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There are a variety of treatments out there claiming to eliminate fat. Here are some comparisons to help you make an informed decision on what treatment is the best and most effective for you.



Many new clients think Laser Lipo is the same as CoolSculpting and that couldn't be more wrong. Review the comparison chart and learn more about CoolSculpting below. To learn more details about the science behind Laser Lipo, go to the Laser Lipo tab under Treatments.



Laser Lipo


Some Facts about CoolSculpting

  • Otherwise known as cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting uses a vacuum-like applicator to suction an area of fat into a machine that deep-freezes your fat cells eventually causing them to die and be expelled by your lymphatic system, hoping to help a treated area MARGINALLY slim down.


  • After an hour in the machine, your fat is frozen solid, looking oddly like a stick of butter, and is then manually and painfully massaged to rapidly thaw the area.

  • CoolSculpting is at best uncomfortable and at worst quite painful.

  • Remember the old saying, can you “pinch an inch”? Well, if you can pinch more than an inch, you are NOT a candidate for CoolSculpting and many unethical practitioners will not be honest with you about that. Instead, they will attempt to sell you on doing many different areas of the body in back-to-back sessions.

  • Despite the expense of the treatment, multiple sessions are suggested. You don’t see your results for a few months, in some cases up to six months after your second session before seeing best results. You have to have patience.

  • Don’t underestimate the side effects which include massive bruising, pain, swelling, lingering tingling nerve pain that can last up to six weeks, and PAH (described below).

  • CoolScuplting has a potential side effect that appears to be more common than originally thought called Paradoxical (abnormal) Adipose (fat) Hyperplasia (unusual increase in a structure) or PAH. Sometimes the fat in the treated area expands and hardens into an unnaturally shaped lump in response to the extreme cold. Instead of gradually shrinking, the bulge actually gets bigger and firmer than the surrounding tissues, often resembling a “stick of butter” (the shape of the CoolScuplting applicator). Recent studies show that PAH occurs far more often – 1 out of 138 treatments – than the manufacturer has previously reported – 1 out of 4,000 treatments, which is a big difference!





Some Facts about Kybella

  • Kybella is a nonsurgical injectable technique used to target the fat beneath the chin.  The process uses a series of deoxycholic acid injections to target the fat cells in this area. No incisions are required, and the downtime is minimal in most cases.

  • The best candidate is an adult 18 years or older with moderate to severe fat beneath the chin. You might not be a good candidate if you have had or are planning to have facial surgery, if you have trouble swallowing, are pregnant or nursing, or have an infection or medical condition in or near the planned injection site.

  • How does it work? Deoxycholic acid is a bile acid, naturally produced by your body to help absorb fat. Kybella injections use a synthetic form of this as an injection. Once injected, the acid destroys fat cells beneath the chin area so it can’t store fat anymore. Make sure that a trained healthcare professional administers your Kybella injections since deoxycholic acid can kill other cells in the process as well.

  • Before the procedure, your healthcare provider will mark the injection sites with a marker and may administer a topical numbing agent or ice pack to ease any pain or discomfort. Usually 20 to 30, and up to 50, injections are used under the chin. The acid then works gradually to kill fat cells, which are metabolized by the body over the following weeks


  • The number of treatment sessions necessary varies for each person. Multiple treatments might be needed to reach optimal results. You can receive up to six Kybella treatments, with at least one month between each session.

  • There are risks and side effects. Though Kybella is nonsurgical, some common side effects include pain, swelling, bruising, redness, and numbness. The recovery process associated with Kybella is minimal in most cases, and downtime varies from person to person. Minor side effects typically subside in one to two weeks.

  • Serious side effects have occurred, including facial muscle weakness, uneven smile, trouble swallowing, or nerve injury in the jaw. Any post-treatment discomfort should be discussed with your healthcare provider. If you experience any of these severe side effects, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

  • What should you expect? Your healthcare provider should design a treatment plan according to your specific needs. Most people require more than one treatment to reach desired aesthetic goals with Kybella. In clinical studies, many people who’ve received Kybella treatment achieved visible results after two to four treatments. Six treatments were necessary in 59 percent of cases.

  • Once the deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells in the submental area, the results should be lasting, and further treatment is not expected as the fat cells can no longer store fat.

  • Kybella is very expensive. Each Kybella treatment costs between $1,200 to $1,800 on average. Your total cost is affected by the number of treatments needed, your healthcare provider’s fees, as well as your geographic location.

  • Kybella is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by medical insurance.

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