Around this time of year, many of us make New Year’s resolutions that include losing weight and attaining a toned physique. However, keeping these resolutions isn’t as easy as it sounds, and you may be one of the many people who abandon their New Year’s goals1 when they fail to achieve their desired results. If you’re considering a fat removal procedure to assist you in ensuring your 2019 resolutions succeed, you may be wondering about liposuction vs. CoolSculpting, and which is a better option for you.

What’s the Difference Between Liposuction and CoolSculpting?

Liposuction is a consistently in-demand fat removal surgery. Nearly 250,000 people in the U.S. opted to get the procedure in 20172, ranking it the No. 2 most popular cosmetic surgical procedure nationwide, according to the most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. When performing liposuction, a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Michael Kulick will carefully remove body fat from specific areas through small incisions.

In contrast, CoolSculpting is a non-surgical fat removal option that uses intense cold to freeze and kill fat cells. The body gradually flushes out the dead cells over the following weeks through natural processes. Depending on the area being treated, CoolSculpting often requires multiple treatment sessions to achieve the patient’s goal, and each session can result in bruising and tenderness.

Who Should Consider Fat Removal?

As we age, many of us struggle with an issue called weight loss resistance3, where our bodies stubbornly hold on to accumulated fat, despite how much effort we put in at the gym. In addition, science has disproved the myth of spot reduction4 once and for all, which means you may not be physically able to lose that “muffin top” – no matter how many planks and crunches you do. It’s easy to see why liposuction and CoolSculpting have both become popular procedures. In short, they remove body fat that resists diet and exercise to help people get their desired physique.

When considering liposuction vs. CoolSculpting, it’s essential to realize that neither procedure is a substitute for a well-balanced diet and a sensible exercise plan that includes a mix of cardio activity and weight training. However, if you’re already at or near your ideal weight and still have pockets of body fat you’d like to get rid of, you may be well-qualified for either surgical or non-surgical fat removal to aid your efforts and help you succeed in your 2019 resolutions.

While both liposuction and CoolSculpting can be effective for the right candidates, liposuction is a better option for anyone who only wants to undergo one procedure, people who would like to see more immediate results or those who want to remove a larger quantity of body fat with more predictable outcomes. Liposuction also has a longer track record of success, and qualified surgeons like Dr. Kulick who have decades of experience performing the surgery can even use their skills to help you attain those six-pack abs you’ve always wished for, but have never succeeded in getting on your own.

Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting

The Best Liposuction in San Francisco

Over his more than 20 years in practice, Dr. Kulick has earned a reputation as one of the best liposuction surgeons in the Bay Area, having helped hundreds of patients regain their self-confidence and live their best lives with his finely honed aesthetic approach and technical skills.

Dr. Kulick is proud to provide LipoSelection as an innovative alternative to traditional liposuction. LipoSelection is a form of ultrasound-assisted liposuction5 that uses ultrasound energy to liquefy the fat before removing it from the body through tiny tubes called cannulas.

Patients usually report a high satisfaction rate with the toning and contouring results Dr. Kulick can create with LipoSelection, in addition to experiencing less pain, bruising and swelling during the recovery process. If you look at before-and-after photos of previous patients, you can see the dramatic improvements Dr. Kulick has helped people enjoy.

If you’re looking for the most effective way to improve your quality of life in 2019 by getting the smoother shape you’ve been striving for, resolve to schedule a private liposuction consultation with Dr. Kulick at his San Francisco office. Whether you choose to get liposuction as a standalone procedure, or combine it with another popular surgery such as a tummy tuck, you can make 2019 your best year yet!

Additional Reources

  1. Psychology Today. Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail. Retrieved from
  2. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2017 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report. Retrieved from
  3. Women’s Health Network. Weight Loss Resistance and How to Overcome It. Retrieved from
  4. VeryWellFit. The Myth of Spot Reduction. Retrieved from
  5. Healthline. How Effective Is Ultrasonic Liposuction? Retrieved from

Dr Michael KulickDr. Michael Kulick, MD is a leading board certified plastic surgeon in San Francisco, California. During an initial consultation, he’ll examine your individual anatomy, discuss all your options, and create a unique treatment plan along with any other necessary procedures. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of plastic surgery and are looking for a qualified cosmetic surgeon, use this online form to request a consultation with Dr. Kulick or call 415-956-2550.