Considering Body Contouring? The ice age is over.
Making the decision to opt in for a body contouring treatment doesn’t come easy for many people. Choosing which treatment is best for you often comes with even more confusion. Southeastern Dermatology and other practices offer a number of non-invasive treatments that can help you achieve a svelte shape, including CoolSculpting® and SculpSure®.
Though both CoolSculpting® and SculpSure® promise permanent fat reduction and offer results, many of our patients have found that SculpSure® is a better option. Comparing the two treatments shows why Dr. Doppelt and many patients alike have warmed up to SculpSure.
What is CoolSculpting?
Approved by the FDA in 2009, CoolSculpting® uses cold technology to freeze fat cells without liposuction or invasive surgery. This in-office treatment allows the treatment of one area of the body in a session that lasts up to one hour. Two to four sessions are required to achieve noticeable results. No anesthesia is required and most patients don’t experience signifiant pain until the applicator is removed and the frozen fat is massaged. Some patients report feeling delayed pain that compares to tearing, deep stabbing or shooting pain, according to reviews from RealSelf.com.
What is SculpSure?
SculpSure® was first granted FDA approval in 2015 and has been heating up in popularity and results since. This non-invasive, fat-melting, 25-minute procedure uses controlled laser technology to contour the body. While CoolSculpting® freezes fat cells to slim and shape, SculpSure® gently warms targeted areas to 42-47 degrees Celsius to target stubborn fat and melt it away for good. After treatment, the emulsified fat cells are naturally removed through the body's lymphatic system. Many patients have found not only that they experience a reduction in fat, but also a tightening of the skin. SculpSure® treatments can naturally encourage collagen and elastin production in the treated area. In July 2019, the FDA cleared the SculpSure Submental petite mask for permanent removal of fat under the chin and skin tightening. Southeastern Dermatology is proud to be the first provider in Knoxville of this submental treatment.
Why Warm Up to SculpSure?
Dr. Doppelt could have brought either device into his practice. After careful consideration, he chose SculpSure because he flet it offers superior results with less risk of complication. Check out the chart below to compare the two popular body contouring treatments:
- Up to 4 areas can be treated at once
- Treatments last approximately 25 minutes
- Non-invasive and FDA approved
- Flat applicators can be used to treat abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, back rolls and bra fat, buttocks and other areas
- Treatment is generally well tolerated
- Only requires one treatment
- Can be used on stubborn areas
- Stimulates collagen and elastin to smooth and tighten skin during treatment
- Only one area can be treated at a time
- Treatments take about an hour
- Non-invasive and FDA approved
- Suction applicators can generally only be used on the abdomen and flanks
- Treatment can be associated with bruising and pain described as tearing, deep stabbing or shooting
- Up to 4 treatments are generally required for most noticable results
- Suction applicators limit use to fleshy areas
Regardless of which treatment you decide is best for you, body contouring treatments offer a non-invasive way to feel even more confident in your own skin. Let board-certified dermatologist Dr. Doppelt use his decade of experience to help you look and feel your best. For more information about SculpSure® and other treatment options, check out our SculpSure® page or call (865) 474-8800 to schedule an appointment.