Liposuction vs CoolSculpting: Which is Right for You?

Dr. Lee Colony  In: CoolSculpting, Liposuction

Everyone wants a slim and toned physique. However, sometimes diet and exercise are not enough to help them achieve their goals, and surgical or nonsurgical fat reduction may be the solution. Liposuction is the gold-standard surgical procedure for treating excess subcutaneous fat, while nonsurgical treatments such as CoolSculpting continue to grow in popularity. While both of these options can be effective in improving the body contour, these procedures are very different.


Liposuction is a very popular surgical procedure done to remove excess subcutaneous fat and improve body contour. During a liposuction procedure, one or more very small incisions are made targeted areas of excess fat. A cannula, which is a long, thin tube, is then inserted through the incisions to remove fat from the area. Depending on the number of areas treated and the amount of fat that is removed, liposuction may be done under local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or sedation. Liposuction can treat almost any area of the body, including the abdomen, waist, back, hips, buttocks, thighs, and more.


CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical fat reduction procedure that uses controlled cooling to kill fat cells. It is FDA-approved and uses cryolipolysis technology to target excess, stubborn fat cells. This cooling technology crystallizes and kills fat cells while leaving surrounding tissues unharmed. There is no downtime involved. This procedure can be used on the upper arms, abdomen, waist, and thighs for a slimmer you!

Which One is Right for You?

When considering liposuction or CoolSculpting, the best way to determine which one is right for you is to consider your treatment goals. For patients looking to treat focal pockets of fat, CoolSculpting may be the best choice. However, those looking to treat excess fat over a larger area of the body, liposuction may be the answer. Overall, a consultation with Dr. Colony can help to decide which option is best for you.

If you are interested in learning more about liposuction or CoolSculpting, contact our East Lansing office today.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Michigan Plastic Surgery

Meet Dr. Lee H. Colony, M.D., F.A.C.S., a renowned Board Certified plastic surgeon known for his expertise in aesthetic plastic surgery. As a respected national speaker and educator, his dedication to patient safety and involvement in esteemed medical societies highlight his exceptional skills.