You eat right, you exercise, you meticulously count calories and yet you just can’t get rid of that extra belly fat or love handles. Sometimes you just need a little additional help to permanently get rid of that extra baggage. Thanks to modern technology you have options. You can suck it out or freeze and get the body shape you deserve for all of the hard work you put in. SmartLipo and CoolSculpting are two of the more popular options you have. So which do you think is right for you?
What is SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is a minimally-invasive, FDA-approved process designed to remove excess body fat. As a safe alternative to traditional liposuction, SmartLipo utilizes laser technology which allows for a relatively painless, safe, and precise procedure. Compared to other fat-removal options in the market today, patients typically experience minimal cuts, minimal bruising, and fewer overall side effects with a very short recovery period of one to two days. Risks are limited and include minor or temporary localized swelling, bruising, and redness around treated site. Most healthy people are eligible to receive SmartLipo, though the targeted group is individuals who are about 25-30 pounds overweight. It is not safe for pregnant women or those with heart ailments, kidney disorders, hypertension, or diabetes.
SmartLipo is specifically intended for treatment of localized fat in the abdomen, thighs, hips, and love handles, but it can also be used on the face, breasts, or neck – including double chin. During treatment, SmartLipo liquefies fat deposits in the middle layers of the skin surface. Selective fat cells are targeted to be ruptured and the fluid then drains through a tiny incision. At the end of the process, skin is left smooth and unwrinkled. With the addition of SmartLipo Triplex to the field, this process has become even more precise, offering practitioners the option of three different wavelengths to perform high-definition body sculpting in conjunction with reduced procedure time and less patient downtime.
While SmartLipo should always be provided by an experienced and qualified cosmetic surgeon, it is a procedure that offers a lower cost and less side effects than more traditional liposuction options. Additionally, SmartLipo does not undermine healthy diet and exercise, allowing patients to continue their healthy lifestyle while removing stubborn fat deposits – or, conversely, allowing patients to begin a healthier lifestyle to maintain SmartLipo results.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is another FDA-cleared, non-invasive fat reduction procedure. Using controlled-cooling technology, CoolSculpting selectively reduces stubborn fat deposits that show little to no response to traditional healthy diet and exercise. Available in more than 70 countries around the world, CoolSculpting advertises no anesthesia and no patient downtime. Specifically designed to target the abdomen, love handles, inner thighs, outer thighs, and double chin, potential side effects include pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping sensations that subside. The ideal CoolSculpting patient is one who is generally in shape, but struggles with stubborn fat deposits or problem areas.
CoolSculpting is based on the scientific principle of Cryolipolysis, which states that fat cells are more sensitive to cold than the skin and surrounding tissues, meaning that intense cold could be applied to reduce fat while not harming areas around the fat. Utilizing the controlled-cooling technology, CoolSculpting essentially targets fat below the skin to freeze it. Frozen fat cells then “die” and, over time, the body processes the dead fat and eliminates the cells naturally. While the procedure involves intense cold, the equipment is designed to shut down automatically if skin is getting too cold, relieving any patient discomfort and risk.
CoolSculpting is intended to be a permanent removal of fat as it kills fat cells that the body then naturally eliminates. While untreated areas see no change in the distribution of fat cells, the fat in treated areas is gone for good. Typically patients see CoolSculpting results within three weeks, but the most drastic results will appear after two months. Since CoolSculpting is non-surgical, patients may resume normal daily activities immediately following the treatment. Also, while multiple areas may be treated at one time or during one appointment, treatment of each area takes approximately one hour.
Which system works better?
Although both SmartLipo and CoolSculpting have their virtues and their drawbacks, the question of which is better is entirely dependent on the client seeking treatment. In general, CoolSculpting is a procedure that is intended to target small, stubborn fat deposits that will not go away regardless of diet and exercise. CoolSculpting is not heavily recommended for patients who have larger fat deposits or who are not generally fit.
SmartLipo, on the other hand, is an option for anyone seeking to remove fat deposits from their body. Whether you have been leading a healthy lifestyle or you would like the procedure to jumpstart your pursuit of fat loss, SmartLipo is a viable option that is non-invasive, but involves slightly more patient downtime at a nominal one to two days.
In any case, consultation with a certified cosmetic surgeon is essential in making the final determination as they have the necessary medical experience and qualifications to lead you in the right direction.