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Coolsculpting vs. Liposuction

Fat is one of the hardest tissues to rid from the body. While essential for protecting vital organs from shock damage and playing a vital role in insulation, excess fat in certain areas of the body is typically considered aesthetically unappealing. There are several cosmetic procedures available that are able to remove or treat body fat. The most well known procedure for fat removal is liposuction, a surgical aspiratory operation that involves the siphoning of fatty tissues from below the skin surface. A more recent advancement is called CoolSculpting, a non-invasive procedure designed to help your body mobilize and eliminate fat cells in targeted areas.

Liposuction is a decades-old procedure that is performed under sedation or general anesthesia. A thin tube, known as a cannula, is inserted through incision sites and manually guided through fatty tissue. The cannula is powered by a vacuum pump, which acts to literally pull fat cells out of the body. Some risks associated with liposuction are infection, hemorrhaging, and nerve damage. Liposuction must be performed conservatively, as the removal of too much fat can have significant adverse effects on the body. Liposuction is not a cure for obesity, and should not used to treat obesity. Proper diet and exercise are necessary to keep fat removed by liposuction from recurring in the same location.

Coolsculpting is a form of cryotherapy developed by Zeltiq that targets fat cells for destruction using intense cold temperatures. Because fat cells are more sensitive to the cold than other body tissues, exposing the skin to this cold will damage only the fat cells, prompting the body to remove them. The most common areas that patients choose to treat with Coolsculpting are the belly, arms, and thighs. The treatment generally lasts between one and two hours ― patients are free to read, sleep, or do work during this time. If you’re looking for a doctor who can perform Coolsculpting, Beverly Hills is the place to go. Our doctor is a board certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon with extensive experience in cosmetic treatments. He also offers Coolsculpting near Brentwood in his Santa Monica and Beverly Hills offices.

Coolsculpting is a gradual treatment, meaning that results will not be as immediately apparent as they would be with liposuction. The body requires several months to clear out the damaged fat cells, and proper diet and exercise must be maintained to urge the process along and keep the fat from returning. Coolsculpting, however, has proven to be highly effective in areas that exercise simply can’t reach, such as the love handles. Coolsculpting is the perfect complement to help you define your ideal shape, and fat freezing in Los Angeles has never been easier. Side effects are minimal and generally include minor redness or a numbing sensation.

If you think fat removal might be right for you, visit our doctor to discuss your options. Liposuction may be an effective option for patients who desire immediate results or require a larger amount of fat to be removed. For patients who prefer a gradual transformation with very natural-looking results, Coolsculpting is the way to go. During your consultation, you will discuss your specific goals and expectations, and devise a plan of action. Our doctor and the Dermatology Institute of Southern California have already helped countless patients reach their cosmetic goals and he can help you too.

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