Despite your best efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including eating a healthy diet and keeping up with a regular exercise regime, you may find that certain areas of your body aren’t improving as you hoped. It’s incredibly frustrating and challenging.
These stubborn areas of fat are usually located in the abdomen, hips, thighs and lower back but can occur anywhere on the body, including your face. Thankfully, these problem areas can be treated with non-invasive treatments to treat these relentless fat deposits. Hot Sculpting and CoolSculpting are the most popular treatments, but what are they and which is right for you?
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting targets small areas of the body where fat deposits, such as the hips and lower back. This procedure is totally non-invasive, with no needles, anaesthetic, and usually zero downtime. Your skin remains unbroken as the procedure uses a small hand-held vacuum device that pulls the fat under the skin.
At The Body Work Clinic, we use CoolSculpting ELITE. This technology targets stubborn problem areas by cooling the unwanted fat cells to the precise temperature. Fat cells are more susceptible to freezing than the surrounding tissues, so they can be selectively destroyed. Each treatment can reduce fat by up to an impressive 27%.
Following the treatment, destroyed fat cells enter the body’s immune system, and the body naturally processes and removes the dead cells.
What is Hot Sculpting?
Rather than using cold or cryolipolysis to destroy stubborn areas of fat, Hot Sculpting does precisely the opposite. Hot Sculpting uses the process of thermolipolysis, meaning it uses heat targeted to a specific area. Patients may feel a warm sensation but no pain. It allows you to achieve more apparent and dramatic results than CoolSculpting.
Hot Sculpting is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require any anaesthetic and no downtime. It can also target a wider area than CoolSculpting. This also results in tightening of the skin in the surrounding area to ensure a smoother look and prevent sagging after the fat has melted away.
One of the Hot Sculpting methods we use is the Exilis Ultra 360. The world’s leading non-invasive face and body contouring device, it uses unique technology which can deliver energy superficially or deeply into the skin.
The Exilis can tighten loose skin with or without removing unwanted small fat pockets. This makes it perfect for sculpting the face, where fat removal may result in a gaunt appearance. The superficial distribution of energy into the dermis without skin cooling results in skin tightening. In contrast, advanced skin cooling technology also allows energy to be targeted deep into the hypodermis, thermally destroying fat cells (apoptosis) to remove small pockets of unwanted fat resistant to diet and exercise.
Hot Sculpting Vs CoolSculpting – Which is best for me?
Both procedures are relatively quick, pain-free and require no downtime. However, Hot Sculpting has been designed to target more than one area during treatment, as opposed to CoolSculpting, which has impressive results but is limited to one area. Therefore, if you’re looking to have several places sculpted at once or to have the skin in the area tightened at the same time, Hot Sculpting may be your best choice.
If comfort is a key consideration, many clients report that the wand device used on CoolSculpting can cause some bruising, as the treatment requires a degree of pinching the skin. If you want to achieve optimum results, it also requires a vigorous massage after the treatment, which patients can find uncomfortable. Hot Sculpting usually provides a greater degree of accuracy and body contouring.
If you’re unsure which treatment is right for you, always speak to your practitioner. We offer free consultations and are here to guide you every step of the way.
What can I expect from body sculpting?
Although vastly different, the main goal of both treatments is to get rid of your body’s stubborn unwanted fat deposits. Results vary in every patient, as do discomfort levels; however, generally speaking, you can expect:
- Quick and easy procedures: Both treatments are fast and simple; they only require around 25 minutes to an hour per session, so you could easily fit either into your lunch break.
- No anaesthesia or downtime: Neither procedure requires anaesthesia or downtime, so you can go back to your daily routine immediately.
- Choose your own treatment plan: At the consultation, you can create a timetable for sessions depending on the results you want to achieve and the time you have.
- Results aren’t instant: It will take around 12-16 weeks to see the results, as your body needs time to process and dispose of the fat.
- No pain: As they’re non-invasive, the procedures will leave you with little to no pain.
- Side effects: After your treatment, you may experience some redness, bruising, tenderness and swelling for a few days. This is perfectly normal and will dissipate after a short period.
Both CoolSculpting and Hot Sculpting have their benefits and disadvantages; which treatment you have will ultimately be your choice. Use your consultation to ask questions and objectively listen to your practitioner’s advice. We have an extensive FAQ section on our individual treatment pages and the scientific evidence behind each procedure, which may influence your decision.
We understand that any procedure can be daunting, and you want the very best results from the investments you make in your body. At The Body Work Clinic, our experienced aesthetics nurse, Ruth Holt, can arrange a free consultation to discuss your goals and address any worries you may have.
If you would like a more sculpted, streamlined body and want to find out more, call us today on 01223 455144.