CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction

Which One is Right For You?

You spend countless hours in the gym and are eating clean, yet you still can’t seem to fit into your clothes. Does this sound familiar? If you answered yes, you’re not alone! As we age, our metabolism starts to slow down (5% every decade after we hit 40), and despite our best efforts, sometimes it seems impossible to slim down. Many individuals look into a surgical or (now) nonsurgical fat reduction procedures to reach their aesthetic goals. There are two prominent fat reduction procedures people consider, CoolSculpting and liposuction. Both remove fat, yet they’re very different experiences.

Non-Invasive vs. Invasive

CoolSculpting and liposuction essential accomplish the same goal (to remove fat), but the journey is much different. The most significant difference being that CoolSculpting is non-invasive, while liposuction is invasive. When determining which option is best, many people consider this to be the most crucial factor.

CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive procedure that requires no downtime. CoolSculpting utilizes freezing temperatures to eliminate unwanted pockets of fat for good. Due to the treatment being non-invasive means there is no surgery involved, so no need to worry about needles, incisions, or blood.

Liposuction, on the other hand, is invasive and requires surgery. A liposuction procedure requires a cannula (hollow tube) and aspirator (suctioning device) to suction out stubborn fat. Going under the knife means you will need several days to rest and recover.

Fat Removal

When it comes to the amount of fat that can be removed from these two procedures, they differ. CoolSculpting is best for individuals who are within 30 pounds of their ideal weight and are looking to remove stubborn pockets of fat on the body. Because CoolSculpting gets rid of less fat per treatment, patients may need more than one session to get to their ideal body.

Liposuction, on the other hand, is the more aggressive treatment out of the two; thus, a larger volume of fat can be removed in a single session. This procedure is ideal for individuals who have an excessive amount of fat on their bodies.


It may be evident that because liposuction involves surgery that it is riskier. Yes, this is true; however, that does not mean there are no risks associated with CoolSculpting. Although very little (because CoolSculpting is non-invasive and nonsurgical), some patients may experience minimal side effects, such as some bruising or stinging on the treatment area.

Comparatively, liposuction has many more risks associated with it. Liposuction requires going under anesthesia, and with this comes potential health risks. Like any other surgery, there is always a risk of bleeding and infection. After the surgery, patients may experience severe bruising and inflammation (that can sometimes take months to settle).

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Curious about CoolSculpting, but not sure if it’s for you? Come in for a FREE trial at BodySquad where you can feel the machine for yourself. We will also provide you with a complimentary body sculpting assessment created with your end goals in mind.

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