For many people, excess fat in areas such as the arms, abdomen, flanks, inner thighs, outer thighs, and the chin can be an issue no matter how hard one tries. For those individuals who are looking for an effective way to remove fat from these areas on their body, there are several options. Every patient will have different needs though, and therefore the right treatment may differ.
Thankfully in most cases today, fat can be treated via a non-invasive procedure, one that doesn’t involve any sort of surgery. This makes it an increasingly popular choice since recovery time is much faster and it can be easily performed, even within one’s lunch break. However, there are a number of different procedures available on the market that on the surface appear to offer similar results. Two of the most popular procedures that patients may have heard about are CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq and SculpSure™ Laser.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary with each patient.
What is the difference between CoolSculpting and SculpSure?
The first key difference between CoolSculpting and SculpSure is that CoolSculpting is aimed to freeze fat cells, whereas SculpSure seeks to melt fat cells using heat.
Both treatments are noninvasive and require no anesthesia. Post-treatment both procedures may have some form of side effects. With SculpSure there may be pain associated with heat, blistering, nodules and swelling. Side effects of CoolSculpting may consist of some temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling and pain.
Why is CoolSculpting more popular?
While Sculpsure is gaining popularity, it is still a newcomer to the scene. CoolSculpting is a tried and tested procedure and has been around and satisfying male and female patients since 2005. Importantly CoolSculpting has been FDA approved for various areas of the body, with unique specialized applicators including ones for the arms, abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, and submental fat under the chin (via the Cool-min).
Additionally, practitioners of CoolSculpting must be certified and properly trained to perform the treatments resulting in maximum results and minimal injuries. SculpSure is fairly new to the marketplace and it was only FDA approved for abdomen and flanks in 2015. Another downside is that currently there is no training program required to perform the procedure, therefore patients need to choose their practitioner carefully and select a respected dermatologist with a good track record.
How long does CoolSculpting & SculpSure take?
In terms of treatment length, typically CoolSculpting takes a little bit longer to perform than SculpSure. CoolSculpting can take between 35 minutes and 1 hour to perform depending on the area being treated, whereas SculpSure’s treatment length generally takes around 25 minutes. However, Sculpure may require repeated treatments in the same area to be effective. Additionally, results can be seen between three to four months after the procedure for both techniques.
One of the key considerations for any patient is how effective each treatment is. Generally, CoolSculpting patients may see a reduction of fat in problem areas between 20% and 25%. The preliminary results from SculpSure have indicated that it is capable of delivering reductions of up to 24% (Source: Sculpsure).
What would you recommend for Fat Removal?
Dr. Michele Green currently recommends treatments to be carried out using CoolSculpting since it is a well-established, effective treatment that has long-term and proven results.
Dr. Green is a board certified dermatologist with over 20 years of experience and offers CoolSculpting treatments from her New York City based practice. If you’re frustrated with the appearance of excess fat in problem areas on your body, there is a solution that can help.