CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: Know the Difference

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed today. Many people are interested in it because they want to look younger or have better looking skin. However, there are some drawbacks when it comes to lipo surgery. There are many reasons why you might need to consider having lipo surgery done such as:

You’re worried about your appearance and health due to age, weight gain, acne scars, wrinkles etc.

Your body doesn’t respond well to other treatments like Botox, fillers or even lasers.

You’ve tried all the other options and nothing worked out for you. You’re ready to try something new!

If any of these reasons apply to you, then lipo surgery may be right for you. If not, then don’t worry; there’s still hope!

What is LIPOSUCTION?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves removing fat from the abdomen using various tools and techniques. The goal of liposuction is to reduce abdominal fat mass (which can increase the risk of heart disease) and improve overall health. There are four different types of liposuction:

WALDEN-LIPO (SUCTION)

The suction method is the oldest form of liposuction. The surgeon inserts a tube into the fat layer and extracts the fat through a pump that creates a vacuum. This method is most commonly used to treat localized fat deposits. It is usually not used for larger volumes of fat, like the abdomen or thighs.

This is because large volumes of fat can cause the tube to clog.

SHAPE-LIPO (SUCTION)

The shape method is a variation of the suction method. Instead of sucking out fat through a tube, the surgeon uses a sharp tool to cut out an oval or circle of fat. Then, they use the suction method to remove the fat. This method can be used for larger volumes of fat.

THE WALDEN METHOD

Also known as the tumescent technique, this method is used in combination with either the suction or shape method. First, the surgeon injects a large volume of fluid into the area being treated. Then, they use either the suction or shape method to remove fat. This causes the fat cells to break down faster, making liposuction more effective.

THE LIPSIGHT METHOD

The LiPSight method involves using a laser to cut up and remove fat cells. It is only effective for removing hard-to-reach areas, such as the neck or upper arms. This method does not require anesthesia because it doesn’t involve any cutting.

POST-OP CARE

After having liposuction, it is important to keep the incision clean and dry to prevent infection. You might also take antibiotics to prevent infection. Most people return to work, school, or regular activities after a few days. You should avoid strenuous exercise for a month or so.

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions about what you can and cannot do after your procedure. Follow these instructions carefully! If you don’t, you could cause permanent damage or even death.

Risks

All surgical procedures come with some level of risk. The risk is often determined by how experienced the surgeon is and how healthy the patient is. If you are generally in good health and the surgeon is experienced, then the risk of death is low (1-2%). Potential side effects of liposuction include:

Bleeding

Bruising

Changes in skin sensation

Discoloration

Infection

Loss of feeling

Lymphedema

Numbness

Pain

Puffiness

Reduced skin elasticity

Scarring

Tissue death

Because liposuction is a major surgery, there is always the risk of death.

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