CoolSculpting vs SmartLipo

June 14, 2019

CoolSculpting and SmartLipo laser lipo are one of the common fat reduction procedure today. However, they do differ in many ways such as:


SmartLipo laser liposuction refers to the invasive cosmetic procedure which uses a laser to melt away the fat under your skin. On the other hand, CoolSculpting refers to a non-invasive cosmetic procedure which uses the cooling applicator in freezing away the fat which is beneath your skin. CoolSculpting and SmartLipo laser liposuction are fat reduction procedures which have minimal recovery and downtime period. Both of these procedures will lead to a fat reduction in body parts such as the chin, upper thighs, upper arms and stomach. SmartLipo is a minor surgical procedure while CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure.


SmartLipo procedure sessions take an average of one hour and in some cases, they can last longer depending on the part of the body which is receiving treatment. You can notice the results after one week however, the results will be visible within 2 to 6 months. You only require one treatment for you to see full results.

CoolSculpting sessions can take about 40 to 60 minutes and you can see the results within 3 weeks, but the best results can be noticed after 2 months. Depending on your individual needs and the part of the body which will be receiving the treatment, you may need more than one treatment.


The Best Candidates for SmartLipo

Any individuals who are interested in this process must be in good health and since this is not a weight loss program, one must not have excessive weight or fall under the obese category. You also cannot undertake this procedure if you’re menstruating heavily, breastfeeding or pregnant. Other conditions which can deny you from accessing this procedure can include the following: vascular conditions, implants, multiple sclerosis, liver disease insulin-dependent diabetes, heart disease, cancer, blood clots, a defibrillator, and abnormal tissue growth.

Idea Candidates for CoolSculpting

The ideal candidates for this process must be healthy and have stubborn fat in specific areas in the body where exercise and diet cannot budge. You should not under this procedure if you’re breastfeeding or pregnant or if you have the following conditions:

  • Scar tissue at the treatment areas
  • Raynaud's disease
  • Poor blood circulation around the treatment area
  • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
  • Defibrillator
  • Numbness
  • Open or infected wounds
  • Past or current hernia at the treatment area
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Cold urticaria
  • A clotting disorder and skin conditions such as eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Rashes


When it comes to SmartLipo you will not feel any pain during the procedure but you can feel some discomfort or pain afterwards. On the other, you will feel some minimal discomfort during the CooSculpting procedure.

Recovery Time

SmartLipo can take about 2 to 4 days for your to recover after the procedure; you are required to avoid doing strenuous exercises for about 3 weeks. On the other hand, after you undergo CoolSculpting you can immediately start doing your normal activities.

Possible Side Effects

Some of the common side effects of the SmartLipo laser liposuction include discoloured or loose skin, discomfort, numbness or pain in the treatment area. Some patients may experience lumpy or dimpled tissue in the treatment area. One may also develop skin necrosis, blood clots, infection at the site and scar tissue under the skin. When it comes it CoolSculpting some of the side effects may include the following: stinging, tugging or pinching sensation during treatment, pain, aching, bruising, redness in the eyes, swelling and temporary skin sensitivity.


According to the report revealed by the plastic surgeons, the average cost of SmartLipo laser liposuction is about $5,450. The cost will also depend on the part of the body which will receive treatment, with larger treatment areas such as the buttocks and stomach being very expensive. Hips, neck or face, thigh area, back fat (for females) will cost you about $2,500. Buttocks, back fat (for males) cost about $3,000. The lower part of the stomach will cost you about $3,500. Fat around the knees will cost about $4,000. The upper part of the stomach will cost you $4,500. The average cost of CoolSculpting is about $2,000 to $4,000 depending on the areas you wish to treat, how many sessions that you require, and the size of the applicator. Very large applicators which are used in the abdomen cost about $1,500 while small applicators which are used in the upper arms will cost about $750.

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