CoolSculpting VS Liposuction

If you didn’t know it already, fat reduction procedures are some of the most popular in the world. It’s understandable, really, fat reduction is the definitive solution for stubborn pockets of fat that are immune to intense diet and exercise. As more and more people are finding out about the wonders of fat reduction, demand for procedures like CoolSculpting and liposuction are skyrocketing. If you’re having a hard time choosing between two amazing procedures, why not learn a little bit about what makes each of them different?

How It Works


Liposuction is a surgical procedure used for fat reduction and body contouring. Liposuction is done by creating small incisions in the treatment area, then inserting these small tubes called cannulas into the treatment site and suctionining excess fat away.


CoolSculpting performs fat reduction through a non-surgical technique called fat-freezing. Basically, an applicator will take a part of your body and place it between two cooling panels. The freezing technology will then crystallize the fat, destroying fat cells and allowing them to be flushed naturally from the body.  CoolSculpting uses a temperature that only works specifically on fat, so your surrounding tissues are untouched and unharmed.

What It Works On

Liposuction: It’s been around for decades, and since it was first used as a fat reduction procedure, liposuction has become one of the most versatile procedures that can work almost anywhere.

  • Chin
  • Cheeks
  • Neck
  • Upper arms
  • Abdomen
  • Waist
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Calves
  • Ankles

CoolSculpting: As of now, CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for the treatment of the following areas.

  • Flank (love handles)
  • Inner thigh
  • Outer thigh
  • Abdomen
  • Submental area (“double chin”).



There’s been a lot of innovation in the field of liposuction, so there’s actually a wide variety of techniques that you and your surgeon can choose from:

  • Tumescent liposuction
  • Ultrasonic assisted lipectomy
  • Power assisted lipectomy
  • SmartLipo™


CoolSculpting has a few different applicators that can be used on different parts of the body. Most patients work with their technician or physician to develop a customized treatment plan.

  • CoolAdvantage
  • CoolMini
  • CoolCurve
  • CoolCore
  • CoolFit
  • CoolSmooth Pro
  • CoolMax

Why People Like It


People love liposuction because like most surgical procedures, it’s unbelievably effective. It’s called “body sculpting” for a reason, mostly because there’s a wide degree of precision and control in terms of contouring your body. And although there is downtime and a recovery period required, the results are pretty immediate and obvious and it’s usually only done once. It’s also really easy to combine with other procedures to create the perfect look.


People love CoolSculpting because it’s comfortable, quick, and requires no downtime. The typical CoolSculpting treatment lets the patient lie down, take a nap or read a book while the fat freezing takes place. All they feel is a cooling sensation and some tugging. CoolSculpting is pretty appealing because it allows them to have permanent results with such a simple and easy procedure. There’s no long, painful recovery period that incapacitates them, either.

Feel like you have a good idea of which one you want? No matter which one you pick, remember to go to a renowned practice like the Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg for a consultation for fat reduction procedures. Call us at 540-371-7730 for a consultation today.