The SculpSure laser treatment is a non-invasive, fat reduction treatment that is used to provide body sculpting to clients. It is, however, not the only non-surgical, fat-removal procedure available on the market. The main alternative, CoolSculpting, promises the same sort of body contouring results but does so through a different mechanism. In deciding which procedure to use, it is important to understand how each works and what the implications are for your body.
What is the Difference Between CoolSculpting and Sculpsure?
SculpSure: What Is It?
The SculpSure treatment is an effective process for fat reduction that does not involve surgery. It uses laser technology in the form of an applicator pad to heat up the fat cells, literally melting them away. At the same time, the tip of the applicator chills the surface of the skin to prevent the heat from affecting more than the targeted area. Once the fat cells are melted, the body naturally eliminates the cells. One of the primary advantages of the SculpSure treatment is that it can also encourage the production of collagen and elastin in the treated areas. It is an FDA-approved treatment, and is the first to be authorized for the abdomen and flank regions.
CoolSculpting: What Is It?
CoolSculpting is a procedure that helps reduce fat without the use of any kind of surgery. A trained and certified professional will use a special device to freeze the targeted fat cells, and this is where the procedure gets its name. Once the fat cells in the treated area have been frozen, they eventually die and the body will go through its natural processes to remove them. Like the SculpSure treatment, CoolSulpting is also FDA-approved.
Where Does the Fat Go in SculpSure or CoolSculpting?
The next logical question you may have is, “Where does the fat go in a SculpSure procedure?” Although both treatments differ in their approach, the fate of the destroyed fat cells is the same. The cells are broken down by the body and their parts are either recycled or get excreted through the expected methods.
What about Safety?
As with any new treatments, safety is a major concern. SculpSure is designed to be a comfortable procedure with mild discomfort, that requires no downtime following a treatment. The purpose of the cooling applicator is to balance out the heat from the laser on the surface of the skin. The minimal pain during the experience is a frequent highlight of many of SculpSure’s reviews.
CoolSculpting, unfortunately, has a bit of an issue in this area. Part of the problem is that CoolSculpting applies suction to the skin during the procedure, which can cause discomfort or pain and often leaves the area stiff and swollen for a time afterwards. This suction-plus-cold can also result in bruising or temporary nerve pain, sometimes lasting days afterwards.
SculpSure vs. CoolSculpting
In terms of results, the SculpSure treatment is recommended over CoolSculpting. It offers superior technology for body contouring and fat reduction, and the session time is shorter. Additionally, the treatments are more efficient and the results show it is the winner between the two. If affordability is a concern for you, the SculpSure treatment is the more cost-effective option of the two.
With CoolSculpting, only one area can be targeted per treatment session, whereas SculpSure can work on up to four areas at the same time. CoolSculpting has a limited treatment area and the procedure takes an hour to complete. This shows SculpSure as the clear winner between the two, as the treatments take 25 minutes, and cover multiple areas at once. The CoolSculpting treatment may take up to four treatments, while SculpSure takes about two. On the bright side, both are non-invasive and require no anesthesia.
Both methods use the same fundamental technique: Change the temperature of the fat cells in the treated area to permanently destroy them. The main difference is that CoolSculpting uses freezing, while SculpSure uses heat. With CoolSculpting, tissue that needs to be treated is suctioned into the applicator device, then while cooling the area, the device suctions the skin causing the fat cells to freeze. With SculpSure, flat applicators are applied to the treatment area, and the cells are heated up to the point that they die. Cooling plates on these devices ensure that the surface skin does not feel the heat or suffer burns or damage. With both treatment methods, the body then runs its natural course in eliminating the dead cells, thus reducing the fat in the areas permanently.
Do They Work?
Now that you know a more about what to expect in regards to the treatment process, it’s time to get to the main subject: Does SculpSure or CoolSculpting work? Yes, they do. You can easily find before-and-after images for both SculpSure and CoolSculpting that demonstrate clear reductions in a treated area’s fat level. However, these images only tell part of the story.
SculpSure can be expected to remove up to 24% of the fat in the targeted area while CoolSculpting has a treatment result of up to about 22%. Here, SculpSure wins, but not by much. The real distinction comes when you look at what led up to those outcomes. SculpSure can achieve its results with 25-minute treatments per area, and flanks, for example, can be treated simultaneously. CoolSculpting, conversely, can only treat one area at a time (flanks are considered two areas) and take 60 minutes per treated area. Also, keep in mind that multiple CoolSculpting treatments mean that you will be repeatedly experiencing the procedure’s discomforts and side effects.
Get SculpSure Laser Sculpting at the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic
If you’re looking for an effective fat reduction in Toronto, it’s a good idea to book a consultation at a professional clinic that provides either or both services. Doing your research beforehand will give you peace of mind, and help answer all the questions you have. At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, we pride ourselves on using the latest clinical methods to give clients the anti-aging skin and body care that they deserve. We support our clients being able to make the right, informed decisions about how to pursue body contouring and we strive to provide the best practitioners in Toronto. Feel free to contact us by phone at 416.546.4664 or by e-mail at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca to ask any questions. Our skincare specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.