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CoolSculpting vs Liposuction

Blog, CoolSculpting Fat Freezing

Senior Consultant, Lucy Dawe sees over 20 clients a week for CoolSculpting (fat-freezing) treatment, and a common question she is faced with is the difference between CoolSculpting and Liposuction. For patients seeking a nonsurgical method to reduce fat in a localised area, such as in the love handles or outer thighs, CoolSculpting may be the appropriate treatment. Liposuction is a more aggressive treatment option and allows for more fat to be removed during a single session. Here she explains the pros and cons between the treatments and how they work.

CoolSculpting (Fat-Freezing)

FDA approved non-Invasive procedure by trained CoolSculpting specialist.


  • Natural procedure: We freeze the fat from outside which means there is no need for incisions. Seeing results working with the immune and lymphatic system.
  • The results client have seen are impressive with 25% fat reduction per treatment
  • Little downtime: You are not required to avoid exercise or time off work, you can resume normal activities post-treatment.
  • Areas treated: arms, legs, chin, flanks, abdomen, bra fat, auxiliary puffs.
  • Fit better in clothes, lose a couple of inches.


  • Side effects: Slight bruising, swelling, inflammation to the area, 1-2 weeks after treatment.
  • Not a weight loss treatment: Not suitable for those who are overweight or obese.


Invasive medical treatment by a trained Doctor.


  • Improves health: The treatment can benefit and prevent further health related diseases due to excess weight.
  • Permanent results: The effects of liposuction are long lasting.
  • Removal of fat and cellulite: It can give the desired body appearance and size.
  • Liposuction can target the fat in the body that exercise and diet alone cannot impact.


  • Damage to the skin: Liposuction might result in damaged skin with incisions made in the skin during the procedure.
  • Risk of infection: This is rare but could be caused by the punctures made by cannulas, internal organs, fluid imbalance or skin necrosis.
  • Post treatment: You will need to avoid activity, take medication and require lymphatic drainage massages.
  • Liposuction can sometimes be a little more expensive than CoolSculpting depending on the part of your body you choose to treat,