Body sculpting is a process by which fat and excess skin are removed from the body to create a more toned and defined appearance. This can be done through a variety of methods, but the most common are liposuction and CoolSculpting. Let's take a closer look at how each of these works.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a suction device to remove fat from specific areas of the body. This is generally done under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep during the procedure.
The first step is to make small incisions in the skin. Then, a small tube called a cannula is inserted through the incisions and used to suction out the fat. Once the desired amount of fat has been removed, the incisions are closed with stitches or staples and covered with a dressing.
CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction. It uses freezing technology to target and destroy fat cells without damaging other tissues.
During CoolSculpting, a gel pad and applicator are placed on the treatment area. The applicator delivers controlled cooling to the targeted area, which initiation of apoptosis—a natural, programmed cell death—in the fat cells. Once destroyed, these fat cells are eliminated from the body over time.
Body sculpting can be done through liposuction or CoolSculpting, both of which have their own benefits and drawbacks. Liposuction is more invasive than CoolSculpting, but it also tends to be more effective in removing large amounts of fat. CoolSculpting is less invasive and has minimal side effects, but it may not be as effective as liposuction for larger areas of fat removal. Ultimately, the best method for you will depend on your individual goals and needs.