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A Quick Guide to Coolsculpting, Liposuction and Tummy Tuck

14 Sep


How do I know if coolsculping, liposuction or a tummy tuck is a better option for me?

Last week I attended a Coolsculpting event organised by the Total Face Group Clinics.   It was an informative evening with lots of people interested to learn if coolsculpting was right for them.   

Coolsculpting is an effective non surgical fat reduction method.  Harvard Scientists discovered that extreme cold killed fat cells when they noticed kids who sucked on icy poles had loss of cheek fat.   Icy poles never looked so good!

Coolsculpting is non surgical fat reduction

The biggest advantage of Coolsculpting is that it does not involve needles, surgery or any form of anaesthesia or numbing cream.  It is a walk in walk out procedure with some patients checking emails while the procedure is performed.   It can however take up to 3 months to see the results.   It involves the use of specialised applicators that resemble a vacuum cleaner.   Depending on the area to be treated there are specific applicators to treat excess fat in the love handles, tummy, inner and outer thighs, double chin and bra puff areas.   

The limitation of coolsculpting is the amount of fat that can be removed.   This bring us to the next option of Liposuction to contour the body.

Liposuction can remove large amounts of fat

Liposuction is very effective in removing larger amounts of fat and to improve the body contour but involves an anaesthethic either under a full general or twilight sedation plus local anaesthetic and must be performed in an accredited hospital facility.   The new NSW Health guidelines state that all invasive cosmetic procedures must be performed in facilities accredited for surgery.    

Vaser Liposuction uses a precise, minimally invasive liposuction technology. The procedure is tissue-selective, targeting fat while protecting other tissues from damage.

Once the fat is removed, the skin has to shrink to fit the new contoured body.   Assessing the quality of your skin and its ability to shrink is the most important consideration in choosing between Liposuction or a surgical tummy tuck.   

Skin that has stretch marks has lost some of its elasticity and does not shrink well.

If you have excess skin then Liposuction may not be the best option.  Excess skin is commonly seen after pregnancy or following massive weight loss and may be suitable for an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck.  

tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat and repair the muscles of the abdominal wall.     This procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital.   To perform a tummy tuck an incision is made from one hip to the other dipping down over the top of the pubic hair. The incision is designed as low as possible along the bikini line so it can be hidden.

Abdominal muscle separation is repaired during a tummy tuck in much the same way as a corset. The  excess skin is trimmed and the wound closed in several layers. The belly button is refined and repositioned.  Liposuction can be performed in combination with a tummy tuck to improve the body contour and final results.

More Questions?

If you have any questions related to plastic and cosmetic surgery and live in Sydney, I invite you to attend one of my free Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery information evenings. I have one coming up soon. Click on the button below to learn more and register for a seat. This is perfect for people who are not yet ready to commit to a one on one consultation but have some questions they’d like answered by a certified plastic surgeon. Come along and ask me questions directly in a friendly, small group setting.


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Topics: Body
Dr Naveen Somia MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Written by Dr Naveen Somia MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Dr. Naveen Somia is a Sydney Plastic Surgeon who listens to his patients, understands their problems and works alongside them to help achieve their aesthetic goals by applying his skills and years of experience in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. A published author on Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Naveen’s blog is aimed at helping you make the right choices and stay safe in your quest to look your personal best.