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SculpSure vs CoolSculpting: What's the Difference?

Is there an area of your body where the fat won’t melt – no matter how much you diet or how hard you exercise?

It’s incredibly common to have a ‘problem spot’ that won’t budge. Why? Because you don’t have control over how your body metabolizes fat. You can do crunches all day, but that doesn’t mean you’ll burn belly fat – no matter what those fitness gimmicks tell you.

There’s a fix, and it doesn’t happen in the gym. Non-invasive body contouring can reduce fat in those problem areas without surgery. There are two popular types: Sculpsure and CoolSculpting. But what’s the difference between Sculpsure vs. CoolSculpting?

Keep reading to learn how these treatments could give you the body you’ve worked so hard for.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is the trademark name for a procedure called cryolipolysis.

It’s a non-invasive (no surgery) medical procedure that targets those pesky fat cells that won’t budge with diet and exercise. How does it work? Your clinician freezes the fat to kill the fat cells and make it disappear. Your body then metabolizes those frozen, dead cells and excretes them through the liver.

You can use CoolSculpting on nine different approved areas including:

Under your chin

Under your jawline




Back fat

Bra fat

Under the buttocks

Upper arm

Does it work? Yes. A clinical study published in 2009 found that the procedure reduced the fat layer targeted by as much as 25 percent in some patients. The fat was still gone six months after the treatment.

In addition to targeting the fat, it also reduces the appearance of cellulite.

The whole process takes 35 minutes to one hour per body part, but you may need more than one treatment if you’re targeting a larger area of your body or if you are targeting your love handles or saddlebags. It can take up to three months to see the full results depending on how your body metabolizes the fat.

What is SculpSure?

SculpSure differs from CoolSculpting because it uses a laser to target your fat through a process called lipolysis. The heat from the lasers kills the fat cells, and then your body gets rid of them via your liver, just as it does with CoolSculpting.

You can use Sculpsure on your:

  • Upper abdomen
  • Lower abdomen
  • Flanks

Like with CoolSculpting, it can take six weeks to three months to see the full effects of the treatment. You typically need two Sculpsure treatments to get the full impact.

The procedure is also non-invasive and non-surgical, but it differs because it can target multiple areas at once, and single sessions take about 25 minutes.

The Most Important Differences Between Sculpsure vs. CoolSculpting

So both therapies use a device to kill your fat cells and send them away through your body’s natural waste processes, right? What’s the big difference?

First of all, CoolSculpting is available for more body parts (and sizes). The CoolSculpting system now includes different handpieces that recognize that all human bodies are different. Because our bodies come with different curves and depths, you can use the CoolSculpting system both on more body parts and on differently shaped parts, including on rolls.

SculpSure, on the other hand, uses flat panels, so it works on thin layers of fat – not so much on rolls.

The bottom line: if you want to target a small, flat area, then SculpSure will do the trick. But for love handles, saddlebags, and thighs, CoolScuplting rules the day because it can wrap around the area and theoretically target more cells.

Additionally, some people find SculpSure to be more uncomfortable. The lasers reach a high temperature to kill the fat, and people who are sensitive to heat may find the lasers to be uncomfortable. It is safe for skin, but you may not find it pleasant. CoolSculpting, however, is more likely to number your skin thanks to the freezing action. Some people do find that there’s less pain and discomfort, and they’re less likely to take a pain pill after.

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Sculpsure vs CoolSculpting

What One Burns the Most Fat?

The details are essential when you’re making your decision because you want to choose the right type of procedure for your body.

But the big question is: what procedure burns the most fat?

The answer is both and neither at the same time. Clinical studies find both procedures remove between 22 and 24 percent of the fat in a treatment area when the full results come in. But the difference between 22 and 24 isn’t obvious to anyone without a laboratory full of tests to determine it.

Additionally, the success of both procedures varies from person to person. You can see 24 percent, but your friend may only see 18 percent. (Again, you might notice the difference with the naked eye.)

Your success also depends on your diet and exercise regime. Both procedures kill fat cells, but they don’t stop the remaining fat cells from growing in size if you put on weight. So, you need to view these procedures as tools for targeting problem areas rather than as a hands-off weight-loss method.

Note: Both CoolSculpting and SculpSure providers say you should not look to these tools as a means for weight loss.

What Body Sculpting Procedure Should You Try?

Both CoolSculpting and SculpSure target areas where people tend to store stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise. But how do you decide between Sculpsure vs. CoolSculpting?

If you have sensitive skin and you want to target large areas (that may or may not have rolls), then you may find CoolScupting is the better option. The new tools can wrap around problem areas, which makes it a more versatile procedure.

Are you wondering whether you’re a candidate for CoolSculpting? Get in touch to learn more about our services. You could have a flatter tummy in weeks!

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Best results are seen 8 -12 weeks after the treatment