Important Differences between Liposuction and CoolSculpting

Everyone has those problem areas that don’t seem to disappear, no matter what we do. As professionals in the industry, we constantly seek ways to advise our patients to reach their goals. Liposuction, CoolSculpting, and weight loss are all ways that women and men try to treat their problem areas. All come with similarities and differences that make a case for each option. 

At O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we offer liposuction and CoolSculpting as two different ways to treat your problem areas as ways to remove fat cells. We use consultations to determine the course of treatment for your individual needs. 

Learning More About Liposuction, CoolSculpting, and Weight Loss 


Liposuction is often used for moderate amounts of fat cells. This requires a more invasive procedure, often leading to a longer recovery. Liposuction is done through a series of small incisions around the treatment area. From there, a thin tube is used to loosen fat cells so they can be vacuumed. 

Liposuction is an excellent option for enhancing your profile and increasing your self-confidence. This is a procedure that comes with permanent results. You can have a liposuction procedure for almost any problem area, including the abdomen, waist, thighs, hips, buttocks, upper arms, back, inner knee, chest area, cheeks, chin, neck, calves, ankles, etc. 

Liposuction’s recovery time depends entirely on the treatment area and the amount of anesthesia required. With this being the case, it typically can stem from a few days to a few months. You can discuss the most expected results with your doctor at the consultation to see what to expect. 


CoolSculpting is an excellent option for treating targeted areas of the body. Coolsculpting is FDA-cleared for 9 areas on the body, using Cryolipolysis or fat cell freezing with a fat reduction rate of up to 25% per treatment. The fat cells will break up, metabolize and flush out over the next 3 months. This treatment is non-invasive, meaning non-surgical and no needles. You can be treated quickly in a safe and comfortable environment. 

Complimentary consultation and assessment is necessary with your specialist to determine if you are a good candidate for treatment as well as a customized plan to complete your goal. Downtime is minimal to none. You will not have to miss a day of work or an hour at the gym. Treat and GO! Soreness, tenderness, and numbness are normal responses after your Coolsculpting treatment and will dissipate over a few short weeks.  Results vary from patient to patient, your Coolsculpting specialist will provide you with up-to-date information, realistic expectation, and post-care information. 

How To Choose 

Choosing the right decision for you is not only hard but also personal. At O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we as a team will work together to educate, assess and provide you with the information you will need to make your choice. We are committed to providing you with excellent care and service. Our Patient Concierges are friendly and helpful in guiding you to the right person and what you will need to know before coming in. Give us a call or check out our website or social media platforms for more information. 

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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