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How Long Do You Need to Wait to Change from CoolSculpting to SculpSure Treatments?

Achieving your dream body shape is no easy feat. Fortunately, advanced body contouring solutions, such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure, can effectively address unwanted fat to help bring you closer to your ideal weight and figure. While it’s common to choose only one procedure, you can also get both treatments but you need to follow a certain waiting period between sessions. 

So if you’re switching from CoolSculpting to SculpSure treatments, what’s the recommended waiting time before you can get the procedure? Body contouring patients need to wait a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks to get a SculpSure treatment after CoolSculpting. The reason that you need to wait is to allow the treated area to heal and let the body process and remove the destroyed fat cells.

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Changing from CoolSculpting to SculpSure Treatments: How Long is The Average Waiting Period? 

Since laser treatment and cryolipolysis for fat reduction have been introduced, a lot of people are considering getting noninvasive body contouring instead of aesthetic plastic surgery or liposuction. These procedures offer patients a convenient solution for fat removal without getting incisions or experiencing long downtimes. 

Both CoolSculpting and SculpSure are superior body contouring treatments and you can achieve your desired outcome by getting either one of them. However, there’s also no reason why you shouldn’t have both fat reduction procedures done for optimal results.

CoolSculpting uses fat freezing technology to get rid of the excess fat cell, while SculpSure uses diode laser energy to reduce fatty areas. There are a number of patients who are inquiring about getting laser lipolysis after fat freezing. Experts suggest that it’s best to wait at least 6 to 8 weeks if you want to try SculpSure after a cryolipolysis treatment. 

Why You Need to Wait Before Changing to a SculpSure Procedure

Body sculpting procedures aren’t like cosmetic injectables where you can get them at the same time in one area. Since it uses different technologies for fat removal, there may be a reaction if you have them done without following the suggested time frame between treatments. 

To better understand, here are some of the reasons why it takes several weeks to get SculpSure after a CoolSculpting procedure: 

1) To Allow The Treated Fat Cells To Be Processed By The Body 

One of the best things about CoolSculpting treatments is that they can permanently eliminate stubborn pockets of fat cells for good. However, its results are not instantaneous and it can take at least 1 to 2 months to see significant effects. 

The main purpose of CoolSculpting is to deliver controlled cooling to freeze excess fat cells. Once the fat cells are destroyed, it normally takes a course of 6 to 8 weeks for the body to dispose of them through the lymphatic system. A patient can see initial improvements in the treated area after the stubborn fat deposit has been fully metabolized by the body. 

Getting a SculpSure procedure immediately after fat freezing may interrupt the natural metabolic process that’s needed to eliminate the treated fat cells. There’s also a possibility that you may only be treating the same fat cells which haven’t been fully excreted, so you may not see any changes if you prematurely get laser lipolysis after CoolSculpting. 

2) To Give Your Body Time To Heal After The CoolSculpting Treatments

Although the CoolSculpting technology allows providers to treat stubborn fat cells without harming the surrounding tissue and skin, the treated area will still be sensitive and you’ll experience several side effects after the procedure. It’s important to allow yourself to recover from the effects of the CoolSculpting treatment before undergoing SculpSure to avoid any complications. 

During the period that your body is metabolizing the destroyed fat cells, there’s ongoing inflammation in the treated area as an immune response to the fat elimination process. This is the reason why many patients experience temporary swelling and tenderness within a few weeks of having CoolSculpting

Other side effects that you may experience from CoolSculpting are: 

  • Skin itching 
  • Redness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling 
  • Minor pain 
  • Increased skin sensitivity 
  • Bruising
  • Skin discoloration

Rarely, a CoolSculpting patient may also develop paradoxical adipose hyperplasia which is a side effect that occurs from the increase of fat cells or enlargement of fatty tissue after treatment. When this happens, you may have to put your plans for the SculpSure procedure on hold and wait for about 6 months for the affected area to soften before getting liposuction to remove the fat tissue overgrowth. 

3) To See If You Still Need Additional Fat Reduction Treatments 

While CoolSculpting isn’t a total weight loss solution, it’s a great non-surgical procedure for fat reduction and body contouring. One treatment session can approximately remove 20% to 25% of stubborn fat in the problem area. Depending on your fat loss goals, you may already benefit from a single CoolSculpting session but if your initial results don’t meet your expectations yet, you can switch to SculpSure. 

However, before your provider clears you for a SculpSure session, they’d need to assess the area to determine how it can be further improved. Your SculpSure treatment plan will depend on the amount of fat that remains in the body after CoolSculpting. 

Is It Safe To Get SculpSure After CoolSculpting? 

Thanks to the advancements in body contouring technologies, patients now have different treatment options for getting rid of their excess fat. It’s perfectly safe and common for individuals to experiment with various body sculpting procedures to find out which one works for them. 

Additionally, there are several pros to having SculpSure after a CoolSculpting procedure in the same treatment area. Here are some reasons why people get laser lipolysis treatment after fat freezing: 

1) To Enhance the Results of CoolSculpting Sessions

SculpSure treatments are an excellent way to contour the treated areas where stubborn fat has been removed. You may also notice a more dramatic change in your body shape and appearance when you get laser treatment after eliminating fat with CoolSculpting. 

2) To Treat Areas That Can’t Be Reached By CoolSculpting 

CoolSculpting applicators are designed in a way that it requires at least an inch of pinchable fat for the procedure to work. There may be some fatty areas that CoolSculpting can’t reach which is why a patient chooses to change to a SculpSure procedure. 

The unique thing about SculpSure applicators is that they don’t suction the fat cells in a way that CoolSculpting does. This body contouring procedure uses an applicator designed like a belt that is wrapped around your intended treatment area. Once they’re attached to the skin, it gradually emits laser energy that reaches even the areas with nonpinchable fat that are unresponsive to CoolSculpting. 

3) To Achieve a Skin Tightening Effect

Losing fat with CoolSculpting may also sometimes contribute to minor skin laxity. If you notice any sagging skin after fat freezing, you may benefit from switching to a SculpSure procedure. One of the known benefits of SculpSure is that the laser energy can also stimulate collagen production which provides additional skin tightening effects to the treatment area.  

Which is Better as a Non-Surgical Fat Reduction Procedure: CoolSculpting or SculpSure?  

The main difference between CoolSculpting and SculpSure procedures is the technology that it uses to achieve fat reduction. Both treatments are safe, convenient, and non-invasive so there’s minimal pain involved during the session. Ultimately, it’s up to your personal preference whether you want laser treatment or fat freezing for body contouring. 

If you’re undecided, your provider can help choose which of the two treatments can help meet your specific fat reduction goals. Here are some of the factors that you need to consider in selecting between CoolSculpting or SculpSure: 

1) The Amount of Fat You Want To Remove

While CoolSculpting and SculpSure aren’t weight loss treatments, they can help reduce a significant amount of fat that can motivate you to start a healthy and active lifestyle. Studies show that SculpSure can provide an average of 24% fat loss, while CoolSculpting can eliminate about 20% to 25% of stubborn fat. Getting a cryolipolysis treatment may be more beneficial if you want to remove more fat in one session. 

2) Your Pain Tolerance Level 

CoolSculpting procedures may be more comfortable than SculpSure. During cryolipolysis, the treatment area is exposed to controlled cooling which can cause a few minutes of discomfort. Once the skin is numbed to the cold temperature, the rest of the fat reduction procedure isn’t painful and most symptoms of tingling, aching, and intense cold will subside.

On the other hand, SculpSure treatments can be slightly uncomfortable because of the laser energy that heats the fat cells underneath the skin. You can feel minor pulling and tingling sensations for the duration of the procedure. 

3) Areas That Will Be Treated 

Both CoolSculpting and SculpSure can be used on the same treatment areas such as the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, buttocks, back, and under the chin. However, cryolipolysis best works for stubborn areas with at least an inch of pinchable fat, while SculpSure can be used to treat unwanted fat that can’t be addressed by CoolSculpting. 

4) Time Commitment 

With CoolSculpting and SculpSure, you can immediately return to your normal activity after the procedure. However, with the laser technology of SculpSure, you can have a faster treatment session that can take about 25 minutes. Meanwhile, a CoolSculpting session can usually take 35 to 60 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area.  

Get the Best Fat Reduction Results At NJ Center for CoolSculpting 

Switching from one body contouring procedure to another can take an average waiting period of 6 to 8 weeks. This is done to allow your body to completely recover from the side effects of the treatment and to see the initial results of your CoolSculpting procedure. If you get CoolSculpting from a reliable provider, you may not even need additional SculpSure treatment. 

Trust only the best aesthetic clinic for your body contouring and fat reduction goals. Our team at NJ Center for CoolSculpting has extensive experience in providing safe and effective treatments to reduce your double chin, flabby arms, and other stubborn fatty areas. Know more about our CoolSculpting procedures by calling us today or browsing our website.

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