Updated: Jul 30, 2020
Comparing the top body contouring treatments. Millions of men and women have turned to these fat reduction treatments as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction to address belly fat, love handles, thigh fat, back fat. Double chins and other bulges that resist diet and exercise. While both CoolSculpting and SculpSure are safe and effective, the different energy modalities and technologies present unique advantages and disadvantages of each treatment.
Both treatments induce lipolysis (the destruction and removal of fat cells) However, SculpSure and CoolSculpting use different mechanisms to eliminate those fat cells.
CoolSculpting uses precisely controlled cooling to freeze fat cells to death.
SculpSure uses laser heat to melt fat cells away. Both of these methods of fat removal are possible because fat cells are more vulnerable to temperature fluctuation than the surrounding tissue or overlying skin. This means that at colder temperatures that do not harm the skin or tissue can freeze fat ells. In the same manner, warmer temperatures can safely penetrate the skin to overheat fat cells, causing their destruction.
SculpSure can treat up to four different areas at one time. In contrast, Cool Sculpting can only treat one area at a time. This makes comprehensive body contouring with Cool Sculpting a far more extensive, expensive and time demanding process compare to achieve a total body transformation with SculpSure.
Both body contouring treatments are cleared by the FDA and scientifically proven safe and effective. SculpSure reviews in scientific literature, such as a study published in Lasers of Science and Medicine, reported that SculpSure resulted in 24% reduction of fat.
Another SculpSure review published in the Journal of dermatological survey found that 96% of patients reported a positive perception of their treatment. This is similar to CoolSculpting reviews published in peer-reviewed journals.
Both treatments rely on the body's lymphatic system to gather the damaged fat cells and process them out of the body in the form of waste. This means that results for both treatments appear to span 8 to 16 weeks though individual experiences may vary furthermore both body contouring procedures provide long lasting fat reduction.
With fast, 25 minute treatment it is no wonder SculpSure is nicknamed the “lunch time lipo”
CoolSculpting Side Effects vs. SculpSure Side Effects
SculpSure's flat applicators do not require suction, unlike CoolSculpting, which uses a vacuum mechanisms. To attach the applicator to the treatment area. Bypassing this suction also eliminates many of the side effects associated with cool sculpting, such as tenderness, redness, bruising, swelling and possible nerve damage on the treatment side.
Downtime & Recovery
Cool Sculpting is a more invasive technique for eliminating stubborn fat cells, and therefore requires a longer recovery compared to SculpSure. Cool Sculpting side effects can persist for up to 2 weeks following the fat freezing treatment.
SculpSure can target up to 25% of fat cells in the area being treated per session according to experts. Results can take up to 12 weeks to reach the full effects and to acquire better results we would recommend 2 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart.