What Is Better: Smartlipo or Coolsculpting?

Like many other Americans, are you frustrated with stubborn body fat? Luckily, modern technology provides us with a wealth of options for ridding ourselves of stubborn body fat. In addition to offering a large selection of body contouring plastic surgery options, at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg in Virginia, we offer two popular body sculpting options: Smartlipo™ and Coolsculpting®.

They are minimally invasive and non-invasive (respectively) procedures, created to remove excess fat to produce a slimmer body. Patients trying to compare the procedures are often swamped by the sheer magnitude of the information available. To help you sift through the data and decide which is better for your unique situation, let’s compare Smartlipo and CoolSculpting, including the anticipated results, recovery times, and costs.

What Is SmartLipo?

Smartlipo is a minimally invasive laser body sculpting liposuction procedure that simultaneously melts fat cells and seals blood vessels, avoiding much of the bleeding and bruising associated with traditional liposuction. The Smartlipo treatment can eliminate large areas of fat during a single session. Because it tightens the skin in the process, this makes it the ideal choice for areas where skin might be loose like arms, lower abdomen, and thighs. Smartlipo is a popular choice for patients with irregular contours, as the existing surface irregularities will be challenging to resolve with other treatments.

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved system that freezes problem fat cells so that they can be eliminated from the body. Since the procedure is non-invasive and carefully targeted, the surrounding tissue is unharmed. Clinical studies have shown that CoolSculpting can remove 20 to 25 percent of fat in the area treated. Intended for localized trouble spots, it is an outstanding choice for patients with small areas of persistent fat which are not responding to diet and exercise.

Within three months, patients will appreciate the results of their CoolSculpting treatment. Since CoolSculpting is non-invasive, it is easily tolerated without medication. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that since it only removes about 25 percent of fat cells in the area treated, patients may need to undergo additional CoolSculpting treatments to achieve the fat reduction they seek.

CoolSculpting and Smartlipo Results

CoolSculpting eradicates up to 25 percent of the fat cells in the targeted treatment area, which means that additional treatments for the same area may be required to achieve the final desired results. Because additional treatments may be required, CoolSculpting is ideal for smaller areas like love handles, bra bulges, belly bulges, and a double chin. CoolSculpting cannot tighten skin and may not be the best choice for patients seeking treatment for loose skin.

Over more extensive areas of the body, Smartlipo is likely a better choice because not only does it melt away fat cells, but it also enhances and tightens the skin. Unlike CoolSculpting, which may require multiple treatments to achieve the desired results, Smartlipo produces results often seen right away.

Since Smartlipo and CoolSculpting remove fat cells from specifically targeted areas, the results from both treatments are long-lasting and permanent.

Recovery Times for CoolSculpting and Smartlipo

After Smartlipo, patients may be advised to take a few days off from work to aid their recovery. In addition, patients will need to wear a compression garment and avoid vigorous activity for two to three weeks while the tiny incisions heal and fade.

CoolSculpting, by comparison, being a non-invasive procedure requiring no surgery, means the patient has no downtime and no need to wear any surgical garments. Patients typically can resume their normal activities immediately following the treatment.

Before treatment with Smartlipo, patients need to undergo some medical preparation. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is a more spontaneous treatment where a patient can receive treatment immediately following their consultation.

Smartlipo and CoolSculpting are both considered to be extremely safe treatments.

Cost of CoolSculpting and Smartlipo

In general, a single CoolSculpting treatment session costs less than a Smartlipo treatment. However, because CoolSculpting treatments often need to be repeated to remove the required amount of fat, additional treatments may be required to achieve outcomes similar to those of Smartlipo. As a result, the total combined cost of all the CoolSculpting treatments can be close to, or higher than, the cost of a single Smartlipo treatment.

Looking to Find Out More in Fredericksburg, Virginia?

If you need more advice in deciding which procedure, CoolSculpting or Smartlipo, is best for you, please reach out to the experts at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg either online or call by calling us at 540-371-7730. We look forward to helping you achieve your body goals!

Get Started on Your Summer Body – Ask Us About Liposuction!

The weather’s heating up—summer will be here before we know it. As we all know, this means it’ll be bathing suit season! If you want gorgeous curves or washboard abs this summer, now’s the time to think about liposuction. Coming in at #2 on the list of the most popular cosmetic procedures last year, liposuction can transform your body and turn ordinary into extraordinary.

How Can Liposuction Help Me Achieve My Ideal Body?

Many people mistakenly believe that liposuction is a weight loss treatment. If you need to lose large amounts of weight, lipo isn’t the answer. This treatment is actually best suited to patients who are close to their ideal weight, but with stubborn fat pockets and unwanted bulges.

Liposuction uses suction to remove this unwanted fat and, in turn, to sculpt and perfect the body. It is a great option for treating areas from head to toe, including:

  • Abdominal Area
  • Double Chin
  • Love Handles
  • Saddle Bags
  • Muffin Top
  • Neck
  • Bra Back Fat Rolls
  • Ankles
  • Buttocks
  • Hips and Upper Thighs
  • Upper Arms

Once fat cells are removed, they don’t regenerate. Although you can still gain weight, this weight gain is typically concentrated in other areas. We recommend combining liposuction with a good diet and lots of exercise to maintain your perfect new shape.

I Want a Gorgeous Body in Time for Summer. When Do I Need Liposuction?

If you want perfect curves in time for summer, hurry in for liposuction. Although the recovery period is typically just a few days, it can take time for swelling and bruising to fully resolve after treatment. Plan on getting liposuction in the spring if you want results by summer.

I’ve Heard You Offer SmartLipo. Tell Me More!

In addition to traditional liposuction, we also offer SmartLipo, a revolutionary body contouring treatment that melts fat cells and firms the overlying skin. This treatment is ideal for areas that need skin tightening in addition to fat removal. We can help you choose the best liposuction treatment for your body.

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures, and for good reason. Who doesn’t want a gorgeously sculpted body? Call 540-371-7730 and schedule your consultation today!

How To Combat Holiday Weight Gain Infographic

While the fun and festivities of the holiday season are over, you may be leftover with some unwanted weight gain. Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg can help you achieve the body you desire with a few surgical or non-surgical body contouring options. In this infographic that outlines how to combat holiday weight gain, Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg details procedures including Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, and SmartLipo to help you achieve a new body in the new year. For more information, contact us here.

How to Get Party Perfect

Check out these few  non surgical ways to get ready for all your holiday parties during the winter season! Dr. Heppe and Dr. Bautista has created this quick guide to help you get party perfect from BOTOX® to SmartLipo, we are your one-stop to help you feel and looking great.

Goodbye, Belly Fat – What Are My Body Contouring Options?

Got belly fat? If you dream of a flat, tight stomach but find yourself with something a bit squishier, come to Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg. Our body contouring treatments can banish your belly fat and leave you with the body you’ve always wanted. Call today and learn more.

Will Body Contouring Help Me?

Are you close to your ideal weight, but far from your ideal body? Body contouring treatments aren’t designed for weight loss but, if you’re within a few pounds of your desired weight, they can help you achieve your dream body. These treatments remove stubborn fat (the kind that won’t even budge with diet and exercise) and tighten up loose skin to create your ideal body shape.

Body contouring might be right for you if:

  • You are close to your desired weight.
  • You have stubborn belly fat (or fat pockets in other areas).
  • You have stretched out or loose skin.
  • You want a flat, tight stomach.

Body Contouring Treatments for Belly Fat

If you have belly fat, we have body contouring treatments available. If you have unwanted, stubborn fat in other areas, call us for treatment recommendations. Keep reading to learn more.

  • Liposuction- Stubborn fat can seem impossible to get rid of. Neither diet nor exercise seem to help. One option that is very effective is liposuction. This treatment permanently removes fat cells for a sculpted look. If you have belly fat, liposuction can eliminate it.
  • SmartLipo- For many patients with belly fat, we recommend SmartLipo. This treatment combines the benefits of liposuction with skin tightening, an excellent option if you’ve lost some of the elasticity in your abdomen area (very common after weight loss or pregnancy). Laser energy is used to liquefy fat cells before removal. This makes removal easier and has the added benefit of causing collagen to contract for skin tightening.
  • Tummy Tuck- Tighten up that tummy with a tummy tuck. This surgery removes excess fat, skin, and tissue in the abdominal area and re-tightens muscle. Many women opt for a tummy tuck after they’ve finished having children to restore their belly to its pre-baby form. It’s also an excellent option for men and women who have lost a lot of weight.

Banish belly fat for good. Body contouring can help you discover that elusive flat stomach. Call 540-371-7730 today and schedule your consultation at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg.

Party Perfect After Plastic Surgery: How Long Does It Take?

As we roll into the busy holiday season many patients wonder and worry about recovery times. How soon before an important holiday party can you schedule plastic surgery? Will you have healed enough to celebrate with family and friends this year? Here is a go to guide that can give you a better idea of how long it takes to go from plastic surgery to party perfect. Call us today at 540-371-7730 and schedule your pre-holiday cosmetic treatments.

Breast Augmentation

Gorgeous holiday curves are on the way. If you’re preparing for breast augmentation plan on being able to return to normal activities, including most holiday parties, in just a few days. You may have some soreness (be careful with hugs), but as long as you’re careful and not doing strenuous exercise, you should be fine.


Say goodbye to stubborn fat this holiday season. Liposuction can eliminate those diet and exercise resistant fat pockets. Usually a patient can return to work in 3 days, but you can have bruising and swelling for a few weeks after treatment. To minimize recovery times, consider SmartLipo since bruising and inflammation generally resolve within a week helping you get party perfect sooner.

Tummy Tuck

For many men and women the gift of a flat stomach is the only thing on their Christmas list this year. A tummy tuck can help you once again achieve this goal.  After a tummy tuck we encourage our patients to begin walking the same day.  Usually patients can be back to work in 5 to 7 days, but may want 2 weeks before an important holiday event.  If you are close to your ideal weight, a mini-tummy tuck may be all you need.  Patients generally recover from this procedure more quickly.


Turn back the clock and look like you did at Christmas 10 years ago with a facelift. Many of our patients are surprised to find that facelift recovery isn’t as difficult as they expected. You will probably having some bruising and swelling for 2-3 weeks. Surprise everyone with a younger looking you this holiday season.

Tips for Attending Holiday Parties After Plastic Surgery

The holidays are a great time for plastic surgery, but it is important to take care of yourself in the weeks following surgery. As you attend holiday parties make sure to take your surgeon’s instructions into account. Avoid or limit alcohol as instructed and don’t smoke. As you recover, you’ll need extra rest. Take it easy this holiday season and enjoy a gorgeous new you!

Schedule your pre-holiday treatments now and look party perfect by New Year’s (or sooner).

Your Biggest SmartLipo Questions… Answered

A better physique is in your future. SmartLipo can help you to remove stubborn, unwanted fat and finally achieve the body of your dreams. As SmartLipo is a relatively new innovation on the liposuction front, many people are unaware of their options or have questions regarding treatment. Keep reading for answers to your biggest SmartLipo questions and then come in and see us for your consultation. Bikini season is coming and we want you to look amazing as you lounge by the pool this year.

What is SmartLipo?

SmartLipo is a revolutionary liposuction technique that uses laser energy to liquefy fat cells for easier removal. The result is a liposuction that is less invasive with a shorter, easier recovery. SmartLipo can be performed on its own or in conjunction with traditional liposuction. It is often used on areas of the body including the:

  • Neck
  • Breasts
  • Jawline
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Arms

How is SmartLipo Different?

SmartLipo uses laser energy to liquefy and melt away fat. This offers several benefits to the liposuction patient. Let’s take a look.

  • Easier Fat Removal– The specialized laser cannula used in SmartLipo liquefies fat. This makes it easier to remove these unwanted cells. Rather than pressing hard for manual removal, the fat cells are gently suctioned away. You’ll feel the difference that this gentler procedure makes during recovery.
  • Quicker, More Comfortable Recovery– The laser energy used in the procedure causes immediate coagulation of the blood vessels in the treatment area. This means less bleeding and bruising (and a more comfortable recovery). Additionally since the procedure is gentler than traditional liposuction, you’ll likely experience shorter recovery times. Many patients are back to work in just 2-3 days.
  • Skin Tightening– Liposuction typically works best on patients with good skin elasticity. If your skin has lost some of its tightness, SmartLipo can be a solution. The laser energy stimulates collagen production for thicker, tighter skin and better liposuction results.
  • Disabled Sweat Glands- In some treatment areas, SmartLipo can disable sweat glands, a big perk for those struggling with excessive sweating.
  • Quick Results that Improve with Time– You’ll see the results from your SmartLipo treatment within a week, but that isn’t all. Since the treatment stimulates collagen production, your results will continue to improve for 3-6 months after treatment as skin tightens. SmartLipo is the liposuction treatment that keeps on giving.

Come see the SmartLipo difference. Call us today at 540-371-7730 to schedule your consultation.