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CoolSculpting vs. TruSculpt: A Comparison of Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Procedures

CoolSculpting Or TruSculpt: Which is Better for Non-invasive FAt Reduction

Comparing non-invasive fat reduction procedures, CoolSculpting and TruSculpt are two popular options that offer effective solutions for individuals seeking to sculpt their bodies without surgery. Both treatments utilize different technologies to target and eliminate unwanted fat cells. We will compare CoolSculpting and TruSculpt , highlighting their key differences, similarities, and considerations to help you make an informed decision about which procedure may be the best fit for you.

CoolSculpting Vs. TruSculpt For Non-Invasive Fat Reduction

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure that uses controlled cooling to freeze and destroy fat cells. CoolSculpting employs a specialized applicator that delivers controlled cooling to specific targeted areas of subcutaneous fat. The cooling temperatures cause the fat cells to crystallize, leading to their gradual elimination from the body.

CoolSculpting is commonly used to address fat pockets in areas such as the abdomen, flanks (love handles), thighs, double chin, and upper arms but other areas of the body can be treated as well. At Sculpted Contours, we have the ELITE CoolSculpting systems and can treat 2 areas of your body at the same time. This reduces the total amount of time for your treatment in half based on offices that only have a single system.

During a CoolSculpting session, the targeted area is gently suctioned into the applicator, which may cause a sensation of intense coldness initially. This discomfort typically subsides as the area becomes numb over the first 6 to 8 minutes of treatment and most people say it’s just not that uncomfortable. The treatment itself takes 35, 45 or 75 minutes per area depending on which size applicator is the best fit to treat you. This part of the procedure is comfortable and many people doze off and take a nap, or work throughout the treatment. After the procedure there is some swelling and slight discomfort which resolves typically within a week, but 2 weeks at the very most. Results begin to appear as early as 4 weeks with final results 3 months after treatment. Depending on the thickness of the fat layer and your goals for fat reduction, multiple sessions may be required to get the results you desire.

What is TruSculpt?

TruSculpt is another non-invasive fat reduction procedure that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to target and destroy fat cells. TruSculpt also has handpieces or applicators that are positioned over the pockets of subcutaneous fat you want to reduce. These handpieces are configured to have up to 6 treating on your body at the same time. The handpieces are generally smaller than CoolSculpting applicators, so 6 TruSculpt handpieces give approximately the same size treatment area as 2 CoolSculpting applicators.
TruSculpt applicators emit RF energy into the targeted fat layer. The RF waves heat the fat cells, causing them to undergo cell death. Over time, the body naturally eliminates these damaged cells resulting in a thinner fat layer. Clinical studies have shown TruSculpt to reduce the thickness of the fat layer by an average of 24% in a single treatment.

TruSculpt is versatile and can effectively treat fat pockets in various areas, including the abdomen, flanks, thighs, arms, and even smaller areas like the chin and knees with the smaller handpiece called the mini. Since the handpieces are small and flat they can fit into small areas and flat areas that CoolSculpting cannot treat.

During a TruSculpt procedure, the handheld device is placed on the skin, emitting RF energy into the fat layer underneath. The procedure typically feels warm to hot but tolerable for most people. The treatment time is 15 minutes for each area of up to 6 handpieces. So if you are treating multiple areas or large areas, each 15 minute session back to back could add up to an hour or more of total time. Depending on the thickness of the fat layer and your desired result, multiple sessions may be required to meet your goal.

What Are The Key Differences Between CoolSculpting and TruSculpt?

The Technology: CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling, while TruSculpt utilizes RF energy. The choice between the two may depend on personal preferences and the specific concerns of the individual. The applicators are also different shapes and sizes, so based on the areas you are interested in reducing fat and the size and shape of your body, one procedure may be a better choice, or the only choice.

Treatment Areas: Both CoolSculpting and TruSculpt offer versatility in treating various areas of the body. However, TruSculpt may be more suitable for smaller, hard-to-reach areas due to its smaller, flat handpieces.

Treatment Duration: CoolSculpting sessions generally take longer than TruSculpt sessions, but this may vary depending on the treatment area and the number of applicators used. With CoolSculpting at Sculpted Contours, we can treat 2 areas at the same time, which is approximately equal to the treatment area size of 6 TruSculpt handpieces. So the same procedure that takes CoolSculpting 35 minutes would only take 15 minutes with TruSculpt.

Results: Both procedures yield gradual and natural-looking results. Clinical studies of both procedures have proven an average reduction in the thickness of the fat layer of 20-25%. We’ve seen these exact results in the people we’ve treated with both procedures. Results for both procedures are slightly noticeable around 4 weeks after treatment and continue to improve to final results 3 months after your procedure as your body eliminates the destroyed fat cells.

Consultation: It is crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or aesthetic specialist who can assess your specific needs and guide you toward the most suitable treatment option based on your goals, expectations, and medical history. There are contraindications for both procedures that would eliminate one option (or both) for you. Your medical history is reviewed to ensure you are a candidate for any procedure prior to offering it. Each area is assessed to determine whether a non-invasive fat reduction procedure would be right and what your goals are and whether these procedures can help you meet them.

Choosing the Right Place for your non-invasive Fat REduction Procedure

When it comes to non-invasive fat reduction procedures, both CoolSculpting and TruSculpt offer effective options to help individuals achieve their desired body contours without surgery. While CoolSculpting utilizes controlled cooling to freeze fat cells, TruSculpt employs RF energy to heat and destroy them. The choice between the two depends on factors such as personal preferences, treatment areas, and desired outcomes.

We offer both procedures at Sculpted Contours to ensure we can treat almost anyone interested in non-invasive fat reduction procedures to help them reduce areas of fat on their body. With the advancements in non-invasive fat reduction technologies, you can now embark on your journey towards a sculpted body with confidence and minimal disruption to your daily life and without surgery.


Schedule your consultation Appointment

So now you are ready to schedule a consultation appointment and see which non-invasive fat reduction procedure is best for you.  

Call our office at 404-872-8578 or Complete the form at the bottom of this page and request your consultation day and time.  One of our expert team will get back with you right away and get you scheduled.  You’ll be on your way to a thinner you in no time!



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