Let's be honest. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, diet and exercise just don't cut it. Whether it's related to medication, hormones, or genetics, our bodies retain stubborn fat deposits that refuse to budge!
That's where non-invasive body contouring systems like SculpSure and CoolSculpting can make all the difference. However, it can be challenging to decide which method might be best for you. That's why we're comparing SculpSure vs. CoolSculpting and their pros and cons to help you make an informed decision.
Ready to learn more about these incredible non-invasive fat reduction tools? Let's take a look!
SculpSure vs. CoolSculpting - How Do They Work?
Both of these systems target fat cells under the surface of the skin using extreme temperatures. These extreme temperatures break down the targeted cells, which are then absorbed into the bodies waste removal system and eliminated.
SculpSure uses laser heat to destroy the fat cells, with a targeted laser that reaches about 107.6 to 116.6°F. That is just the right level of heat to destroy fat cells without damaging anything else, such as muscle tissue or organs.
In contrast, CoolSculpting uses a method called cryolipolysis to freeze the fat cells under the skin. Just like SculpSure, the destroyed cells are eliminated naturally over a few months.
Both methods are FDA-approved and very safe. The results are also permanent, as each system destroys fat cells permanently. Even if you gain weight after your treatment, the areas treated with these body contouring systems will have less fat than non-treated areas.
Now that you know how they work let's compare and contrast some critical factors of each treatment. We'll look at downtime, potential discomfort, Side effects, and the number of treatments you'll need to achieve your goal.
Downtime After Treatments
If you're worried about downtime with either of these fat reduction treatments, don't be! Since both SculpSure and CoolSculpting are non-surgical body contouring systems, there is no downtime. You can stop in for a treatment on your lunch break and continue with your day - there's no interruption to your normal daily activities.
Speaking of lunch breaks, there is a difference how long one session of CoolSculpting takes versus SculpSure. CoolSculpting treatments will take a minimum of 35 minutes and run as long as two hours, depending on the area of your body you're targeting. That's in part because most machines only have one applicator working at a time.
SculpSure treatments only take 25 minutes at a time and have multiple applicators to use for a fully customizable treatment.
We know what you're thinking - is this going to hurt? Both systems are painless, with only mild possible discomfort reported by some patients.
Of the two, CoolSculpting tends to be more uncomfortable post-application due to the removal of the suction cup. The brisk massage to bring blood flow back to the area and assist in breaking down those fat cells is also uncomfortable.
SculpSure treatments can sometimes feel like a pinching sensation, or in the worst cases, similar to menstrual cramps. However, because the applicators and system are entirely adjustable, we can quickly change settings to minimize any discomfort. There's also no painful massage afterward!
Although there is no downtime with either treatment system, some minor side effects are not unusual after a session. CoolSculpting patients may experience slight swelling or bloat in the area, especially when treating the abdominal area. Also, CoolSculpting does cause numbness in the treatment area for up to two weeks, which can be very strange for patients to adjust to at first.
SculpSure also has some minor side effects, including possible swelling, tenderness or bruising in the treated area. Since we use lasers in this treatment, you should avoid direct sun exposure for at least one week before and after the treatment lest it causes sunburn!
However, not all side effects of SculpSure are adverse. The treatment boosts production of collagen in the skin, which increases firmness and lift in the treated area!
Number of Treatments Needed
When it comes to SculpSure and CoolSculpting, both may require multiple sessions to see desired results. However, a good percentage of patients see changes after just one treatment! With SculpSure, up to 24% of the fat can be reduced in the treatment area after only one session!
Because the lymphatic system processes and eliminates the destroyed fat cells naturally, it takes approximately four months to see the full results of your treatment with both systems. However, you often will see a visible difference after one session! We'll often schedule follow-up appointments 6-8 weeks out after the first treatment to determine if a follow-up is necessary.
SculpSure vs. CoolSculpting: The Final Verdict
Either SculpSure vs. CoolSculpting will help you accomplish your fat reduction goals. They have similar downtimes, side effects, and treatment timelines. The system that works best for you will depend on your preferences and tolerance for discomfort!
SculpSure tends to have less uncomfortable side effects (no numbness or painful massages after application!) and improves the tone of the treated area as well. With the bonus of short application times, SculpSure treatments can also be a little easier to manage with a busy schedule. This makes the SculpSure system a great option to try for first-time patients who have never had non-surgical fat reduction treatments before!