CoolSculpting or Liposuction

How to Choose CoolSculpting or Liposuction?

Are you battling stubborn fat bulges on your midsection? Do you have unwanted fat on your arms or thighs? Would you like to achieve a trimmer and more toned physique, with permanent fat reduction?

If you answered yes, it may be time to consider a body contouring treatment like liposuction or CoolSculpting.

But before undergoing treatment, you may have a number of questions including: What is liposuction? What is CoolSculpting? How to choose CoolSculpting or liposuction?

Continue reading to learn the differences between these two procedures and how to choose CoolSculpting or liposuction.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that is performed under general anesthesia or tumescent anesthesia.

It typically takes one-to-three hours and involves making small incisions in the skin for the insertion of a thin tube called a cannula.

The cannula is used to permanently extract unwanted fat from the targeted area for a slimmer body contour.

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting in Northern Virginia is a popular non-invasive body contouring treatment that targets and destroys localized fat pockets through cryolipolysis.

During the procedure, fatty tissue is vacuumed into an applicator and cooled to the point of freezing. This causes fat cells to undergo apoptosis (cell death) without harming surrounding tissue or structures.

In the coming days and weeks, fat cell remnants are flushed from the body to reveal a trimmer and more toned physique.

How to Choose CoolSculpting or Liposuction?

It is important to evaluate each individual’s concerns and body goals in order to answer: How to choose CoolSculpting or liposuction?


Liposuction is considerably more invasive than CoolSculpting and requires incisions, anesthesia, and downtime. This also means associated swelling and pain.

Comparatively, CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive treatment and patients are free to resume all normal activities right away. They can even exercise later that day!


If you are interested in eliminating larger volumes of fat and are willing to undergo surgery to do so, then liposuction may be right for you. Results are permanent and are fully evident in six months once all swelling subsides.

However, CoolSculpting is an excellent option for women and men who are at or near their ideal weight and struggle with stubborn bulges on their abdomen, hips, thighs, back, flanks, upper arms, and chin.

It allows individuals to avoid surgery and achieve up to 24 percent permanent fat reduction in the treated area.

CoolSculpting effects become noticeable within four-to-six weeks and peak around eight-to-12 weeks.


When selecting the best body contouring treatment, downtime is often an important factor.

After liposuction, patients typically need to take several days off from work and must restrict normal activities. They must also avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks.

Additionally, liposuction recovery can involve considerable discomfort, swelling, and bruising and requires the use of a compression garment for three-to-four weeks.

On the other hand, CoolSculpting is a zero-downtime procedure. In fact, many women and men undergo fat-freezing during their lunch break and return to work immediately after.

They are also free to go about their day as they normally would, without any limitations.

Deciding Between CoolSculpting and Liposuction?

If you are contemplating CoolSculpting or liposuction, please call our office today to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Rostami and Dr. Naz.

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