Some people find it hard to shake off pockets of stubborn fat even after months of exercise regime. We are lucky today there are two different approaches available to help you: Fat freezing and Liposuction
Fat Freezing AND Liposuction: Know the Difference
Fat Freezing (CoolSculpting) and liposuction are both medical procedures that reduce fat. But some key differences exist between the two.
Fat Freezing procedure
Fat Freezing is a non-invasive medical procedure that’s also known as cryolipolysis. It helps remove extra fat cells from underneath your skin without surgery.
During a Fat Freezing session, a plastic surgeon or other physician trained in Fat Freezing will use a special tool that clamps down and cools a roll of fat to freezing temperature.
In the weeks after the treatment, your body naturally eliminates the frozen, dead fat cells through your liver. You should begin to see results within a few weeks of your treatment, and final results after a few months.
There is no recovery time necessary for Fat Freezing. One session takes about an hour. You’ll need a few sessions spread out over several weeks to achieve the best results, though you will start to see initial results a few weeks after your first session.
Most people see the full results of Fat Freezing three months after their last procedure.
Liposuction, on the other hand, is an invasive surgical procedure that involves cutting, stitching, and anaesthetising. The surgical team may use local anaesthesia, or you’ll be sedated with general anaesthesia.
A plastic surgeon makes a small incision and uses a long, narrow suction tool called a cannula to vacuum fat out of a specific area of your body.
Most people only need to do one liposuction procedure to see results. Surgery takes one to two hours, depending on the size of the treated area. It’s usually done as an outpatient procedure, meaning you should be able to go home the same day you have surgery.
Recovery time is usually a few days. Always follow your provider’s recommendations for recovery, which may include wearing a compression garment or limiting activities.
You may need to wait 2 to 4 weeks before you can safely resume strenuous activity. It may take several months for the full results to be seen as swelling goes down.
Our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is able to do both of the above procedures. Contact us should you desire to have a chat with him.