CoolSculpting was cleared by the FDA for use in 2010 in the love handle region. The treatment became more popular as it was approved for use in additional areas. Targeted fat cells are destroyed by freezing, and over time the body eliminates them. Special applicators are used to suction the fatty areas, and treatments last for 35-60 minutes. The fat cells must be massaged after the applicator is removed. Only one area at a time is treated. Some of the minor side effects include mild swelling, numbness, and tingling. Some of the more bothersome side effects experienced by patients include pain, discomfort, and bruising in the treated area. Results can appear uneven or lumpy.
SculpSure is a newer treatment that was cleared by the FDA in 2015. Sometimes referred to as WarmSculpting, this procedure uses laser energy to heat and destroy fat cells without affecting the skin surface. SculpSure can be used on the belly, love handles, back, inner and outer thighs, and under the chin. Up to four areas can be treated at the same time. Treatments can be fully customized for the patient’s needs. Most patients can go about their normal routine afterwards, as there are no unpleasant side effects.
SculpSure vs. CoolSculpting
While both SculpSure and CoolSculpting are non-surgical body contouring treatments, they approach their processes in different ways. SculpSure uses laser heat energy to reduce up to 24% treated fat cells; CoolSculpting uses freezing energy to reduce fat cells by up to 23% with freezing energy.