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Differences between CoolSculpting, Liposuction, and Tummy Tucks

If you’re currently on your own personal weight loss journey or have certain parts of your body that you’d like to tone up, there are a number of cosmetic procedures that can help you achieve the definition you want in your body. The three most common procedures that can help with this include CoolSculpting, liposuction and tummy tucks. While the three provide similar results depending on the treatment area, the process for each is very different.

Differences between CoolSculpting, Liposuction, and Tummy Tucks

Now you might be wondering, which procedure should you go with?

To help you decide which one is right for you, we’ve decoded the difference between each procedure and broken down what it is and what you can expect during each treatment.

Here’s the difference between CoolSculpting, liposuction and tummy tucks:

CoolSculpting

 
Type: Non-surgical
Recovery Time: None

What Is CoolSculpting?
We all have stubborn parts of our bodies that never seem to slim out the way we want them to. Whether it’s excess fat in the tummy area, thighs or elsewhere, it’s not uncommon for certain parts of the body to hold onto certain fat deposits than others. Even with a healthy regimen of diet and exercise, you might find that you’re not achieving the definition you’re looking for. CoolSculpting is a great way to help achieve those goals without the fear of having to do invasive surgery.

Through a process called Cryolipolysis, Coolsculpting targets those stubborn love handles by applying controlled cooling technology to treatment areas. The technology causes localized fat deposits to crystalize and dissolve without affecting nearby tissues in the body. Thanks to the precision of CoolSculpting, not only does it make it seem like you’ve lost inches off your body, but adds definition you were unable to attain with diet and exercise alone. Ideal candidates for this procedure are those who can pinch and pull away the unwanted fat from their bodies and are within 30 lbs of their ideal weight.

What Are The Results Like?
Patients are able to see significant improvement in just one session. Results can be noticed 2-3 weeks post-treatment but patients will really start to see that body definition about six months later when the body has had enough time to naturally dispose of those dissolved fat cells. For optimal results, it’s recommended that patients get 2-3 sessions of CoolSculpting. As long as patients maintain that healthy lifestyle, results are permanent and their bodies will be more defined and contoured than ever before.

Liposuction

 
Type: Surgical
Recovery Time: Two weeks

What Is Liposuction?
Undoubtedly one of the most popular procedures in the cosmetic industry, liposuction is the surgical removal of local fat deposits in targeted areas of the body. This is a helpful procedure to help with stubborn areas of the body that cannot be slimmed down with diet and exercise alone. It’s also very popular amongst women post-pregnancy, trying to eliminate that stomach pouch that typically develops after childbirth.

During the procedure, localized fat is suctioned away and removed using a tube-like device called a cannula. This is inserted into target areas through small one-centimeter incisions in the body where the patient is looking to see improvement.

What Are The Results Like?
Surgical results will become visible 2-3 weeks post-treatment. Once the initial swelling has gone down, patients will be able to see improved body shape and contour that they didn’t have before. With that said, the final results will become visible approximately one year after your initial procedure. By this time, all the swelling will fully subside and tissue tightening process will be complete so you’ll be rocking a more slimmed down figure.

Tummy Tucks

 
Type: Surgical
Recovery Time: Two to six weeks

What Is A Tummy Tuck?
No matter how hard you try through regular diet and exercise, sometimes because of genetics or significant body changes like weight loss or pregnancy, your tummy just can’t go back to what it used to be. One of the most effective ways to deal with this is through getting a tummy tuck.

Tummy tucks are surgical cosmetic procedures that remove loose skin and excess fat in the stomach area, by tightening skin and abdominal muscles for a flatter and toned tummy. At the McLean clinic, they offer three types of tummy tucks based on the needs of each patient. These include:

Abdominoplasty – involves the removal of abdominal skin, while tightening the muscles on the front of the stomach for flatter results.
Abdominoplasty with Liposuction – involves liposuction in addition to abdominoplasty to add additional contour to the abdominal area by removing unwanted fat deposits
Mini Abdominoplasty – recommended for patients with minimal excess skin and don’t require the same amount of work as a regular tummy tuck
The best candidates for tummy tucks are those with loose or excess skin around their stomach area, that they’re able to pinch with their hands. If your stomach area is firm, tight and has no excess skin, it’s best you lose some weight first before seeking out the procedure.

What Are The Results Of A Tummy Tuck?
Once patients are fully recovered, they’ll have a flatter stomach, smaller love handles and a much more slimmed down appearance overall. Their clothes will look a lot more flattering without the extra pouch in the abdominal area and, much more defined silhouette. If patients continue to keep up with their regular diet and exercise, they’ll be able to benefit from their results for years to come.

If you’re still unsure which procedure would work best for you, book an appointment with the McLean Clinic today. During your consultation with them, they’ll discuss the parts of your body where you’d like to see improved definition and based on your expectations, will recommend a procedure that’ll help achieve the results you’re looking for. Don’t just dream of the body you want, go out and get it!

April 12, 2019
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