18 May CoolSculpting to Avoid Risks Associated with Surgery
Liposuction, just like any surgery, comes with some inherent risks. It is an invasive procedure that is relatively “light” compared to other types of surgeries, but it is still a surgical procedure that can be plagued with side effects. Spectrum Dermatology specializes in offering the most effective, safest, and proven results for clients seeking body contouring for patients who do not wish to pursue surgery.
CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: Differences and Similarities
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive alternative that requires no downtime, no surgery, and no anesthesia. Both liposuction and CoolSculpting can be used to contour and shape the body through targeted fat removal. The primary difference is that CoolSculpting freezes the fat through an external machine instead of surgically removing it with a vacuum. The body then absorbs that frozen fat, and it is naturally, safely dissolved.
Liposuction can come with many risks that CoolSculpting patients do not face, including risk of infection. Infection is possible with any surgery, and can occur from improperly sterilized equipment or poor wound care. Liposuction also carries the risk of permanent nerve damage. Temporary nerve damage is more common following liposuction, but in some cases, this damage can be permanent. It can cause numbness or increased sensitivity.
The fast and sudden removal of fat via liposuction can cause a loss of elasticity in the skin. Ripples, lumps, dents, bumps, and waves can all occur since the skin suddenly has to cover a much smaller surface area. CoolSculpting allows the fat to be dissolved over several weeks, which allows the skin time to adjust. On the other end of the spectrum, the “balloon” effect can happen with liposuction. It is a temporary swelling of the area that can last up to six months (which is why compression garments are often recommended after liposuction). No such risk is related to CoolSculpting.
Liposuction may cause a seroma, which is considered unusual swelling and different than the “balloon” swelling. It occurs when fluid gathers under the skin. In some cases, the fluid must be surgically drained. Hematoma, which might also be seen after liposuction, is a related condition where blood pools under the skin after a blood vessel breaks.