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The Differences Between CoolSculpting and Microcurrent Body Sculpting

As we get older, our bodies undergo many changes. Obesity and a loss of muscle mass are among what many people experience, and some have a hard time adjusting to these changes. Fortunately, cosmetic procedures can be used to restore our younger, more sculpted bodies.Treatments such as CoolSculpting and microcurrent body sculpting are just two of the many options out there.

So how different are these two treatments? CoolSculpting specifically targets and freezes fat cells, while microcurrent body sculpting mimics the body's natural electrical flow to rejuvenate skin and muscle cells. CoolSculpting generally removes unwanted stubborn fat, while microcurrent body sculpting rejuvenates the skin and tones muscles. If you have specific goals for body sculpting, it’s good to consult with a trusted aesthetic practitioner to have your needs and concerns properly addressed.

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How Different is CoolSculpting from Microcurrent Body Sculpting

Aging takes a toll on our bodies. As we grow older, our skin loses elasticity and becomes more brittle. Muscles also start to lose strength, endurance, and flexibility. The accumulation of fat often also gets faster.

Diet and exercise are usually recommended to combat aging and to reduce the aforementioned effects. But with busy lifestyles, being consistent with dieting and exercise can be difficult.

That’s why many turn to cosmetic treatments like CoolSculpting and Microcurrent therapy. These 2 treatments work differently as they produce different effects and are generally used to produce different aesthetic goals.


Also known as cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting permanently freezes away fat cells in selected target areas. It’s a minimally invasive process that requires little recovery time and can be a great alternative to liposuction and other body contouring treatments.

Cold suction applied to the skin is used to target and freeze fatty deposits beneath the skin, reducing overall body fat. Fat cells crystallize when they are frozen, and  are subsequently broken up and flushed out via the liver.

The majority of CoolSculpting treatments run approximately 35 minutes apiece, but some treatment locations like the outer thighs might take up to two hours. After the treatment, patients should see an improvement within 2 to 6 months or longer. The body takes approximately 3 months to completely digest the frozen fat cells and get the full effects of the treatment.

The Risks

Although CoolSculpting is generally safe and effective, it may come with some temporary side effects. Some patients experience sensations of tugging or pulling at the treatment site during the procedure. Sitting for up to 2 hours while a pinch of your body fat is suctioned and frozen can also be rather painful. Additionally, some patients report up to 2 weeks of post-treatment pain, bruising, numbness, skin sensitivity, and swelling at the treatment site.

It should be emphasized that eliminating fat cells will mostly produces a temporary improvement in your appearance, and within a year, the fat cells may regenerate or grow larger in different places of your body to compensate for what was taken. The operation isn’t intended to address obesity and should only be reserved for stubborn fat that persists despite diet and exercise.


CoolSculpting has a high percentage of success,  removing more fat from the body than liposuction. It also has fewer side effects. According to a wide range of studies, CoolSculpting is a safe and effective treatment for specific areas of fat removal.

In 2015, the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal presented a review of 19 prior studies on CoolSculpting.

People who underwent CoolSculpting lost an average of 14.67 to 28.5% of their fat when measured with a caliper. Meanwhile, 10.3 to 25.5% of body fat was shed in studies using ultrasonography to gauge fat loss.

The treatment was also determined to pose little to no significant health risks by the researchers. There was little to no decrease in liver function or cholesterol levels, indicating that CoolSculpting is a purely aesthetic treatment. However, freezing fat cells may not help a person's health in the long term without a change in their diet or lifestyle.

Despite the fact that this technique can remove some fat, it’s not a miracle cure, and individuals shouldn’t anticipate witnessing a massive amount of fat removed from their bodies. Some people may experience more side effects than others from the process, so it’s always good to get a consultation first to see if CoolSculpting is the right treatment for you.

Microcurrent Body Sculpting

What is Microcurrent Therapy

Microcurrent body sculpting is an excellent therapy for sagging, loose skin and a lack of definition on the body. A low-voltage precision electrical current is sent to deep depths of the skin and muscle by emulating your body's own electrical currents. The tissue is then restored to its normal state of energy.

Low-level electrical currents are sent into the skin through microcurrent therapy, which are nearly comparable to the body's own natural frequencies. Your body gets more electrons from running a current across it, which stimulates tissue healing, and helps you generate energy more quickly. Your cells' primary source of energy, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), is boosted by this technology, which operates on a cellular level. Amino acids – the building blocks of protein — are absorbed more easily and collagen-producing skin cells are formed as a result of this supplement.

Microcurrent therapy is routinely used as a quick alternative to facelifts and to remove cellulite.

The Risks

Microcurrent therapy, in general, is non-invasive and non-aggressive. In this treatment, the currents employed are so low that you might not even notice them. You may experience a warming and softening of the afflicted tissues during treatment.

Although there’s a slight chance of tiredness and nausea following treatment, the risk is modest. Bruising is possible, but it’s rare. Microcurrent contraindications are also present. However, those with seizure problems, implanted electrical equipment like pacemakers or hearing aids, and pregnant women should avoid microcurrent treatment.


Those who have had microcurrent treatment see immediate benefits following the first session. The skin in the target area should be smoother, tighter, and more toned as a result of the treatment. Collagen and elastin should form after a number of sessions. 

As a result, patients will notice greater skin elasticity and a more youthful appearance to their bodies. The area's blood circulation will improve, and lymphatic drainage will be encouraged, which will help remove toxins from the body and aid in fat burning. Furthermore, regular exposure to microcurrent helps instruct the muscle to remain taut.

When it comes to reducing fat, microcurrent has been used in reducing abdominal fat in clinical practice. This treatment has been found to be less effective because the skin can obstruct the current's effect on fat cells.

Which Treatment is Better For You?

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The answer to this question ultimately boils down to what your aesthetic goal is. Both treatments work towards very different outcomes. 

CoolSculpting is best for those who wish to remove unwanted stubborn fat. When these fat cells are frozen, they are irreversibly destroyed and will never reappear. There are no dietary or activity restrictions with CoolSculpting, but those who maintain a nutritious diet and an active lifestyle will reap the most benefits.

Microcurrent therapy, on the other hand, is more effective for those who want to rejuvenate their skin and tone their muscles. While it can be used to reduce fat in specific areas of the body, this isn’t a very effective method.

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If your goal is to remove stubborn fat, CoolSculpting is the more effective long-term solution. Getting CoolSculpting by highly-skilled professionals will definitely make the experience smoother and ensure that you reach your fat loss goals. 

The NJ Center of CoolSculpting is one of the state’s top CoolSculpting centers. Our team includes board-certified doctors, aestheticians, and highly-trained staff to help you with your body contouring concerns.

Visit us today or call us now to book an appointment.

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What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "The treatment itself was not uncomfortable. Afterwords, I felt great. I didn't really notice anything for about 30 days. After day 30 until about a month later, I started noticing that my favorite jeans were not as tight anymore. I wasn't having to suck in to get them buttoned. And by that two month period after my CoolSculpting

    Lesley Hamilton

    Age 41

  • "It's subtle at first, and then a month later you look and go, "Wow - It really did something!" It really moved the bar for me, and I'm feeling better about myself already. It feels so good to put on anything and know I look as good as I've ever looked. And I didn't say that or feel that when I was in my 20's, 30's, and 40's."

    Anne McMarthy

    Age 56

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