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TruSculpt ID vs. CoolSculpting

Most of us have a bit of stubborn fat here or there that we want to get rid of, but despite our best efforts, it just doesn’t seem to budge. If hard-to-erase pockets of fat are bothersome, a non-invasive body sculpting treatment may be just what you need to eliminate the bulge. Without the need to go under the knife, these nonsurgical procedures contour the area to eliminate fat. At the same time, there are different body sculpting techniques, each with its own modality. Two of these techniques reign supreme today at TruSculpt ID and CoolSculpting. Both of these cutting-edge contouring treatments work to remove unwanted fat from the body. Still, TruSculpt ID vs. CoolSculpting are distinct and even target different body parts. So before you decide on CoolSculpting, do your homework on TruSculpt ID, too—what you’ll learn may shock you and even change your mind about which treatment suits you.


The Power of TruSculpt ID

Nonsurgical body contouring treatments have evolved over the years, and while the goal remains fat reduction, TruSculpt ID is the go-to solution for all skin types and body areas where stubborn fat persists. The treatment is more comfortable, faster, and provides better, more even results than CoolSculpting which is why many patients now favor TruSculpt ID over CoolSculpting.

One of the significant benefits of TruSculpt ID vs. CoolSculpting is TruScukpt’s ability to rejuvenate and tighten the skin while reducing stubborn fat from the body. TruSculpt ID is the newest version of the radiofrequency based treatment from laser giant Cutera. It is hands down the most personalized solution to date for permanently reducing fat while contouring the body. During the treatment, several hand pieces are placed in the targeted areas so that multiple areas of concern can be targeted simultaneously.

The brand’s powerful MonoPolar Radio Frequency Hyperthermia platform is tailored to each patient’s needs for a customizable solution targeting areas where you wish to effectively reduce fat. Safe levels of RF energy help reduce fat by up to 32% while stimulating collagen to tighten the skin. A comfortable temperature is used during the procedure, often compared to the feeling of a hot stone massage, to reach optimal fat burning.

The truSculpt iD does not treat just stubborn fat on the surface but also the deeper layers for an average fat reduction of 24%. Popular treatment areas include:

  • Abdomen, stomach banana rolls, and belly
  • Love handles
  • Inner thighs, knees, and saddlebags
  • Arms and armpits
  • Neck, chin, and jawline area

Each 15-minute treatment is powerful enough to effectively target the entire abdomen or multiple areas where unwanted fat lives simultaneously. Compared to CoolSculpting, that treatment time is far longer, up to an hour. There’s also no painful post-treatment massage to shape the area.


What to Know About CoolSculpting

Whereas TruSculpt IF harnessed the power of RF energy, CoolSculpting works the opposite. It relies on a unique method of delivering cold to the area to freeze fat cells through controlled cooling. While CoolSculpting is a household name, at most, you’ll experience a reduction of fat by 25%. Within weeks, if not longer, the results go through cryolipolysis, where the body slowly ushers out the frozen fat cells and naturally eliminates them.

One thing to note about CoolSculpting vs. TruSculpt ID is the level of discomfort with the cold-based fat reduction treatment. With CoolSculpting, there is an intense pulling, suction, and tugging sensation on the skin throughout the treatment while the skin in the treatment area goes entirely numb for most of the session. Along with that is a persistent pinching and cramping feeling and intense cold, which is necessary for the treatment to be effective. Even people with high pain thresholds say that CoolSculpting is unbearably painful.

When comparing the fat reduction results of CoolSculpting vs. TruSculpt ID, on average, CoolSculpting is about 20 to 25%, whereas TruSculpt ID is about 24 to 30%. That predictability has some patients choosing TruSculpt ID and forcing CoolSculpting to fall out of favor. Also, fewer patients are genuine candidates for CoolSculpt, and because it treats far fewer areas, the procedure is only an option for some. The effectiveness of CoolSculpting is also largely dependent on the post-treatment lymphatic massages; if not performed correctly, deep enough, or long enough, it can hinder the results.

Commonly treated areas with CoolSculpting include:

  • Arms and armpits
  • The knee, thighs, and inner thigh area
  • Love handles, lower abdomen, and stomach rolls
  • Neck, jawline and chin area
  • Bra fat and back area


Why TruSculpt ID Reigns Supreme

TruSculpt ID is far more comfortable with no pinching and only a slight heat. Because it is faster to perform but more accessible to the body, you’ll be able to recover fast and return to your normal activities. However, some patients experience sensitivity in the treated areas for a few days. Still, unlike CoolSculpting, there is no swelling, bruising, tingling, aching, itching, or temporary redness after the treatment, which is a significant advantage.

With TruSculpt ID, you don’t need to follow a specific diet or workout routine or drink a specified amount of water. If you want to reduce any minor swelling that may occur after the treatment, you can massage the treatment area for a few minutes for the first few days. There’s also no restriction on clothing options, making it a no-brainer choice when comparing the two options.

The results can be seen after the first treatment session, and the full results are visible after four weeks and, at most, up to three months after the treatment. Since RF is the energy source used here, it will take time for your body to break down the fat cells and stimulate new collagen for a noticeable effect. But you can expect to see a change in your body and shape quickly. There are no long-term risks with TruSculpt ID as with CoolSculpting, specifically paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), which causes the fat cells to expand rather than break down. The only side effects that may occur with TruSculpt ID, and usually only last a few hours, are mild discomfort, redness, swelling, or sweating.

So, when it comes to choosing between CoolSculpting and TruSculpt ID, TruSculpt is a better choice for quickly treating fat anywhere on the body while improving the texture of the skin.