With the rise of continually advancing technology, patients are often presented with a variety of alternative non-surgical approaches to traditional cosmetic procedures. One such recently developed alternative to the liposuction procedure is CoolSculpting®. CoolSculpting® utilizes a different and revolutionary approach to fat reduction, known as cryolipolysis.
The objectives of both liposuction and CoolSculpting® are the same: slim and reshape specific areas of the body, and improve body contours through fat reduction. The major distinction, however, is in the treatment approach and the degree of invasiveness involved. Here at Afterglow Physician Directed Medical Aesthetics, our Cosmetic Skin Care professional, Dr. Shehla Ebrahim, offers CoolSculpting® in addition to a range of other procedures that can help you attain your aesthetic goals.
The following information can explain some of the differences between CoolSculpting® and liposuction. If you would like to schedule a consultation to talk about your options, please contact us today.
Introduced in the 1970s, liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fatty tissue by suctioning it from underneath the skin. There are a variety of liposuction techniques which depend on the amount of fluid injection and how the cannula (the long, thin rod used to suction out excess fat cells) is applied. First, the surgeon will begin with the strategically placed incisions on the body. Fluid is also infused to expand the tissues beneath your skin. This sterile liquid solution makes it easier to remove fat cells, numbs the treatment area, and minimizes bleeding. Next, the thin, hollow tube (cannula) is inserted to loosen the excess fat. Either using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula, the dislodged fat is then extracted out of the body.
Alternatively, as its name suggests, CoolSculpting® relies on a process called cryolipolysis, which is energy extraction (cooling) of the underlying fat tissue. Because CoolSculpting® does not involve surgery, no injections or incisions are necessary. With its patented cooling technology developed by two Harvard-affiliated scientists, CoolSculpting® uses an applicator to deliver a set temperature to the fat cells in the targeted area. When the adipose (fat) tissue are exposed to the cool temperatures, they freeze, and fat cell apoptosis (natural cell death) is induced. The excess fat cells are then naturally filtered out of the body. Typically, the patient can start seeing results within a few weeks, with optimal results appearing in up to three to six months.
How do I Decide?
Liposuction can be considered a viable option if you are not averse to undergoing a surgical procedure, and are looking for immediate, more dramatically extensive results. It should be noted, however, that both liposuction and CoolSculpting® are not intended as a solution to obesity. The best candidates for CoolSculpting® are individuals of normal weight who are generally fit, but are still affected by stubborn areas of fat that diet and exercise haven’t fixed. Additionally, depending on your needs, goals, and health conditions, it is important that an experienced, qualified physician assist in advising you of the most appropriate treatment options.
In a study titled, “Broad Overview of a Clinical and Commercial Experience with CoolSculpting” of the August edition of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) summarized the authors’ findings, which concluded:
- Cryolipolysis is effective in reducing subcutaneous fat volume.
- There were few cases of adverse events among Cryolipolysis patient cases (three cases of mild or moderate pain/neuralgia were noted).
- The popularity of the procedure grew dramatically over the two years studied.
The study was conducted at a single plastic surgery practice and involved 528 patients.
To read more about the study from ASAPS, click here:
Afterglow Medical Aesthetics & Skin Care, is very pleased to be able to offer this non-invasive fat-reduction option to patients.
If you would like more information on CoolSculpting®, or if you would like to schedule a consultation here at our practice please contact us today!