If you’ve been struggling with unwanted fat on your back, tummy, or thighs and you want to avoid traditional liposuction, SculpSure is a nonsurgical option well worth considering to remove fat from those stubborn areas that exercise alone is just not helping. There are multiple non-invasive fat removal procedures and I have tried both SculpSure and Coolsculpting.
CoolSculpting and SculpSure are the leading non-invasive body contouring treatments that reduce stubborn fat without surgery or downtime. They both claim to be relatively quick, with no downtime, so you can go back to work (or even hit the gym) right away, without anyone knowing you’ve done it.
I teamed up with Dr. Heidi Lakes of Genesys Family Medicine and Spa to review the SculpSure body contouring a Non-Invasive Body Contouring Treatment. The stubborn fat deposits on my back and flanks have prevented me from putting on a two-piece bathing suit for some time so I jumped at the opportunity to try a noninvasive fat removal procedure.
Read on to learn the differences between CoolSculpting vs SculpSure to discover which body contouring treatment is right for you.
SculpSure vs Coolsculpting which procedure is right for me?
Non-invasive fat removal procedure might be a good choice for you if:
- You’re within 30 pounds of your ideal weight, or your body mass index is 30 or less
Like other body-contouring treatments, neither SculpSure or Coolsculpting is a weight-loss procedure.
- You’re healthy and active
“The ideal person is active and otherwise healthy but has stubborn areas of fat that no amount of exercise or dieting seems to help.
- You’re willing to have a series of treatments over several months
The areas of fat you have treated with SculpSure or Coolscuplting will shrink over weeks and months, and you’ll probably need several treatments may be needed to get the results you want.
How much do Coolsculping and SculpSure cost?
The average cost of SculpSure is about $2,200. Your cost will vary, depending on how big the treatment area is, how many sessions you’ll need to get the results you want, your location, and the experience level of your provider. Some providers recommend two treatments for each area you have treated.
The cost of CoolSculpting varies between regions, and factors such as the number of applications play a significant role in the final price. The cost for treatment on multiple body areas averages $2,250
What happens during SculpSure?
Before the SculpSure treatment, Dr. Heidi Lakes marked the area of fat that was to be targeted. She then belted one or more applicators to my body which held the paddles steady during the 25-minute treatment.
When the treatment started, I felt a cooling sensation that helped to keep my skin comfortable. As the laser cycles on and off, I felt heat and tingling. For most people, the sensation isn’t too uncomfortable, but everyone’s pain tolerance is different.
If you’re among the unlucky ones who find it painful, your doctor could give you nitrous oxide (laughing gas). It’s a safe and effective way to help reduce the perception of pain, and one that doesn’t linger as anesthesia would. According to Charlottesville, Virginia-based surgeon Dr. Sara Kaltreider in a RealSelf Q&A, “the nitrous oxide is gone from the body in less than 10 minutes, so patients can drive after the procedure.”
Each treatment area takes 25 minutes, and you can get several areas treated on the same day.
To contour areas like your belly, love handles, back, thighs, and double chin, SculpSure uses targeted laser energy to penetrate the skin and heat only the fat cells until they’re too damaged to survive. You should start seeing results within six weeks as your body eliminates the destroyed fat cells, with full results visible in three months. The fat cells you lose don’t return.
What happens during CoolSculpting?
I had the CoolSculpting done approximately one year before my SculpSure Procedure and while the procedures were similar in some aspects the results were very different.
Before the CoolSculpting machine was attached to my love handles, the nurse sanitized the area and applied a very cold goo like pad to the area (think ultrasound gel and honey mixed together and put in the freezer).
The machine was then suctioned on to my love handles. This sounds painful, but this part was not very painful at all. It just feels like you have a light dumbbell resting on your side. Each side was treated for 30 minutes separately, so the procedure took about one hour. And during this one hour, I was covered in a warm blanket and set up with a T.V. to watch while the procedure was in progress.
After the 30 minutes was up, the machine was removed and the nurse will then massage the area to break up the “fat crystals.” When the machine was first taken off of my side, I was in a little pain, but once the nurse massaged the area it felt a little better!
This is the difference between Sculpsure vs CoolSpulting: I was not in any pain whatsoever after the SculpSure procedure but it took approximately 4 months before I regained feeling in my upper back and flanks with the CoolSculpting. I was in pain every day and husband was constantly massaging the area and the area stayed completely numb for months and it itched really bad.
The itching was underneath the skin so no amount of scratching made it better. I would never get the CoolSculpting procedure again because it was just too painful afterward.
When will you see results from SculpSure?
You should start to see your body contouring results as soon as six weeks after your treatment, with final results at 12 weeks.
Each treatment reduces the targeted fat by about 24%, so most people see the best results when they have a series of treatments, about six weeks apart.
How long will CoolSculpting and Sculpsure results last?
Treated fat cells are destroyed and while both procedures claim results will be permanent as long as you maintain your weight and health I gained weight back in the same targeted areas but I was not working out and eating right. The SculpSure results lasted longer and were immediate.
What is SculpSure recovery like?
Like most nonsurgical fat reduction treatments, SculpSure doesn’t require any downtime or pain medication. Most people leave the doctor’s office and go right back to work. You might feel a little sore the next day, so a relaxed elastic waist will probably feel more comfortable than jeans.
Hydrate especially well for up to a week after your treatment, to help flush out the fat cells. And massage the treated areas up to four times a day for three days after the procedure, to minimize any chance of lumps.
The Results From SculpSsure
12 weeks after the initial treatment I was back at Dr. Lakes’ office for my first follow-up appointment. I was definitely starting to see a difference in my stomach, but it wasn’t until she pulled up the before-and-after pictures, that I knew it was working (mind you, this was all before, I decided to get serious and get me a personal trainer.
I was so impressed with the results, that when Dr. Lakes suggested going for round two I said yes! The mild discomfort was not enough to prevent me from having round 2 and I am considering round 3 as I write this blog post.
As with most women, I am more critical of myself and in my opinion, you can still see my love handles but I do have a waist which I didn’t have before the procedure. My pants fit looser in my stomach and I see the fat is starting to whittle away. I’m so excited to see what the Sculpsure results will be after my 3rd procedure and if it’s anything like what I saw after rounds one and two I will be 2-piece ready in no time.
Dr. Lakes is offering my readers 50% off of SculpSure for the next 2 months, just mention Passports and Grub. Click on the link and schedule your consultation today with Dr. Heidi Lakes in Murfreesboro, TN
Why Choose SculpSure over CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting Cost vs. SculpSure Cost: SculpSure and CoolSculpting provide similar results but you will not experience pain with SculpSure and it’s a slightly more affordable price per treatment.
Treatment Areas: SculpSure can treat up to four different treatment areas at one time. In contrast, CoolSculpting can treat only one treat one area at a time. This make comprehensive body contouring with CoolSculpting a far more extensive, expensive and time demanding process compared to SculpSure.
Treatment Times: In addition to treating more areas at one time, SculpSure provides shorter treatment times compared to CoolSculpting. SculpSure is called the “lunch time lipo” because it can be done 25-minute treatments.
CoolSculpting Side Effects vs. SculpSure Side Effects: SculpSure’s flat applicators do not require suction, unlike CoolSculpting, which uses a vacuum mechanism to attach the applicator to the treatment area. Bypassing this suction also eliminates many of the side effects associated with CoolSculpting, such as tenderness, redness, bruising, and swelling at the treatment site.
CoolSculpting Pain vs. SculpSure Pain: Flat applicators also make SculpSure a painless treatment. This stands in sharp contrast to CoolSculpting that can be painful and I complained about the suction and sensation of extreme cold at the treatment site during the fat freezing procedure.
Downtime and Recovery: CoolSculpting is a more invasive technique for eliminating stubborn fat, and therefore requires a longer recovery compared to SculpSure. CoolSculpting side effects lasted about 4 months following my treatment. In comparison, SculpSure required no downtime or recovery and I returned to my normal activities immediately after my treatment.
The best way to learn the differences between SculpSure and CoolSculpting and determine which treatment is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heidi lakes at Genesys Family Medicine or contact her by calling 615-225-1990
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