Whether Coolsculpting or Sculpsure is better depends on the individual patient! Both methods get rid of fat and keep it off, since fat cells don’t come back when they are removed.
However, they have quite different ways of doing so. Both have benefits and drawbacks.
Like Coolsculpting, Sculpsure takes advantage of the fact that fat cells and other cells suffer damage at different temperatures. Sculpsure works because fat cells are damaged at temperatures between 108 and 117 degrees Fahrenheit, which is lower than the heat needed to injure other cells.
During a Sculpsure session, the dermatologist uses applicators secured by straps to the area the patient wants treated. This is usually the flanks or the abdomen.
The applicators use lasers to heat the unwanted fat cells while cooling the top layer of the patient’s skin to keep them comfortable. The heat destroys the fat cells and the body absorbs them through apoptosis.
The patient sits in a chair or lies on a treatment table during the process. Since they are comfortable, they can simply relax while the Sculpsure is working. The session lasts less than a half an hour in most cases, so there are patients who have the treatment on their lunch hour. There is no recovery time.
Some patients who only need one session, while others may need to return for more sessions scheduled a couple of weeks apart.
Another benefit of Sculpsure is that people of all skin types can have it, be they fair or dark. It does not carry the risk of uneven pigmentation like some other cosmetic procedures.
Unlike Coolsculpting, Sculpsure applicators don’t stretch or pull the skin, though there’s some swelling and bruising immediately after the treatment. This can be relieved with an ice pack. Most of the minor discomfort that comes with a Sculpsure treatment, including firmness and tenderness, fade after a few days.
Coolsculpting can be said to be the opposite of Sculpsure because it uses cold instead of heat. Fat cells are damaged at higher cold temperatures than other cells, so during a Coolsculpting session the area is cooled to 39 degrees Fahrenheit.
Though this temperature doesn’t harm other cells, it creates ice crystals in fat cells. The ice crystals cause the fat cells to rupture. Again, the body absorbs what’s left of the fat cells, and the treated area has a slimmer and firmer appearance.
During Coolsculpting, the dermatologist also uses an applicator, but it is held in place by a vacuum cup. Coolsculpting lasts longer than Sculpsure. A typical session lasts an hour or so but again the patient is comfortable and can relax, read, listen to music or work.
Another difference is that the area is massaged after the treatment, and some patients find this a little uncomfortable. As with Sculpsure, there is no downtime, and the session is followed by some redness and swelling. The treated area may be numb for a while. Again, this discomfort fades after a few days.
Like Sculpsure, Coolsculpting has been FDA approved for use on different areas of the body. Unlike Sculpsure, it is used to remove unwanted fat from the chin.
Patients wh’ve had Coolsculpting usually see results in about three weeks. At first the improvement is rapid, but the pace slows after about a month. Still, improvement is seen for up to six months. Patients see results with Sculpsure a bit sooner.