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This Liposuction Alternative Will Change Your Idea of Weight Loss


As a board-certified plastic surgeon who has spent more than 3 decades performing a wide array of procedures for the face, breasts, and body, I have come to enjoy explaining the inner workings of procedures and treatments we use in order to improve our outer selves. I believe that when patients truly understand the technology and method behind their procedures, they have a deeper appreciation for the processes and end results. For this reason, I take special care in detailing each treatment plan until I am confident that a clear understanding has been reached. As a plastic surgeon and longtime educator in our Albany community, it is not courtesy — but my responsibility.

In recent years, the growing popularity of non-invasive liposuction alternatives such as CoolSculpting® has highlighted one misconception in particular: that weight loss and fat reduction are the same. These terms sound simple enough. We hear them constantly on the radio, on TV, at the gym, and among friends here in Albany. But do you know the difference?

The creators of CoolSculpting have put together a series of diagrams to explain this very topic. Here’s how they explain fat reduction after CoolSculpting versus weight loss.

  • Weight loss: When we shed pounds, our fat cells become smaller, but we         ultimately still have the same number of fat cells. After a period of overindulging, for example, these cells can get bigger once again.
  • Fat reduction: Using a science known as Cryolipolysis®, CoolSculpting works by targeting and freezing fat cells. In the weeks and months following this FDA-cleared treatment, those fat cells are actually eliminated from the body and cannot return.

As part of my commitment to education, both among my patients and my peers, I am careful to explain that the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight-loss solution. In fact, it is best to be at or near your ideal weight before starting treatment. If you are wondering whether CoolSculpting or liposuction may be best for you, I invite you to read this past blog post for a good starting point.

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