The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery

CoolSculpting® vs. Liposuction: Two Fat-Reducing Options

The Jacobs Center for Plastic Surgery recently added a new treatment to its menu of services: CoolSculpting®. San Francisco Bay Area residents now have the option to come to Dr. Stanley Jacobs and Dr. Eric Culbertson for either surgical or nonsurgical fat reduction.

How to choose which is best for you? The decision is a personal one, but Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Culbertson are prepared to work with each man and woman who wants new contours, so together they can select the ideal course of action.

Put briefly, liposuction involves physically breaking up fat cells and suctioning them from the body, with the insertion of a cannula and the removal of the cells happening via a small, carefully sited incision. This incision will require sutures for closure so the wound can heal. Because of the nature of the procedure, patients who choose it will also have to take some down time after their surgery.

Though some initial swelling can mask the resulting contours, a reduction in volume is typically visible right away.

CoolSculpting® is the controlled cooling of fat cells with a special device that never breaks the skin. Instead, it chills a targeted area to a temperature that damages only fat cells, causing them to die off. There will be some redness and related sensations after a treatment, but there are no expected side effects that would necessitate a recovery period.

Results, however, are not as immediate. The body’s ability to process fat cells for elimination takes time, so the contours from a CoolSculpting® session—or, more accurately, series of sessions—are gradually revealed.

Generally, liposuction offers more dramatic results, while CoolSculpting® is a more gentle approach. Both can be applied just about anywhere excess fat collects.

Learn more about these fat-reduction options at The Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery. For more information, call the Healdsburg office at (707) 473-0220 or the San Francisco office at (415) 433-0303. You can also send a message online.