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How many times have you heard that a healthy diet and rigorous exercise make up the perfect formula for healthy BMI (Body mass index) and an aesthetically appealing physique? While such a method might work for some people, others constantly have to deal with stubborn body areas that would not let go of fatty tissue. For them, only extra help can cause fat pockets to budge and achieve that toned, slim physique of their dreams.

Here at the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, our medical team, led by Dr. William J. Vinyard, MD, FACS, possesses all the knowledge and technology necessary to bring your body-contouring goals to life in a heartbeat! Our vast array of state-of-the-art devices covers extensive patient and aesthetic goal types, regardless of how dramatic a change you desire. Once your complimentary consultation is over, you will know how and when your body-contouring goals will come to life.

However, with so many procedures available on the market, how can you find the perfect fit? Our experience shows that two specific body-contouring procedures dominate this field – CoolSculpting® Elite and liposuction, each with its own advantages and benefits. In order to ascertain which of the two procedures suits your aesthetic needs best, we have decided to take on the “CoolSculpting® Elite vs. liposuction” battle and decide on a winner. Is lipo better than CoolSculpting® Elite, or does CoolSculpting® Elite reign supreme? Continue reading to find out!

CoolSculpting® Elite vs. Liposuction – Nonsurgical vs. Surgical Approach

The main difference between the two procedures resides in their approach. CoolSculpting® Elite defines the nonsurgical fat reduction method, which aims at reducing fatty tissue in nine localized areas, such as “love handles,” thighs, or the abdomen. Due to its nonsurgical approach, you will not experience dramatic improvements from your first CoolSculpting® Elite procedure; one to two extra sessions will surely leave you with your desired results. Once Dr. Vinyard performs the CoolSculpting® Elite procedure, your body will gradually remove the dead fatty cells and exhibit a finer contour.

On the other hand, liposuction takes the crown of the surgical treatments. With its more aggressive approach towards fat removal, liposuction can remove up to 5 liters of fatty tissue from larger body areas, focusing on the abdomen. After just one procedure, you will notice dramatic body-contouring results! However, it is crucial to understand that liposuction does not equate to a weight loss procedure; a sudden loss of larger fatty tissue quantities can cause serious complications. On the other hand, the fatty tissue can be injected into specific areas, such as the breasts or the posterior, for more volume.

CoolSculpting® Elite vs. Liposuction – Which Procedure is More Convenient?

For some patients, choosing a treatment has more to do with convenience than approach. In that case, CoolSculpting® Elite, an outpatient procedure, is more than recommended if you intend to spend as little time in the office as possible. Furthermore, with its dual applicator technology, CoolSculpting® Elite can treat two different body areas in less than an hour and without any anesthesia, different from liposuction, its surgical counterpart, which is performed either under local anesthesia in the office or under general anesthesia in an accredited surgery center, between one to three hours. Consequently, if you aim at returning to your regular schedule right away, then CoolSculpting® Elite definitely is the way to go!

CoolSculpting® Elite vs. Liposuction – What about the Recovery Period?

Not all can afford to stay away from work over an extended time. If you are part of this category, then CoolSculpting® Elite is your go-to procedure. Apart from the typical side effects such as minor redness and bruising, you will enjoy unexpected levels of relaxation with CoolSculpting® Elite! Furthermore, with the treatment over, you can instantly hop back into your schedule without any social downtime!

Liposuction, on the other hand, is not as generous with patient recovery. Adequate recovery requires approximately one week of rest to unfold; together with a particular garment, such an extended recovery time keeps the swelling and bruising under control. It would help if you remembered to keep stress and arduous work in check during the healing process. To conclude, if you cannot take time off to rest and properly heal, then choosing CoolSculpting® Elite is a no-brainer.

CoolSculpting® Elite vs. Liposuction – Each Procedure’s Price Tag

Although no price tag should ever call the shots when choosing a cosmetic procedure, we cannot overlook the difference between CoolSculpting® Elite and liposuction. Being a nonsurgical procedure, the former will definitely go easier on your wallet than the latter – at VIPS, CoolSculpting® Elite goes as low as $400/cycle, considerably lower than its predecessor, CoolSculpting® Legacy (average of $600/cycle)!

The average liposuction procedure price in 2019 was a little over $3,500. However, this does not represent a fixed price quote, as various factors (e.g., number of treatment areas, amount of removed fatty tissue, and plastic surgeon experience) influence the final price tag. Dr. Vinyard will propose a final price based upon the factors mentioned above during your complimentary consultation.

Our mission here at VIPS is for our patients to focus solely on the experience and not on the financial aspects. Therefore, our office offers a financing program that makes the liposuction price go as low as $110/month, the perfect opportunity for you to seize the moment and bring your body-contouring goals to life!

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In the CoolSculpting® Elite vs. Liposuction showdown, the winner is always you, the patient! As long as you fully understand their advantages and benefits, both CoolSculpting® Elite and liposuction will work wonders on your body contour and help you get rid of unwanted fatty tissue. Unsure how to proceed? Why don’t you call us and schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Vinyard today? In the meantime, our blog contains helpful resources that can expand your knowledge on body contouring.

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