In today’s busy world, who the heck has time to miss weeks of work recovering from lipo? To that point, many of us hardly have time to squeeze in a 45-minute workout, much less all the cross-training necessary to get an Insta-worthy bod. Enter science. Technologies like UltraSlim and CoolSculpting require just minutes to shrink fat cells and reduce unwanted bulge and spill-over. But before you lump these two innovations into the same category, here are some ways that these noninvasive treatments are vastly different (and why one is certainly superior):
The skinny on how these treatments work
With UltraSlim treatments, a special red light is used to affect mitochondria in the body’s fat cells. The light opens a temporary hole in the membrane of the cell, allowing triglycerides and fatty acids to escape and be absorbed in the lymphatic system. Not only does this process cause the fat to be released and removed from the body, the skin actually takes on a firmer, more supply quality since UltraSlim stimulates the body’s collagen and elastin production. The result? Youthful skin—immediately.
Conversely, CoolSculpting destroys fat cells through a process called
. During the treatment, the body’s fat cells are cooled to 39 degrees Fahrenheit, which causes crystals to form in the cells that rupture them. The body then absorbs and excretes the damaged fat cells. During the treatment, a vacuum cup is used to pull the treated area into an applicator before it is cooled down.
Time and (dis)comfort
UltraSlim treatments last just 30 minutes, while CoolSculpting sessions take about an hour. UltraSlim treatments are completely painless, and many patients even note that the procedure is relaxing. Meanwhile, CoolSculpting’s suction strategy causes some pain and often results in numbness or a feeling of tightness in the treated area. Both procedures allow patients to return to work or whatever daily tasks await them immediately after the treatments are over. Of course, the 30-minute difference means that with CoolSculpting, your entire lunch break is spent getting your fat frozen.
There are no side effects involved in UltraSlim treatments, but you might have a few with CoolSculpting. In addition to numbness and tightness at treatment site, bruising, redness, and swelling are common. Additionally, CoolSculpting can result in a condition called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, a reaction that causes the fat cells at the treatment site to actually grow larger rather than shrink down. While this condition doesn’t cause pain, it requires retreatment or surgical liposuction for removal. Talk about a sucky side effect.
The real deal on results
UltraSlim results are immediate—in fact, most people report an average combined fat loss of 3.5 inches from the waist, hips, and thighs after that chill half hour. For those who employ CoolSculpting treatments, they don’t see results for 12 weeks. This means repeat procedures and lot of lunch breaks spent with the CoolSculpting technician.
UltraSlim treatments typically range from $200 to $500 depending on the treatment site. For CoolSculpting, you can add a few zeroes to that as they typically range from $2k to $3k per treatment area. Cold, hard cash for cold fat cells that may or may not result in pain, bruising, and paradoxical adipose hyperplasia.
When it comes to a showdown of noninvasive cosmetic procedures, the winner is clear. If you’re in search of immediate, permanent results without any of the nasty side effects or excessive time spent freezing your fat away, contact Gulf Coast UltraSlim today to set up a free consultation with our knowledgeable UltraSlim expert.