CoolSculpting vs Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck: How to select between Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Body Contouring Options

When you look in the mirror, do your eyes instantly go to the slight problem areas you have? If so, it means you’re human. For one reason or another, even when putting in the work at the gym and achieving results such as more toned muscles or improved definition, the human brain continues to focus on what is lagging, not what improvements have been made. Sad, but true.

If you continue to have problem areas that just don’t seem to improve, regardless of your diet or exercise, surgical and non-surgical options are available. Some of these options include CoolSculpting, liposuction, and tummy tuck. Each is vastly different from the other, each with benefits. So, if you’re interested in a possible body contouring procedure but you’re not sure which is right for you, here is what you need to know regarding CoolSculpting vs liposuction vs tummy tuck procedures.

CoolSculpting vs Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – Which one is better?

What is Liposuction

This is one of the most popular surgical methods for removing unwanted body fat. It is one option for removing a large amount of fat, so it is designed for more than just small problem areas. It is often used in more extreme cases, although it can be an option for removing fat in most areas of the body. As the name suggests, a slight incision is made in this procedure, and a surgical suction tube is inserted. This will then vacuum the unwanted fat cells from the target area.

This procedure has seen dramatic improvements in recent years, with smaller and smaller incisions required. This allows you to begin taking part in your normal daily activities without much downtime.

Real Liposuction Patient Results

Lipo front

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is another common surgical procedure used in body contouring. However, it is different from liposuction. With a tummy tuck, droopy, sagging skin is removed to tighten up the area. It is called a tummy tuck because the target area is often the front of the stomach, but the procedure itself can be performed on other areas of the body.

Usually, a tummy tuck is performed after sudden or substantial weight loss. Many women see the skin on their mid to lower stomach areas sag after giving birth. When this happens, no amount of exercise or dieting will fully tighten the loose skin back into its pre-pregnancy form. A tummy tuck will remove the excess skin and tighten the area of the body back up.

For others, weight loss after years of obesity can lead to droopy skin under the arms, around the belly, on the backside, and in any number of other places. A tummy tuck procedure can be used in these areas as well. A tummy tuck can also be combined with other procedures, including liposuction. Many cosmetic surgeons recommend having liposuction or even breast augmentation at these times as a convenience to the patient since it would require only one surgery. (breast augmentations, especially for women following pregnancy who want to lift sagging breasts, will receive both procedures at the same time).

Tummy Tuck Patient Results

Abdomen Front Tummy


This is a non-surgical body contouring option. It is also non-invasive, so no needles or surgical procedures are required. In fact, you’ll remain awake without the need for anesthesia. What CoolSculpting does is freezes fat tissue in a stubborn area. The frozen fat tissue cannot receive blood and oxygen while in this state, which means the fat cells will eventually die off. In order to perform this procedure, your skin care professional will apply a large, cupping type device over the problem area of your body. You will feel a cold, tingling sensation, but it is not painful by any means.

The process of freezing and killing fat cells does not deliver instant results. It takes time for the fat cells to die off. It then takes the body some time to process the dead fat cells. Changes begin anywhere from one to three months after the procedure, and you’ll see the final results generally around six months. However, everyone is different (some begin to see improvements in their contour after only a few weeks).

Coolsculpting® Patient Results


Something To Keep In Mind

Whether it is non-surgical or surgical, any kind of body contouring procedure will remove fat cells from target areas. Fat cells do not grow back. However, that means if you take in a surplus of calories, the fat cells of other areas of the body will begin to expand and absorb the surplus. In other words, while all of these procedures are excellent for targeting the areas that just won’t shed the fat without any adjustment in diet, problem areas will likely appear in other areas of the body, just not in the area you addressed.

So if you want to maintain and keep these body contour goals, you should discuss the best way to go about doing this with the Skin Center By CPS staff. The staff will go over what is needed to maintain and even enhance your improvements.

Discover The Right Body Contour Option For You

With the vast number of body contour options available, one is sure to fit your personal needs. However, determining this on your own can be difficult. That is exactly why you need to turn to the professionals here at The Skin Center By CPS to learn more about each of these methods of body contouring and discover which is best in helping reach your goals. You may find you only need to shed a few pounds, in which case CoolSculpting is the right way to go. Or there are larger areas you want to target and remove the fat from. In these situations, a surgical procedure may be best.

The staff here at The Skin Center By CPS will address all your concerns and ensure you’re able to reach your body appearance goals. So give the staff a call. You’re a phone call away from achieving your body contouring goals.