Battle Of The Bulge

By Nadiv Shapira, MD, FACS, FACPh,

Medical Director, First State Med-Spa

Both SmartLipo® and CoolSculpting® remove fat permanently. The results are long lasting, as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, these procedures differ in many other aspects. If you are considering a fat removal procedure, weigh the pros and cons of each, so you can decide which one is best for you.

Smartlipo Triplex®

This procedure is the newest laser-based liposuction available. It is a minimally invasive procedure in which a very small laser fiber is inserted under the skin. With the energy delivered through the laser, the fat is liquefied and the skin is tightened. Towards the end of the procedure, the fat is removed. The procedure is carried out in the office under local anesthesia and patients are able to go back to their normal routines in 1-3 days.


This procedure destroys fat cells by freezing them. CoolSculpting® removes about 20% -25% of the fat cells, so multiple treatments on multiple areas are usually needed. Each area is measured by the size of one hand and it is priced this way, as well. Each treatment takes a few hours and you are required to come back multiple times to see any results on each area. 

Oct. 1, 2019