What Is Warm Sculpting?

Since gaining FDA-approval in 2010, CoolSculpting has become one of the most popular noninvasive body contouring treatments worldwide.

It even counts actresses, models, and other celebrities among its devotees.

So, it’s safe to say that most people are familiar with CoolSculpting. You may even be considering it yourself or have a friend or colleague who’s tried it. But have you ever heard of warm sculpting?

Like many, you’re probably wondering: What is warm sculpting? Is it similar to CoolSculpting? Which treatment is right for me?

Here’s everything you need to know about warm sculpting and CoolSculpting, including how they differ.

What Is Warm Sculpting?

Warm sculpting is a non-invasive procedure that uses laser energy to heat and destroy fat cells beneath the skin. The treatment, also known as SculpSure, can be used to eliminate unwanted fat from the abdomen, flanks, thighs, back, and double chin.

During a warm sculpting treatment, four paddles attached to hoses are secured around the treatment area and alternate between heating and cooling fat cells.

Over the course of the 25-minute procedure, fat cells are heated to 107 degrees, which causes them to undergo apoptosis (natural cell death).

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is the No. 1 noninvasive body contouring procedure. Rather than heat, it relies on a patented cooling technology to target and remove stubborn fat bulges.

In order to eradicate subcutaneous fat cells, CoolSculpting vacuums fatty tissue into an applicator and then uses two cooling panels to freeze fat cells to death.

The destroyed fat cells are gradually eliminated from the body via the lymphatic system.

Warm Sculpting vs. CoolSculpting – Which One is Right for You?

If you are deciding between warm sculpting and CoolSculpting there are several factors to consider.

To start, CoolSculpting’s controlled cooling causes the treatment area to become within a matter of minutes, meaning patients don’t feel much of anything during the procedure.

In contrast, warm sculpting’s 107 degree temperatures can feel uncomfortably hot and painful to some patients.

Additionally, you should assess the amount of fat that you would like to eliminate. With seven different treatment applicators, CoolSculpting is equipped to handle all shapes and sizes of pinchable fat. It is especially well-suited to fat rolls.

Warm sculpting doesn’t offer this customization, and its paddles are flat. As a result, it is appropriate for thin, even layers of fat, and not rolls or bulges.

Learn More About CoolSculpting

If you are considering warm sculpting or CoolSculpting, call our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced providers.

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