Body contouring procedures can help the body look firmer and more toned by removing or destroying fat cells. While body contouring procedures can be done in different areas, one of the most sought-after results is a flatter and smoother abdomen. If you are looking for a procedure to help your stomach’s appearance, you may be debating between liposuction or CoolSculpting. While the right procedure for you depends on a variety of factors, it is important to understand the similarities and differences in the procedures.
Liposuction removes fat deposits that you cannot seem to get rid of through diet or exercise, commonly found on the hips, buttocks, thighs, or stomach. It is not recommended as a weight loss method; it uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas of the body. Liposuction can help improve contouring and reduce bulges; it works by ‘emptying’ the skin, which then molds itself to the new contours of the treated areas. It does not do much to tighten the skin, nor does it remove stretch marks or cellulite.
One of the newer options for eliminating fat is CoolSculpting, which is a non-invasive, FDA-cleared option that uses controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate diet-and-exercise resistant fat. It removes up to 25% of the unwanted fat in a particular area, so multiple sessions may be needed. Treatment areas can include the thighs, abdomen and flank, bra fat, back fat, below the buttocks, upper arms, or even under the chin and jawline.
Patients that are not able to take time off will do better with the slower improvement process of CoolSculpting as there is no downtime and no pain; however, it may take more than one treatment. Those that are able to spend several days recovering are able to have liposuction and treat each area to their desired result in one session. Both procedures are better suited for patients who are in good overall health, are near their ideal weight, and have firm, elastic skin with pockets of fat in certain areas.
If you think liposuction or CoolSculpting might be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Robinson today or call our office at (219) 500-5766. His experience and expertise can help guide you on your body contouring journey and make sure you are pleased with your results!