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SculpSure vs. CoolSculpting: Which is Better?

Fat reduction can be difficult to completely achieve when there’s stubborn fat in various parts of the body. Fortunately, there are a lot of non-invasive body contouring procedures in the market that can remove multiple areas of unwanted fat. Two of which are some of the most popular ones available: SculpSure and CoolSculpting. 

So when should you choose between SculpSure and CoolSculpting? Both these treatments achieve fat reduction—SculpSure uses laser technology and CoolSculpting utilizes freezing technology to eliminate stubborn fat cells. However, the CoolSculpting treatment can target more treatment areas, work on overweight patients, reduce excess fat, and has more research data on its benefits and side effects.

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What Are The Differences Between SculpSure and CoolSculpting?

Though they achieve the same things, discerning the differences of these two body contouring treatments will achieve the body you want while getting the most bang for your buck, especially considering their comfort and effects compared to traditional liposuction. 

These are the differences between the SculpSure treatment and the CoolSculpting treatment. 


SculpSure sheds off extra fat cells by applying heat with laser technology. The machine is placed in the treated area and emits heat to irrecoverably damage the fat cells. The dead fat cells will then be naturally flushed through the lymphatic system. This technology allows for more accurate fat reduction in the treatment areas. 

On the other hand, the CoolSculpting procedure does the opposite of the SculpSure treatment. Instead of direct heat, the machine uses a combination of vacuum and cryo technology to freeze fat cells till they are crystallized. Again, the fat reduction treatment is safe and does not harm the other parts of the skin. The frozen fat cells will be digested by the lymphatic system and leave the treated area—creating smooth and thin skin in the treated area. 

Target Areas

Both these treatments can cover a wide range of areas Some popular treatment areas include love handles, the inner thigh, the outer thigh, the chin, the abdomen or abs, arms, and the love handles or the flanks on the hips. 

Though SculpSure is a slightly more precise procedure, the FDA has approved a wider range of treatment areas for CoolSculpting work like bra rolls and underbust rolls for breast augmentation, ankles, fat pads in the knees, the underarms, and the suprapubic pouch. However, SculpSure can work on various treatment areas simultaneously while CoolSculpting needs to be done in one treated area at a time.  

Treatment Time

As mentioned earlier, due to the coverage of the machine, SculpSure has a faster treatment time than CoolSculpting. However, the exact duration of the treatment comes down to the amount of body contouring needed and the number of treated areas.

CoolSculpting treatments vary between 25 minutes to an hour depending on how much work is needed to be done. The machine only works one treated area at a time. Meanwhile, SculpSure only takes about half an hour on average as up to four treated areas can be completed. However, CoolSculpting Elite, an upgraded form of the CoolSculpting machine, has this same feature—cutting down the overall treatment time to 30 minutes. 


With a fat reduction procedure, it's important to know if your body has the appropriate qualities for the treatment to prevent any unwanted complications. Both body contouring treatments, it's best done with patients with an average physical physique and good health with stubborn fat pads or areas in their body. They are not weight loss procedures, its design is made with shedding off stubborn fat areas in mind.

For SculpSure, patients with a BMI under 30.5 are ideal candidates. The SculpSure treatment is best suited for those who have even layers of fat across their entire body that can be equally targeted by its laser technology.

Meanwhile, CoolSculpting works best with large bulges or pads of stubborn fat. Hence, it can work with patients who may be considered overweight as long as they meet the other general standards stated above. The treatment can reduce much more excess fat compared to other similar procedures. 

Side Effects

Given the application of extreme temperatures and energy in the skin, there are expected side effects that may occur after the treatment. However, it's much less intense than other fat reduction treatments like liposuction. The likelihood of these side effects can lower given with the expertise and knowledge of the medical provider. The differences in the side effects lies in their technology. 

SculpSure, aside from common side effects like redness, swelling, soreness and other marks, may cause bruising, scarring, and baggy skin. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, may cause numbness, stiffness, itching, stinging, sensitive skin, and paradoxical adipose hyperplasia—a very rare side effect where the treatment does the opposite of fat reduction.


Given the differing technology of these two body contouring treatments, the results develop and finish differently. SculpSure takes about 6 weeks to complete as the treated area removes all the dead fat cells and the skin adjusts to the fat reduction. About 24% of the targeted excess fat is reduced but the actual results vary from patient. 

CoolSculpting has about the same percentage at a more consistent rate with results showing after 10 to 20 weeks and peaking within 3 to 6 months. Given that CoolSculpting can accommodate more areas of excess fat and is substantiated by various research data, it can be a more effective fat reduction treatment for your needs. 

SculpSure CoolSculpting
Target AreasChinChestArmsAbsLove handlesThighSame as SculpSure, includingFat pads around the breastButtockKneeAnkles
Treatment Time25 Minutes 25 minutes to an hour

25 minutes with CoolSculpting Elite
Candidates BMI of 30.5 or under
Uniform layers of fat
BMI that can be counted as overweight
Large areas and layers of fat
Side EffectsBruisingScarringBaggy Skin NumbnessStiffnessParadoxical Adipose Hyperplasia
ResultsAbout 24% fat reduction across smooth skinAbout 25% fat reduction with once layered areas of fat that is well-researched 

Similarities Between SculpSure and CoolSculpting

Despite their listed differences, their non-invasive nature isn't the only similarity between these two body contouring treatments. Listed below are the similarities between SculpSure and CoolSculpting.


Once the stubborn fat cells are damaged and flushed out of the body, their absence on the skin won’t return at all. However, new fat cells can occupy the treated area. It’s best to keep a good weight loss routine to maintain the results of the fat reduction treatment.


To complement its non-invasive procedures, the treatment has no extensive downtime. Of course, as with any treatment, ample amounts of rest and comfortable clothing to be worn before and after treatment are recommended to let the treated area breathe and to observe any side effects.   

Fat Reduction

They have similar listed fat reduction results with 20 to 25% an average, with the exact amount depending on the patient. However, as stated before, the results and their effects on the skin differ between the treatments. . 


Even with different procedures, technology, and target area, the cost of these two body contouring treatments are about the same or with minimal difference. The cost is dependent on the number of needed treatment areas and how the machine can accommodate them. However, more often than not, it's about the same price for the entire operation. 

When to Choose SculpSure or CoolSculpting 

Though they have their similarities and differences, the most important thing for you is to consider how the excess fat rests in your skin, your body weight, and where your treatment areas are. 

If you need a treatment that can finally remove the persistent excess fat pads or slabs that no exercise or diet can get out of, CoolSculpting is the way to go. However, if there’s a uniform layer of stubborn fat found in the abdominal area that needs a precise reduction, consider SculpSure.

Can You Do SculpSure After CoolSculpting? 

With precise laser technology, SculpSure can get rid of any stubborn fat or hidden folds that weren't able to be smoothed out by CoolSculpting. However, with the slow development of the results from CoolSculpting work, it's recommended to wait about 2 months before moving ahead with SculpSure. Try exercising or another diet to burn off the excess fat before committing to another treatment. 

Let NJ Center for CoolSculpting Handle Your Body Sculpting Concerns

Body contouring may seem like a big risk at first but various papers of data and thousands of happy clients have attested to its wondrous effects. However, it's always best to have a certified medical provider and aesthetician to lead the body contouring treatment to ensure you get its promised benefits without any adverse events. 

At the NJ Center for CoolSculpting, we have top-of-the-line medical knowledge and technology for smooth and effective fat reduction treatments. Our staff is part of the nation’s leaders in body contouring practice. Call us at (908) 628-1070 to let us help you work toward your ideal body today.

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  • "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

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    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."

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