During initial consultations, we are asked which minimally-invasive body contouring procedure is best. SmartLipo or CoolSculpting? Although both procedures produce the same excellent outcomes, they are different in certain ways.
Invasiveness of the Procedure
Invasiveness is one of the key differences between SmartLipo and CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting utilizes an advanced cooling technology to freeze unwanted fat. The solidified fat is naturally eliminated by the body over the next two months. There are no incisions involved; CoolSculpting is non-invasive.
SmartLipo is a minimally-invasive procedure which utilizes heat to melt fat in the target areas. This makes fat easier to remove using a method similar to traditional liposuction.
Since CoolSculpting is non-invasive, downtime is non-existent. In contrast, SmartLipo involves three to five days of recovery due to the invasiveness of the procedure.
Amount of Fat You Want to Remove
The amount of fat you want to remove is also an important factor to consider when choosing between SmartLipo and CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is ideal for tiny pockets of fat, while SmartLipo works for large, stubborn areas of fat.
SmartLipo is often used to reduce fat in the upper arms, flanks, tummy, thighs, and knees. CoolSculpting works best on the tummy, back, and flanks.
Number of Treatments
CoolSculpting requires a series of treatments over several weeks to obtain the desired outcomes in your target area/s, while SmartLipo only needs a single session to see results.
Immediacy of the Results
Your results are immediate with SmartLipo, while it will take 2 to 3 months to achieve results with CoolSculpting.
Predictability of Outcomes
The results of CoolSculpting are highly predictable and can be seen in before-and-after photos. The invasiveness of SmartLipo makes it riskier and outcomes may not match expectations.
Making the Decision at K Plastic Surgery
Allow us to help you make the right decision between CoolSculpting and SmartLipo. Call 518.346.0002 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment with us. We look forward to your visit!