Want to get rid of that extra fat, but not sure which non-invasive treatment to use? Here are the differences between Coolsculpting vs. Sculpsure.
Have you been trying to change your body? Working out like crazy and focusing on your nutrition? Are diet and exercise just not cutting it anymore? You’re not alone. The use of non-invasive fat reduction methods has increased over 17% since 2016.
You might be a good candidate for a non-invasive body contouring procedure to get rid of that stubborn fat that just won’t disappear. CoolSculpting or SculpSure might be the answer you have been looking for.
CoolSculpting and SculpSure are two of the most popular body contouring procedures. Both are FDA-approved non-invasive fat reduction techniques that can be successful alternatives to liposuction. Keep reading to learn more about non-invasive body contouring and these two techniques.
What is Non-Invasive Body Contouring?
Non-surgical or non-invasive body contouring is a process of destroying fat cells that are just beneath the skin. This type of procedure may be a good choice for people who have reached a healthy weight and have those few stubborn fat deposits still hanging around.
These procedures are great because they don’t require anesthesia or downtime, it’s a quick procedure in a doctor’s office, and pain is minimal. You generally have to go to a few treatments over time to get the results you desire. Although it depends on the methods you select and the area you are addressing.
Isn’t This Just Like Liposuction?
No! Liposuction has been the traditional method for fat removal among plastic surgeons and patients. But it is a much more invasive procedure, requires anesthesia, and is generally an in-patient procedure.
Liposuction involves the physician making small incisions and inserting a small tube to suction fat out of your body. The physician moves it around the target area to sculpt your body.
While liposuction is great to remove large quantities of fat, it’s not meant to target small, specific areas that can be treated using more non-invasive methods, like CoolSculpting or SculpSure. Non-invasive methods don’t involve any incisions, which may be preferable to many people.
The process is totally safe, there are no incisions, no blood, and only spectacular results! Now let’s talk a little more about these two methods: CoolSculpting and SculpSure.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting has been around for nearly 7 years and uses a technique called cryolipolysis to freeze away fat cells. These cells are then eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system. CoolSculpting is so precise that it can target only the fat cells under the skin and leave the surrounding muscle and tissue unaffected.
Once the fat cells are eliminated, they’re gone forever. Even gaining a significant amount of weight can still leave you with a slimmer, more contoured area where you had the procedure done. The process can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the size of the area being treated.
Now that you know a little bit about what CoolSculpting entails, let’s talk pros and cons.
Pros of CoolSculpting
One of the biggest positives of CoolSculpting is that it works! There are a number additional positives of CoolSculpting, which makes this an attractive option for many people as well.
- The technology used in CoolSculpting has been used for many years, so there are proven, effective results to support its continued use
- It can be used for hard to reach areas, such as the neck, arm, inner thighs, and bra line
- Some providers actually use two machines simultaneously, in a process called DualSculpting
- There is no downtime. Return to work or your everyday activities immediately after completing the procedure
Taken together, all of these positive benefits of CoolSculpting make it one of the most popular methods of non-invasive body contouring out there.
Cons of CoolSculpting
Of course, the CoolSculpting procedure isn’t perfect and there are some negatives associated with it, including a bit of discomfort and numbness.
- There may some mild discomfort when the suction cup is removed
- The target area is massaged after the treatment to help break up the fat cells and this can cause some discomfort
- If you have liver cirrhosis or are pregnant, you are not a good candidate for this procedure
- Bloating and swelling is possible
- There may be some numbness to the touch in the target area for 2 weeks or so
Despite these drawbacks, CoolSculpting is still a great option for many people. However, there are other options as well.
SculpSure is another non-invasive option available to good candidates for these procedures.
What is SculpSure?
Sculpsure is a hands-free device that uses laser-focused heat to target your fat cells that are below the dermis. The SculpSure device uses wavelengths of energy that don’t damage surrounding skin.
The beams are warm enough to destroy the fat cells while leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. Over time, the body eliminates these fat cells naturally and you get tighter, more toned body contours with no surgical scars. One of the best parts is that the fat cells don’t return after they have been eliminated.
The goal of the procedure is to target the “fat destruction zone” which is the ideal depth and temperature to destroy fat cells. Some patients report a little discomfort during the session, which has been described as prickling or pinching. Your doctor can adjust the settings to minimize any discomfort.
After the treatment, the body gradually gets rid of the fat cells, but patients may see visible results in as little as 6 weeks. Maintaining your toned and contoured body with diet and exercise is important, though, to make sure you continue to see the results you desire.
You have the background information, now let’s talk more in detail about the pros and cons of SculpSure.
SculpSure also has several positive aspects to it, included its effectiveness.
- The procedure is quick; it’s usually completed in 30 minutes or less
- There is minimal if any, discomfort
- There’s no downtime and you can return to your normal life immediately after the procedure
- Almost anyone can have it (with the exception of pregnant women)
- There are many different applicators and sizes to choose from, which allows for targeting of small or specific areas
- It stimulates collagen production in your skin, which increases firmness in the treated area
SculpSure is a quick procedure, making it a great option for people with busy schedules.
As with any treatment, there are a few downsides of SculpSure, including tenderness and sensitivity.
- There could be some minor bruising and swelling
- Treatment areas could be a bit tender after the treatment
- Patients cannot be in direct sunlight for a week after the treatment as they may be more susceptible to sunburn
- You usually need to allow 6 weeks between treatment
- Some patients have reported that they developed bumps on their skin after the treatment
- Visible results may take a little longer than with other treatments
Now that you have been introduced to both CoolSculpting and SculpSure, you might be wondering which is the better option. Stay with us and we’ll compare and contrast the two methods.
CoolSculpting v. SculpSure
CoolSculpting and SculpSure can both be effective for patients who want to target specific areas. It is especially useful to those patients who are diligent about diet and exercise but still have stubborn fat pockets that just won’t disappear.
Both procedures have many things in common, but there are some differences when thinking of treatment time, duration, side effects, and recovery.
The first is the most obvious. CoolSculpting uses cold to remove fat while SculpSure uses heat to do it. So, the decision is one of hot or cold, which will work best for your situation.
How Long Does It Take and How Long Will It Last?
With both treatments, you may need more than one treatment to get the results that you want, though, so you shouldn’t expect to go once and never have to return. For many people, it is a process rather than a once-time procedure.
The good news, though, is that with both procedures, once the fat is gone, it stays gone, even if you do gain some weight. That contoured body will stick around, even if you put on a few pounds.
The treatment duration for SculpSure is less than CoolSculpting. While CoolSculpting may take 45-60 minutes, SculpSure only takes around 30 minutes, giving it an edge here.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
The results you see with CoolSculpting usually take a bit longer than with SculpSure. With CoolSculpting, you may see changes as early as 3 weeks after the treatment, but major, noticeable changes usually take 2-3 months to appear.
SculpSure is often quicker to produce results. You will likely see noticeable changes at 6 weeks post-treatment and then the most significant results 3 months after your treatment.
Cost is also a factor, and while cost varies by treatment provider, SculpSure is generally a bit less expensive than CoolSculpting.
This should give you some background on CoolSculpting and SculpSure and give you an idea of whether this might be something you are interested in. A trained provider can give you more information and help you determine which is right for you.
The Next Steps
Have you reached a healthy body weight but are still seeing areas you are unhappy with in the mirror? Are you constantly exercising and eating right, but you just can’t seem to get rid of those pesky fat pockets? Do you have stubborn belly fat, a double chin, or love handles that you just can’t get rid of?
If so, you might be a good candidate for non-invasive body contouring? Contact us today to learn more about your options for non-invasive body contouring or check out our services page to see everything we have to offer.