Body Contouring Battle: UltraShape vs. CoolSculpting vs. SmartLipo
With the advancements in body contouring technologies available today it can be difficult for a patient to determine which procedure best suits their needs. Three popular procedures that we offer include CoolSculpting, SmartLipo, and UltraShape. While each of these procedures can each provide great results they are vastly different.
There are four key variables to consider when deciding between these procedures:
1. Amount of fat
The amount of fat you are wanting to eliminate is a primary determining factor for which procedure you should choose. In general, CoolSculpting and UltraShape are both great options for targeting smaller bulges while SmartLipo is more effective on larger pockets.
It is important to note that none of the three procedures will effectively address issues with loose or excess abdominal skin. Patients with these concerns will most likely require a tummy tuck.
2. Invasiveness of procedure
Another significant point of differentiation between these procedures is the degree of invasiveness and length of recovery period. Both UltraShape and CoolSclupting are non-invasive (non-surgical) and require no downtime. In fact, many patients can come in for treatments on their lunch break and return immediately to work. In contrast, SmartLipo is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, with patients typically requiring 3-4 days to recover before returning to regular activities.
3. Number of treatments
SmartLipo is the best choice if your focus is on achieving the final result as quickly as possible. The SmartLipo procedure is a single treatment while both CoolSculpting and UltraShape typically require a series of treatments spaced out over several weeks in order to obtain optimal results.
Cost is often a factor to consider for patients. Procedure costs can vary depending upon the individual and what is required for optimal results. We highly recommend that patients schedule a consultation with their physician’s office to determine the total cost (including pre and post procedure fees) of each procedure. It is important to consider the total cost as both CoolSculpting and UltraShape are done over a series of treatments.
Which procedure is best for you?
While we encourage our patients to do some self-learning on each procedure it is very important to consult with an experienced physician or consultant before making up your mind.
Select a physician with experience in providing a variety of treatment solutions, as they will be in the best position to know how each treatment will affect your individual body. A knowledgeable provider will be able to recommend the best procedure given your preferences, body type, and goals.