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Dr. V: SculpSure vs. CoolSculpting – Who Wins?

As medical technology companies continue to pave the way with non-invasive, permanent non-surgical fat reduction solutions, we have to compare existing treatment options.

The two main players in this field are SculpSure and CoolSculpting. While SculpSure is an FDA-approved fat melting device; CoolSculpting freezes fat. Both options work effectively, providing an average of 24% fat reduction several weeks after one treatment.

Sculpsure offers several advantages over CoolSculpting:

  • SculpSure can treat up to 4 areas in 25 minutes. Coolsculpting can only target one area per treatment in 60 minutes.

  • SculpSure uses flat applicators that do not use suction. CoolSculpting requires fat that is large enough to be suctioned. If the problem area is not big enough, it cannot be treated.

  • SculpSure uses a laser that targets fat, sparring surrounding tissue such as nerves. Due to indiscriminate destruction of all tissues suctioned and frozen, CoolSculpting can result in numbness, pain and bruising that can last for weeks post treatment.

  • Sculpsure provides smoother contours because the heat is dispersed outside of treatment area. CoolSculpting only treats the fat suctioned areas so there can be a “shelving effect,” or a frozen lump of fat that requires repeated massage.

  • SculpSure is the only non-surgical fat reduction technique that also provides skin tightening in ongoing FDA trials; CoolSculpting does not.

The winner is clear: it’s SculpSure.

Dr. V is the primary cosmetic physician and partner of MSPB, the county's largest physician multi-specialty group. She has extensive training and experience with dermal fillers, collagen stimulators, laser and radiofrequency treatments, as well as skin care.

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