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CoolSculpting vs. SculpSure: Is SculpSure More Effective than CoolSculpting?

One uses heat, the other cold. Both dissolve fat. Both are non-invasive treatments that let you get back to your day with minimal to no downtime. SculpSure and CoolSculpting are safe, effective body contouring treatments, but is one better? 

Weight loss goals are not always easy to reach with regular diet and exercise. While we hope that that’s all it takes, sometimes, our bodies need a little extra support on the journey. And when that happens, many individuals choose to partner with medical spas for that much-needed boost to get things moving. Then it’s a matter of finding the best treatment or combination of treatments depending on your specific goals. 

The right med spa will have a team of specialists ready to help you. They will guide you through the process, answering questions and addressing concerns while creating a treatment plan that’s unique. You’ll have the best recommendations for your goals, and after your treatments are complete, your med spa team should be there for you with tips for maximizing results. That way, you can determine the best body contouring solution for yourself, knowing you have made an informed decision.

A beautiful woman in swimwear compares the CoolSculpting treatment and the Sculpsure treatment.

The Difference Between CoolSculpting and SculpSure

Both treatments use a form of lipolysis technology but in very different ways. CoolSculpting freezes fat away using cooling technology known as cryolipolysis. This fat-freezing ability allows the device to target unwanted fat cells, freezing them until they no longer serve a purpose, and dissolve so the body’s lymphatic system drains the excess with time.

SculpSure, on the other hand, uses laser lipolysis (fat heating) technology to melt fat cells away. It’s among the many popular laser services that rejuvenate and empower patients to leave feeling more confident than when they came in. After all, body sculpting is meant to help you feel like your best self. It’s an empowering solution to concerns that are sometimes out of your control.

CoolSculpting Fat Freezing

There are two versions of CoolSculpting, the original legacy version, and CoolSculpting Elite. CoolSculpting Elite is more advanced, reducing more unwanted fat than its predecessor. The idea of freezing fat to death came back in the day when two Harvard scientists found a correlation between children eating ice cream and popsicles and losing cheek fat in the face. This discovery inspired the creation of CoolSculpting, where specialists place applicator pads on the treatment area to transmit cooling energy and destroy unwanted fat.

CoolSculpting Elite can target more areas than SculpSure can, including:

  • Under the chin (double chin)

  • Underarms (bat wings)

  • Bra and underbust rolls

  • Stomach (abdomen)

  • Side fat (love handles)

  • Below the buttocks (banana roll)

  • Inner thighs

  • Outer thighs

  • Ankles and calves

CoolSculpting treatment at KP Aesthetics in Newtown Square

It takes about three months to see full results from CoolSculpting. Patients often choose to schedule multiple CoolSculpting sessions to get the most from treatment, as the fat reduction takes place gradually, and adding treatments maximizes results. You can see for yourself in these CoolSculpting before and after images.

CoolSculpting Treatment Times

Each CoolSculpting session typically takes between 25 minutes to an hour. With the original CoolSculpting machine, only one area could be treated at a time. Now that CoolSculpting Elite exists, its dual applicators can treat two areas within one session.

SculpSure Fat Melting

SculpSure is non-invasive like CoolSculpting, but by emitting pulses of laser heat energy below the skin with applicator pads. Using a balance of cooling plates to regulate the temperature, SculpSure liquifies fat cells for the body to process over the next few weeks.

While it doesn’t treat as many areas as CoolSculpting, SculpSure is highly effective on:

  • Stomach

  • Love handles

  • Back and bra fat

  • Inner thighs

  • Outer thighs

  • Submental fullness (double chin)

CoolSculpting vs. SculpSure treatment comparison article

Most patients opt for two treatment rounds with SculpSure. Early results start to show around six weeks, while the full results show after about 12 weeks.

SculpSure Treatment Times

As a faster treatment than CoolSculpting, SculpSure is known as a “lunchtime lipo” solution. It takes about 25 minutes for a session, treating up to four areas in one sitting. No matter which body contouring option you choose, speaking with a knowledgeable professional during a personalized consultation will help you choose the perfect plan.

Candidates for CoolSculpting Vs. SculpSure

Neither of these options is meant for those who are obese. CoolSculpting and SculpSure work best on those who are already close to their goals but struggle with stubborn areas. Instead of replacing exercise and a nutritional diet, body sculpting treatments are meant to complement the journey. They help to target areas that are hard to sculpt on your own.

Both treatments are considered permanent solutions for unwanted fat loss. However, It’s important to remember weight loss and fat loss treatments are not the same. Not all fat cells in a treatment area are removed with fat loss solutions like CoolSculpting and SculpSure. There will still be surrounding fat cells, so you should maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Gaining weight can enlarge the remaining cells, but you can help to balance everything with both lifestyle choices and maintenance treatments in the future.

woman pinching her belly fat

Is SculpSure More Expensive Than CoolSculpting?

If you’re choosing between SculpSure and CoolSculpting, the cost won’t impact your decision much, as they are both similar. Depending on the size of the treatment area and how many areas you plan to sculpt, SculpSure and CoolSculpting price varies between two and upwards of six thousand dollars. Remember that cost is only part of the equation – you should find a provider that you trust, who has your best interests in mind and experience to support their expertise.

CoolSculpting Vs. SculpSure: Body Contouring in Philadelphia

You deserve to look and feel like your best self. If you’re struggling with unwanted fat that’s making you feel self-conscious, you’re not alone. Come visit our Philadelphia med spa, and talk with professionals who understand your situation and can help create a plan that works for you. Give us a call at 484-420-4094 today for a free consultation!

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Kimberly Costalas, RN at KP Aesthetics.

Kimberly Costalas, RN

Nurse Injector for Cosmetic Medicine and Certified Coolsculpting Specialist
Kim has over 10 years of patient care experience and has been performing aesthetic services since 2011. She trained with the American Academy of Facial Esthetics and has had many private, one-on-one sessions and instruction from Merz Pharmaceutical. She has had extensive, individual training by Zeltiq (the maker of CoolSculpting) representatives and attended CoolSculpting University for further instruction.

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