Sculpsure Vs Coolsculpting



Are you looking to lose a bit of built-up, stubborn fat? Maybe you want to get that sleek body shape that you’ve been dreaming of? You’re a bit skeptical about invasive surgery, but can’t seem to decide between the non-invasive treatment options out there? Out of the many non-invasive fat reduction treatments available currently, CoolSculpting and Sculpsure seem to be far more popular than the rest – and for good reasons! But how do you choose which one is right for you? Let’s break down all the information we have about SculpSure vs CoolSculpting to answer just that question for you.

Lipolysis – a non-invasive approach to fat reduction

While exercise and a healthy diet can help lose weight, they are often not enough to tone certain areas of fat in your body. Sometimes, stubborn areas like your stomach, love handles and chin may require some additional effort. Consequently, fat reduction procedures have become increasingly more popular with those who want to improve their body shape.

Lipolysis or body contouring is the process of breaking down fat cells of the body into smaller molecules. The body naturally eliminates the destroyed fat cells, and the results are permanent. Instead of surgery, lipolysis uses heating, cooling, or radio frequencies to break down fat cells. In contrast, older methods like liposuction involved making incisions in the body and surgically removing unwanted fat. It is due to the non-surgical and non-invasive nature of lipolysis techniques that they are so much popular nowadays. Additionally, these treatments are less time consuming and have zero downtime and minimum side effects.

Now let’s take a look at the two most sought out methods of lipolysis – SculpSure and CoolSculpting

SculpSure vs CoolSculpting

SculpSure and CoolSculpting are both based on similar technologies as they both destroy fat cells by altering their temperature. This is possible because fat cells are more vulnerable to temperature fluctuations than surrounding body tissues. These other tissues include skin, muscle and connective tissue. Fat cells tend to break down to their component molecules when heated or cooled to varying extremes. Therefore, the destruction of fat cells in both methods is permanent. As fat is not surgically removed, both procedures rely on the lymphatic system of the body to expel destroyed fat cells in the form of waste. 

As the name suggests CoolSculpting kills fat cells by freezing them. In contrast, Sculpsure heats fat cells to cause their destruction.

Let’s examine the similarities, and most importantly the differences between SculpSure vs CoolSculpting.

The science behind SculpSure vs CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting uses a method called cryolipolysis. Here applicators attached to a target area produce energy that freezes the underlying fat cells. The frozen fat cells age and die prematurely. In the weeks to follow the lymphatic system naturally eliminates them as waste.

CoolSculpting process

On the other hand, SculpSure is a light-based fat reduction process. Applicators attached to the target area use a laser to heat fat cells causing them to shrink and destroy. This process is known as apoptosis. Similar to CoolSculpting, the body expels destroyed fat cells via the lymphatic system. As an added benefit, the laser technology stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. Consequently, this creates a smoother and natural skin appearance.

SculpSure process

SculpSure vs CoolSculpting: Application

The CoolSculpting apparatus uses a rounded paddle that is attached to your skin through suction like a vacuum. The applicator paddles come in 4 sizes. As the paddle needs to be able to suck on to the body, the target area needs to contain at least 1 inch of pinchable fat. If the desired target area has less than an inch of pinchable fat, you won’t be able to use CoolSculpting. As only one applicator is used, only one area can be treated during any given session.

One single applicator treating a target area during a CoolSculpting treatment
One single applicator treating a target area during a CoolSculpting treatment

SculpSure uses flat applicators which are secured to the body with an easy to use belt system. The absence of a suction device means these applicators can be used on areas of the body with both pinchable and non-pinchable fat. Also, SculpSure uses 4 applicators instead of one. This means you can target a larger area or even multiple areas of the body during any given session. These factors give SculpSure a clear advantage over CoolSculpting in the Sculpsure vs CoolSculpting battle.

4 separate applicators treating multiple areas of fat during a SculpSure session
4 separate applicators treating multiple areas of fat during a SculpSure session

Treatment time and downtime

A typical treatment session for CoolSculpting can last up to 60 minutes. Treatments have zero downtime.

In contrast, a typical SculpSure treatment session lasts from 25 – 30 minutes. Like CoolSculpting, SculpSure treatments have zero downtime.

Results of SculpSure vs CoolSculpting

With CoolSculpting you can achieve up to 23% average fat reduction. Results are visible between 2 – 4 months after the treatment. CoolSculpting has a 73% patient satisfaction rate according to the Journal of Dermatological Surgery.

Similarly, SculpSure has been shown to yield an average of 24% in fat reduction. However, results can start appearing much faster, ranging anywhere between 6 to 12 months. Also, patient satisfaction is much higher with Sculpsure at 96%, according to the Journal of Dermatological Surgery.

Cosmetically, while CoolSculpting applicators cannot work past target areas, heat generated by SculpSure applicators extend beyond the target areas. As a result, this helps in creating a smoother and visually pleasing transition between treated and non-treated areas.

Both methods require 2 to 3 treatments per area for best results.


Safety is an important aspect when it comes to choosing any treatment procedure. CoolSculpting and SculpSure are both approved by the FDA as well as the TGA CoolSculpting was introduced to patients in 2010, while SculpSure has been treating patients since 2015.

SculpSure vs CoolSculpting: The Experience

With CoolSculpting, you will experience a sucking sensation at the target area when the applicator is attached. As the cooling starts you will experience a freezing sensation as well which to some describe as a slight discomfort rather than pain. Eventually, the area will become numb and the sucking and freezing sensations will cease. After the treatment, the therapist will remove the applicator and massage the frozen area. You may experience a mild pain or stinging or even a slight tickling at this point.

Similarly, the SculpSure treatment may cause mild discomfort but not necessarily pain. Initially, you will feel a mild cooling due to the Advanced Contact Cooling. This helps enhance comfort throughout the process. As the heating starts you will feel a warm, tingling sensation in the target area. You will experience this alternating cooling and warming sensation for the remainder of the treatment duration.

SculpSure Vs CoolSculpting: After effects

Both treatments have a relatively negligible amount of side effects.

CoolSculpting is usually followed by a temporary redness and/ or swelling and bruising in the treated area. The most frequently reported side effects are bruising and numbness. These effects however will subside on their own within a few days to weeks. A point to note is that the treatment can sometimes cause nerve damage due to the cooling that is used during the procedure. One serious side effect that has been reported with CoolSculpting is paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. This causes fat cells in the treated area to grow larger instead of smaller due to reasons still unknown. While it is not a dangerous side effect, this does not disappear on its own.

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Bruising and swelling are common after-effects of CoolSculpting

With SculpSure, you may experience a slight swelling or redness in the treated area. However, fewer incidents of bruising and swelling occur due to the absence of suction and freezing. Any associated redness or swelling will subside on its own within a matter of hours or a few days. You might experience a tenderness similar to the feeling after an intense workout, but this too will go away in a day or two.


In Australia, CoolSculpting can cost between $500 to $1000 per treatment. SculpSure treatments are often much cheaper, and also much more cost-effective.

At the Stannum Laser clinic, Ashfield, SculpSure will cost you only $99 per treatment!


Even though CoolSculpting and SculpSure both offer attractive, non-invasive solutions for fat reduction, SculpSure’s more recent and advanced technology leads the race clearly in almost every aspect. Hopefully, the above information helped you with choosing between SculpSure vs CoolSculpting. To find out more about SculpSure or to book a session, follow the link to our website.

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