It can be difficult trying to evaluate the pros and cons of the different fat-removal techniques available to you. The main fat removal treatments are long-lasting – there’s no going back.
The best way to get the answers you seek is to set an appointment with your trusted cosmetic doctor who will have recommendations for you based on your aesthetic goals, fat distribution, body shape, and skin type.
We know you have questions! We can show you before and afters, discuss the reality of the procedures with you and help you navigate the information you find online. Having realistic expectations of what the procedures can do for you is important to satisfying outcomes. Educating our patients about what they can really expect is key. No surprises! Just delight.
Fat freezing or liposuction?
This is, realistically, the first major question. Fat freezing is a non-surgical fat removal technique, but liposuction can have smoother results with a greater reduction in fat deposits. Which one of these treatments you opt for really depends on your goals and needs.
Fat freezing suits many of you because it’s not surgery – surgery has a certain gravitas to it that fat freezing simply doesn’t. The more dramatic results of liposuction surgery come with more recovery time, which doesn’t suit everyone. Being able to walk in and walk out of fat-freezing appointments can be really valuable to some of our patients.
Your budget may also impact what you can achieve and in what time-frame. Having less expensive but more regular appointments for fat freezing sessions may work well for you over the longer-term than one liposuction appointment.
If you’re a little under the weather or unable to undergo surgery, fat freezing can be a really useful fat-removal strategy. Not everyone is able to tolerate anaesthetic or has the capacity for the thorough healing required after liposuction.
The one that got left out – fat-dissolving injections
We also have fat-dissolving injections, which we find extremely useful for smaller areas like double chins. The substance is injected strategically into various treatment sites as per your wishes, and over time (like fat freezing) the body scavenges the broken fat cells.
Whether fat-dissolving injections are right for you will need to be discussed with your practitioner.
Getting help with treatment choices at our Melbourne clinic
There are many considerations when choosing your treatments, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. The best way to figure out what your options are – and what will best suit your body – is to make an appointment and talk it over with our experts. We like to think we can find out everything on the internet, but sometimes you just need to sit across from someone who knows what they’re talking about and hash it out.
Coolsculpt, Clatuu or Cooltech?
Fat-freezing devices come in several forms. Three of the most prominent are Coolsculpting, the Clatuu and Cooltech.
ENRICH clinic, for many years, used the Clatuu, because we believed it a superior, efficient device, giving our clients excellent results in a shorter amount of time. Whilst still a solid device, it has in our opinion, since been superseded by Cooltech.
The Cooltech fat-freezing device is the new kid on the block and offers multiple handpieces to perform the Cooltech fat reduction treatment. Cooltech is at the forefront of cryolipolysis treatments, allowing patients to reduce fat deposits in any outer area of the body without surgery. Six styles of the applicator (10 separate handpieces) treat every area of the body.
This doesn’t mean that the Coolsculpt won’t do what you want: it will, but it takes longer because it only has a single device head and requires more treatments. This is why we unequivocally prefer the Cooltech.
The pros and cons of fat-freezing versus liposuction
The main difference in outcomes is that more fat can be removed with liposuction than fat freezing. The treatments are quite different, however, including the price.
Fat-freezing pros and cons
- Clatuu has a dual head allows two areas to be treated at the same time (Coolsculpting only has one head)
- Cooltech has 10 separate handpieces to cover most areas of the body
- Relatively cheap (Coolsculpting tends to cost more)
- No downtime
- Two treatment cycles of Clatuu and Cooltech offers up to 25 per cent fat reduction (Coolsculpting requires more time per treatment, so ultimately half as much fat removal per treatment)
- Option for those who can’t undergo surgery
- Can have irregular results
Liposuction pros and cons
- One treatment required for on average a 40-50 per cent fat reduction
- Better body contouring
- See results faster
- Use liposuction with other skin-tightening procedures (like the ThermiTight)
- Recovery is bumpier – swelling, pressure garments required
- Surgical – requires incisions
- Tumescent liposuction (which we use) is considered very safe compared with other liposuction methods
- Large-volume liposuction may be appropriate
- Dr Rich is a liposuction pioneer in Australia, and you can expect excellent results
Cooltech fat freezing and Cooltech fat reduction treatments
The Cooltech fat-freezing device is the new kid on the block and offers multiple handpieces to perform the Cooltech fat reduction treatment.
Cooltech is at the forefront of cryolipolysis treatments, allowing patients to reduce fat deposits in any area of the body without surgery. Six styles of the applicator (10 separate handpieces) treat every area of the body.
None of the procedures is a weight-loss tool but is used exclusively for body sculpting.
Liposuction and fat freezing won’t leave you with sagging skin unless you already had sagging skin to begin with.
If you have a lot of loose skin or other irregularities, a combination of treatments or a different treatment strategy may be more appropriate. We have a solid handful of outstanding skin tightening devices that can be used across the body and face. Typically when we talk about skin tightening, we are stimulating collagen production and improving strength and elasticity of the skin. The depth and impact of skin tightening treatments vary depending on both the strength of the treatment and the state of the skin to start with.
If you have lost a lot of weight or have carried a baby, having skin tightening treatments combined with fat-removal strategies can work incredibly well. Post-baby or weight loss skin laxity is a common problem with high-tech solutions available at our Melbourne clinic.
While they all have their own limitations and areas they excel in, each of you is different and will need to speak to your cosmetic doctor for the full range of options for your aesthetic goals.
We have a great range of body sculpting treatments.