Are you struggling with stubborn fat that diet and exercise can’t address? The fat pads on your belly, thighs, or upper arms can be persistent. Perhaps you’ve considered aesthetic medicine to attain a sleeker figure but can’t decide which option is best for your cosmetic concerns.

CoolSculpting Elite is an advanced non-surgical body sculpting treatment to reduce stubborn fat. Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgery that removes unwanted fat cells permanently. Both are excellent options when eating right and exercising proves ineffective at shaving inches from specific body areas. But there are differences between these two excellent body shaping options, so which one is right for you?

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical body contouring procedure. It strategically targets and removes excess pockets of subcutaneous fat on the body.

A tumescent liposuction is a form of liposuction that fills the treatment area with an anesthetic-containing solution before extraction. The tumescent technique for liposuction has eliminated many of the risks and complications associated with the traditional forms of liposuction.

Who Gets Liposuction?

If you struggle with localized fat, you may be a good candidate for liposuction. Before considering liposuction surgery, it’s critical to be close to your ideal weight and have a healthy body mass index. It’s essential to note that liposuction isn’t a weight loss procedure. You should not expect to lose a significant amount of weight from the process.

Liposuction’s chief purpose is removing stubborn fat rather than addressing loose skin. It’s why the ideal candidates for liposuction have good skin elasticity so as not to result in excess skin that sags.

What Is CoolSculpting Elite?

CoolSculpting Elite employs the CoolSculpting technology to permanently eliminate up to 25% of stubborn fat. In addition, it is the only FDA-cleared treatment to eliminate unwanted fat cells in nine areas. These include the thighs, flanks, abdomen, bra line, buttocks, upper arm, jawline, and beneath the chin.

The best way to learn if CoolSculpting Elite is the right body contouring treatment for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dreyfuss. One topic you’ll discuss is the type of unwanted fat you struggle with.

Pinchable Subcutaneous fat?

CoolSculpting Elite targets stubborn, pinchable fat above the muscle wall. That’s the key—the fat has to lie above the muscle wall. CoolSculpting treatments are only FDA-cleared to target subcutaneous fat—one of two types of body fat.

Subcutaneous fat is typically pinchable—like fat, you’ll find on your flanks (love handles) or upper arms. The jiggly fat under the skin is tough to eliminate, even for men and women who work out persistently.  

What Are the Differences Between Lipo and CoolSculpting Elite?

Choosing the proper treatment depends on your unique body type and cosmetic goals. Dr. Dreyfuss performs CoolSculpting to remove small fat amounts for mild to moderate outcomes. He employs liposuction to remove significant amounts of fat tissue, but it’s a more invasive procedure with surgical risks.

CoolSculpting technology freezes stubborn fat cells. In contrast, liposuction is a surgical procedure that suctions excess fat from targeted areas. While liposuction can address more oversized pockets of fat and is minimally invasive, it still requires a local anesthetic and a few days to weeks of recovery.

Are CoolSculpting Results Better Than Liposuction?

Results are the most crucial factors when choosing between liposuction and CoolSculpting Elite. The main difference is sculpting versus spot reduction.

Liposuction Is the Body Sculpting Gold Standard

During liposuction, Dr. Dreyfuss uses a long, thin instrument called a cannula to sculpt problem areas and remove fat through a tiny incision. Liposuction can genuinely sculpt the body to achieve a more shapely figure, reveal underlying musculature, and a reduction of stubborn fat bulges.

Liposuction is also the only fat reduction option that works almost anywhere on your body, including areas like the knees and underarms and larger areas like the hips, thighs, and abdomen.

CoolSculpting Is a Non-Surgical Spot Reduction

CoolSculpting uses a cooling technology called cryolipolysis—fat cell destruction by cold temperatures—to reduce fat deposits. A suction cup-like applicator is placed on the skin and emits a controlled temperature to destroy fat cells but not harm skin, muscle, or nerve tissue. Your body then treats the destroyed fat cells as waste and eliminates them naturally. Each CoolSculpting treatment can achieve up to about a 20% reduction in an area, but we can’t sculpt the site, nor can we determine the exact result.

Which Provides Faster Results: Liposuction or CoolSculpting Elite?

CoolSculpting results take time to appear. Liposuction benefits are almost immediate. Expect several weeks or a few months to achieve the best results after CoolSculpting. You can realize optimal liposuction benefits once the swelling resolves within a few weeks.  

How Do I Know Which Option is Best for Me?

The best way to choose the right option to achieve optimal body sculpting results is to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in body procedures. Dr. David Dreyfuss helps Chicago men and women achieve their cosmetic goals through a meticulous, proven process at his comfortable, stress-free Orland Park surgical center. To learn whether CoolSculpting Elite or liposuction is best suited for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Even if you’ve successfully lost weight through diet and exercise, spot toning is a myth, which is why you might still have stubborn fat on your arms, legs, abdomen, or thighs. You’ve probably heard that CoolSculpting can help you eliminate these trouble spots without surgery and want to know more about how this procedure works, including ways to maximize its benefits.

To provide you with more information on how to optimize your fat-freezing treatment, we’ve put together this post.

Post-CoolSculpting Massage

Some evidence suggests that massaging the targeted area for about two minutes immediately following a CoolSculpting session can improve your results by as much as 68% in the first two months and 44% after four. Since CoolSculpting kills unwanted fat cells, massage helps break them down to accelerate the elimination process. In addition, studies have found no evidence of adverse effects or complications resulting from a massage after CoolSculpting.

During your CoolSculpting consultation, you can inquire about a post-procedure massage and whether Dr. Dreyfuss recommends you continue massaging the area at home for a week or two afterward. We might also suggest wearing a compression garment for a few weeks to prevent swelling and speed your healing process.

Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Remember, CoolSculpting is not a substitute for healthy habits like eating right and regular exercise. So, pairing your fat-freezing treatment with smart lifestyle choices will help you reach your cosmetic goals sooner. Fuel your body with nutritious, whole foods like fresh produce and lean proteins. Avoid refined sugar, carbs, and processed foods.

While CoolSculpting doesn’t require any downtime, it’s OK to give your body time to rest and recharge. But getting back into your regular exercise routine as soon as you feel up to it will help you get the best results and maintain those benefits for years to come.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is an essential part of your overall health at any time, but it’s crucial after your CoolSculpting treatment. Increased water intake will help your body flush the dead fat cells efficiently. In addition, proper hydration maximizes your body’s natural healing process.

Consider a Follow-Up Treatment

Many of our patients see fantastic body benefits after one CoolSculpting session. However, a second treatment may help even further. The best way to determine whether you could benefit from a follow-up appointment is to visit with our experts. We can assess the results you’ve achieved and help determine whether another session is necessary. Remember, it can take up to three months to see optimal results after CoolSculpting. However, you may notice improvements in your body contour in as little as three weeks.

Where to Get CoolSculpting in Chicago

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss can help you get that summer-ready body you’ve worked on all winter to show off as the weather gets warmer.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our surgical facility in Orland Park by calling (815) 806-9400 or arranging a virtual consultation to continue your journey toward achieving your desired cosmetic goals.

When it comes to removing unwanted fat pads and bulges, Chicagoans have several options to get the results they want. Liposuction has been a mainstay in aesthetic surgery to get rid of pesky fat that diet and exercise simply can’t eliminate. But over the past few years, minimally-invasive technology has taken cosmetic medicine by storm. The prospect of achieving transformative results without the downtime of surgery is appealing to many patients—but do these procedures work? 

At Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, we offer two proven body sculpting technologies that use different approaches but achieve excellent results. Bodytite and CoolSculpting are both worth considering if you’re looking to have 2020 bring you a sleeker, tighter body outline.

What is CoolSculpting?

This non-surgical treatment uses advanced fat freezing technology to target fat without affecting adjacent tissue. The procedure crystallizes fat cells, killing them and allowing your body to naturally flush them away. Once the fat cells are gone, they don’t return, so you can count on permanent changes.

What is BodyTite?

This minimally-invasive technology produces long-lasting body shaping results in a single session through radio-frequency assisted lipolysis or RFAL. It tightens skin as it reduces fat bulges that reside in those troubled spots that you just can’t seem to target with diet and exercise.

CoolSculpting vs. BodyTite

CoolSculpting and BodyTite both can rid the body of unwanted fat, but their approaches couldn’t be more different. BodyTite melts fat cells with radiofrequency and then sucks them from the treatment site, while CoolSculpting freezes the fat cells, allowing the body to flush them away naturally. 

BodyTite is a minimally-invasive type of liposuction that requires mild sedation. Unwanted fat is extracted through tiny incisions; this is combined with radiofrequency treatment that stimulates collagen production and tightens the skin. The results are immediate and long-lasting, with most patients able to return to work after a day or two. 

CoolSculpting uses the technology cryolipolysis to freeze fat cells until they die and break down. The results take up to three months to fully realize, but there is no downtime, and you can return to normal activities right away after your treatment.


We are happy to help you decide between these two state-of-the-art transformative procedures. BodyTite is a safe, minimally-invasive form of liposuction that is highly effective in the removal of fat from those trouble spots. CoolSculpting is an ideal treatment for patients who want a non-invasive procedure with no incisions and no downtime. We work with all of our patients to develop a customized treatment plan to ensure that you meet your goals and get the body you want.

If you would like more information about which approach would be better suited for you, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss today!

What Happens to Fat Cells After Extraction?

Excess fat has been a focus of aesthetic medicine for some time. Although it’s safer to eliminate fat by the traditional method of eating right and maintaining a disciplined workout routine – some fat just won’t go away. Pesky fat deposits which haunt the abdomen, neck, upper arm, back and thighs seem immune to proper diet and exercise.
At Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, we employ two effective body sculpting procedures which target excess fat exclusively; liposuction and CoolSculpting. A question we often hear in our clinic concerning these procedures is, “where does the fat go?”

How Fat Cells React

Fat cells are different from other cells in your body. Once you reach adulthood, the number of fat cells remain stable. Gaining or losing weight does not ‘add to’ or ‘subtract from’ the number of these cells. Instead, they will expand or contract evenly throughout the body. You will get smaller when you lose weight or larger if you gain. To sculpt your body by reducing certain body parts individually, you need outside influence.
Aesthetic procedures reshape body contours by eliminating fat cells in target areas. Once the cells are extracted, they will never regenerate.

Fat Cell Extraction Through Liposuction

Liposuction removes fat cells from targeted areas manually. With a specialized suction device, this popular procedure will breakdown fat cells and eliminate them from your body instantly. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Dreyfuss will suction excess fat cells in precise patterns to reduce their number and improve body proportions.
You will realize the improvement immediately although there will be some swelling. After the swelling subsides, in about a week or two, you will enjoy a more pleasing shape in the treatment site.


This non-invasive fat reduction treatment uses the science of fat-freezing to safely and effectively reduce fat bulges in certain body parts. The procedure destroys fat cells rather than removes them. Then your body will dispose of the cells naturally. This process is a gradual one, so there is no change to liver function and blood lipids are not affected.
Once the cells die, they will collapse and be flushed out by the body’s natural mechanism. Then they will pass through the liver and excrete out by waste.

Maintaining Results

Because your body does not regenerate fat cells, your contour will never change in target areas. However, to maintain optimal results, we advise you to eat right and stay active. Proper diet and exercise will keep your weight down and underlying muscles toned and taut.


Liposuction and CoolSculpting are effective fat reduction procedures which can improve body contours. We recommend you are close to your ideal weight and it’s stable. Your skin should be pliable enough to conform to the new shape without hanging loosely from the target site.

CoolSculpting is designed for areas which need mild to moderate fat reduction whereas liposuction is more effective with the areas which need more intervention.

To learn more about body sculpting and which procedure is right for you, call us at 815-806-9400 or contact us today!

As men and women age, our facial aesthetics become more of a challenge with wrinkles and fine lines, drooping eyelids, crow’s feet and volume loss around the cheeks. Another under-emphasized cosmetic issue is a double chin. Whether weight fluctuations or genetics, submental fat beneath the jawline can make any patient look old and overweight. Not the best appearance as we move closer toward the holidays and those unexpected pictures taken by everyone with a handy smartphone.

Fortunately, there are multiple cosmetic treatments which can eliminate submental fat to deliver a sleek, slender and youthful neck just in time for your fall and winter festivities.

Neck Liposuction

This surgical solution will enhance your appearance by delivering an attractive frame to your facial beauty. It is an effective procedure designed to help create a natural-looking, beautiful neck line with patients who deal with mild amounts of excess fat and skin laxity. Neck liposuction gently removes fat from the neck area and can stimulate collagen remodeling and skin tightening in the months following surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss uses advanced techniques to slim and shape your neck to a graceful contour providing your facial appearance with overall balance and beauty.

Patients with mild to moderate submental fat and excess skin in the neck area are suitable candidates for neck liposuction. They want to improve their lower facial profile and jawline definition.


CoolSculpting® offers a non-invasive, non-surgical fat reduction treatment which literally freezes away the fat. This state-of-the-art treatment mechanism is suitable for multiple treatment areas including the neck. With a special attachment, CoolSculpting® targets submental fat below the jawline and kills excess fat cells without affecting adjacent tissues. The body will naturally dispose of these cells leaving you with a slender and sexy neck line within a few weeks after the procedure.

The treatment lasts for less than an hour and is so comfortable you can respond to emails, read, or stream your favorite shows during the treatment session. Some of our patients even take a nap.


Since 2015, Kybella® has been a revolutionary fat dissolver in the world of nonsurgical aesthetic treatments. Many in the cosmetic industry are saying it’s the biggest cosmetic breakthrough since Botox®.

Before Kybella®’s approval, there were few options to deal with submental fat other than liposuction and wearing a turtleneck. But now, this non-surgical procedure makes it possible to rid yourself of an unsightly double chin and achieve an elegant, and sleek neckline without incisions or downtime.

Kybella® is a formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the human body which aids in the absorption and breakdown of fat. Because it is not animal-based, allergic reactions are not likely.

These injections are designed to remove moderate-to-severe convexity associated with a double chin. Kybella® is a safe, in-office treatment performed by Dr. Dreyfuss himself at our surgical facility conveniently located in Orland Park. Before the treatment, we apply an aesthetic cream if necessary. Then, using a special grid, Dr. Dreyfuss will carefully draw the boundaries for the injections on the treatment area.

Next, he will use the grid marked on your chin as a guide to deliver the fat reducing injections with precision. The procedure is straightforward and simple, taking about 20 minutes to complete.

Kybella® destroys the underlying fat cells under the jawline to remove your double chin. Once destroyed these fat cells do not return or regenerate. They are gone and gone for good. Although weight gain can increase the size, it will never alter the contour.

Learn More

For more information about eliminating your double chin to achieve a beautiful, sleek neckline, contact us for your consultation today.

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CoolSculpting® is a state-of-the-art method of fat reduction that is growing in popularity. The non-surgical body contouring treatment freezes stubborn fat cells that are resistant to diet and exercise. Once frozen, the fat cells are naturally eliminated from the body, and results are permanent. Read our infographic below to learn more about what the procedure is like.

If you’re interested in CoolSculpting®, contact us today.

Since its introduction, CoolSculpting® has helped thousands of people finally eliminate stubborn fat deposits. CoolSculpting® exposes excess fat in certain areas to freezing temperatures, which destroy the unwanted fat cells. Then, the body naturally flushes these dead cells away, leaving the target area with an improved contour.

A question many patients ask is “How many sessions will I need?” The answer is different from patient to patient. Some patients require multiple treatments before attaining their desired results while other patients find one treatment is sufficient.

Target Areas

One factor which determines the number of treatment sessions is the number of target areas needing fat reduction. The CoolSculpting® applicators connect to the skin and isolate excess fat using suction. Each applicator is designated for specific body areas like the chin and upper arm, or bigger areas like the thighs and abdomen.

When treatment targets multiple areas the procedure will take additional time and in some cases multiple treatment sessions. For example for patients who wish to improve the contours of the thighs and abdomen, they may wish to break up the treatment into two different sessions, one for each target area.

How Many Treatment Sessions for Each Area?

Treatment results vary from patient to patient, so your initial CoolSculpting® outcome will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary for your desired results. The CoolSculpting® process can reduce fat by up to 25%. We can add more sessions if greater improvement is necessary.

Because results vary, it’s difficult to determine how many treatment sessions you may need. The best course of action is to take is a wait and see approach and schedule additional sessions when necessary to attain the desired outcome.

Results Are Not Immediate

CoolSculpting® results will be obvious once your body expels the dead fat cells. Therefore, your outcome is not immediate and will take between three and four months before you will realize the full results. Your body metabolizes fat cells and then flushes them away, with some patient’s body doing this rather quickly. Other patients may take more time.

Once your body contour stops improving, at about three to four months, you should schedule a follow-up visit. If you are satisfied with the current results, no additional treatment is necessary, but if you would like more improvement, you can schedule an additional session if practical.

What to Consider Before Coolsculpting®

CoolSculpting® is a body contouring treatment, not a weight loss procedure. It is for patients who are close to their ideal weight but are dealing with stubborn fat bulges in certain areas like the abdomen or upper arm. Because the treatment can reduce the excess fat by up to 25%, this reduction will not be significant for obese patients.

We recommend all of our patients be at a healthy weight before considering CoolSculpting®. Think of CoolSculpting® as the finishing touch rather than a starting point in body contouring, with diet and exercise being the initial regimen to attain the body you desire. Our first concern at Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery is to ensure your safety and health before attaining your cosmetic goals.

Next Step

If you are tired of pesky fat pads, which cause bulges in all the wrong places, you should consider CoolSculpting®. This non-surgical body contouring procedure is a good complement to a healthy lifestyle of eating right and working out. For more information on CoolScultping® or other procedures we offer for your aesthetic goals, call board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Dreyfuss today.

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Nature is many things—beautiful, wondrous, and miraculous—but it isn’t always fair. Though a mountain of literature extolling the aesthetic benefits of eating “clean” and exercising religiously exists, it’s often far from accurate. Certainly, eating well and working out is important; it can help you maintain a healthy weight, keep your skin looking younger and healthier, and ward off a number of illnesses. What it can’t do, however, is reliably create the “perfect” body… Not unless you go to time-consuming and sometimes unhealthy extremes, at any rate.

If you’ve been eating right and exercising for months now and you’re still not the proud owner of a perfectly flat, toned stomach, we invite you to set your burden of self-reproach aside: It’s not your fault. You have, in all probability, been sold more than a few falsehoods about the power of “healthy living” to sculpt the human body. You probably believe you can “blast away belly fat” with “five easy exercises” or “superfoods.” Alas, while catch phrases like these make for great buzzy headlines, they disguise a far more mundane reality: It’s actually impossible to spot-reduce fat.

 Why Is It Impossible To Completely Banish Belly Fat With Diet And Exercise?

When you expend energy via exercise, your body burns fat stores from around your entire body, not specifically from the region you think you’re “targeting.” In practice, what this means is that the fat your body is burning when you do those 200 crunches may actually be sourced primarily from your legs, arms, or chest, leaving an island of belly fat securely in place.

Where fat is stored depends on your particular metabolism, hormones, and genetic makeup: Some people are genetically programmed to store their “emergency fat” around their midsections and therefore retain a small spare tire and love handles even when they’re otherwise slim. (This adaptation was actually advantageous thousands of years ago: Shorter limbs and thicker trunks create better heat retention, which was essential during the Ice Age.) Similarly, some people are programmed to store fat in their thighs and buttocks.

In practical terms, you therefore cannot change your bodily composition via diet and exercise alone. You can achieve a healthy weight, but you cannot get rid of your lingering fat stores unless you take up extreme dieting—which is, for a whole host of health reasons, not recommended. The only solution to stubborn belly fat that won’t harm your body is, to put it plainly, cosmetic surgery. Don’t let that phrase intimidate you, however; if you’re not keen on the idea of liposuction, there are a range of non-invasive procedures available today that permanently destroy belly fat, such as CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting uses highly specialized technology to literally freeze fat cells below the skin, causing them to become damaged and be excreted by the body. It’s quick, easy, and often painless.

If you’re curious to find out more, why not book a consultation with us? We’ll be happy to guide you through choosing an affordable non-surgical solution to banish the belly fat that diet and exercise never will. Please contact us at Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery for a consultation today.

Surgical procedures can seem too drastic for the last few, stubborn pounds that don’t seem to go away, even with diet and exercise.  CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure that is perfect for those stubborn pockets of fat. Here’s what you need to know:

  • #1 non-invasive fat reduction procedure
  • 5,500 clinical trials were studied
  • 82% worth it rating
  • 4 million procedures have been performed worldwide

Schedule your consultation here, and be one step closer to the body you deserve.



Do you have stubborn pockets of fat that are almost impossible to eliminate? Have you tried committing to a particular diet or exercise, but you still haven’t achieved the body you desire? Due to aging and genetics, there are cases when body fat is difficult to destroy. It can be frustrating for people who want to look and feel good inside and out. Fortunately, today’s technology equipped us with powerful tools to help us achieve our life goals. Dr. Dreyfuss performs CoolSculpting and liposuction, two incredibly different procedures that are amazing for eliminating fat. Let’s find out which technique is best for you:

Would I Prefer a Surgical or a Non-Surgical Treatment?

CoolSculpting and liposuction are as different as treatments can be. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that can permanently eliminate fat without a single incision. CoolSculpting® works through a mechanism called fat freezing, which uses low temperatures that are cold enough to freeze fat, but not surrounding tissues. Fat freezing can specifically target fat for elimination. The treatment involves a few short relaxing sessions that eliminates these fat cells, which are then naturally flushed by the body. However, CoolSculpting® may require multiple sessions.


On the other hand, liposuction is a popular surgical technique for body contouring. During the procedure, a very small incision will be made so that a small tube called a cannula can enter the body. The cannula manipulates the tissue and removes fat using suction. Dr. Dreyfuss will make the procedure as comfortable as possible for the patient by using anesthetic and a tumescent solution that makes it easier to extract fat. Liposuction’s results are permanent, and only needs one treatment.

Do I Want to Eliminate My Body Fat in One Take or in Multiple Sessions?

Dr. Dreyfuss carefully plans every liposuction procedure to make sure the results satisfy the patient. In one attempt, unwanted body fat can be instantly eliminated through liposuction. Because liposuction is a surgical approach, it has an inevitable recovery process and healing process. Because of this, patients are more likely to maintain their results.

CoolSculpting® is a comfortable treatment that requires no downtime or recovery. It uses low temperatures that target fat for elimination; however, sometimes a treatment does not result in enough fat elimination. Sometimes patients need multiple treatments to get the perfect figure they desire.

When Do I Want to See Results?

As previously mentioned, liposuction is a surgical treatment that needs downtime to fully heal. The swelling reduces and the body contours begin to appear after a few weeks. Typically, the final result of liposuction can be seen in three months.

With CoolSculpting®, patients normally undergo a few sessions to see the full effect of the procedure. After the first treatment, changes in the body will appear as soon as 3 weeks. However, the first session is typically followed by more. The most remarkable CoolSculpting® results often appear 2 months after a treatment.

Learn the Best Treatment for You!

Feel like there’s more you need to know? Dr. Dreyfuss and his team of highly skilled experts will be glad to help you choose between CoolSculpting and Liposuction. Schedule a consultation, and start your transformation by giving Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery a call today!