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CoolSculpting vs. Lipo

Which One is Right for You?

Liposuction and CoolSculpting can both help reduce stubborn fat that simply won’t go away, but they are two very different procedures. They have both proven to be effective in reducing adipose tissue and improving body contour, but one must be a little better than the other, right?

It truly depends on your goals and budget, but CoolSculpting definitely has the advantage of being more affordable and not requiring surgery or downtime. Because of this, it’s becoming the more popular option, and is poised to overtake the long-standing #1 spot of liposuction, which started in the 1980s.

The Procedure

CoolSculpting: CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, FDA cleared technique that uses cryolipolysis technology to reduce fat. The procedure uses a vacuum applicator to expose fat cells to an extremely low temperature, which basically freezes (kills) them.

Liposuction: Liposuction is a surgery. It’s a more aggressive treatment in which a surgeon makes small incisions in targeted areas of fat. A long, narrow suction tool is inserted though those incisions and removes the fat.


CoolSculpting: CoolSculpting is very popular with patients who want to get rid of their double chin, as well as fat in their thighs, tummy, love handles, and flanks. The CoolSculpting device is designed to treat very focused areas of fat.

Liposuction: Lipo treats excess fat over a larger area of the body, including the tummy, hips and sides.

Recovery Time

CoolSculpting: With CoolSculpting, patients can typically resume their normal activities immediately following the procedure.

Lipsuction: Following liposuction surgery, patients can usually return to work and resume most of their normal activities within a week.

Pain Level

CoolSculpting: Many CoolSculpting patients experience little to no discomfort at all during their treatment, and use the time to read, spend time on their phone, or even catch a nap. Others are more sensitive and will remark that there was some pain during recovery, but never anything major.

Lipsuction: It is surgery after all, and some swelling, bruising, and numbness are common afterward. There’s a recovery process, and that process includes expected pain—most patients say that it’s about a 6 on the 1-10 scale. The discomfort and soreness usually lasts for a few days.


CoolSculpting: Changes in the treated area after CoolSculpting can become apparent in as early as three weeks, and the most dramatic results can be seen 1-3 months after treatment.

Lipsuction: Because the body continues to make adjustments for up to a year after surgery, it takes several months to one year to see the final results of most liposuction procedures.

Cost Effectiveness

Patients often ask which treatment is more cost effective: liposuction or CoolSculpting. This is another “it depends” situation. If a patient is treating a single small area which will probably be satisfactorily treated within two sessions, then CoolSculping is the better cost efficient choice. However, if there are multiple areas that a patient wants to treat which would require three or more CoolSculpting sessions, then liposuction may be the way to go.

The Verdict?

For those who are frustrated with a more focused area of fat and like the idea of skipping the knife, CoolSculpting is the better choice. However, if you’re after a full-on fat removal from a few different areas and you’re okay with surgery, liposuction it is! But be sure to talk with a knowledgeable, board-certified surgeon like our specialists at Fremont Laser & Skin Care to discuss your goals and which procedure is right for you.

Ugh, Those Last Few Pounds…

Which is Better CoolSculpting or SmartLipo?

There are as many reasons to shed extra pounds as there are people who want to shed weight. Diet and exercise take time and perseverance. Diet and exercise also may not eliminate those last few stubborn pounds. And, there is always the fact that some of us simply don’t have the patience and prefer a quicker method. It used to be that liposuction was the quick fix to get rid of fat fast. Luckily, times have changed. Today, a new generation of fat removal offers a better solution in terms of end results, downtime, ease and cost.

SmartLipo is one of those solutions. It involves surgery, is laser-assisted and may include some downtime. In SmartLipo, the laser energy is penetrated through the skin by a fiber optic cable. This liquefies the fatty tissue, which is then sucked out with a liposuction cannula. The surgery is minor compared to traditional liposuction, and clients heal faster. SmartLipo also involves the use of anesthesia, so it is more invasive than other options like CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting is a procedure that uses a cooling technology to remove fat cells without having to go through anesthesia, surgery and recovery. The procedure is done with a cooling device that targets and freezes fat cells. The fat cells die and the body removes the fat cells naturally.

Performed on many stomach areas, CoolSculpting is also effective on love handles, back fat, upper arms, bra strap fat, inner thighs, male breasts and lower buttock. The procedure has fewer risks than surgery and takes very little time to treat per affected area. It’s not called “lunchtime lipo” for nothing. Clients arrive, undergo CoolSculpting while reading, checking email, etc. and go on with their days.

When choosing between these two procedures, you should consider the following:

Your weight

CoolSculpting is used when you want to get rid of smaller bulges, and the client does not have a lot of excess weight. SmartLipo works for patients with larger amounts of weight to shed. This, however, does not mean that either of the two procedures will take care of excess skin left. This can only be solved by a tummy tuck.


CoolSculpting does not require surgery or downtime. You can have the procedure done and return to normal activities immediately, while SmartLipo requires minor surgery and a client may need three to four days to heal before resuming normal activities.

Nature of treatment and cost

CoolSculpting might require a few appointments for maximum results, depending on your desired outcome and body type. SmartLipo, on the other hand, may require only a one time only visit thereby giving you a faster result. The fact that CoolSculpting requires more visits means that the cost is higher than for SmartLipo, but at the same time, it can also be dependent on how many problem areas a patient may want worked on. The best thing is to compare notes for both case scenarios while at the physician’s office. Costs are affected by number of treatments needed, and should also take into account the downtime you might have post-procedure with SmartLipo.

Outcome of the procedures

With CoolSculpting, the results are mostly predictable as the patient is usually close to ideal weight. The physician may be able to show a client with pictures taken before and after the procedure to help you get an idea of what to expect. This is however not possible with SmartLipo as a physician cannot be sure of the outcome due to surgery and also the risk of complication with anesthesia.

We’re here to answer all your questions about CoolSculpting pros and cons

Millions of people have achieved lovely results with CoolSculpting, making it one of the country’s and Monterey Laser & Skin Care’s most popular procedure. Our staff is here to answer all your questions about freezing fat away and will discuss your goals and treatment options during your 360-degree body assessment.

Book a complimentary consultation with us today and be slimmer in a matter of weeks.