The Difference Between SculpSure® vs Fat-Freezing

 

Which One Is Right for You?

 

 

 

 

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For decades now, body contouring has been a perfect procedure for people wanting to remove excess skin– be it after significant weight loss, birth, or simply a little extra skin that won’t quit. Previously, invasive surgery was the only solution to fix this problem, but in recent years new treatments like fat-freezing SculpSure® have been approved for all patients.

But what is the difference between the two? What may be more effective for your body type? Here are the basics about these two procedures to make things a little clearer.

What is SculpSure®?

SculpSure is quickly taking the lead as the top body contouring procedure in the United States. The procedure targets the fat cells by freezing them, Sculpture® uses a laser to heat and destroy the fat cells. In just 25 minutes, the applicators grid an area of your skin customized by where your target area is. The size of this treatment area can be as large or small as you need. Clients experience waves of heating and cooling, but following the treatment, they do not experience any of the bruising or tingling that can come with fat-freezing. There is no downtime with this procedure. Clients can expect results in six to 12 weeks.

What is fat-freezing?

A pair of scientists at Harvard University realized that cryoplipolysis– freezing of fat cells– was able to target unwanted fat without causing damage to the surrounding skin and tissue. After a few weeks, these cells are destroyed and eliminated. Patients are usually left with some marks from the procedure that require some form of treatment, as opposed to SculpSure which leaves no trace of the procedure on patients!

Treatments can take between one to two hours. Because of the size of the applicator, the area that can be treated is relatively small. Patients may experience some discomfort following the procedure, as the pinching of the tissue often leads to bruising and soreness. It may temporarily feel numb or tingle-y, but there is absolutely no downtime with the procedure.

 

Which is better? Let’s Talk About It.

Is one procedure safer than the other?

While both procedures have been approved by the FDA for their safeness and effectiveness, SculpSure provides faster results, no need for recovery time and a better overall experience in patients.

Winner: SculpSure®

 

Comfort

Because of pinching and sucking, patients who undergo fat-freezing may experience some bruising and numbness following a treatment. With SculpSure, patients may experience some discomfort due to the variation between heating and cooling during the procedure, but they will likely not feel any discomfort following treatment. There is no downtime or recovery period for either.

Winner: SculpSure®

 

Time commitment

Fat-freezing involves a single hand piece that treats one area at a time. While newer hand pieces may take less time for a treatment, the average is about an hour. Depending on time constraints for the patient, more than one area can be treated in the same appointment, or on another day.

SculpSure utilizes up to 4 laser panels per 25-minute session. Again, the actual length depends on how many sections of the body the patient wishes to be treated.

Winner: SculpSure®

 

Limiting Factors and Patient Exclusions

Fat-freezing can treat any area, but the curvature of the system leads it to be best for fat rolls. The SculpSure panels, on the other hand, are flat and offer a bit more ease of application for patients by providing superb contouring results with no downtime and no side-effects

Winner:SculpSure®

 

Results

Over the course of a few weeks to a few months following a single treatment, fat-freezing has been proven to remove 22% of fat in the treatment area. Over the course of the same timeline, SculpSure has been shown to remove about 24% of fat in the treatment area.

Winner: SculpSure®

 

Which treatment is right for me?

SculpSure destroys fat cells with a targeted laser wavelength. CoolSculpting freezes tissue to destroy fat cells. CoolSculpting is older technology, while SculpSure is the most advanced technology. CoolSculpting can result in uneven, unattractive reduction, often referred to as ‘shelving’ or ‘shark bites.’ SculpSure’s laser energy radiates outward affecting a 30% larger area and produces a natural-looking, smooth reduction. A CoolSculpting treatment can cause an increase in fat called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH). There have been no reports of PAH with SculpSure. SculpSure offers a shorter treatment time, less discomfort, natural looking reduction, and no risk for PAH. When you are making your fat reduction decision, seek the advice of body contouring specialists.

If you have any further questions, Contact Dr. Eubank for a free consultation!

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