Smartlipo VS. Coolsculpting

What you need to know...

SmartLipo

CoolSculpting

What is the procedure?

Smart Lipo is an in-office outpatient procedure lasting 1-3 hours. It is a less invasive type of liposuction that uses an internal laser to melt fat cells in conjunction with liposuction. It has the added benefit of stimulating collagen production, meaning it tightens up your skin and boosts elasticity.

CoolSculpting uses fat-freezing technology to freeze fat and relies on your body to absorb it over time. It is a nonsurgical procedure resulting in a 20-25% reduction of fat per treatment. CoolSculpting cannot tighten loose skin. If the skin has stretched around fatty buildups, a person may have excess skin after the procedure to remove the fat.

Is everyone a good candidate for the procedure?

Ideal candidates for Smart Lipo are looking for a reduction in specific stubborn areas of fat. They are at or near a healtyh weight and not significantly overweight.

Ideal candidates fr CoolSculpting are people looking for reduction of specific stubborn areas of fat. They are at or near a healthy weight and not significantly overweight.

Will I have pain? What is the recovery time?

Because the area is anesthetized, there is minimal discomfort during the procedure. You may feel a light pressure, but it is a mild sensation. A compression garment may be worn for a short period after treatment, depending on the body area treated and the recommendation of your physician. Moderate discomfort is to be expected post procedure. Most patients need only Tylenol or Advil for pain management.

*Quick recovery time is to be expected.

During the procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching and cramping at the treatment site. Post procedure redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivty may occur. Most patients need only Tylenol or Advil for pain management.

* Quick Recovery time is to be expected.

How many procedures will I need?

Most patients will only need one procedure for desired results.

Multiple treatments may be needed for desired results as only a 20-25% reduction in fat will occur after treatment.

What kind of results can I expect and how long will they last?

Results may be evident after about a week (once the swelling goes down), and you will continue to see improvement for six months.Since Smart Lipo completely removes fat cells, your results will last for as long as you maintain a stable weight. If you gain weight, the remaining fat cells will expand. It is important to keep eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly to stay fit and keep your  body looking proportionate.

You may start to see changes as soon as four weeks after your treatment and will experience the most dramatic results after two months, but your body continues flushing out falls cells for up to six months after treatment.

PROS

CONS

  •  In office outpatient procedure.

  • Melts and removes fat cells.

  • Promotes skin tightening.

  • Most times only one procedure needed for desired results.

  • Quick Recovery time.

  • Long lasting results with proper diet and exercise.

  • Less costly.

  • Results begin to show as soon as swelling subsides and continue to improve over the next 6 months.

  • Surgical Procedure.

  • 1-3 hours in the office.

  • 3-5 days downtime.

  • Minimally invasive.

  • In office outpatient procedure.

  • Non-invasive.

  • Non-surgical.

  • Quick Recovery Time.

  • Results with proper diet and exercise.

  • Little to no downtime.

  • Only 20-25% of fat reduction per treatment.

  • Freezes fat cells relying on your body to reabsorb them over time.

  • Multiple treatments needed for desired results.

  • Does not tighten skin.

  • Costly due to multiple treatments.

  • Results take longer to show initially.

Smartlipo

Coolsculpting

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