SculpSure Vs. CoolSculpting: Which Is Right For You?

Being active and eating healthy goes a long way towards staying in shape and feeling confident about your appearance. However, as we age it can get harder to maintain the body we crave. This is when non-surgical body contouring treatments can be ideal solutions. At MedSkincare Laser Centre, today we’ll explore SculpSure vs. CoolSculpting so you can determine which is right for you.

Both treatments are FDA-approved and effective for reducing stubborn fat deposits. While CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling to target and freeze fat cells, SculpSure employs laser technology to deliver heat energy to the treatment area. This heat factor not only helps to eliminate fat cells but also provides an added benefit of skin tightening.

What is Non-Surgical Body Contouring?

Non-surgical body contouring is a treatment that requires no surgical incisions, no anesthesia, no pain medications and no needles. This also means no recovery time! Today’s body contouring procedures effectively reduce or remove stubborn pockets of fat to shape and contour the body. Instead of surgery, these procedures are done with applicators placed on the skin.

While there are many similarities between SculpSure vs. CoolSculpting, there are also differences that make SculptSure a better option for patients seeking a slimmer, more youthful appearance.

What is SculpSure?

SculpSure is a non-invasive body contouring treatment designed to reduce stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It offers a way to achieve a more sculpted appearance without the need for surgery, incisions or downtime.

How It Works

SculpSure harnesses the power of laser technology to precisely target and heat fat cells in targeted areas of the body. Throughout the procedure, specialized applicators are strategically positioned on the treatment zones. These applicators emit laser energy, elevating the temperature of the fat cells to a point where they are damaged and disrupted. Unlike CoolSculpting, which primarily focuses on fat reduction, SculpSure offers the additional benefit of skin tightening, resulting in comprehensive body contouring.

Over the weeks following the treatment, the body’s lymphatic system naturally eliminates the damaged fat cells. This technique results in a natural looking, gradual reduction of fat in the treated areas. 

Results vary from person to person, and multiple sessions may be required for optimal results.

It is important to maintain a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly to maximize and sustain the results from SculpSure.

Treatment Areas

SculpSure can be used to target various areas of the body, including:


This treatment is often used for abdominal fat reduction and a slimmer waistline.

Flanks (Love Handles)

SculpSure can address love handles or flank fat for a more contoured waist and hip area.


If you are wanting to reduce thigh circumference and create a more toned appearance, SculpSure may be right for you.


Even with diet and exercise, fatty deposits in the upper or lower back can be hard to tone, so body contouring can help you achieve a smoother and sculpted back profile.

Chin (Submental Fat)

SculpSure can be used to address submental fat, often referred to as a “double chin.”

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting was first FDA-cleared in 2009 and it is particularly effective at addressing localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. This technology utilizes a process called cryolipolysis. During a CoolSculpting session, specialized applicators are applied to the targeted area, creating controlled cooling that reaches subcutaneous fat tissue. This cooling process crystallizes the fat cells, causing them to undergo apoptosis, a natural cell death process. 

Over the following weeks and months, the damaged fat cells are gradually eliminated from the body through the lymphatic system, resulting in a reduction of fat volume in the treated area and a more contoured appearance. 

Similarities Between SculpSure vs. CoolSculpting

SculpSure and CoolSculpting are both effective body contouring treatments that result in a sleeker, more toned shape. While they employ different technologies, they share several similarities:

  • Both SculpSure and CoolSculpting are non-surgical procedures, which means they do not require incisions, anesthesia, or downtime. Patients can typically return to their daily activities immediately after treatment.
  • Both treatments are effective at reducing localized fat deposits in specific areas of the body, helping patients achieve a more contoured and toned appearance.
  • SculpSure and CoolSculpting have received FDA clearance as safe and effective treatments for body contouring.
  • Both treatments offer some degree of customization. The treatment applicators can be adjusted to target specific areas of concern, and treatment plans can be tailored to individual patient needs.
  • Both SculpSure and CoolSculpting yield gradual results. The fat cells are typically damaged during the treatment and then gradually eliminated by the body’s natural processes over several weeks to months.
  • In many cases, both treatments may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results. The number of sessions can vary depending on individual goals and the treatment area.

Main Differences Between These Treatments

SculpSure and CoolSculpting are both popular non-invasive body contouring treatments, but they differ in several key ways. Trying to decide which one is right for you? Here are the main differences:


SculpSure uses laser technology to target and heat fat cells, disrupting them and leading to their gradual elimination by the body. CoolSculpting utilizes cryolipolysis, which freezes fat cells, causing them to crystallize and be naturally eliminated over time. 

Added Benefit of Skin Tightening

SculpSure boasts a unique advantage over CoolSculpting with its ability to not only reduce fat, but also tighten the skin. By harnessing heat energy, SculpSure stimulates collagen production, leading to firmer and more youthful-looking skin in the targeted area. This additional perk of skin tightening distinguishes SculpSure as an attractive choice for individuals desiring both fat reduction and skin rejuvenation.

Treatment Duration

SculpSure treatment sessions are quite brief, typically lasting around 25 minutes per treated area. In this short timeframe, SculpSure has the potential to eliminate up to 24% of targeted fat cells. Comparatively, CoolSculpting sessions may be lengthier, typically ranging from 35 to 60 minutes per treated area.

Applicator Size

SculpSure applicators are typically smaller and more flexible, allowing for easier placement on various body areas. CoolSculpting applicators come in different sizes and shapes, which may affect their suitability for specific areas.

Target Areas

SculpSure treatments can be done with multiple applicators simultaneously, potentially treating more than one area during a single session. CoolSculpting often treats one area at a time with a single applicator, which may increase the overall treatment time for multiple areas and more sessions may be needed to achieve desired results.

Results Timeline

Results from SculpSure treatments are typically noticeable within six to twelve weeks after the procedure, with gradual fat reduction. CoolSculpting results may become apparent over several months, with peak results often seen around two to three months after treatment.


Is SculpSure Suitable For All Body Types?

SculpSure is generally suitable for various body types, but individual suitability may vary. Ideal candidates are in good health, close to their goal weight and follow a consistent regimen of diet and exercise.

What Sets SculpSure Apart From CoolSculpting?

SculpSure employs innovative laser technology to heat fat cells, providing shorter treatment sessions, the ability to use multiple applicators and skin-tightening, as opposed to CoolSculpting, which relies on fat reduction without the added benefit of firmer, more youthful looking skin in the treated areas.

Are There Any Side Effects Associated with SculpSure?

SculpSure may have temporary side effects, including redness, swelling, and tenderness in the treated area, but these typically resolve on their own and are considered mild.

Why Choose MedSkincare Laser Centre for Body Sculpting

Experience the pinnacle of clinical excellence at MedSkincare Laser Centre, where we redefine aesthetic care with a comprehensive and tailored approach. 

With over 15 years of practice as a family physician and a staunch advocate for women’s health, Dr. Ferhana Tahir extends her commitment to the cosmetic industry as the Medical Director of MedSkincare Laser Centre. Under her leadership, our clinic stands at the forefront of innovation, providing personalized aesthetic solutions that empower individuals to embrace their beauty, health, and well-being. Begin your journey with us today by scheduling a consultation



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