Camisoles, dresses or baggy shirts can camouflage wide rolls, but sometimes the dress will not be enough to hide those bulges. In such case, there is a need to remove or reduce those fats. Cosmetic procedures that remove fats like liposuction and CoolSculpting sounds more appealing. However, which one is the best treatment?
The short answer is that both are effective for the right people. Some are better candidates for the former, others the latter.
CoolSculpting or Cryolipolysis
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction technology developed by US company Zeltiq Inc. After receiving approval from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration of USA) to remove fat by freezing it, the number of treatments has skyrocketed like a rocket. So much so that the international consulting firm Deloitte recently named Zeltiq as one of the fastest growing company in recent years.
Two dermatologists from Harvard introduced the concept of freezing of fat. Intrigued by a report on the dentition in children who had developed dimpled cheeks after eating ice cream on a stick to relieve pain. Subsequent investigation confirmed that selective freezing of fat cells (adipocytes) reduces accumulations of fat by 20 to 25%. These findings led to the emergence of CoolSculpting.
How does CoolSculpting work?
The physician marks the treatment area with a marker for precise placement of the applicator. The physician then puts a transparent gel pad to protect the skin, and the applicator is placed. Now is the time to turn on the vacuum. Once the protrusion is within the applicator panels thanks to the suction area, the two panels begin to cool and numb the area because of cold.
Cool laser sculpting provides controlled cooling that freezes fat cells without damaging the skin, muscles or nerves. After one hour, the physician removes the applicator and massage frozen area to complete dissolving fat cells mound.
The liposculpture or liposuction refers to the suction-assisted fat removal. Although liposuction was introduced in France around 1920-1930,
it was not until the 1980s that the procedure exists as we know it today. A surgeon finally can remove fat without using the knife, using a small metal tube called a cannula to suck the fats
How does Liposuction work?
Liposuction works on the principle of negative pressure. Small incisions are made in the skin that allows access to fat deposits. First, the surgeon places intravenous fluid in the area to loosen the fat and shaping softer contours. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area and prevent pain.
After injecting enough liquid, the surgeon inserts a suction cannula. Fat travels through the plastic tube from the body into a plastic container. The surgeon is moving the cannula throughout the adipose tissue to remove fat and modeling the zone. Progress is monitored by measuring the amount of fat removed, and so the surgeon uses his sense of sight and touches to work that area.
How successful is liposuction to reduce the unwanted bulges?
According to the most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States.
That is in spite of the procedure involving surgery, and there is a mortality rate of 1 in 5000 based on studies in the late 90s.
Advantages of CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction
- Reducing fat is more complete
- Better body contour Model
- Visible results
- It can be combined simultaneously with other treatment.
- It does not involve cuts or incisions in the skin
- Does not require anesthesia
- It does not involve surgical risks
- No need to rest for a period. Patients can immediately return to normal activities.
Both treatments cannot be applied in patients with lax skin as an accumulation of fat hangs empty. In this case, it would be advisable as an aesthetic surgery. Regardless which procedure you will use, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to maintain your figure.