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Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) vs. Coolsculpting- Which is best for you?

With so many fat reduction treatments and techniques available today, it is hard to know what works, what doesn’t, and which is right for you. At CCS, we currently offer Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) and CoolSculpting. We feel that these two modalities offer the best results of anything currently on the market.

CoolSculpting uses Cryolipolysis. Discovered by Harvard scientists, this is a technique that destroys fat cells by freezing them at -5 °C without damaging the dermis. A vacuum suction between 2 cooling panels draws the skin and fat into the device so that the fat cells can freeze against the panels without affecting surrounding tissue. It offers a non-surgical reduction of localized fat deposits that like to collect in the most stubborn places such as the lower abdomen, chin, hips, inner thighs, inner knees, and bra-roll. This modality is proven to work and has taken the Cosmetic Industry by storm for its ease of use and minimal downtime for patients. Most patients claim to see 15-25% fat reduction after the first CoolSculpting treatment. CoolSculpting and Liposuction both get rid of fat for good, and work best on patients who are at or close to their ideal weight.

Pros CS vs. PAL
-No Anesthesia needed
-Zero downtime (you can resume all activities immediately afterwards)
-Treats small, hard-to-reach areas such as chin and knees
-Minimal risk of contour irregularities
-Short treatment time
-Minimal side effects
-Works on areas where skin is mildly lax
-Full results visible at 12-16 weeks post treatment

Cons CS vs. PAL
-In some patients, multiple treatments may be recommended
-Numbness can last up to two months in treated area
-Tingling, redness, burning and mild discomfort can last up to three days
-Difficult to use on tight skin as it is hard for device to create suction
-Hard for this technology to taper and contour treated areas
-If multiple treatments are recommended it can become costly and time-consuming

Actual Patient

Actual Patient

Power Assisted Liposuction, also known as PAL, is the most commonly used Liposuction technique in Cosmetic Surgery today. PAL uses a vibrating tip placed on the end of the cannula that aggressively breaks up the fat causing Plastic Surgeons less fatigue while administering the procedure, and allowing them to be more aggressive in treatment. It is a quicker Liposuction technology that allows for shorter surgery times. However, it is too painful to be used without General Anesthesia. Cosmetic Surgery patients who plan to have other cosmetic procedures often opt in for PAL since they will already be under General Anesthesia. PAL works well for larger areas such as stomach, hips, chest, outer and inner thighs, and bra roll.

Pros PAL vs. CoolSculpting
-More effective in reducing fat from large areas
-Most patients rarely need a second treatment
-Has the ability to sculpt, taper and contour
-More effective in thick fibrous areas such as male breast tissue
-Can treat multiple areas in a short amount of time

Cons PAL vs. CoolSculpting
-Does not work well in areas with skin laxity
-Bruising up to three weeks post treatment
-Swelling can last for up to three months
-Approx 5-7 days of downtime
-Can be up to 12 months before full result is evident

Actual Patient

Actual Patient

If you are considering PAL or CoolSculpting, the best place to start is with a complimentary consultation. Click here to contact our office.


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