CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: Does CoolSculpt Actually Work?

CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: Does CoolSculpt Actually Work?

Understanding the benefits and considerations for both CoolSculpting and Liposuction are crucial when you consider fat reduction treatments. Here are some of the essential factors of both treatments to help you make a more well-informed decision.  

Understanding the Basics

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that is known for its cryolipolysis capabilities. It targets fat cells and freezes them, which triggers fat cell death (apoptosis), without damage or discomfort. Over time, the destroyed fat cells are naturally passed out from the body, leading to a reduction of volume in the treated area.

Liposuction is a highly invasive procedure that physically removes larger amount of fat cells from targeted areas through small incisions at the area of fats. 

Does CoolSculpt really burn fat?

A study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information has shown that cryolipolysis, the technology behind CoolSculpting, results in the reduction of non-surgical fat and contours the body. This provides a more gentle alternative to the more invasive procedure of liposuction.

Is there a downside to CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a fat-reduction treatment, not a weight-loss solution . While it is effective in breaking down fat cells in the treatment areas through cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting is meant to treat stubborn fats in localised areas, not for significant or overall weight loss.

Common Side Effects and Recovery Time
•    Temporary redness
•    Swelling, Bruising
•    Tingling
•    Numbness in the treated areas
These effects usually subside within a few days, and you will be able to resume your normal activities immediately after the treatment .

Factors to Consider

When deciding between CoolSculpting and Liposuction, you should take into account these factors :

  • Treatment Goals

For individuals aiming to gradually enhance body contours with little to no downtime, CoolSculpting would be ideal. Liposuction is better suited for those looking for a more drastic and immediate result, especially in larger areas with stubborn fat.

  • Recovery and Downtime

CoolSculpting is non-invasive. Thus, it involves minimal to no downtime, and normal activities can usually be resumed immediately. Liposuction, on the other hand, is more invasive, which means a longer recovery period is required to manage bruising and swelling.

  • Effectiveness

CoolSculpting offers mild-to-moderate fat loss and is suitable for people wishing to remove specific areas of fat while Liposuction is more suitable for removing large portions of fat (and can provide more significant and immediate results). 


In summary, your decision between CoolSculpting and Liposuction depends on your preferences, treatment goals, and recovery considerations. Still feeling unsure? Come on down and have a consultation with our doctor who will guide and answer all your queries on this journey.