CoolSculpting® vs. Thermage®: Which Is Better for You?
As you pull out your cozy clothes in preparation for cooler fall weather, consider this the ideal time to start working on your summer body. At Body by Skin Spectrum in Tucson, AZ, we love pairing CoolSculpting & Thermage to reduce fat and tighten skin. These wonderful treatments are excellent non-surgical options to enhance & tone your figure.
What Is CoolSculpting?
With CoolSculpting’s ever-expanding selection of treatment applicators, this highly popular fat reduction approach can now treat virtually any area of the body. CoolSculpting is cleared by the FDA for noninvasive fat reduction using controlled cooling that freezes away fat. Because fat cells begin dying at temperatures that do not harm surrounding cells, CoolSculpting works to freeze fat without damaging surrounding skin or other tissues. During a CoolSculpting treatment, a specially designed applicator gradually cools the targeted area. There’s a bit of discomfort for a few minutes as patients adjust to the cold temperature, but most patients relax during the rest of the procedure and spend their time reading, working, or even sleeping.
What Is Thermage?
Thermage improves the body’s contours by using heat generated by radiofrequency (RF) energy to stimulate collagen production in the skin’s deeper layers. This both firms and tightens the skin in the treatment area. As the Thermage device delivers the RF energy, patients experience a deep-heating sensation that’s carefully monitored by Skin Spectrum technicians.
Which Is Right for You?
The answer for many patients is both. CoolSculpting and Thermage are really complementary treatments that offer benefits to patients who want to reduce stubborn pockets of fat and tighten loose skin. Each one may suit your needs best, based on your specific concerns. Factors that influence which procedure you should choose, include:
- Treatment areas: Women and men concerned about excess their abdominal fat or double chin, or who want to reduce fat on the flanks (love handles) or “bra fat” are good CoolSculpting candidates. Other areas treated by CoolSculpting include the thighs and upper arms.
- Type of fat and skin elasticity: The robust collagen stimulation generated during a Thermage treatment can tighten sagging skin in several areas, including the face, jawline and neck, upper arms, abdomen, and thighs. This skin tightening provides is a great way to further contour areas that have previously been treated with CoolSculpting.
Our body contouring specialists create unique treatment plans for each patient and discuss the options, including the pros and cons of each alternative. You can see the kinds of results produced by CoolSculpting in our gallery of before-and-after photos.
If you’ve been considering nonsurgical body contouring and skin tightening, you can contact us using the online form to request a cosmetic consultation or call our office at (520) 797-8885 to schedule an appointment.
By Nicole James, PA-C