CoolSculpting Vs Vaser Liposuction: Who Wins the Battle of the Bulge?

by | Saggy skin

Getting rid of excess fats is a tedious process that can leave you feeling like you’re up against an uphill battle. Sweating it out at the gym, adopting a new diet, or trying out juice cleanses – the efforts vary depending on your point of desperation to get rid of stubborn fats. And yet, it remains to be futile.  

This struggle is all too familiar for a lot of people. It is for this reason that some go beyond lifestyle tweaks and consider fat removal treatments. So, this is why we bring our focus on two contenders – Vaser Liposuction and Coolsculpting. Let’s see what these two can offer and how it can help you with unrelenting fats. 

The relentless battle against stubborn fats

We store fat in several different places which can sometimes leave us with unflattering bulges that hold us back from our coveted silhouettes. While we may be able to shed some of these fats through regular diet and exercise, others are simply difficult to burn. The most unyielding ones are the fats under our skin or the subcutaneous fat

Men and women store fat differently, but the struggle is harder for the ladies as theirs are more stubborn compared to the ones men have. The common trouble areas for women lie around the hip, buttocks, and thighs, or what some would refer to as saddlebags, thunder thighs, or bubble butts. While in men, the problem is in the lower abdomen, or what we call the love handles.

subcutaneous fat

Localised fat can be challenging to get rid of permanently, and these may come with cosmetic downsides. This struggle explains the shooting popularity of fat removal treatments, and among them, liposuction has risen through the ranks for its lasting effects in fat reduction and body contouring. However, non-surgical or minimally invasive alternatives are catching up, which is why we move to compare two popular options on different ends of the spectrum – Vaser liposuction and CoolSculpting

These comparisons should help you weigh these options and make an informed decision in choosing between ultrasound liposuction or fat freezing.

Vaser Liposuction

VASER Machine

Vaser stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance, a specialised technology that makes it a non-traditional liposuction treatment. It liquefies fat cells using ultrasonic frequency waves so that it’s easier and less traumatic to suction off. This effect significantly lessens the mechanical movement needed to break up the fats, thus preserving surrounding nerves.

This treatment can target areas such as the chin, neck, chest, arms, back, abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, and knees. One study concluded that this is a difficult and time-consuming one-time procedure that involves a high learning curve. Therefore, it must be done by experienced surgeons to ensure that you are safe.


CoolSculpting Machine

Instead of suctioning fats, CoolSculpting freezes them instead by subjecting them to temperatures below zero. The technology chills stubborn fats to the point where they crystallise, disintegrate (cryolipolysis), and gradually leave the body as waste. 

This FDA-approved treatment targets several problem areas such as the chin, neck, arms, chest, bra or back fat, axillary fat, abdomen, flanks, buttocks, and many others. This process involves a pulling and pinching sensation which are tolerable discomforts.

While most sessions take under an hour to finish, it can take longer for others depending on the area. Some problem spots may even need more than one session compared to other areas. Your doctor will determine this during an in-person consultation.


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Vaser Liposuction vs CoolSculpting


Vaser is a gentler option than its other liposuction cousins because it’s a minimally invasive treatment. As a minor surgical procedure, it involves small incisions to access different problem areas. However, the vaporising effect of ultrasound waves helps it to be less traumatic. On the other hand, CoolSculpting is non-invasive. The device focuses on the skin surface to freeze and decimate targeted subcutaneous fats. 



Due to its invasive nature, Vaser Liposuction is vulnerable to infections, bleeding, blood clots, and scarring. It can also likely cause the presence of tiny globules of fat in the bloodstream that can block blood flow to the tissues (fat embolism). It carries the same risks and side effects of traditional liposuction, but on a smaller scale. 

Meanwhile, CoolSculpting is designed to disintegrate fat safely, but it doesn’t mean that it’s foolproof. The success of this device is just half of the equation, and the other half comes from the skills of the doctor doing the job. In the hands of those who are less qualified, fat freezing can pose risks such as, redness, sensitivity, severe or prolonged pain and a reaction called Paradoxical (abnormal) Adipose (fat) Hyperplasia (unusual increase in tissue structures) or PAH. Instead of shrinking the targeted fat, it ends up getting bigger and becoming firmer than surrounding tissues. 

Paradoxical (abnormal) Adipose (fat) Hyperplasia

Besides risks that are unique to each procedure, they also share some common untoward reactions. In these fat removal treatments, uneven fat removal or asymmetry and contouring problems are likely to occur with poor execution. 


In liposuction, a period of rest is advised, with a minimum of 12 hours of downtime. The healing process will require you to restrict daily activities for a few days after the procedure, and possibly up to a week. You must also take caution when restarting your workout routine. In recent versions of Vaser Liposuction, the swelling resolves earlier at around 2-3 weeks after surgery, offering a shorter downtime.

CoolSculpting, however, doesn’t require extended healing periods. Patients can get right back into the swing of things immediately after treatment. 


Vaser is a reliable option when targeting large deposits of excess fats. However, the results you get after liposuction are not visible until the swelling goes down and the treated area heals. Most of the swelling settles around four weeks, but the final outcome is not entirely evident for up to 6 months

CoolSculpting, on the other hand, can take within three weeks to 3 months for any noticeable changes. The research revealed that it’s a promising procedure for non-surgical fat reduction and body contouring. It can reduce up to 25% localised fat after one treatment. 

Although the methods differ, both Vaser Liposuction and Coolsculpting are proven to get rid of fats permanently. 


However, even with their string of successes, both also come with limitations. Liposuction and fat freezing may be effective body contouring treatments with their own merits, but neither of the two is a replacement for weight loss

Both treatments are also unsuitable for significant skin sagging. Liposuction, however, can be done together with a tummy tuck to trim off the excess skin and promote good skin retraction. As a non-invasive treatment, CoolSculpting may help with mild to moderate skin laxity. Therefore, proper patient selection is necessary to encourage favourable results. 

Furthermore, both procedures don’t hold the promise of permanence without any effort on your part. Sans proper diet, regular exercise, and a healthy lifestyle, the fats left behind can enlarge in size and compromise results aesthetically.


Vaser Liposuction is considerably pricier than one session of CoolSculpting, especially if you get it done along with other surgical treatments like a tummy tuck. However, it’s also possible that you’ll need more than one session of CoolSculpting to achieve your desired outcome in certain areas.

According to MoneySmart, Vaser Liposuction in Singapore can cost anywhere from S$1,400 to S$14,000. Meanwhile, CoolSculpting runs an average of S$600 for each session. To know the cost that is specific to your case means that a consultation is necessary because the approach varies for each patient. 

CoolSculpting Vs Vaser Liposuction Infographic

Deciding between Vaser Liposuction and CoolSculpting shouldn’t end with what you’ve read here. Seek professional advice to fully understand which is a suitable choice based on your desired goal, and what would ultimately leave you with good value for your money. 

At The Dr Tyng Tan Aesthetics and Hair Clinic, we elevate the CoolSculpting experience through CoolAdvantage.  A recent upgrade that can freeze fats at a lower temperature, reducing treatment time nearly in half.

If you wish to take the non-invasive route in fat removal and body contouring, send us a message or call us today at +65 6235 0010 for a consultation. 

About Dr Tyng Tan

Dr. Tan Tyng Yuan, MBBS completed her graduate and medical education in the United Kingdom over a span of 10 years.

She is also certified by the Aesthetic Practice Oversight Committee (APOC) to operate various laser devices for skin conditions, administer dermal fillers, Botox and chemical peel.


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