Coolsculpting has been the most popular procedure for non-surgical body contouring for the last 10 years. It works by what is known as cryolipolysis, which means using extreme cold to cause fat cells do die. It has been an effective treatment for thousands of patients.
It is touted as “absolutely pain-free, completely comfortable, and even relaxing” and “no downtime” which unfortunately for many patients is not the case. CoolSculpting uses a strong suction device to pull excess fat into the machine and then freeze it. Patients describe this sensation as a “shark bite” and in no way painless. Some patients may even need narcotic pain relievers after the treatments. This suction also causes bruising for many patients (remember getting a hickey?) Many patients also experience bloating and swelling after the procedure, which keeps them from resuming their normal activities. A subset of patients has numbness which lasts for months.
A quick google search for “Coolsculpting pain” shows “Why doesn’t anyone discuss the pain” and “When does the excruciating pain subside?”
SculpSure is brand new laser technology, which makes it the best Coolsculpting alternative in terms of results, comfort, treatment time, without bruising or numbness. SculpSure uses a wavelength of laser that specifically targets fat cells, causing them to be destroyed and then cleared by the body. Coolsculpting freezes fat as well as nerves, which causes pain and numbness. SculpSure uses gentle heating and cooling cycles, leaving nerves unharmed and giving the utmost in comfort. There is no suction, so there is no bruising.
At Travis Shaw MD, we offer SculpSure treatments to help you get the results you want. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Contact Travis Shaw MD today to schedule your consultation.
Coolsculpting vs. SculpSure