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CoolSculpting vs. Other Body Contouring Treatments: Which Is Best?

When you think of body contouring, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, the first word that pops into your head is likely “liposuction.” After all, liposuction is the most common way to remove fat from the body. But did you know there are plenty of other non-surgical options to sculpt your body? Depending on your cosmetic goals, they may be better than lipo (hello, CoolSculpting!).

Let’s explore how non-invasive body contouring options like CoolSculpting can help you achieve your dream body. We’ll also dive into a few other body contouring treatments and see how they compare. From there, you can make the best choice for your lifestyle and needs.

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that uses controlled cooling to target fat cells and kill them. It’s FDA-cleared as safe and effective for reducing unwanted body fat. Besides minimal downtime, CoolSculpting treatments are more cost-effective than their invasive alternative, liposuction.

How CoolSculpting Works

The CoolSculpting device has cooling panels that target the treatment site(s) to freeze stubborn fat. Once the fat cells break down, the body eliminates them via the lymphatic system. Each session takes 30-60 minutes depending on the number of treatment areas and the size/shape of the cooling applicators.

CoolSculpting isn’t an instant fix. It can take 2-4 months for full effects to show. But because it doesn’t require incisions or anesthesia, it’s an attractive body contouring option for those who prefer a natural way to lose fat.

CoolSculpting Before and After*

Visualize what CoolSculpting can do for you by checking out our patients’ before and after photos. As you can see, each person experiences notable fat reduction and a slimmer physique. Depending on your unique treatment plan, results will vary.*

coolsculpting treatment stomach fat in Los Angeles

coolsculpting treatment back fat at Sculpt DTLA

What to Expect from CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting isn’t a weight loss solution. It’s also not meant to replace a healthy diet and regular exercise. You still must put in the work to maintain your figure. This body contouring treatment can give 20-25% fat reduction [1].

Results manifest over time. You may need follow-up sessions if you notice new fat cells forming. But if you are diligent about maintaining healthy habits, you could enjoy CoolSculpting’s slimming effects indefinitely.

How Does Emsculpt NEO Differ from CoolSculpting?

Both Emsculpt NEO and CoolSculpting are fantastic non-invasive body contouring options. You can achieve an overall slimmer appearance with either choice. Unlike CoolSculpting which reduces fat via cryolipolysis, Emsculpt NEO sheds fat and builds muscle at the same time. Emsculpt NEO relies on radiofrequency energy instead of cooling to target subcutaneous fat.

Understanding Emsculpt NEO

Emsculpt NEO uses high intensity focused (HIFEM) technology to stimulate muscle growth. The treatment induces supramaximal contractions in the targeted muscle groups, which causes the muscles to become stronger and more defined. At the same time, the heat from the radiofrequency energy facilitates the breakdown of fat cells. This results in less fat in the treated area.

Emsculpt NEO Results

Everyone’s Emsculpt NEO results will differ. Several factors determine your final results:

  • Starting muscle and fat composition

  • Number of treatment sessions

  • Specific muscles targeted

    Many patients report seeing an improvement in the tone and definition of their muscles. Some observe an impressive fat reduction in a single session, while others may need multiple sessions to achieve desired results. Consult with a professional to discuss your cosmetic goals and determine the best treatment plan.

Is Sculpsure a Good Body Contouring Option?

Sculpsure is an effective non-invasive laser body contouring solution. It targets and reduces fat cells giving you a sculpted figure. But when it comes to treatment areas, CoolSculpting beats Sculpsure. CoolSculpting can treat 13 body parts, while Sculpsure focuses on the upper and lower abdomen, arms, back, love handles, and inner and outer thighs.

What to Expect from Sculpsure

Sculpsure uses laser technology to destroy fat cells in the body. The laser heat kills the fat cells through a series of applicators placed on the skin. Your body removes the dead fat cells over time as metabolic waste. Each Sculpsure session takes 25 minutes. Results can last 6-12 weeks.

Why Do People Get Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgery that removes excess body fat. The procedure requires general anesthesia. Your doctor makes small incisions in the skin through which a thin, hollow tube enters. The cannula suctions unwanted fat out of the body.

People may choose to get liposuction if they have pockets of stubborn fat resistant to diet and exercise. While it can be a promising way to improve your physique, it’s not a replacement for healthy eating and staying active.

Are There Risks to Getting Liposuction?

Unlike the above-mentioned non-invasive body contouring solutions, liposuction is invasive. This means there’s a recovery period, and the chances of complications are higher. For example, you risk bruising, infection, and scarring. Discuss the potential risks and side effects with a trained professional before deciding whether lipo is right for you.

Liposuction vs. Non-Invasive Body Contouring: Which Is Right for Me?

The choice between liposuction and non-invasive body contouring methods differs for everyone.

CoolSculpting, Emsculpt NEO, and Sculpsure are fantastic options if you have good skin elasticity and are near your ideal body weight. Many men and women hesitate at the thought of liposuction because they don’t want to deal with the downtime and potential complications. While the results may not be as dramatic as those achieved with liposuction, CoolSculpting is the winner if you’re avoiding going under the knife.

If you’ve tried non-invasive treatments without success, liposuction may produce the results you’re after. A skilled professional can assess your body and let you know the best course of action to take.

CoolSculpting Non-Invasive Body Contouring in Los Angeles, CA

Are you not seeing desired results from eating well and exercising alone? CoolSculpting can help you reach your body goals with ease. SCULPT DTLA is proud to offer top-notch body contouring in Los Angeles, CA. Our team prioritizes patient care and comfort on every visit. Schedule a free consultation by calling 213-265-7285 (Sculpt Silver Lake Sunset Blvd) or (213) 265-7285 (SCULPT DTLA).




Cryolipolysis for noninvasive body contouring: clinical efficacy and patient satisfaction, Dovepress Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, Nils Krueger, Sophia V Mai, Stefanie Luebberding, and Neil S Sadick

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