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VASER Lipo VS CoolSculpting: Which is Better for You?

Fat removal for slimming down and contouring the body to achieve a more sculpted figure is one of the most common goals of patients. Many cosmetic procedures have already been developed to provide patients with a wealth of body contouring treatment options in order to get rid of diet-resistant fat. But unlike the surgical procedures that we’re used to hearing about, there have now been non-invasive techniques like VASER Lipo and CoolSculpting for those wanting a more sculpted figure with less downtime and physical trauma, especially on the treatment site.

But between VASER Liposuction and CoolSculpting, which is the better procedure for you? The better treatment would depend on what you need: VASER Liposuction may offer more immediate results with more significant changes, but it can require more recovery time than CoolSculpting and even offers the risks of scarring. CoolSculpting on the other hand may require repeated treatment sessions for significant results, but the procedure is convenient with minimal downtime and no risks of scarring. 

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Comparing VASER Liposuction and CoolSculpting

VASER Liposuction and CoolSculpting are two of the most popular nonsurgical procedures for fat removal and body contouring. Patients not opting to take the risk of surgery with traditional liposuction procedures would choose any of these non-invasive treatments, but how are they different from each other? They may be less invasive options for removing pockets of fat, but how they work, their procedure, results, benefits, and who they're aren't the same.

How They Work

Short for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance, VASER liposuction is a form of liposuction that uses ultrasound waves to break apart the bonds between the fat cells. These fat cells will loosen from the deeper tissues due to the heat. This non-invasive procedure offers a more gentle and controlled removal of fat compared with surgical forms of liposuction.

The ultrasound energy from the procedure removes amounts of body fat without breaking the connection of the muscles and fat tissue, leaving healthy tissues unharmed.

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment that uses cryolipolysis. This technique is an effective procedure for eliminating the diet-resistant fat layer by freezing the fat cells by exposure to extremely cold temperatures. The body will then dispose of these frozen clumps of dead fat cells as part of your metabolism.


Medical professionals have developed different types of body contouring solutions because not all patients can handle surgery. Both treatments are nonsurgical procedures.

With VASER Liposuction, you will receive general anesthesia or conscious sedation. Liposuction patients will receive injections of tumescent fluid or saline solution into the treated area. You will also receive an ultrasound probe through a small incision – this device will break up the fat layer and will be vacuumed out with a cannula. While VASER Lipo is nonsurgical, it still creates an incision and inserts the ultrasound probe.

CoolSculpting doesn't require needles, incisions, or even anesthesia. Plastic surgeons will just apply a gel pad and hold an applicator to deliver controlled cooling for the death of fat cells. They will gently move your device, continuing the cooling with suction.

What to Expect from Results

VASER Liposuction and CoolSculpting offer nonsurgical options for removing amounts of fat and body contouring – they reveal the natural contours of your body. They also have skin tightening properties that don't leave you with loose skin, unlike traditional liposuction treatments. However, these procedures only target localized fatty tissue and aren't really weight loss solutions.

Here are the areas that VASER Lipo can treat:

  • arms
  • buttocks
  • chest
  • chin and neck
  • hips and thighs
  • upper back
  • waistline and stomach

CoolSculpting also treats localized fat:

As for the results, you'll see the results of VASER Liposuction better after 3 to 6 months once your body starts to settle, while results from CoolSculpting will appear in about 2 to 3 weeks.

Patients who've undergone VASER Liposuction will need 2 to 3 days of rest with only minimal activity for the following 2 to 3 weeks. The recovery time for CoolSculpting is much faster since it's a non-invasive procedure – patients may return to their daily activities right after the procedure with only a few restrictions.

Who are the Ideal Candidates?

Many patients misunderstand VASER Lipo and CoolSculpting as weight loss solutions. Because of this, they must discuss with their plastic surgeons their expectations.

The ideal candidate for both procedures are the following:

  • nonsmokers
  • near their ideal weight with a low percentage of body fat
  • has pinchable fat
  • not pregnant
  • no underlying medical condition

Consult only with board-certified doctors when seeking treatment for CoolSculpting or VASER Lipo to receive positive results.


The cost of your VASER Lipo or CoolSculpting depends on your location and the clinic. For VASER Lipo, the estimated cost is around $6,500, depending on the area you want treatment. The price for CoolSculpting varies on the size of the treated area, usually between $2,000 to $4,000.

Which is the Better Procedure?

As for which is the better procedure between the two, it will truly depend on what you need. VASER Liposuction offers more significant results and may produce better body contours. This is because plastic surgeons can maneuver the ultrasound probe and suction the fat, unlike CoolSculpting, which needs the right applicator.

However, CoolSculpting is perfect for patients wanting more convenient body contouring solutions with the guarantee of not leaving scars. Since VASER Liposuction will still create an incision, there will still be risks of scarring. CoolSculpting also offers little to no downtime compared to VASER Liposuction which could take more recovery time.

VASER LiposuctionCoolSculpting
Type of ProcedureMinimally invasiveNoninvasive
How They WorkUses ultrasound waves to break fat deposits Breaks down fat deposits by freezing them at cold temperatures
ProcedureAfter giving anesthesia, plastic surgeons will create a small incision where they will insert the saline solution and ultrasound probe to break down fat cells. They will then use a cannula to suction out the fat cells.Plastic surgeons will apply a gel pad and will gently hold the CoolSculpting device over the targeted area.
What to Expect from ResultsNot a weight loss procedure
Not advisable for removing large fat deposits
Effective for body contouring
Highlights muscle tone
Effective for skin tightening
Not a weight loss procedure
Effective for body contouring
Effective for skin tightening
When to Expect Results
3 to 6 months

2 to 3 weeks


Offers more significant results
Has more precise body contouring
No nearby tissues damaged

Less risks
Less scarring
Permanent results
No nearby tissues damaged


Requires more downtime
Has risks of scarring

Requires multiple treatment sessions for significant resultsSubtle results per session

The Best Body Sculpting Treatment for You at NJ Center for CoolSculpting

Arm before and after coolsculpting

The best procedure for skin tightening and body contouring depends on your priorities as a patient. Those needing a more immediate and significant result who don't mind more downtime and risks of scarring may benefit more from VASER Lipo. On the other hand, patients are after convenience with little risks and don't mind receiving repeated sessions may be more suitable with CoolSculpting.

Patients wanting to know more about the CoolSculpting procedure for targeted fat reduction may book an appointment at New Jersey Center for CoolSculpting by visiting our clinic or reach us through our hotline.

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  • "The treatment itself was not uncomfortable. Afterwords, I felt great. I didn't really notice anything for about 30 days. After day 30 until about a month later, I started noticing that my favorite jeans were not as tight anymore. I wasn't having to suck in to get them buttoned. And by that two month period after my CoolSculpting

    Lesley Hamilton

    Age 41

  • "It's subtle at first, and then a month later you look and go, "Wow - It really did something!" It really moved the bar for me, and I'm feeling better about myself already. It feels so good to put on anything and know I look as good as I've ever looked. And I didn't say that or feel that when I was in my 20's, 30's, and 40's."

    Anne McMarthy

    Age 56

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