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Why Doctors Prefer WarmSculpting Over CoolSculpting: Treatment Comparison

Posted by Dr. Kris Wusterhausen on June 8, 2021

Few things are as frustrating as stubborn fat. No matter how much you work out or how effectively you stick to your diet, you can still find yourself with pockets of fat. 

Not only is this frustrating, but it can also impact the way you view yourself. You may feel like you’re overweight or “fat,” even when you aren’t.

In the past, the only options for getting rid of excess fat other than diet and exercise were liposuction and tummy tucks. These surgeries were often costly. They also had the potential for complications, making them a scary option for some.

Today, however, researchers have developed two revolutionary fat-destroying treatments that don’t require you to go under the knife: WarmSculpting and CoolSculpting. 



While both of these treatments are designed to destroy fat permanently, there are some key differences to keep in mind. Because of the potential side effects, the risk of complications, and inconsistencies in results, many doctors prefer WarmSculpting.

So how do these two treatments differ, and why is WarmSculpting considered the safer option? Read on to find out!

What Is WarmSculpting? 

WarmSculpting, also known as SculpSure and SculpSure Submental, uses a laser to target and eliminate fat cells without damaging the surrounding skin. It works on men and women of all body types, though we strongly recommend you be within 25 pounds of your ideal body weight before considering a treatment.

Each WarmSculpting treatment takes about 25 minutes to complete, destroys up to 25% of fat cells, and can target multiple areas at once. You will need multiple treatments to achieve the best results. It is non-invasive, non-surgical, and has no downtime. 

WarmSculpting is customized to fit each patient’s specific problem areas. The procedure received the 2018 “Most Innovative Treatment” award from My Face My Body.

Watch the video below to learn how SculpSure’s laser technology works:

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting uses a process known as cryolipolysis to freeze fat cells in a specific treatment area. Its suction-based dual applicators allow specialists to treat two areas at once. It is also recommended for people at or very close to their ideal body weight.

Similar to WarmSculpting, CoolSculpting reduces fat by 20-25% in the treatment area. Treatments are limited by how much fat can be suctioned by the applicators, rather than customized to fit patients’ needs like WarmSculpting.

Watch this video to see how it works:


How Do The Results Compare?

After several treatments, both WarmSculpting and CoolSculpting can slim down your problem areas. Both work on the back, stomach, thighs, and under the chin. Both are permanent, so you don’t have to worry about your fat coming back after treatments are complete.

Beyond that, the differences are clear.

CoolSculpting can provide dramatic results. These results, however, come with a cost. Because of the way fat-freezing technology works, the results are often uneven. Patients may experience stretched skin, lumps under the epidermis, or a final result that just “doesn’t look quite right.”

WarmSculpting, on the other hand, requires more treatments to achieve dramatic results. However, these end results look significantly more natural. The feathering of the heat provides a tapered application, leaving the skin smoother and slimmer.

See if you can spot the differences in these before-and-after photos from both treatments.

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Which Is The Safer Option?

Both WarmSculpting and CoolSculpting are deemed safe and FDA-approved. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t without risk.

CoolSculpting in particular has its fair share of side effects.

  • Numbness
  • Bruising
  • Itching
  • Cramping
  • Delayed onset pain
  • Hernias
  • Thickening and expanding of fat cells, which must be treated with surgery

WarmSculpting has significantly fewer side effects. After treatments, patients might experience:

  • Swelling in the treatment area
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising


Could WarmSculpting Be Right For You?

At The Resurge Clinic, we’ve experienced firsthand how infuriating it can be to try to tone stubborn fat. This is why the Resurge Clinic offers proven, non-invasive WarmSculpting treatments to help you regain your confidence in as little as 30 minutes.

Ready to reduce the appearance of your problem areas for good?

Schedule a consultation with our clinic today. During your consultation, we will get to know your desired goals and provide you with a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve them.



Topics: SculpSure