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CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck – which is right for you?

shutterstock_127194242-300x212 CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck - which is right for you? | Northern VirginiaThe variety of cosmetic treatment options in the market today make it difficult to choose an appropriate body contouring procedure.

Patients who want to achieve their aesthetic goals within their time and budget should consider certain key aspects. The surgeon will discuss major body contouring treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical, during the initial consultation.

Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center (MBody), led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides liposuction, tummy tuck, and CoolSculpting treatments to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.


Factors to Consider while Making a Choice of Procedure

Time Frame

Patients trying to choose between CoolSculpting and liposuction plastic surgery should understand whether they want a single, intensive procedure with instant results and are they will to go through some downtime for recovery.

They may also consider if they would rather undergo multiple smaller non-invasive treatments with no downtime with visible results in three to four months.



The budget for the procedure is the main concern for many patients. The patient should consider the procedure’s overall costs and weigh them against the expected benefits.

They should also consider their financing options. However, they choose the most appropriate procedure between liposuction, tummy tuck, and CoolSculpting according to the surgeon’s advice.



Every patient has unique needs and circumstances. Therefore, every procedure may not be suitable for everyone as each of these procedures treats different problems.

Many patients may want help to eliminate small, stubborn areas of fat or leftover skin after they have lost a lot of weight. When it comes to sagging skin in the abdomen, unfortunately, Coolsculpting or liposuction is not likely to offer beautiful results. They may actually require an abdominoplasty.

Some real-life situations that the above is applicable to are as follows:


Patient Number 1

Sometimes patients have a small fatty “roll” that they want to eliminate (either in the hip, tummy, inner thighs, or upper back areas). This area can be “pinched” but does not have loose or hanging skin. The patient may have a smaller budget and no time to spend on recovering from invasive procedures. For such patients, Coolsculpting is the perfect solution!

The treatment of a single area with Coolsculpting takes almost one-hour in-office with no downtime. Additional treatment may be necessary for larger or multiple sites. The patient will start to see the outcomes within four to five weeks.

This procedure eliminates around 20 to 25 percent of fat from the treated area and the results usually manifest in four months or so.

As Coolsculpting is a non-invasive procedure with no requirement for anesthesia, patients who suffer from medical conditions, which make them unsuitable candidates for surgery, often can undergo this treatment.


Patient Number 2

If the patient requires treatment of larger areas, or would rather complete it all at one go, and their social and/or work schedule allows them to take around five to seven days of downtime, they may be good candidates for liposuction plastic surgery.

However, to undergo liposuction, the patient should have skin that is still quite tight and should not have much skin laxity. This procedure offers immediate results, but most will be noticeable after the initial inflammation subsides in nearly four to six weeks.

What if the patient has loose or excess skin? In such cases, the patient may need an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). While this is the most “invasive” of the three procedures, it also offers the most dramatic outcomes.


Patient Number 3

Some patients may have excess skin and abdominal muscles separation in the tummy area, and no amount of crunches can address this condition. A tummy tuck addresses all three aspects that lead to the development of stubborn rolls and wrinkly/hanging skin.

When performing a tummy tuck, the surgeon will repair any separated muscles. Muscle separation typically occurs during pregnancy. They will liposuction away the stubborn fat deposits and eliminate excess skin to create a toned and flatter looking abdomen area.

Cosmetic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for liposuction, tummy tuck, CoolSculpting, and other procedures. For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

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