CoolSculpting® vs. SmartLipo®: Which is Better?

Achieving your ideal body doesn’t always have to involve major surgery. Today, there are more great non-invasive body contouring devices and technologies available than ever. If you’re comparing options for losing stubborn fat, however, it can seem overwhelming. Consulting a body contouring expert is the best way to learn more about your options. At First State Med Spa, we offer the leading technologies for sculpting your body and boosting your confidence. Here’s what our experts recommend about two of the most popular treatments for body contouring, SmartLipo® and CoolSculpting®.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting was a breakthrough in non-surgical body contouring when it emerged in 2010. It uses a process called cryolipolysis where controlled cooling energy is used to crystalize fat cells while leaving the skin undamaged. This causes the fat cells to be flushed with the body’s metabolic system, achieving a permanent reduction in fat cells in the treated area. In fact, some studies have shown it can achieve as much as 25% fat loss in the treatment area.

The biggest benefit is that CoolSculpting comes with no downtime, incisions, or injections. However, it can require multiple treatments for best results – and the price can add up! Additionally, it can take as much as three months for results to begin to emerge after each treatment.

What is SmartLipo?

SmartLipo is a form of laser liposuction that uses a very small, pen-sized laser fiber to melt fat under the skin. This process comes with a few benefits over traditional liposuction – firstly, the laser energy melts fat for more efficient removal. Secondly, the heat generated during treatment tightens lax skin for more noticeable contours. Lastly, SmartLipo’s laser energy coagulates blood vessels for reduced bleeding and bruising, drastically reducing downtime.

SmartLipo typically requires only a single treatment and can effectively remove larger areas of fat than CoolSculpting. Unlike traditional liposuction, it requires minimal downtime because of the advanced technology. This means a single treatment session and instantly noticeable, permanent results.

Which is Better: CoolSculpting or SmartLipo?

Although CoolSculpting has been extremely popular over the past decade, it’s no longer the best treatment available for body contouring. When it comes to cost, SmartLipo can be the smarter decision since you can get the results you want with a single session – CoolSculpting, on the other hand, can end up costing you far more as you add sessions to get similar results. Additionally, with multiple CoolSculpting sessions, it can take a year or more to see your final results whereas SmartLipo can achieve them instantly.

Finally, CoolSculpting simply can’t achieve skin tightening and you’ll need to opt for another treatment option (and more cost to your budget) when SmartLipo can achieve fat removal and skin tightening in the same session.

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At First State Med Spa, our experienced team can help you achieve your highest body goals with SmartLipo and our best body contouring options. Learn more about CoolSculpting vs. SmartLipo, read this article written by our very own Dr. Shapira. To get started, schedule a consultation at our Wilmington office by calling or filling out our online form.