SOURCE: Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation

Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation

December 09, 2014 07:03 ET

Boston Plastic Surgeon Compares Liposuction Versus CoolSculpting for Fat Removal

Dr. Leonard Miller Highlights Differences Between the Two Popular Fat Reduction Techniques, Both of Which Are Offered at His Boston Plastic Surgery Practice

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Dec 9, 2014) - Despite a nutritious diet and regular exercise, some people can never fully get rid of fat pockets that accumulate on particular areas of the body. "The troublesome regions I see most commonly among patients," states Boston plastic surgeon Leonard Miller, MD, "include the hips, thighs, abdomen, 'love handles', and back." At his practice, Dr. Miller says he offers two effective fat removal treatments for qualified candidates: liposuction and CoolSculpting®.

"While both procedures are designed to eliminate diet and exercise-resistant fat buildups, the main difference between liposuction and CoolSculpting® is that the former requires surgery and the latter does not," notes the Boston plastic surgeon. As a result, he reveals that liposuction can reduce the targeted fat layer by about 80% whereas CoolSculpting® achieves about a 20-30% reduction. "For this reason, liposuction can often be more beneficial for patients who have a moderate amount of fat buildup, and CoolSculpting® is generally advantageous for those who have smaller pockets of stubborn fat."

Another key difference between the two procedures is their respective recovery and downtime. As a surgical procedure, Dr. Miller says liposuction will generally require at least a few days of rest before normal activities and daily routines can be resumed. On the other hand, CoolSculpting® necessitates little to no downtime due to its non-invasive nature, though the Boston plastic surgeon notes that some redness and/or bruising can often be expected in the days following treatment.

In the end, Dr. Miller remarks that both liposuction and CoolSculpting® offer a number of distinct benefits to ideal candidates, and the most appropriate option will ultimately depend on the amount and distribution of fat present in the individual's targeted treatment areas. For people considering either procedure, he emphasizes the importance of seeking a board certified plastic surgeon to ensure the safest, most effective treatment.

About Leonard Miller, MD

Dr. Miller is a board certified plastic surgeon practicing in Boston and Brookline, MA. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town Medical School, and he is currently on the teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Miller has full operating privileges at several local hospitals and medical centers, and he maintains active membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and many other esteemed medical organizations. He is available for interview upon request.

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