Coolsculpting vs. Laser Liposuction

Coolsculpting vs. Laser Liposuction

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Laser Liposuction and CoolSculpting are the most popular procedures for fat removal. So, what is CoolSculpting? What is laser liposuction? What are the primary differences between these two procedures? Today’s article will answer these questions and give you details to make an informed decision. Read on! 

What is Coolsculpting?

CoolSculpting is a noninvasive procedure that removes fat content, including tissues and cells beneath your skin. Because CoolSculpting is a noninvasive medical treatment, it offers a wide range of benefits and leads to fewer complications. 

In fact, you can avoid the complications altogether when you choose a board-certified health provider. CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved procedure, and dozens of research studies have confirmed its benefits for men and women. 

Since its approval by the FDA, CoolSculpting has become a go-to fat removal procedure. Numerous studies show that CoolSculpting fat elimination treatments have increased by 823%. 

A health professional places a roll of fat between two panels with a lower temperature during the procedure. It is suitable for fat elimination from various body parts, including the abdomen, lumbar spine, thighs, buttocks, and sides. 

What is Laser Liposuction?

Laser liposuction is an advanced, cutting-edge cosmetic procedure that uses laser energy to melt fat content in the body. The laser energy penetrates the patient’s skin, goes deep into the layers, and liquifies the fat cells. The surgeon uses small tubes to vacuum or drain out the liquified tissues. 

Laser liposuction is one of the most sophisticated procedures with fewer complications than traditional surgery because the surgeon uses a small tube to suck out the liquified fatty tissues. Laser liposuction is ideal for men and women looking to achieve softer, tighter, and firmer skin. 

It promotes the production of skin proteins called elastin and collagen, allowing you to achieve your cosmetic goals without complications. Laser liposuction can remove stubborn fat from different body areas, including the abdomen, back, thighs, flanks, upper arms, buttocks, and chin. 

Differences between CoolSculpting vs. laser liposuction

Before you undergo a cosmetic procedure, it is crucial to get enough information about different techniques. Knowing the differences between CoolSculpting and laser liposuction will help you make an informed decision and select a method that best fits your cosmetic needs and budget. 


During CoolSculpting, a health professional applies a gel pad and applicator to the treatment area. The applicator is a highly advanced device that applies cooling to the treatment area that contains stubborn fatty tissues. 

Your health provider will move the applicator over your skin and administer the cooling technology to fatty tissues. We recommend choosing a qualified and board-certified health professional in Miami to ensure everything goes well. 

Otherwise, you will undergo multiple sessions without achieving your desired results. On the other hand, laser liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anesthesia. 

It means you will stay awake during the procedure. However, the surgeon will numb the treatment area to ensure you don’t feel discomfort or pain. The surgeon will make a tiny incision and inserts the laser under your skin. 

The purpose is to apply the laser energy and liquefy the fatty tissues. Once liquified, the surgeon will insert a small tube to extract or suck out the fatty tissues from your body. 


Coolsculpting Recovery is pretty streamlined and straightforward. In fact, CoolSculpting does not have a recovery time, meaning you can resume your day-to-day activities immediately after the treatment. 

However, some patients may experience slight redness and soreness in the treatment area. The good news is that these are minor side effects and go away within a few weeks. 

In contrast, laser liposuction requires a careful rehabilitation plan. You will experience bruising, soreness, and inflammation after the procedure. However, these will resolve within two weeks. 

Your surgeon will advise you to wear a compression garment 24/7 for at least two weeks. Avoid strenuous activities for a few days but continue taking shorter walks from room to room to ensure optimal blood flow to the healing area. 

Avoid smoking, keep your body hydrated, consume veggies/fruits, clean incisions, and avoid tight-fitting clothes, smoking, and alcohol. Sleep appropriately according to your health provider’s instructions to accelerate recovery. 

Recovery Time

Although CoolSculpting has no recovery period, you may experience slight soreness, but this goes away within a few days. On the other hand, you will have to follow your doctor’s guidelines for at least 7-10 days after laser liposuction. 

Good Candidate

CoolSculpting is an ideal procedure for stubborn fat removal. However, it is not a weight-loss technique. It is a suitable treatment for people within ten pounds of their target weight. You can lose no more than 25% fat in the treated area. 

So, a suitable candidate for CoolSculpting must have a weight close to the target weight and overall good health status. On the other hand, if you want to undergo laser liposuction, make sure you are healthy and near your ideal weight. 

If you are a pregnant woman or mom who breastfeeds a baby, you can’t undergo laser liposuction. If you have diabetes, multiple sclerosis, blood clots, implants, or live conditions, it is best to avoid laser liposuction. 

Average Cost

The average cost of CoolSculpting in Miami is between $2,000 and $4,000 per session. The price depends on various factors, such as the targeted area and the time required for administering the treatment. In simple words, expect to pay low for a smaller treatment area. You will pay more if you need CoolSculpting on multiple body areas. 

Research shows that the average cost of laser liposuction is between $5,000 and $6,000. However, the price may increase due to the surgeon’s experience, the treatment area, laser quality, and other facilities. 


Common risks associated with CoolSculpting are aches, cramps, bruising, firmness, itchiness, diarrhea, soreness, redness, and muscle spasms. However, these problems occur rarely. 

Risks associated with laser liposuction include numbness, itching, pain, discomfort, inflammation, discolored skin, saggy skin, fluid accumulation, and infections. Call your health provider when you feel severe discomfort. 

Post-operative Scarring

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat elimination procedure that does not involve incisions. So, there is no scarring after the procedure. Laser liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure and can cause a visible scar. However, the scarring is minimal and fades away over time. 

What to do Next? 

Moon Plastic Surgery is a reputable cosmetic surgery clinic in Miami with qualified, board-certified, professionally trained, and highly experienced surgeons. Our surgeons perform various cosmetic procedures, including laser liposuction. 

If you have any questions regarding CoolSculpting or laser liposuction, you can call Moon Plastic Surgery between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday to Friday. Our team will happily answer your questions and give you details on these procedures. 

Dr. John E. Nees, MD

Dr. John E. Nees, MD

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Dr. John E. Nees, MD specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery in Miami, FL


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