Practically everyone, no matter how fit they are, has unwanted, stubborn body fat hanging around. You’ve probably heard of liposuction, but CoolSculpting is an increasingly attractive way to tackle unwanted fat.
Liposuction is an invasive surgery in which unwanted body fat is removed from problem areas like the waist, belly and even the jawline. The surgery requires general anesthesia, and recovery takes a week or more. Lately, dermatologists have been performing tumescent liposuction, which is a less invasive procedure that can be conducted in a doctor’s office with only localized anesthesia. Liposuction of any kind is not a weight loss procedure. The surgery is meant to remove small amounts of stubborn fat that does not respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction is a procedure for people who are generally fit but may struggle from lifelong or genetic stubborn fat. Many times, the way your body carries fat might be passed on from your parents. All of our bodies are different, but stubborn body fat is a widespread problem that most of us face in one part of our bodies or another.
Since liposuction is an invasive surgery, it requires general anesthesia. Going under anesthesia at any time poses risks for certain people. Talk to your doctor frankly about your medical history before setting your heart on liposuction. Other common liposuction side effects include scarring (which often fades with time), swelling, bleeding, bruising and numbness. You may need to change bandages following the procedure on your own. Many people are prescribed antibiotics to take to prevent infection.
CoolSculpting is an innovative process that employs a technology called cryolipolysis to reduce unwanted body fat. A handheld device is applied to the treatment area by your dermatologist. The device then uses suction to pull skin and fat toward a cooling element. This extreme cold works to kill fat cells while keeping skin cells and blood vessels safe. This is because fat cells are far more vulnerable to cold than other cells in the body. The process doesn’t require any anesthesia and is fully noninvasive. That makes preparation a snap. Recovery takes hours or perhaps a day at most. The results of CoolSculpting are comparable to liposuction but might not be quite as stark. The most common side effect of CoolSculpting is short-term redness, and the procedure’s discomfort is limited to a pinching sensation that is quickly numbed by the cooling effect of the device. Less common side effects include numbness in the treatment area that can last between a week and two months, as well as bruising and swelling, which usually lasts less than a month. While the results are not as immediate as liposuction, dead fat cells are slowly absorbed by the body immediately after treatment. Results are noticeable within weeks and will improve as time goes by.
There’s a reason a lot of dermatologists don’t offer liposuction of any kind, including the less invasive tumescent liposuction. It’s an inherently risky process, as any procedures that require general anesthesia are. There are suddenly a lot more health issues to consider when general anesthesia comes into play. People with pre-existing heart conditions and other contraindications should not be put under for cosmetic surgery. While liposuction produces more immediate results, the risks of infection, scarring and other complications are far more likely. Since the skin is not broken by CoolSculpting, infection and scarring are almost impossible. The bottom line is this—if you’re looking to reduce stubborn body fat, both processes will help. But the reason CoolSculpting is more attractive is simple: it works well and poses far fewer health risks than liposuction. CoolSculpting works and has been reliably delivering results for years. Liposuction has been around longer but has a higher chance of side effects and complications that can impact your health.
So, if you’re dealing with stubborn fat, give CoolSculpting your consideration. While it’s a newer process, it works well and is far safer than its invasive fat removal alternatives. If you’re considering either procedure, reach out to an expert dermatologist at Northeast Dermatology Associates today.
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