Posted on: December 19, 2019 In: CoolSculpting, Liposuction
Although invasive plastic surgery procedures are increasingly safer, the rise in demand for minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures has skyrocketed in the last decade. This is because many people like the reduced risks and decreased recovery times associated with minimally and non-invasive procedures. CoolSculpting is one such method that has become popular for treating small, stubborn areas of fat.
Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgery that utilizes a multitude of medical equipment to remove small and large volumes of fat. During the procedure, you are either put to sleep under general anesthesia or numbed in specific areas with local anesthesia. The physician then inserts a cannula that will break up and remove fat cells. Demand for liposuction continues to rise, but many people try to avoid invasive surgeries because of longer recovery times and higher risks (although minimal) than with non-invasive procedures.
CoolSculpting otherwise known as cryolipolysis is an FDA-approved non-surgical, non-invasive form of liposuction. The CoolSculpting device has a vacuum on it that suctions small deposits of fat and freezes the fat cells within. Over the course of several weeks and sometimes months, these frozen fat cells die and are eliminated naturally through the liver. Afterwards, you are left with less fat in the area you had treated.
It is best to seek a board-certified plastic surgeon to help you decide whether liposuction or CoolSculpting is best for you. They will be able to create a plan that best suits your specific medical needs while also delivering the aesthetic results you desire.
Many people return to work right after receiving their CoolSculpting procedure. As a matter of fact, patients often get their CoolSculpting done during their lunch break since the procedure only takes about 45-minutes to a little over and hour.
As a general rule, the ideal candidate for CoolSculpting is relatively healthy, fit, and is slightly overweight with small areas of fat that they cannot remove with diet and exercise.
CoolSculpting can be used on a number of areas, but the five best places to have CoolSculpting done are the:
- Love handles
- Inner or Outer Thighs
The reason CoolSculpting is best for these areas is because you will often experience small collections of fat that are ideal for non-surgical fat removal procedures. In addition, CoolSculpting has been used to treat other areas, such as the knees, and under the buttocks.
It’s always a good time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee H. Colony, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Michigan Plastic Surgery. He will gladly help you decide if CoolSculpting is right for you and which areas you should have treated with CoolSculpting.