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Tummy Tuck vs Coolsculpting (How do they differ?)

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Published January 9th, 2018 by

A tummy tuck and CoolSculpting are both means to sculpt the body, but each is done very differently.Tummy Tuck vs Coolsculpting - Om'echaye

Tummy Tuck

Before beginning the procedure, the client is sedated with local or general anesthesia. The first part of the procedure involves placing incisions in the abdomen; the type and location vary by the type of tummy tuck. From there the navel is reattached, the surgeon does some sculpting, tightens the sagging muscles, removes skin, and then closes the incisions. The entire procedure takes multiple hours.


CoolSculpting involves marking off the area to be treated and then placing a transparent gel pad which is meant to protect the skin from the cold temperatures. An applicator head is used over the gel pad. Said applicator head suctions the area as well as cools it down, or freezes the fat, using two panels. After about an hour, the practitioner massages the region to aid fat elimination further.

CoolSculpting Advantages

CoolSculpting has many advantages, many due to its non-invasive nature.

  • It does not require anesthesia making it an excellent option for people who do not wish to undergo surgery or have problems with anesthesia.
  • There is no required downtime. After CoolSculpting, a person can return to a typical day.
  • The body eliminates the fat on its own making it an excellent option for those who prefer a natural method.

Disadvantages of Tummy Tuck

Like the name says, a tummy tuck is specifically for the tummy or abdominal area. Another disadvantage of the tummy tuck is that it focuses more so on tightening the loose skin and muscle in the abdominal area rather than removing fat.

The most significant disadvantages though are due to it being a major surgery. Not only does the procedure itself take a long time, but a client also requires at least two weeks of downtime. There is also post-operative care. Clients are left with drainage tubes that they must monitor and empty, bandages need changing several times a day, and a compression garment must be worn around the abdomen.

Comparing the Side Effects

DocShop states side effects and risks of tummy tucks include pain, swelling, bruising, bad reaction to anesthesia, blood clots, and infection.
According to Healthline, the side effects of CoolSculpting include a tugging sensation at the site, temporary bruising, redness, skin sensitivity, swelling as well as aching, pain or stinging, and paradoxical adipose hyperplasia.

By comparing side effects, it’s easy to see that CoolSculpting is the safer choice.

Choose CoolSculpting at Om’Echaye

For more information on the CoolSculpting options and how we can help you reach your ideal healthy body, schedule a free consultation at Om'echaye.

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