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Tickle Lipo vs. CoolSculpting: The Superior Path to Body Contouring

When it comes to reshaping your body, the modern world of cosmetic procedures offers a myriad of options. Among the most discussed are Tickle Lipo and CoolSculpting, each a testament to how far non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques have come for fat reduction and removal. But when held up against each other, it becomes clear that Tickle Lipo often provides a superior experience and outcome for many seeking body contouring solutions. Let’s break down the reasons why.

Fat Removal vs. Fat Reduction

Tickle Lipo: Fat Removal

Tickle Liposuction, formally called Nutational Infrasonic Liposculpture, is a type of liposuction that mechanically breaks down and immediately removes fat cells from the body. This method offers a significant benefit, as the results are immediate and substantial; once the fat cells are removed, they do not regenerate, leading to long-lasting body contouring outcomes.

CoolSculpting: Fat Reduction

CoolSculpting takes a different approach, using controlled cooling to freeze and destroy fat cells — a process known as cryolipolysis. Rather than physically removing unwanted fat, this procedure reduces the amount of fat cells in the targeted area by stimulating the body to flush out the dead cells over time.

While generally effective, cryolipolysis may not be as beneficial as direct fat removal. This is because it doesn’t provide the immediate and dramatic changes that removing fat cells does; the gradual process requires time for the body to naturally eliminate the affected cells, often leading to less pronounced contouring results compared to the more instant and noticeable fat reduction achieved through Tickle Lipo.

Amount of Fat Targeted

Tickle Lipo: Small to Large Amounts of Fat

Tickle Lipo, also known as AirSculpt, stands out for its efficiency in targeting small or large amounts of fat. Whether it’s a smaller area like the chin or a larger, more stubborn region like the abdomen, Tickle Lipo can be tailored to address specific concerns, providing a comprehensive solution for body sculpting.

Many people choose the Tickle Lipo procedure because it can dislodge and remove substantial amounts of fat in a single session. Using a specialized cannula that vibrates at a specific frequency, it can target areas with significant fat deposits for a dramatic slimming effect. While the exact volume of fat removed depends on various factors, such as the treatment area and your body composition, a single Tickle Lipo procedure can typically eliminate up to 11 pounds of fat. However, it’s important to note that Tickle Lipo, like other forms of liposuction, is not a weight-loss procedure but rather a body contouring method.

CoolSculpting: Small Reduction of Localized Fat Deposits

While CoolSculpting effectively reduces fat, it’s better suited for small, localized fat deposits. This procedure is generally recommended for individuals near their ideal body weight who struggle with isolated pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

CoolSculpting often requires multiple treatments to achieve the desired results, with each session contributing to a percentage of fat reduction in the targeted area. The process gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer rather than removing a significant volume of fat at once. Still, after multiple sessions, the overall volume of fat reduction is still typically less compared to Tickle Lipo.

Time Until You See Results

Tickle Lipo: Almost Immediate Results

One of the most appealing aspects of Tickle Lipo is the immediacy of the results. While some swelling is to be expected, many patients notice a visible difference in their body contour almost immediately after the procedure. This change becomes more pronounced as the body heals, with the final results typically observed within a few weeks.

CoolSculpting: Up to Several Months for Final Results

CoolSculpting requires a bit more patience. Since the body needs time to eliminate the frozen fat cells, results from a single treatment can take anywhere from one to three months to become apparent. In addition, each session is typically spaced about two months apart, meaning the total time to achieve the final outcome of all treatments can extend up to several months, depending on the number of sessions and the body’s response to the procedure. For those looking to see changes quickly, this wait time can be a significant drawback compared to the rapid results of Tickle Lipo.

Procedure Experience and Comfort

Tickle Lipo: Comfortable With Local Anesthesia

During Tickle Lipo, patients are kept comfortable with local anesthesia. The procedure is often described as feeling like a tickle, hence the name, due to the infrasonic energy causing a vibrating sensation. This gentle approach minimizes discomfort and often results in patients feeling at ease throughout the procedure.

CoolSculpting: No Anesthesia and Potential Minor Discomfort

CoolSculpting involves the sensation of intense cold and suction in the treated area, which can be uncomfortable for some individuals. While it’s not painful, the lack of anesthesia means that patients will fully experience the cooling sensation, which isn’t always pleasant.

Downtime and Recovery

Tickle Lipo: A Few Days of Downtime

The recovery period following Tickle Lipo is impressively brief. Most patients can return to their daily routines within a few days, making it an ideal choice for those with busy lifestyles. The minimally invasive nature of the procedure translates to less trauma to the body compared to other forms of liposuction and, therefore, a quicker recuperation.

CoolSculpting: No Downtime 

CoolSculpting boasts no downtime due to its non-invasive nature, allowing patients to return to daily activities immediately after the procedure. However, some may experience temporary numbness or discomfort in the treated area.

Long-Term Results and Maintenance

Tickle Lipo: Long-Lasting Results

Tickle Lipo’s results are designed to be long lasting. Once the fat cells are removed, they are gone for good. This permanence, coupled with a healthy lifestyle to maintain weight, means that repeat treatments are not commonly necessary. Patients can enjoy their new contours for years to come.

CoolSculpting: Long-Lasting Results

Results from CoolSculpting are also intended to be permanent, but the gradual nature of the fat cell elimination process means that additional sessions may be needed to maintain or enhance the effects. As with any body contouring treatment, maintaining a stable weight through diet and exercise is critical to preserving the results.

Beyond Fat Reduction: Skin Tightening

One aspect often overlooked in the realm of body contouring is skin laxity. Neither Tickle Lipo nor CoolSculpting inherently tightens skin. That’s where Dr. Leslie Smith’s expertise at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics comes to the forefront.

Dr. Smith’s Signature Combination of Tickle Lipo and BodyTite

Dr. Smith doesn’t stop at fat reduction; she takes a holistic approach. Recognizing that a contoured body looks best with firm skin, she offers treatments such as BodyTite alongside Tickle Lipo. BodyTite uses radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis (RFAL) to tighten the skin, complementing the fat reduction achieved with Tickle Lipo.

Combining Tickle Lipo with BodyTite gives you the dual benefits of fat removal and skin tightening in one efficient session. The radiofrequency technology of BodyTite not only tightens skin but also promotes collagen production for results that continue toimprove with time.

Your Personalized Body Contouring Plan With Dr. Smith

Dr. Leslie Smith is not just any practitioner; she’s a sculptor with a scalpel, a cosmetic surgeon who brings over two decades of experience to your consultation and procedure. Her approach is to tailor a body contouring strategy that resonates with your aesthetic goals, utilizing Tickle Lipo and other beneficial treatments as needed to give you the body shape you’ve long desired with the least amount of interruption to your life. 

Why Wait? Explore Tickle Lipo in Minneapolis Now!

While both Tickle Lipo and CoolSculpting offer paths to a more sculpted body, Tickle Lipo stands out for its ability to deliver significant fat removal and immediate results in a gentle, comfortable procedure. Its adaptability to different body types and the long-term nature of its results further establish it as the preferable choice for many patients.

Ready to reshape your narrative? Use our appointment request form or call 952-460-1970 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Leslie Smith.