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CoolSculpting Vs Tummy Tuck

If you are healthy, relatively fit, and are unhappy because you’ve still got a little pouch of fat on your belly that you just can’t seem to get rid of with any amount of exercise and dieting, then you are likely a very good candidate for either Coolsculpting or tummy tuck plastic surgery.

Here are some things to consider to help you choose the best option for you.


Is it important to you that you are able to maintain your usual routine, eliminate downtime from surgery, and not have your activities restricted? If it is, then CoolSculpting is likely the better choice for you. Tummy tucks can have amazing results, but you’ll be down for weeks with compression bandages and drainage tubes making sure your surgery area heals properly. You can undergo a series of CoolSculpting sessions and achieve very similar results with minimal downtime and no risk of general anesthetic. You can leave a treatment session and go straight to the gym if you want.


Surgery is expensive. CoolSculpting is an excellent alternative. Several sessions are going to cost thousands less than surgery.

Your Goals

If you’ve got loose skin in your abdominal area from dramatic weight loss, pregnancy, or as a result of previous surgeries, you may not get the results you are looking for with CoolSculpting. While it will remove the excess fat, the removal and tightening of the skin really does require surgery. Be sure you are seeing a board-certified surgeon if you decide to have a tummy tuck. In addition to those considerations, keep in mind that the differences between invasive and non-invasive procedures are significant in terms of risk and your overall health.


Tummy tucks are done thousands of times every year, but the procedure is performed under general anesthesia and carries the same risks of other surgery. Complications may include blood clots, infection, scarring, and an allergic reaction to anesthesia, among other things.

Non-Invasive CoolSculpting

You may experience tugging, stinging, or a dull ache at the treatment site. Occasionally, pain may be strong enough to require a day of rest or the use of over-the-counter pain relievers. While most patients experience little pain after treatment, for the majority of those who do, pain only lasts about a week.

You are likely to see temporary redness and swelling at the treatment site. Occasionally bruising occurs.

The biggest risk for anyone undergoing CoolSculpting is not being honest with your doctor. If you don’t disclose current medications you are taking or existing medical conditions, your doctor cannot make an informed decision about whether you are a good candidate. So, it is very important to be 100 percent forthcoming.

If you want to learn more about CoolSculpting, call to schedule your free consultation. We’re here to answer all of your questions. We provide CoolSculpting for clients in Loveland, Fort Collins, and the entire Colorado Front Range.