CoolSculpting® and CoolTone®: What’s the Difference?

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When it comes to reducing fat and toning your body, few treatments are as popular as CoolSculpting®. This nonsurgical procedure has taken the country by storm and helps patients remove unwanted fat with zero downtime. However, in the world of body contouring, there’s a new option on the block: CoolTone®. This procedure can also help slim and sculpt problem areas, but how is it different from CoolSculpting?

Despite both procedures having “cool” in the name, they’re not the same. If you’re choosing between CoolSculpting and CoolTone at our Austin and Round Rock locations, you may want to understand their main differences. Let’s take a look at those distinctions.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

The science behind CoolSculpting was discovered in an unusual way. A pair of Harvard scientists noticed that when children frequently sucked on popsicles, they began to form dimples in their cheeks. After some investigation, the scientists realized that fat cells freeze at different temperatures than other tissue cells. These cold temperatures allow fat to be destroyed without harming the surrounding skin. This process came to be called “cryolipolysis.”

Cryolipolysis is the basis for each CoolSculpting treatment session. During the procedure, unwanted fat is suctioned into a specially controlled handheld applicator. As the fat is held in place, it is exposed to cold temperatures and the fat cells are frozen and destroyed. The body naturally sheds these dead cells over time, and the target area reduces in size. The fat cells that shed after treatment are permanently lost and will not grow back.

CoolSculpting is a versatile procedure and can be used on nearly any “pinchable” area of fat. A few common target areas include the following:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Back
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Upper arms

What Is CoolTone?

When it comes to contouring your silhouette, there are two important factors: fat and muscle. While CoolSculpting addresses fat reduction, CoolTone is FDA cleared to target specific muscle groups. The procedure uses a technology called magnetic muscle stimulation (MMS) to cause muscles to contract in rapid succession, much like during sit-ups or weight lifting repetitions. CoolTone can be used to build muscle definition along the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and more.

During a CoolTone treatment, your provider will place a paddle-like device on your target area. Once the device is activated, magnetic energy passes through the skin and stimulates many quick muscle contractions. While you feel the contractions, they shouldn’t cause too much discomfort, and you will simply feel a bit sore after the procedure.

A single 30-minute CoolTone treatment can simulate the equivalent of 25,000 sit-ups when used to target the abdominal area. For most patients, we recommend a series of 4 overall procedures, each spaced 1 month apart. 

CoolSculpting vs. CoolTone: Which Is Right for Me?

CoolSculpting and CoolTone can both play a role in creating the body of your dreams. However, knowing which treatment to pick is based on your personal aesthetic goals. 

  • Pick CoolSculpting if you have pinchable fat deposits and unwanted bumps and bulges. Good candidates are those who are within 10 to 15 pounds of their goal weight but want slim down stubborn areas of fat.
  • Pick CoolTone if you want to tone your muscles without the need for traditional exercise. Ideal patients are those who lead healthy, active lifestyles but want to improve muscle definition and strength in certain parts of the body.

During your initial consultation, our team will analyze your body and see which option is best suited for your needs. Together, we can create a customized treatment plan tailored to your unique body composition. 

Should I Combine Procedures?

If you’re interested in both CoolSculpting and CoolTone, you don’t necessarily have to pick one or the other. CoolTone can build up your muscle definition, while CoolSculpting removes the fat that hides your muscles from view. When used together, you can reduce bumps and bulges that don’t respond to diet and exercise and finally enjoy a toned, lean body instead. Many patients enjoy combining CoolSculpting with CoolTone to create comprehensive results.

To see how each of these complementary treatments can transform your body and contour your curves, view our patients’ CoolSculpting before-and-after pictures and CoolTone before-and-after pictures

If you would like to learn more about CoolSculpting and CooTone treatments offered at our Austin and Round Rock offices, please request a consultation online. You can also contact our helpful staff by phone at (512) 244-1439.

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