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CoolSculpting® vs. UltraShape®: What’s the Difference?

Both CoolSculpting® and UltraShape® are newer nonsurgical procedures for fighting stubborn fat that use different modalities, yet share a few similarities. While neither is intended for major weight loss, both can be effective for treating isolated trouble areas that have been resistant to exercise and a healthy diet.* So where do the differences lie between these two liposuction alternatives?


CoolSculpting® is a nonsurgical procedure that uses an external application of extreme cold (cryolipolysis) to target and destroy fat.* The first step is pinching the target area inside the handheld device to get all of the fat together before freezing the area. By blasting the fatty deposits with the right amount of cold, the fat cells are killed while the surrounding tissue is only chilled.* After the procedure, the dead fat cells are gradually eliminated by the immune system.*


UltraShape® is a nonsurgical liposuction alternative that also uses external energy to remove fat, but through the use of ultrasonic technology rather than extreme cold.* Since the ultrasound energy is tissue-selective, only fat cells are affected during treatment.* UltraShape® breaks down stubborn subcutaneous fat that clings to skin, which is then removed from the body through natural elimination processes.*

Since UltraShape® doesn’t have to pinch the target area, treatment can be more easily customized to a wider range of anatomy and body types, and is considered to be less painful than CoolSculpting®.* Ultrasound technology has also been used in medical applications far longer than the concept of cryolipolysis, and the average price of UltraShape® also tends to be less than the price of CoolSculpting® as well. Both treatments can deliver great results in the right candidate, so it’s important to compare all the factors before deciding which is right for you.*

*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.

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