Breaking Down Surgical vs Non-Surgical Body Contouring: CoolSculping vs. Liposuction

Do you have a stubborn area of body fat that frustrates you whenever you look at it? Is it one of those areas where the amount of diet and exercise you put into burning it off never seems to work? We’ve all been there. Every person on this planet stores fat a little bit differently. The way your body stores fat is different from your neighbors. Some people are blessed with a more even storage method, where fat cells throughout the body hold onto energy (which is the surplus calories your body takes in), while others might have a primary storage area.

While the stomach, chest, buttocks, or thighs are common areas, much of where your body stores fat is dependent on your genetics. And while there isn’t much, you can do something about the genetics passed down from your parents, and you can do something about how your body stores fat. There are several body contouring solutions at your disposal, some of which are surgical, non-surgical, and minimally invasive. Two of the most commonly used methods are CoolSculpting and liposuction. But what is the difference, and which is right for you? Here is what you need to know about CoolSculpting vs liposuction.


This is a non-invasive treatment that uses an applicator to essentially frostbite fat cells to death. During the procedure, your technician will use an applicator that uses suction to get along the area of your body where you want to target the fat cells. The process is easy, and there are no injections or shots or anything of that nature. You might feel a little chilly in the target area, but that’s about it.

With CoolSculpting, the fat cells will be frozen, which blocks them from receiving blood, oxygen, and other vital nutrients cells in your body need to stay alive. Eventually, many of these fat cells will die off, and then, for several weeks or even a few months, the body will process the cells. It is a safe, easy, and effective way to target stubborn fat buildup around your body.


Liposuction has been around longer, although the method for removing fat cells continues to improve. It is far less invasive now than ever, although an incision does need to be made. From there, a slender suction tube is inserted, and fat is removed in this method. It is a far more instant and direct approach to removing fat from your body.

CoolSculpting vs Liposuction

Both of these methods are used to target fat cells. However, with CoolSculpting, it can take months, and possibly several visits, to fully realize your final results. Liposuction, on the other hand, is instant. The fat cells are removed right on the spot. There is no waiting for the cells to die and then be processed by the body. Some prefer the CoolSculpting approach as it comes across as a more natural weight loss approach, so if you don’t want to tell anyone about it, you don’t have to. Liposuction is an instant result approach, and people will notice it right away.

One thing to consider is CoolSculpting is typically used for people who might just have smaller, stubborn areas. Perhaps a small pouch on your belly that doesn’t stick out and isn’t very noticeable, but you see it. Maybe you just have a few pounds here or there that you’d like to lose, but diet and exercise just won’t push you over the edge. CoolSculpting is generally recommended for people in this condition.

On the other hand, liposuction is generally recommended for individuals who are more than just a few pounds overweight or want to target a larger area. Liposuction may also be recommended if there is already another procedure in the works and the incision will be present. For example, individuals who undergo breast augmentation surgery or tummy tucks may opt to include liposuction while they are at it. Of course, the best way to determine which is right for you is to discuss your ultimate goals with your doctor and skincare professionals, such as our team at The Skin Center By CPS.

Diet and Exercise

It is important to point out that among CoolSculpting vs liposuction, neither will magically prevent you from putting on weight. Fat cells do not reproduce. They simply enlarge or shrink based on the caloric excess the cells hold onto. So while removing the cells in your belly, thighs, chest, or arms will prevent the plumper look in these given areas, fat storage in the rest of your body will continue, and, without an adjustment to your diet, the fat will simply be stored in another area of your body.

This means the best way to not only obtain your desired physical appearance but to maintain it is to tweak your body and add exercise to your routine as well (if it isn’t yet). But don’t worry, you won’t be left out to dry. We will go over the best ways to maximize your new look and to reduce the chances of new fat storage areas developing around other areas of your body.

So Which Is Right For You?

Both body contouring methods are viable options for many people, but the best way to determine whether or not CoolSculpting vs liposuction, or both of the vast other options will work best for you is to come in and see us here at The Skin Center By CPS. We can offer you an in-person consultation and then go over the best options for you. Whether going with the non-invasive, non-surgical method of CoolSculpting is right, or you need a more progressive treatment such as liposuction, you’ll know what may need to be done following your first visit. So if you’re ready to begin realizing your weight loss dreams, there’s never been a better time to give us a call than right now.