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Fat Reduction vs. Skin Tightening: Here’s the Skinny

With so many treatment options out there, it can be difficult to figure out which may be best for you.  To point you in the right direction, while maximizing your time and budget, it’s best to consider the following:


If you are contemplating CoolSculptingÒ or liposuction, there are a few key questions you need to ask yourself.  Are you seeking a single, intensive treatment with immediate results? Also, are you comfortable with some downtime post treatment? Or does the idea of receiving a few smaller, non- invasive treatments with absolutely zero downtime and results visible within three to four months’ sound more appealing to you?

Liposuction is your best bet if you are looking for instant results with one treatment and you do not mind building some recovery days into your schedule. Alternatively, CoolsculptingÒ could be an ideal option if you’re seeking to return to work and your regular daily routine immediately.


Budget is a major concern for most patients.  Some have saved money specifically for cosmetic treatments and others are trying their best to find a way for their financial situation to support the added expense.   Ask yourself if you are more comfortable making smaller payments, as with Coolsculpting, or if you have the means to take on the more significant costs associated with liposuction and surgery fees.


This is the most critical piece of criteria to consider.  Not every person is a candidate for every procedure because these procedures treat different issues.  Although many patients become interested in these treatments after losing weight, the fact is that none of these procedures is a magic wand for keeping the weight off.  Furthermore, liposuctionCoolsculptingVanquish and Exilis all address different concerns. Coolsculpting helps contour stubborn areas of fat with subtle results.  Liposuction offers a more dramatic change that removes excess fat from the body and contours the area for a sleeker appearance. Neither Coolsculpting, Vanquish nor Liposuction is going to tighten your skin.  If loose skin is a primary concern, consider Exilis or possibly a tummy tuck, based on your individual needs.


Be wary of aesthetic practices that only offer one option.  The reality is that there is no single treatment that is best for everybody.  There are a ton of medical spas that market a new machine or procedure that claims to fix everyone’s problems.  Well you know the old adage, “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”  This is a simple case of a medical practice trying to fit the patient to the machine, instead of vice versa. Dr. Pooja Malik believes that offering a wealth of modalities and options to treat each individual patient is key to successful patient outcomes. Doctors that practice with the same motto are the ones that are truly dedicated to offering the safest and most effective treatments, which ultimately saves the patient both time and money.

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