by Bharat Kothakota, MD MPH
Shedding fat via exercise is difficult enough – compounded by the fact that targeting specific stubborn zones is not possible, it becomes intensely frustrating.
When you have done the best you can with diet and exercise, and still find yourself unhappy with how you look and feel, there are other options available to you. Two specific options – one surgical and one not – are highly effective in targeting stubborn fat in specific zones.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure and allows you to target localized areas of fat. The results are permanent. The same is true for CoolSculpting, except it is a nonsurgical procedure.
The differences between CoolSculpting and Liposuction are considerable.
If you are looking to have fat removed surgically and then want to do some contouring to even out any lumps and bumps, Liposuction and CoolSculpting will make a great one-two punch.
You should wait about six months after Lipo, to ensure you are fully healed, before you undergo CoolSculpting.
The best way to determine the action plan that will get you the outcome you are looking for is to have a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon that offers the technology at their facility. Be sure to share your medical history, be specific about your desired outcomes. Your doctor can only help you reach your goals if you work together to determine what is realistic and what is needed to accomplish it.