Two of the most popular non-surgical fat-busting procedures are CoolSculpting and Smartlipo in New Jersey. With very little downtime and few side effects, these treatments are ideal for individuals who want to reduce fat without major surgery. While each procedure offers its own benefits, more and more people at my practice are choosing CoolSculpting. Here’s why:
Unlike Smartlipo, which requires incisions, CoolSculpting is completely non-invasive. During treatment, a suction system gently draws the targeted area into position between 2 cooling panels without causing any damage to the skin. No anesthetic is necessary, and many people are able to read or watch TV while CoolSculpting chills the unwanted fat. Once the procedure is complete (usually within about an hour), you are free to return to your normal daily routine.
During the next several weeks, the fat cells that were damaged by the cold will be metabolized and naturally eliminated from the body. You may notice that your jeans start to feel looser within about a month after treatment. Most patients see about a 20% reduction in fat in the treated area with each treatment.
CoolSculpting is best for patients who are near their ideal weight but have problem areas in the abdominal region, such as “love handles,” a “muffin top” or a “spare tire.”
Smartlipo is a type of laser-assisted liposuction that uses the laser energy to melt fat cells, thereby making fat removal easier. Smartlipo may be a better option for people who want to remove fat from the upper arms, thighs or buttocks, since CoolSculpting is not generally used in these areas.
A local anesthetic is usually needed for Smartlipo, and downtime is usually about 24 hours. Like traditional liposuction, Smartlipo uses a thin tube called a cannula to suction fat from the body. However, the Smartlipo cannula contains a laser fiber that heats up fat cells, so less force is needed to remove the fat. The procedure can take 45 minutes or longer, depending on the size of the area being treated. Partial results are usually visible immediately, with final improvements seen in about 3 months.
Knowing What’s Right for You
Overall, if you are looking for a safe, completely non-surgical form of fat reduction, CoolSculpting is your best option. This procedure produces outstanding results, causes very little discomfort and can be completed on your lunch break. Individuals who want more significant fat removal may need to consider some form of liposuction. However, neither method is designed to be used as a weight-loss treatment. They are intended for use on individual areas of the body that need contouring.