Liposonix vs CoolSculpting: What’s the Difference, Anyway?
In the ongoing battle against stubborn fat, several high-tech non-invasive fat busters have popped up as seemingly magical solutions to the age-old issue. But what’s the difference be-tween the two main players, Liposonix and CoolSculpting? And which service is right for you? Well, it turns out the main differences are temperature, location of the fat you wish to eliminate, and the way fat is removed from hard-to-fix areas like the abdomen, flanks and thighs.
“Even individuals who are at their ideal body weight and fitness level may have localized fat de-posits in the abdomen. This is largely determined by their body type and this type of fat is usually resistant to diet and exercise,” says Dr. Mark Jewell, board-certified plastic surgeon and Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Oregon Health Science University in Portland. “What’s unique about Liposonix is that it targets fat in the mid-level layer of the abdomen with thermal ultrasonic energy to destroy the fat and tighten the collagen layer. Fat reduction devices that use cold cannot target this layer nor tighten collagen. With other technologies that use ra-diofrequency energy, there’s always a risk of a burn.”
Many patients find themselves confused about which areas are best to treat before trying the fat-diminishing treatment.
“Liposonix is a non-invasive treatment for localized fatty deposits in the abdomen of individuals who meet the screening criteria of at least one inch of tissue on a pinch test - and who have good skin tone,” he adds. “Typically, after a Liposonix procedure, a patient will lose 1 pant or dress size and 1 inch of waistline circumference. Multiple treatments may be performed if need-ed.” It is currently FDA approved for only non-invasive waist circumference reduction.
The average cost for Liposonix treatment ranges from $1,500 - $3,000, per session depending on location.
“CoolSculpting uses patented cooling technology which selectively targets only the fat cells in the treated area. The skin and other surrounding tissue are unaffected, whereas the heating technology behind heat-based fat reduction procedures is not selective. The heat must travel through the skin and tissue to reach the fat cells,” says Dr. Grant Stevens, Medical Director of Marina Plastic Surgery and Orange Twist, Clinical Professor of Surgery at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. “The CoolSculpting procedure is ideal for patients who are looking to target un-wanted fat that is often resistant to diet and exercise. The procedure is not intended as a weight loss solution for overweight or obese individuals. It is currently cleared by the FDA to treat in-ner/outer thighs, flanks (aka "muffin top") and tummy.”
Treatments tend to range from $750 - $1,500 per session depending on physician and location, but often patients see very positive results in as little as one session.
So which is right for you?
After speaking to several physicians and people who have tried either one or both treatments, it seems like individuals looking for very targeted, specific fat reduction are best suited for the CoolSculpting treatment, while those with larger general areas of stubborn fat will potentially see more success with Liposonix. You should always consult with your physician before making any fat reduction decisions, and should seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.