Liposuction vs CoolSculpting®: Which Treatment Suits Your Goals?

Liposuction and CoolSculpting® have helped patients remove stubborn pockets of fat and achieve their dream body. While seemingly similar, both procedures use different techniques and work best for different patients. Knowing the difference and how to weigh each procedure against your desired goals is an important step in choosing the best plastic surgery solution for your body.

CoolSculpting® – Non-Invasive Fat Removal

Best known as the non-surgical fat reduction solution, CoolScupting uses cryolipolysis to eliminate fat cells. Developed by Harvard scientists, the process involves freezing fat cells so that they die and are naturally absorbed by the body. During CoolSculpting® treatment, stubborn pockets of fat are placed within applicator panels. The panels cool to a temperature that damages fat cells.  Over the course of several months, the target area becomes noticeably smoother as more fat cells are processed out by the body.  Some people may choose to have several treatments to the same area for a more aggressive fat reduction.  It is reasonable to expect a 20-25% reduction in the area treated with each procedure.

What are the Benefits of CoolSculpting®?

One reason why CoolSculpting® is so popular is that it is completely non-invasive. Patients who can’t or don’t want to have surgery can use CoolSculpting® as an effective alternative for achieving their goals of a more sleek physique. Furthermore, as CoolSculpting® is non-invasive, the treatment requires no downtime compared to its surgical counterpart. For busy individuals who don’t have the time to commit to surgical preparation or recovery, the non-invasive nature of this treatment makes it a particularly attractive treatment option.

Are there any Downsides to CoolSculpting®?

While this non-surgical option is certainly effective, there are some conditions that may keep patients from enjoying the full benefits of treatment. For starters, CoolSculpting® is not a one and done procedure. In order for patients to fully realize their ideal results, they may require several treatments to the same area. Additionally, results are not immediate and gradually manifest within a few months. While this may seem like a downside, many patients see this as an opportunity to keep their procedure discreet.

The applicators are specific sizes, and while there are a variety of applicators to allow optimal treatment of an area, this does limit how large of an area can be treated.  As a result, this treatment is most successful when it is used to target small, stubborn pockets of fat or a comprehensive plan is created to treat larger areas.  CoolSculpting® and should not be used as a weight loss solution.

Tried and True Liposuction

Perhaps one of the best-known fat removal solutions, liposuction is a tried and true plastic surgery procedure popularly used to help patients achieve a more contoured physique. During this procedure, cannulas (thin tubes) are strategically inserted into the target area, and excess fat cells are removed.

What are the Benefits of Liposuction?

Liposuction is among the most popular, minimally invasive surgical solutions available. The treatment is very comprehensive in that large treatment areas can be successfully addressed in just one session. Liposuction is often included as part of larger treatment strategies such as mommy makeovers and full body contouring to help patients fully achieve their dream body. Furthermore, evolution in treatment instruments and technique have turned liposuction into a simple treatment that requires only limited recovery time. With a healthy diet and exercise, the results of liposuction can last well into the future.  Liposuction is often done under local anesthesia, so general anesthesia is not necessary.

Are there any downsides to liposuction?

While the treatment process may be limited to very small, hidden scars, liposuction is still considered plastic surgery; patients must be healthy enough to undergo surgery to be a candidate for treatment. Likewise, there is a certain amount of recovery time patients should expect post-procedure.

Find Your Perfect Treatment Plan with Dr. Diehl

When it comes to plastic surgery, the surgery itself is only part of the overall treatment plan. Planning and preparation are arguably the most important steps in creating any successful surgery strategy. At Dr. Diehl’s plastic surgery practice, your one on one consultation is that important first step in the treatment process. By discussing your concerns and goals, our team can assess whether CoolSculpting® or liposuction is the best procedure for you.

Ready to get started? Call Dr. Diehl at (919)381-5540 today and schedule your consultation at Diehl Plastic Surgery today! We look forward to helping you achieve your best body.

Sculpt Your Best Bikini Body Without Surgery with CoolSculpting®

When the weather warms up, the bikinis come out, and many women realize they aren’t quite ready for swimsuit season. Hurry into Diehl Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, NC to get bikini body ready. CoolSculpting® can shape and sculpt your body without surgery.

Diet, Exercise, and CoolSculpting®- What’s the Link?

You’ve probably heard that diet and exercise are the keys to your best body. This may be true in theory, but many of our patients find that losing fat is more complicated than that. They eat right and exercise regularly, but still struggle with stubborn fat, located in common trouble spots like the love handles, abdomen, or thighs. They aren’t looking to lose weight but want to lose fat.

CoolSculpting® is a potential solution to your bikini body woes. This treatment uses intense cold to crystalize and destroy fat cells. Since the CoolSculpting® applicator is placed over the treatment area, we can target specific fat pockets, unlike exercise that produces a whole-body result. After treatment, your body will begin to naturally process and eliminate the treated fat, permanently removing those stubborn fat cells from your body.

CoolSculpting® isn’t an alternative to the healthy practices of diet and exercise. It enhances your hard work. Eat right, go for a run, and if trouble spots remain after your best efforts, let us help.

5 Reasons to Choose CoolSculpting® This Summer

Is CoolSculpting® the key to a better summer body? Come in for treatment this summer and discover some of the top benefits of this popular procedure:

No Downtime– Summer is a busy time for many of our patients. With CoolSculpting®, you can receive treatment and return to daily activities immediately, no downtime necessary. Recovery symptoms are typically minor and include tenderness, bruising, and mild swelling. These don’t usually interfere with your daily activities.

Noticeable Fat Reduction– Does CoolSculpting® actually work? Clinical studies and our own experience say it does. Patients typically experience a 20-25% reduction of fat in the treated area with one treatment. Want better results? A second treatment can be performed several weeks later.

Long Lasting Results– CoolSculpting® destroys fat cells and your body eliminates them through natural metabolic processes. Fat cells don’t regenerate. If you maintain your weight, results should last. Most patients start to see their results in a couple weeks with the most dramatic changes visible 1-3 months after treatment.

Targeted Fat Removal– Where do you struggle with unwanted fat? We can freeze fat from head to toe. Popular treatment areas include: abdomen, arms, chin (double chin), bra roll area, flanks (love handles), knees, inner and outer thighs, banana rolls, etc. If you want to treat more than one area, we have two machines and offer DualSculpting, or the treatment of two areas simultaneously.

Short 35-Minute Treatment– You’ll receive your treatment in our comfortable Raleigh, NC plastic surgery office. We’ll get you in and out, typically in under an hour. The treatment itself takes about 35 minutes.

What are you waiting for? Call today and get started.

What Happens During a CoolSculpting® Treatment?

Do you want to rock that bikini with confidence this summer without surgery? Call us to schedule your CoolSculpting® treatment at Diehl Plastic Surgery.

When you come in for your appointment, we’ll take you into a comfortable treatment room. A specialized gel pad will be placed onto one of your trouble spots. The CoolSculpting® applicator is then placed on top of this pad. At first, you’ll feel intense cold, but the sensation fades quickly as the area naturally numbs itself.

Sit back and relax. You won’t have to do anything but wait as the treatment progresses. Many patients read a book or use their mobile devices.

When the treatment is complete, usually about 35 minutes later, you’ll be ready to resume your regular activities. Many patients head right back to work.

Your body will begin to process the treated fat cells, and you’ll see your results start to appear in just a few weeks.

At Diehl Plastic Surgery all of our treatments are performed by our CoolSculpting® specialists, Lynn and Sharon. They have both have advanced training on the best practices for the procedure and have been performing this treatment since 2012 .

Let’s get your body ready for summer. Call today and learn more about non-surgical fat removal in Raleigh, NC.