There are two options for fat removal: Non-invasive fat removal is accomplished by damaging the fat cells from outside the body and letting your body cycle them out through natural metabolic process. Minimally-invasive fat removal is accomplished by going under the skin via tiny incisions and actually removing the fat from the body during the procedure.
Non-Invasive Fat Removal
Fat cells are damaged by pushing them outside their acceptable temperature range, either by cooling or by heating. The body then metabolizes the damaged cells the same way it does millions of cells on a daily basis. It takes several weeks for your body to cycle out all of the damaged cells, and your body will never replace them. There is no downtime with non-invasive options, which is the biggest benefit to this category of procedures. We see that cooling has a much greater return on investment than heating, so we nearly always recommend Coolsculpting for non-invasive permanent fat removal.
Minimally-Invasive Fat Removal
Fat cells are melted by a small laser fiber and removed from the body via suction during a minimally-invasive procedure. Your body will not replace the cells, and downtime is minimal with these procedures. There are two types of lasers used in minimally-invasive procedures (front-firing fibers and side-firing fibers) and we use both to make sure your result is the best. These procedures also include skin tightening with the laser, which is one major category difference from non-invasive procedures. We find that the Smart Lipo procedure with the Precision Tx side-firing laser fiber is the best form of minimally-invasive procedure.
Coolsculpting v Smart Lipo
Both procedures have advantages, and we encourage you to take advantage of our free consultations so we can help you determine what procedure will be the best fat removal option for you. Coolsculpting has no downtime and can be repeated as many times as you like, but Smart Lipo will have a greater "one-and-done" result and has skin tightening , so you have to weigh your priorities to find the better procedure for your lifestyle and goals.
Use the menu to find our Coolsculpting and Smart Lipo pages for more info and pricing for each procedure, or call us at 419-893-2775 to chat.