CoolSculpting vs SculpSure: Comparing Non-Surgical Fat Reduction Treatments
Reducing belly fat (and other stubborn fat deposits that resist diet and exercise) has never been easier! With technological advancements in the body contouring industry, several non-invasive fat reduction treatments have hit the market. Perhaps the two most popular treatments are CoolSculpting and SculpSure. Both treatments offer non-surgical fat reduction and body contouring. However one melts away fat and the other freezes away fat, and one method of fat reduction may be better for you than another method. So if you are looking for a non-surgical alternative to liposuction to reduce stubborn fat deposits that cling to the belly, flanks, thighs, upper arms, back, and under your chin, read on and find out which non-invasive fat reduction treatment is right for you.
Non – Surgical Fat Reduction
CoolSculpting and SculpSure are both FDA cleared, body contouring treatments intended to reduce unwanted body fat. And both reduce fat by triggering lipolysis, or the breakdown of fat cells, which are then metabolized by your body and removed as waste.
Why Lipolysis Works
Subcutaneous fat cells are less hardy than skin cells. This means fat cells are more vulnerable to destruction from temperature fluctuations. Fat cells will freeze at temperatures that do not affect the skin or surrounding tissues. Likewise, fat cells succumb to heat at temperatures that do not affect the skin or surrounding tissues.
How Does Cool Sculpting Work?
During a Cool Sculpting treatment for reducing belly fat, tissue is drawn into an applicator with a gentle vacuum mechanism. Cooling is applied to the tissue, effectively freezing subcutaneous fat cells without harming the overlaying skin or surrounding tissues. Once the treatment area has been cooled for an allotted amount of time, the applicator is removed. The subcutaneous fat that has succumb to the cooling triggers apoptosis, and is gradually removed using the body’s lymphatic system. Clinical evidence shows the average reduction of fat cells to be 25% per single Cool Sculpting treatment. Which for most candidates trying to reduce belly fat means a reduction of an entire inch around their stomach.
How Does SculpSure Work?
During a SculpSure treatment flat applicators are positioned around the treatment area. Heating is applied using laser technology. Energy from the lasers safely penetrate the skin and heat the underlying subcutaneous fat. During the SculpSure treatment, cooling plates are used to reduce discomfort or heating sensations on the skin. The underlying fat cells that have been heated to the point of destruction trigger apoptosis, and are gradually removed by the body’s lymphatic system.
CoolSculpting and SculpSure
Before you learn the differences between the 2 fat reduction treatments, there are many similarities that SculpSure and CoolSculpting have in common:
- Clinical evidence demonstrating impressive reductions in subcutaneous fat
- Minimally-invasive, non-surgical, and little to no downtime
- Trigger lipolysis (natural breakdown of fat cells)
- Allow for multiple treatments for optimal fat reduction
- Most patients find the procedures tolerable with little pain
- Side effects include momentary redness and swelling
CoolSculpting vs. SculpSure
Besides different mechanisms for triggering lipolysis (destruction of fat cells) CoolSculpting and SculpSure distinguish themselves with many other characteristics worth considering when deciding what non-invasive fat reduction treatment is right for you.
Time on the Market and Clinical Studies
One of the biggest advantages CoolSculpting has over SculpSure is time on the market. CoolSculpting has been around longer. A lot longer, being FDA cleared for non-invasive fat reduction in 2010. SculpSure is a relatively new addition to the body contouring industry, becoming available around 2016. CoolSculpting treatments have been performed more than 4 million times in over 80 countries. Is CoolSculpting Permanent? CoolSculpting has been validated with numerous clinical studies, including longitudinal studies indicating CoolSculpting suggest results are long lasting, if not permanent. Is SculpSure permanent? We’re not sure. SculpSure has not been on the market long enough to pass the stringent vetting process that CoolSculpting has. Which means, with SculpSure, were just not sure about long term side effects or long term efficacy.
Fat Reduction Treatment Areas
CoolSculpting is FDA cleared to treat more areas of the body than SculpSure. To date, SculpSure treatment areas cleared by the FDA is limited to the flanks and abdomen. In comparison, CoolSculpting treatment areas cleared by the FDA includes the flanks and abdomen (belly fat and love handles,) as well as the thighs, and upper arms. More recent FDA clearances have further expanded CoolSculpting treatment areas to reduce unwanted fat deposits that form around the knees, arm pits (bra bulge,) and even submental fat, commonly known as a double chin.
CoolSculpting Cost vs SculpSure Cost
CoolSculpting cost v SculpSure cost is an important factor for many individuals looking to see which fat reduction treatment is right for them. CoolSculpting costs and SculpSure costs vary, depending on the location, provider, and treatment area. But on average CoolSculpting is 25% less expensive than SculpSure.
SculpSure treatments take between 30-45 minutes. CoolSculpting treatments, on average, take between 45-60 minutes.
Your Next Step
The best way to determine whether CoolSculpting or SculpSure is right for you is to schedule a free consultation with a specialist at SKINNEY Medspa by calling (646) 883-8938 or schedule online. SKINNEY Medspa is the premiere provider of non-invasive fat reduction in NYC. They can help you decide if non-invasive fat reduction is an ideal solution for you, and can answer all your questions about price, treatment plans, and expected results.