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Cool Sculpting vs Sculpsure (what’s the difference?)

In your ongoing medspa journey, you may have found yourself wondering the difference between CoolSculpting and Sculpsure treatments, and we’re here to clarify things for you in case you have any questions. Aside from the obvious differences (one is cold and the other is hot), both CoolSculpting and Sculpsure have been proven to use the process of lipolysis to remove fat from your body over a period of time through repeat treatments. 

Before we get into it, let’s quickly define Lipolysis

Lipolysis involves the physical destruction of subcutaneous fat cells in the body – the wobbly type of fat that sits just below the skin’s surface. Adipose tissues around the body store fat in the form of lipids (fat cells) and comprise 20-25% of a person’s total body mass. The process of lipolysis reduces these fat-storing tissues by breaking the fat cells down into much smaller molecules through disruptive techniques like ultrasound, freezing and laser energies. These mechanisms crystalise and break up fact cells into much smaller molecules, which are then naturally absorbed into the bloodstream and slowly eliminated from the body over time.

How are CoolSculpting and Sculpsure similar? 

The FDA approved both CoolSculpting and Sculpsure as safe and clinically proven aesthetic treatments to permanently destroy fat cells. Sculpsure was approved in 2006, while CoolSculpting was approved in 2010. Both methods yield similar results through regular treatment over an extended period of time. While both treatments reduce the appearance of unwanted fat bulges, they use different methods to do so.

How are they different? 

Let’s start with obvious: CoolSculpting uses extremely cold temperatures

CoolSculpting subjects fat cells to extremely cold temperatures to break them down. The body flushes out these fat cells as soon as they have been crystalised with the cooling energy. Like Sculpsure, it can take up to 3 months to notice the visible fat reduction results. But once this has happened, patients can enjoy a trimmer and better-defined physique.

Heating up with SculpSure

Sculpsure breaks down subcutaneous fat cells by emitting pulses of laser heat energy into the subdermal layer of the skin. Fat is melted away with flat applicators that are laid across the stubborn fat deposits. These applicators are also combined with cooling plates to regulate temperatures and keep them comfortable throughout the experience. Once the fat cells have been liquified by the laser heat energy, the body’s immune system will naturally remove the dead cells a few weeks after

The biggest difference of all?

SculpSure treatment is offered at Skin Body Soul, and we’re so glad to be on the cutting edge of fat removal technology. While both treatments are FDA approved and clinically proven to work, we offer our Sculpsure in favor of CoolSculpting due to the shorter session time, and the ability to cover more areas per session. If you’re ready to take your next steps in lipolysis treatment, we’re ready for you!

But wait, there’s more 

If you’re intrigued, but think you may have needs aside from our SculpSure treatment, please feel inclined to take a look at the rest of our services suiteOur team is ready to help you achieve your dreams, and look and feel the way you deserve. For further information, reviews, happenings, and promotions check us out on Instagram and Facebook. We’re always glad to hear from regular customers and new faces alike! 

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