CoolSculpting and Vaser Liposuction are two of the most popular fat reduction procedures at Cosmos Clinic in Double Bay, Sydney. But what are the differences between the two treatments?

Does CoolSculpting work as effectively at getting rid of stubborn fat? Are the results better with CoolSculpting or Vaser Liposuction? Which procedure is right for me?

CoolSculpting vs Vaser Liposuction: Key Differences

Here, we look at the main differences between the fat reduction cosmetic procedures offered at Cosmos Clinic to help you determine whether you are suitable for one over the other.

The procedures

The CoolSculpting procedure is a non-invasive treatment that helps to remove unwanted fat from various areas of the body. The procedure utilises cryolipolysis technology to literally freeze the fat cells that lie under the skin before the body’s immune system naturally eliminates them.

During a CoolSculpting treatment, a vacuum applicator will be attached to your skin’s surface in the area requiring fat removal. Controlled cooling is delivered through the applicator to expose and kill your unwanted fat cells. Depending on the number of treated areas, the procedure can take between 1 to 3 hours. During this time, you can read a book, work, watch an episode on your laptop or even take a nap.

Vaser Liposuction, on the other hand, is a more invasive surgical procedure to remove excess fat from areas of the body. The cosmetic surgery procedure uses ultrasound-assisted energy to break up and melt the pockets of fat for gentle removal through suction. The technology allows for not only fat removal but also contouring of the body shape and skin tightening through the stimulation of collagen.

If you choose to undergo the liposuction procedure, you will be placed under twilight sedation before small incisions are made near the targeted area. The cosmetic surgeon will work to remove the unwanted fat with the cannula and begin the body contouring process. For optimal results, you will be repositioned during the procedure. This ensures optimal fat removal from all the different angles of the treatment area. After the Vaser Liposuction procedure, you’ll be fitted into compression garments and discharged following a post-operative assessment ready for the recovery process.

The recovery

As a non-invasive procedure, CoolSculpting is a walk-in, walk-out cosmetic treatment. You’ll be able to resume your normal activities immediately with no downtime required. You may experience some mild discomfort, especially when the CoolSculpting applicator is first applied onto the skin, although most consider the treatment generally pain free.

After the CoolSculpting procedure, you’ll be able to return to work, continue your daily activities and even exercise. You may experience some slight redness or bruising, but this typically disappears quickly.

Vaser Liposuction naturally requires more recovery time due to the light sedation and the incisions made. While you’ll be able to return home on the same day as your liposuction procedure, you’ll need someone to drive you and you’ll want some time to rest post-op. You can expect to experience some minimal discomfort 2 to 5 days after your procedure with some swelling and mild bruising. Many patients return to work after this has resolved.

Recovery from Vaser Liposuction is assisted by the Cosmos Clinic team. You’ll be fitted with a compression garment which you will be required to wear three weeks full time and three weeks part-time to aid the healing process, encourage skin retraction and minimise the swelling. You’ll also need to attend regular follow up lymphatic massages for two weeks.

The results

Both CoolSculpting and Vaser Liposuction are effective fat removal procedures, however, the results can differ.

On average, a CoolSculpting treatment can remove approximately 20% of body fat per area. As such, you may require more than 2 to 3 treatments to achieve optimal results.

Vaser Liposuction, on the other hand, has the ability to reduce body fat by 80-100% and can remove small and large volumes of excess fat from various areas in the one procedure. This means the cosmetic surgeon can treat several of your problem areas during the procedure and you’ll also benefit from body sculpting to enhance your shape and natural contours.

While the final results of CoolSculpting tend to be less impressive than Vaser Liposuction, it all depends on what you desire from cosmetic surgery and the extent of your excess fat. Consulting with a cosmetic surgery team will help to ensure your expectations are in line with what can be achieved with the procedure.