Stubborn fat bulges that are resistant to diet and exercise are frustrating! Many women and men have this issue and – especially as summer beach days approach – they start to look for a solution. While there are many new non-invasive body contouring options on the market, liposuction still remains the most reliable and quickest way to significantly improve contour issues on any part of the body and it only takes one treatment!
We have gotten a lot of inquiries about CoolSculpting as people have seen advertisements around town. In light of this, I want to share with you information about CoolSculpting and Liposuction.
CoolSculpting is done without surgery or downtime for recovery. This is probably the biggest “draw” to the treatment. The procedure freezes the unwanted fat cells in areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. The cold that the cells are subjected to causes an “injury” to the fat cells and encourages apoptosis – death of the cells. Following the treatments, there maybe numbness, swelling, stinging, bruising, or pain. Over a period of weeks the cells die and they are eliminated from the body. The optimum result is a 20% reduction, but this is not a guarantee. Most likely more than 1 treatment will be necessary to see the full 20% reduction and the results may not be seen for 2 to 3 months post treatment.
Liposuction is not what it used to be in the past. We have refined our technique so that general anesthesia is not needed to perform the procedure. Oral and IV sedation plus dilute local anesthesia allows us to comfortably perform the procedure and patients do not have the post-operative general anesthesia “hangover”. One liposuction treatment guarantees noticeable results to the area being contoured. The extra bonus is that excess skin can be surgically removed at the same time to help with the result. I do feel that it is important to stress that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure but instead it is used to improve body contours.
One way to determine which procedure is right for you is to think about how much improvement you are looking for.
- CoolSculpting will most likely take multiple treatments and may improve contours but the improvement may be minimal and not noticeable to others.
- Liposuction is “one and done” and will give you a dramatic result.
View some of my before and after liposuction photos here.
If you are interested in liposuction in Santa Barbara, please call my office (805-563-0000) to schedule a consultation today.