Body sculpting has grown in popularity significantly in recent years here in NYC. There are two main contenders when it comes to non-surgical body sculpting treatment options. They are CoolSculpting®, which uses extreme cold, and SculpSure™, which uses lasers to gently heat up the skin. Below is more information about these two options and which one might be the right choice for you.
How Does Non-Surgical Body Sculpting Work?
The effective methods of body sculpting out there aim to destroy fat cells permanently. Fat cells are more sensitive to dramatic temperature changes than your skin and tissues. CoolSculpting® lowers their temperature until they crystallize, which results in their death. SculpSure™ uses laser energy to heat up the fat cells until their structural integrity is damaged, killing the cell. Either way, the contents of these fat cells are then flushed out of your body via its lymphatic system.
Which Is Better – CoolSculpting® or SculpSure™?
Both of these treatments have advantages for people here in NYC. Research has shown that a single session of CoolSculpting® can eliminate up to 22% of the fat in the treated area. SculpSure™, on the other hand, has been shown to eliminate up to 24% of the fat. This is a small difference and typically not a major factor when people make their decision. Remember, results will vary between individuals.
When it comes to comfort, both of these treatments are considered very tolerable. SculpSure™ is designed to keep your skin cool and only target the unwanted fat cells. CoolSculpting® may cause an intense cold feeling initially but this quickly fades. Neither treatment is considered to be painful in any way.
The length of both of these treatments is somewhat dependent on the size of the target area. Generally speaking, CoolSculpting® treatments take a bit longer. They can run anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. SculpSure™, on the other hand, typically is completed in just 25 minutes. Neither of these treatments result in any downtime afterward and will not take you away from your normal daily activities.
Which Is Right for You?
Ultimately, several factors go into this decision. The size and area of the body you want to be treated will be a major factor because these two treatments use different types of applicators. Your personal preference between heat and cold should also be taken into account.
The best way to know if you are a better candidate for CoolSculpting® or SculpSure™ is to visit Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser in NYC. We will be happy to answer questions and help you make an informed decision. We have offices located in Harlem, Midtown, and Washington Heights. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!