Liposuction vs CoolSculpting: Which Is Right for Me?

Liposuction and CoolSculpting are both safe and effective ways to lose a few Slim woman wrapping measuring tape around torso after liposuctioninches of fat in stubborn areas that don’t respond to diet or exercise. Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, while CoolSculpting is non-surgical.  In order to determine which procedure is right for you, you will need to take into consideration a number of factors, including your goals, tolerance for recovery,  budget, and personal preference.

The best way to find out which procedure would be right for you is to visit Dr. Scott Holley at West Michigan Plastic Surgery.  Call 269-222-1611 today to schedule your initial consultation.

Pros and Cons of Liposuction and CoolSculpting

Liposuction has many benefits, including that it can reduce a greater amount of fat in one session than CoolSculpting can. If you are looking for dramatic results that show up more quickly, liposuction is probably what you want. Liposuction is also better for people with larger amounts of fat to get rid of.

The drawback to liposuction is that since it is a surgical procedure, you will need to spend some time recovering. Many patients are able to get back to work after just a long weekend, but it can take up to 3 months for all of the swelling to resolve.

CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is a non-surgical procedure with zero downtime. You can have a CoolSculpting treatment done over your lunch break and go immediately back to work and your normal activities. However, CoolSculpting often requires 4 or more sessions to see full results, and it is not as effective for getting rid of larger areas of stubborn fat.

Liposuction and CoolSculpting Candidates

You may be a good candidate for liposuction if:

  • You have multiple areas of stubborn fat that you want to get rid of all at once
  • You are looking for dramatic results
  • You are okay with taking a few days off of work as needed
  • You have realistic expectations

You may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting if:

  • You have smaller areas of stubborn fat that you want to lose
  • You understand that it may take more than one session to achieve ideal results
  • You do not want to undergo surgery
  • You are okay with results that appear slowly over time
  • You have realistic expectations

People often think that CoolSculpting is less expensive than liposuction, and this is true initially. However, depending on how many areas you need done and how many sessions you need to meet your goals, CoolSculpting could end up costing just as much as liposuction.

It’s better to choose your procedure based on which one makes more sense for you, rather than trying to choose the less expensive option. If you are unsure about paying the full cost of liposuction or CoolSculpting upfront, we offer financing plans to help you fit body sculpting into your budget.

Schedule Your Body Contouring Consultation Today

If you are interested in liposuction, CoolSculpting, or another body contouring procedure, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Scott Holley today at 269-222-1611 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Portage and Battle Creek, MI.

Say Goodbye to Sun-Damaged Skin with Halo!

Now that summer is over, the days are starting to get shorter and cooler. But the effects that the summer sun had on your skin may still last into the fall months and beyond. All that exposure can really have a negative impact on your exterior, causing many of the unwanted flaws and blemishes you may be experiencing. Fortunately, non-invasive treatments with Halo™ can wipe out those unfortunate reminders of happy times spent enjoying the nice weather to restore healthy, glowing skin. (more…)

Microneedling with the SkinPen®: Your Questions Answered

Here at
West Michigan Plastic Surgery, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about the best way to rejuvenate and revitalize aging skin. While we are proud to offer a number of safe and effective dermal treatments, the truth is, dull and damaged skin is no match for microneedling with SkinPen. Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling can reverse the flaws and blemishes brought about by the sun and aging to give you skin that shines.

How Does SkinPen Work?

SkinPen is microneedling at its finest. It works by causing countless micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s own natural healing process. The device’s tiny needles are extremely fine and short, which enables them to only penetrate the uppermost layer of the skin.

During treatment, the handpiece is glided over the selected area, easily removing dead skin cells and debris without causing any damage. This action activates growth factors which allow for the creation of new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid—all important elements to youthful, healthy-looking skin. For an added benefit, you’ll also notice that your topical skincare products will go on more uniformly and be more effective following your microneedling procedure.

Is SkinPen Right for Me?

Dr. Holley typically recommends SkinPen for women and men of any skin type—fair to dark. This therapeutic procedure is a great option for anyone who would rather avoid lasers or other MedSpa treatments. Your session will be personalized to suit your unique skin conditions, concerns, and goals to address a wide range of issues, such as: 

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Enlarged pores
  • Hyperpigmentation and sun spots
  • Acne scars
  • Dull, rough, or uneven tone and texture
  • Lax skin
  • Stretch marks

What’s SkinPen Procedure Like?

Treatments with SkinPen are relatively quick and painless. Sessions typically last about an hour, and there’s very little downtime once you’re finished. To begin, a topical anesthetic cream will be applied to ensure your utmost comfort. After the skin is prepped, the targeted area is coated with a gliding gel and the SkinPen is carefully moved over the skin. The sterile, disposable microneedle cartridge on the tip of SkinPen, set to the chosen settings, makes thousands of microscopic injuries that encourage cellular regeneration and repair.

What Happens After My SkinPen Session?

Dr. Holley will give you specific instructions for all of your post-procedure needs. While each patient experiences treatments with SkinPen in their own way, most patients will see some redness, swelling, and bleeding once the microneedling session is done. These symptoms are completely normal and they usually fade fairly quickly. You’ll be able to apply makeup within 48 hours. Make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your newly revealed healthy skin. 

Revitalize Dull and Damaged Skin with Microneedling in Western Michigan

If you would like to learn more about this remarkable skin-revitalizer and you’re in the Portage, Kalamazoo, or Battle Creek areas, please contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.

See Your Results Before Surgery with Vectra 3D® Imaging

What’s keeping you from finally looking your very best by booking cosmetic surgery? If it’s because you just aren’t sure how your procedure will turn out, then we have great news! Now you can peek into the future with Vectra 3D® Imaging at West Michigan Plastic Surgery to see exactly what you’ll look like following surgery. The Vectra goes along with our dermal imaging VISIA® Complexion Analysis to ensure that all of our patients get the most effective and powerful treatments possible before they even begin.

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