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Pros & Cons of Non-Surgical Fat Removal: Heating vs. Cooling Techniques

Exploring the Pros and Cons of Non-Surgical Fat Removal: Heating vs. Cooling Techniques

Deciding between melting or freezing for non-surgical fat removal can be difficult with the variety of options available. We are here to assist you in determining which treatment is the best fit for you. 

At SpaMedica, our team of experts have honed their skills in non-surgical fat removal treatments by assisting numerous patients and staying current with training. With our extensive experience, we aim to educate our patients on the similarities and differences between hot and cold methods. 

“We are frequently approached with the issue of persistent fat that is particularly prevalent in the abdomen, love handles, and lower body, which can be difficult to get rid of. Traditional invasive surgeries, such as liposuction, have made people hesitant to address their problem areas due to the surgical nature of the procedure. 

Fortunately, with the progress in technology, we now have a plethora of non-surgical, non-invasive options available. 

Today we want to support you in making a well-educated, fully versed, and unbiased decision on whether or not non-surgical fat removal is for you, and if it is, if freezing or melting is your best choice. 

Body Contouring Method: Freezing 


The world’s most popular non-invasive fat reduction treatment, known as CoolSculpting, is one of the best options when looking to freeze away stubborn fat. 

CoolSculpting is a technique that uses freezing temperatures to eliminate fat through the application of an applicator to the skin. The process causes the fat cells to crystallize, resulting in the death of a portion of those cells. As the body eliminates the dead cells, a leaner and more toned appearance emerges. 

The CoolSculpting procedure may require multiple sessions, with the ability to reduce up to 25% of excess fat in the treated areas. However, if you wish to target multiple areas of your body, you will need to schedule additional appointments as the CoolSculpting technology can only focus on one specific area at a time. 

CoolSculpting is a client favourite here at SpaMedica. During your consultation, your consultant will select the appropriate applicator to match your goals: CoolCurve+, CoolCore, CoolMax, CoolFit, or CoolSmooth. Learn more about CoolSculpting Here! 

How CoolSculpting Works

Body Contouring Method: Melting 

A non-invasive alternative to CoolSculpting is a heat-based technology known as SculpSure 

SculpSure uses a laser-based heat treatment to eliminate fat cells, which are then eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system. Each treatment session takes about 30 minutes per zone and multiple zones can be treated at once. This device is fast, efficient, and has built-in cooling for comfort and safety during the treatment. There is minimal recovery time required post-treatment. 

At SpaMedica we take the melting approach to Body Contouring by offering SculpSure. Learn about SculpSure here. 

Freezing (CoolSculpting) vs. Melting (SculpSure) 

To give you a better understanding of these two main treatments, here is a side-by-side comparison: 

CoolSculpting [Freezing]  SculpSure [Heating/Melting] 
Procedure Duration: 50 min+ /per session 

Treatment areas per session: 

Application: Suction & Cooling 

Downtime: Minimal (Can return to daily activities immediately after treatment – no high impact for a few days) 

Pain Level: Mild to moderate discomfort  

Procedure Duration: 25+ /per session 

Treatment areas per session: 1-4  

Application: Laser  

Downtime: No recovery period 

Pain Level: Slight discomfort due to warmth  

Ultimately, various factors contribute to the accumulation of fat in the body, including hormones and genetics. Both CoolSculpting and SculpSure have been used successfully by millions of people who had previously felt hopeless about losing stubborn fat. These procedures have provided reassurance and positive results after just a few sessions.

Try Body Contouring at SpaMedica 

At SpaMedica, we have extensive knowledge and experience with non-surgical liposuction technology. In fact, we are Canada’s largest, oldest, and most respected private cosmetic laser center so you know you are always in good hands. We always recommend talking to us and scheduling a consultation to ensure you are the right fit for non-surgical fat removal. 

The best way to determine what treatment is right for you is by booking a consultation with one of our experts. Get in touch to determine the right treatment plan for you! Let’s get started here 

If these non-invasive procedures are still too intimidating to you at this point in your medical cosmetic journey, other alternative body contouring methods such as Fotona, Evolve, and Emscuplt are available. 

by Nicholas Menze

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