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!