The days are getting longer. The air’s getting warmer. And everyone’s feeling a little more relaxed and carefree. That could only mean one thing – summer is just around the corner!

If you’re nervous that your body isn’t as ready for beach weather as your brain is, you may be interested in a little body contouring assistance. With so many procedures available and ready to produce excellent results, it seems as though there’s no end to your options. Two particular options – CoolSculpting and Liposuction – can show the most significant results on popular trouble zones, including the waistline, abdomen, and thighs.
But which procedure is right for you?


  • Are you close to your ideal weight? While neither CoolSculpting nor Liposuction should be regarded as a weight-loss tool, it’s important to note that patients who are close to their ideal weight will see more benefit with CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment that uses freezing energy to penetrate the dermis and break down up to 25% of fat cells. Being close to your ideal weight means you’ll see better contouring results.
  • Do you have excellent skin laxity? Liposuction and CoolSculpting can remove fat; however, they do not address skin elasticity issues. Significant fat removal may also require surgical skin tightening; this procedure is often performed after major Liposuction. If you have excellent skin laxity, CoolSculpting may be a more appropriate procedure.
  • How much time can you devote to recovery? Liposuction requires manual fat breakage and removal, which means swelling and bruising are far more common than with CoolSculpting. As a result, patients who undergo Liposuction need more post-op recovery time; with CoolSculpting, there’s virtually no downtime associated with the procedure.

Ultimately, the best procedure for your body contouring needs will depend on your goals, expectations, and lifestyle. To learn more about which fat reduction options are right for you, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Aycock in Walnut Creek, CA (925)-937-8377 or Greenbrae, CA (415) 925-1700.

Dr. Aycock serves the greater San Francisco Bay area.