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How Does Liposuction Compare to CoolSculpting In Costs?

When it comes to fat reduction, CoolSculpting and liposuction are generating a lot of buzz. These are two procedures for permanent fat reduction that will yield permanent results for patients who wish to remove excess fat.

So how does liposuction compare to CoolSculpting in costs? For a fair comparison, you will have to consider the total number of treatments needed to achieve permanent results. For just one treatment, CoolSculpting is the cheaper option. On the other hand, while one treatment of liposuction can be expensive, it will give a more drastic result with just one procedure. The costs for each procedure may also vary depending on factors such as the size and area to be treated, facility costs, and post-procedure care.

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How Much Do These Procedures Cost? 

1. CoolSculpting

The price for CoolSculpting procedures varies depending on your treatment area, the size of the treatment area, the number of sessions needed, and your ultimate goals. The average patient can expect the price range of their CoolSculpting procedure at $2,000 to $6,000. The cost is based on each cycle wherein the applicator is placed on your body in the desired treatment area. A cycle costs about $650 to $1,000 on average.

You will notice changes in your figure within four to eight weeks, with full results by the twelfth week. If your desired goal is not met, the next CoolSculpting procedure can be done as early as eight weeks after the initial CoolSculpting treatment. The key thing to know about the cost of a CoolSculpting procedure is that it is customized based on the treatment. The price is determined based on your physical attributes, your desired goals, and the area you are treating.

2. Liposuction

A liposuction procedure costs anywhere from $4,500 and $7,500 for the procedure alone. This may seem like a wide range, but the price heavily depends on thepatient and the extent of the treatment. In general, liposuction of a small area like the chin will cost less than liposuction of a larger area such as the stomach or thighs. 

The cost of liposuction varies per person because it is tailored to meet an individual’s needs and desired results. Some patients may have a small problem area that can be addressed in as little as an hour of surgery. Others may be doing almost the entire body and the procedure can take hours. This will then require post-surgery care which is added to the total cost of the procedure. The combined cost of the surgeon's fees, anesthesia, surgical facility fees, and all other expenses can reach $4,500 to $20,000.

 3. Which Procedure Is More Cost-Effective for Fat Reduction?

CoolSculpting is flat out cheaper than liposuction per treatment. 

One liposuction surgery may cost more than one CoolSculpting treatment, however, it may cost significantly less in the long run. Typically, just one liposuction procedure is necessary to see complete results. On average, 50% to 70% of body fat from an area can be removed in a single session of liposuction.

On the other hand, about 20% to 25% of body fat reduction in the targeted area can be achieved in a single CoolSculpting treatment. CoolSculpting results are appreciated with an immediate reduction in fatty deposits seen with the final outcome in several months after a series of treatments.

While cost is obviously an important consideration when it comes to fat reduction, it is not the most important one. Patients should remember that their health and cosmetic satisfaction are ultimately the top priorities for a cosmetic procedure.

What Are the Factors Affecting These Procedures?


1. Areas to Be Treated

The most important thing related to your CoolSculpting treatment cost is identifying the areas you want to treat. Each body area counts as a single treatment area, so if you want your stomach treated, that is one area, but if you want your thighs treated, it will count as two treatments which will increase the total cost of the CoolSculpting procedure. Areas that are commonly treated with the CoolSculpting procedure are arms, outer and inner thighs, abdomen, and love handles.

2. Size of Area to Be Treated

The size of the treatment area or the shape of the body is an important indicator of the cost of a CoolSculpting session. The number of applicators needed for a specific treatment area is determined by the patient’s own body shape and size, as well as the fat reduction results the patient desires.

For example, some patients may only need a single large applicator for treating fat on their abdomen. In contrast, other patients may need two small applicators for the same area. A treatment under your chin will cost less than one on your stomach. If you want to do multiple areas at the same appointment, this will also drive your cost up.

3. Number of Treatments You Will Need

A significant factor that impacts CoolSculpting cost is the number of cycles required to meet the patient’s desired results. One session using CoolSculpting technology with just a CoolSculpting applicator is referred to as a cycle. For areas of the body that need mirror treatment such as upper arms, thighs, and love handles, two applicators will be used for each side. Mirror treatments are considered two cycles since two CoolSculpting applicators are used.

While a single treatment session significantly reduces about 20 to 25% fat thickness in the targeted area, most patients will need multiple treatments to be fully satisfied with the results. 

Learn more: How Many Times Do You Have to Do CoolSculpting?

4. Your Location and Provider

As the popularity of CoolSculpting continues to rise, this procedure is available in many different clinics and medical spas. If you do your CoolSculpting treatment with a doctor rather than a medical assistant or an esthetician, it will likely cost you more. In addition to this, if you live in an area with a higher cost of living, then the price of your body contouring procedure will go up accordingly.

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1. Treatment Area

Liposuction is tailored to the unique needs of each patient. The amount of body fat that needs to be removed and the size of the area being treated will play a significant role in establishing the cost of your procedure. The more areas a patient chooses to address at one time, the longer the procedure will take. The plastic surgeon can charge $4,000 per area for liposuction surgery. Liposuction is often used for large areas such as belly fat and fat bulge.

Costs can also be influenced by how technical the procedure is. If the procedure requires fine detailing, such as in the face or neck, it can take longer and be more expensive. In general, treating multiple areas of the body at the same time is overall cheaper than having all those individual treatments broken into separate sessions.

2. Hospital Facility and Surgeon Selection

Hospitals charge a fee when your surgeon uses their facility. Surgeons often require medical tests before you undergo any procedure to ensure you are in good health. This will help minimize any potential risks. The importance of having your procedure performed in an accredited surgical facility by qualified staff is critical in the decision-making process.

Your surgeon’s experience will also affect the cost to a varying degree. The more reputable the surgeon is, the higher the surgery may cost — yet this is not always a direct relationship. However, if the plastic surgeon you are considering has their own private or independent facility, their fee may be lower.

3. Type of Anesthesia

The use of an anesthetic to sedate patients is routine for liposuction surgery. The cost of anesthesia for liposuction can vary significantly for each patient. You want to make sure general anesthesia is provided by a board-certified anesthesiologist or a board-certified nurse anesthetist. If a surgeon uses a non-certified anesthetist nurse or a medical assistant to push the anesthetic drugs, the cost may go down but your safety may be at risk.

Anesthesia costs are typically billed by the hour. Be sure to ask in advance what will happen if the surgery goes longer than expected and who will pay for the extra anesthesia time.

4. Post-Surgery Care

The total costs associated with a liposuction surgery extend beyond the initial operation. You may need to pay for follow-up care in several ways. For example, you might need to pay for specific medications for your pain management or recovery. You may also need to pay for other bandages or for follow-up appointments that will be scheduled by your surgeon.

How Is CoolSculpting Different From Liposuction?

Liposuction and CoolSculpting are both safe and effective procedures to lose a few inches of fat in stubborn areas that do not respond to diet or exercise. 

CoolSculpting works by using a cooling technology called Cryolipolysis to spot-reduce fat deposits. Fat freezing targets fat cells with the external application of freezing temperatures. A technician passes the CoolSculpting applicator over your stomach to freeze the fat underneath. With CoolSculpting, the fat in the targeted area will be removed from the body with no damage to the surrounding tissue and cells. This treatment is considered non-invasive because the wand does not penetrate the skin and no general anesthesia is necessary. 

Over the following weeks, the treated fat cells are eliminated from your body through your regular bodily functions. CoolSculpting will require a few sessions over several weeks to see complete results and to achieve your desired goals for fat loss. 

Liposuction is a one-time cosmetic surgery to remove unwanted fat. Many patients opt to target several areas like abdomen, thighs, bra bulges, or arm flab in one session. This surgical procedure is similar to a tummy tuck procedure. In addition to removing excess fat from the abdomen area, a tummy tuck also removes excess skin. Most surgeons combine different liposuction techniques such as laser lipo, smart liposuction, or traditional liposuction for best results.

During liposuction, a plastic surgeon uses a long, thin instrument called a cannula to sculpt problem areas and suction out the fat through a tiny incision. When performed well, liposuction can truly sculpt the body to achieve a more shapely silhouette, reveal the underlying musculature, and reduce stubborn fat bulges.

Learn more: When Is CoolSculpting Better than Standard Liposuction?

Which Procedure Is Right for Me?

Ultimately, the most appropriate treatment option is the one that aligns with the aesthetic goals and individual preferences of the patient. There are several options today for fat reduction treatment such as CoolSculpting, Liposuction, smart liposuction, tummy tuck, laser liposuction, and even plastic surgery. If you wish to avoid surgery with its associated risks and lengthy downtime and do not mind gradual results, then CoolSculpting is the better option.  If you are simply looking to remove as much fat deposit as possible in a single session, then liposuction may be a more practical option.

For patients looking to treat excess fat over a larger area of the body or for patients desiring a more dramatic change in body contour, liposuction may be the most suitable choice for you. Liposuction is a more aggressive treatment option and allows for more fat to be removed during a single session.

If you are seeking a non-surgical method to reduce fat in a targeted area, such as in the love handles or outer thighs, CoolSculpting is the appropriate treatment for you. Changes in the treated area may become apparent as early as three weeks after CoolSculpting, and the most dramatic results can be seen one to three months after treatment. Your body will continue to process the treated fat cells from your body for approximately four months after your procedure. 

The bottom line is that both liposuction and CoolSculpting are extremely effective at eliminating areas of fatty tissue and contouring the figure. Many people will find that they will get an excellent result with either treatment, and the right procedure for you will be determined only by your personal goals and desired results.

Reduce Excess Fat at NJ CoolSculpting Center

If you are looking for a non-invasive and easy way to trim the bulges of stubborn fat that won’t disappear with diet and exercise, then CoolSculpting is the treatment for you. This procedure has lower risks and has a fat removal rating of up to 80%. Look no further than NJ CoolSculpting Center. NJ CoolSculpting Center is the leading CoolSculpting center in New Jersey. 

Our board-certified cosmetic surgeons will also thoroughly discuss with each patient how the procedure works so they can make an informed decision. Schedule for a consultation today and get trusted advice from New Jersey’s five-star CoolSculpting clinic. 

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