The Difference Between Coolsculpting and Sculpsure

Body contouring treatments are getting more and more popular for quick fat reduction results. If you’re interested in a non-surgical procedure to help you lose some weight, CoolSculpting and SculpSure are methods that you’re probably researching already. But which method is best for your body?

Both procedures give patients great results and a positive self-image, but often some candidates are more suited to one method than the other. We’ve compiled the most important factors for each method to make sure you understand the key differences between CoolSculpting and SculpSure. 

Table of Contents

What Does CoolSculpting and SculpSure Do?

How Does CoolSculpting and SculpSure Work?

CoolSculpting – Cryolipolysis

SculpSure – Laser Lipolysis

What Areas Do CoolSculpting and SculpSure Treat?

CoolSculpting

SculpSure

What Are The Treatment Sessions Like for Each Method?

Who Are The Ideal Patients for The Procedures?

What is The Aftercare Like for Each Process?

Which Method Gives the Best Results?

How Can Beautifi Help?

What Does CoolSculpting and SculpSure Do?

Essentially, both CoolSculpting and SculpSure are treatments that aim to destroy fat cells for aesthetic purposes. CoolSculpting has been around since 2010, whereas SculpSure is a little older and started in 2006. Both procedures use slightly different techniques to achieve similar results.

How Does CoolSculpting and SculpSure Work?

Though they have similar aims, these fat-reducing methods use completely different techniques to give you a contoured body. Here’s how CoolSculpting and SculpSure work.

CoolSculpting – Cryolipolysis 

As the name suggests, CoolSculpting uses low temperatures to essentially freeze your fat off. The treatment involves placing applicators onto your fat areas with a special gel. This gel keeps healthy tissues protected and makes the procedure more comfortable too. Cooling energy is passed into the fat cells to freeze them and destroy them. This energy is safe and controlled at all times. Once finished, your fat cells start to crystallize and break down and soon get naturally dispelled from your body. 

SculpSure – Laser Lipolysis

SculpSure involves heating fat, rather than freezing it. Subcutaneous fat cells are broken down by pulses of laser energy that the SculpSure apparatus shoots into the subdermal layer of the skin. This means that fat starts to melt away across stubborn fat deposits.

The procedure is regulated by applicators to ensure the patient remains comfortable throughout the procedure. When the fat cells are liquified by the heated lasers, your body’s immune system will dispel the dead cells a couple of weeks after. Results become visible around 3 months after the session. 

What Areas Do CoolSculpting and SculpSure Treat?

CoolSculpting can treat more areas than SculpSure, so bear this in mind when researching which procedure is best for you. 

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting can treat 13 areas of the body, providing a non-invasive and long-lasting method to reduce fat across the body. 

The areas CoolSculpting can treat include:

  • Underarms
  • Bra Rolls
  • Under bust areas
  • Arms
  • Under the chin
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks/Love handles
  • Suprapubic pouch
  • Inner Thigh
  • Outer Thigh
  • Knee fat 
  • Ankles
  • Banana Roll (fat deposits under the buttocks)

SculpSure

Though SculpSure can’t treat as many areas as CoolSculpting, it still offers an effective fat reduction in 7 different areas of the body. These include:

  • Arms
  • Chest
  • Chin area
  • Flanks/Love handles
  • Outer Thigh
  • Inner Thigh
  • Abdomen

What Are The Treatment Sessions Like for Each Method?

A standard CoolSculpting session lasts between 25 minutes to an hour. Initially, CoolSculpting could only treat one area of the body at a time when first established. However, now with CoolSculpting Elite applicators, more than one area can be treated at the same time. Always note that most candidates need one or two sessions to achieve the long-term results they want from CoolSculpting.

SculpSure offers a quicker treatment time, this has resulted in the procedure being nicknamed “the lunchtime lipo” treatment. A standard SculpSure session takes approximately 25 minutes and up to four areas can be treated at once. 

Always consult a qualified technician before undergoing either treatment as one method may suit you more than the other! A qualified body contouring expert will be able to suggest what will give your body the most effective results too.

Who Are The Ideal Patients for The Procedures?

When it comes to reducing fat with CoolSculpting and SculpSure methods, patients are recommended to already be in good shape. Though this sounds contradictory, these procedures are designed to remove stubborn pockets of fat – not large areas. Patients are often advised to practice a good diet and exercise regime alongside the treatments to see the best results, as if this is neglected the fat pockets can quickly return. 

CoolSculpting can help some patients that have a higher-than-average BMI score. This includes certain patients who are considered to be physically overweight but always consult a doctor first. On the other hand, SculpSure candidates need a BMI under 30.5 to undergo the treatment. 

What is the Aftercare Like for Each Process?

As both treatments are non-invasive, there’s no downtime or intense aftercare for either process. With both CoolSculpting and SculpSure patients can carry on with their day as normal after the treatment is complete. Compared to liposuction which has months of recovery, these treatments seem more impressive as you don’t even need a day off! Just make sure to keep up a good diet regime and exercise routine to complement your results. 

Which Method Gives the Best Results?

Many potential candidates will be asking this question and the answer will always depend on the individual body. However, studies have shown that though both methods are very successful at removing fat cells, CoolSculpting has more data to prove it is an effective fat reduction method. In one session patients can approximately reduce their subcutaneous fat cells by a maximum of 27%. Of course, this will always differ from patient to patient and sometimes more than one session is needed. 

How Can Beautifi Help?

When it comes to finding the right aesthetic fat reduction procedure you need to opt for the treatment that suits your body the best. Online research can get confusing as there are different methods and opinions all over the internet, so it’s always best to undergo a consultation with a trusted technician or provider before committing to one idea. 

Your dream body isn’t far away, the Beautifi team is always here to help when choosing a surgeon or financially planning for a cosmetic procedure. Learn how our process works or fill out an application to start your procedure journey!