Would you like to rejuvenate your appearance without undergoing invasive surgery? That’s a desire many people have, and fortunately there are a variety of non-invasive procedures on the market that can reduce fat while toning and tightening the skin. CoolSculpting and Ultherapy are both popular options. But how do the procedures compare, and how can you decide between CoolSculpting versus Ultherapy?
People undergo facial rejuvenation procedures not only to reduce signs of aging, but to correct unwanted facial features such as a double chin. A double chin (submental fullness) is marked by excess fat below the chin, which may be due to aging, weight gain, or genetics.
CoolSculpting and Ultherapy are both minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that can help rejuvenate the appearance, but they target different areas. Let’s take a look at both procedures and find out how they work.
CoolSculpting and The CoolMini Applicator
The CoolMini is a miniature applicator for the CoolSculpting fat reduction system, and is an alternative to liposuction. CoolSculpting uses targeted cold therapy known as cryolipolysis, to freeze and remove fat cells.
The CoolMini is designed to reduce smaller pockets of fat, this makes it ideal for treating fat below the chin. It can also be used on other areas such as stubborn armpit fat and bra bulges.
How Does it Work?
The CoolSculpting system works by selectively targeting and cooling your fat cells, without harming the surrounding tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. The applicator is placed on the treatment area and pulls the fat cells into the hand piece. The device rapidly cools the fat cells to the point where they break apart. The treated cells are then disposed of by the body over the following 2-3 months.
Patients will feel intense cold at the start of the procedure, but the area goes numb after a few minutes. The rest of the treatment is generally comfortable. A session can take about 45 minutes to complete, with a total of 2 treatments recommended for maximum results. The area will be slightly swollen and tender after treatment, but there is little or no downtime.
Some improvement is noticeable within 3 weeks, but the final results can take up to 3 months.
Unlike CoolSculpting which is designed for fat reduction, Ultherapy is a skin rejuvenation treatment. It relies on ultrasound technology to lift and tighten the skin on the face, neck, and chest. It’s often referred to as a non-surgical facelift because of the superb results it provides when used for facial rejuvenation.
How it Works?
Ultherapy delivers focused ultrasound that targets the skin and its supporting layers. It addresses the foundation layers of the skin that are adjusted during a surgical facelift. Ultherapy also incorporates ultrasound imaging that provides real-time imaging of the layers of tissue being treated, ensuring that the energy is delivered to the right areas.
Ultherapy also kick-starts the skin repair process resulting in the production of new collagen. Collagen is a protein that is naturally found in the skin and helps keep it firm and toned, but it declines over time due to the effects of age and the environment. The collagen renewal that takes place after Ultherapy treatment restores the skin’s firmness and elasticity.
Facial rejuvenation with Ultherapy can take 45-60 minutes, but there is no downtime.
Patients may notice some improvements immediately after treatment, but it can take 2-3 months to see the final results as the new collagen takes time to develop.
CoolSculpting Versus Ultherapy
To summarize, CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that is designed to treat unwanted fat. In contrast, Ultherapy tones and tightens the skin, but does not reduce fat. It rejuvenates the face by providing a gentle lift to the upper face and jawline.
The choice of procedure will therefore depend on the specific issues that need to be corrected. However, there are times when a combination of both procedures may be needed to achieve the best aesthetic outcome.