What’s the difference between Coolsculpting vs Liposuction?

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While a healthy diet and regular exercise are essential to health and wellness, many people experience stubborn fat on some parts of their bodies.

Both coolsculpting and liposuction target the areal fat on one’s body. They are not ‘weight loss’ procedures. Both reduce the excess fat permanently.

We’ve compared coolsculpting and liposuction under different sides for you.

Noticeable results

Coolsculpting results start getting visible after a few weeks. You will be able to see the dramatic results after 2 months. However, your body will keep flushing the fat cells up to 6 months of your treatment.

Most liposuction clients begin to see results within 1-3 months after the surgery; once the post-operative swelling goes down.

Final results of liposuction can take up to 6-12 months.

Side effects

Coolsculpting is a non-invasive procedure and side effects are usually minor and temporary. Such as temporary swelling, bruise and mild pain. You can read more about coolsculpting side effects here.

Liposuction is an invasive surgery performed under anaesthesia. The possible side effects may include post-operative swelling, blood clots, and negative reactions to anaesthesia or some other complications.

If you are suffering from heart problems or blood clotting disorders, you should avoid liposuction.


Coolsculpting can reduce fat cells by up to 30%. After seeing your final results, you can book another session of coolsculpting treatment for further fat removal.

With liposuction, the maximum amount of fat that can be removed is around 3-4 litres (6-8 pounds). Removing more than that is generally considered as not safe. And it should be noted that the greater the volume of fat removal with liposuction will bring a greater risk of serious complications.

Liposuction provides more dramatic results than other non-invasive fat reduction procedures. However, it requires surgery under anaesthesia, may lead to serious health conditions and has a longer and more tense recovery time.

Treatment Areas

Coolsculpting machine has different sized applicators which makes it suitable for many areas. If you can pinch the excess fat, coolsculpting can treat the area.

The most common coolsculpting areas are as follows;

  • under the chin
  • upper arm
  • abdomen
  • flank
  • knees
  • back
  • bra fat
  • love handle
  • Underneath the buttocks (or banana rolls)
  • thighs

Liposuction machine has different size of tubes, which makes it suitable for different areas of the body. The most common areas for liposuction treatment are;

  • abdomen
  • breasts
  • hips
  • thighs
  • knees
  • arms
  • buttocks
  • cheeks
  • neck

Recovery time

After your coolsculpting treatment, you can go back to your normal daily life immediately.

It usually takes around 2 weeks to fully recover after liposuction. And because you get general anaesthesia with liposuction, someone will need to spend the first 24 hours with you in case there are any complications.


Coolsculpting prices are calculated per cycle. The most common coolsculpting cycle number for stomach in the UK is 4.

At Premier Laser & Skin clinics we have an introductory offer where you can book 4 cycles of coolsculpting only for £1800 (which is around 10% lower than other London clinics offering coolsculpting.

Liposuction prices depend on the area treated. For stomach area liposuction in London, the cost is around £3500-£4000.

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