vs. a plastic surgeon?

Liposuction is pricey and like many medical procedures, highly variable depending on where you live. At the very least: many thousands of dollars, probably for the general anesthesia alone! 

Coolsculpting at EssenceMD is overseen by Dr. John Fry, a licensed cardiologist. But because the procedure is a non-invasive treatment, requires no incisions, isn’t plastic surgery, requires no healing process, recovery time, or downtime, requires no local anesthesia, and the final results are so apparent, it’s a fraction of the cost of liposuction.

Is Coolsculpting similar to a tummy tuck?

Not really, since a tummy tuck traditionally requires a tiny incision and is more akin to plastic surgery. Coolsculpting can, however, remove those stubborn love handles and ab fat.

What about excess skin? If I lose a lot of weight or have lost a lot of weight before, can Coolsculpting help?

A little. There are other, better procedures for removing loose skin. This is highly dependent on your age, skin type, gender, and a host of other factors. Consider a free consultation to talk about your options in-depth.

How many Coolsculpting procedures have you done? Is this new?

It’s relatively new, and the non-invasive approach of the treatment has made it incredibly popular. Millions of sessions have been conducted worldwide. Here at EssenceMD in our Carmel and Indianapolis area office, we’ve done hundreds, maybe thousands of applications on trillions of body fat cells.

How quickly can I get multiple sessions done? 

About one per week is recommended. This way your body has time to flush the frozen, dead fat cells from your system.

Don’t worry — the dead cells are harmless, and like many dead cells and unused or excess minerals or nutrients, your body will just filter them out through sweat, urine, or bowel movements.

Are there skin sensitivities that might make Coolsculpting a bad fit?

There can be. Hives or rashes to name two. Injuries, scars, or bruising can also be a problem for body contouring procedures. If you have questions, bring them up in your consultation and we can talk about treatment before starting Coolsculpting.

Is Coolsculpting immediately noticeable?

It can be! Many patients report the most results within about three or four visits, though we’re often our harshest critics. Family and friends can sometimes see the results in just one or two sessions. Multiple treatments will enhance the effect across different areas of your body.

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