Running Hot ‘n Cold: TruSculpt iD® vs. CoolSculpting

Are you excited about the numbers on the scale, but frustrated about  stubborn pockets of fat that refuse to go away no matter how hard you try? If you’ve had luck with weight loss but are still struggling with fat deposits on your stomach, hips, or thighs despite dieting and exercising, non-invasive body contouring treatments just might be the answer. 

non-surgical body contouring
non-surgical body contouring

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While there was once a time when the only options to eliminate rolls of fat were more invasive procedures such as tummy tucks and liposuction, today’s newer treatments can be performed in an office setting with no drugs or serious downtime. But with several new options available, it’s important to understand the difference between them. The two most popular non-surgical fat reduction treatments are TruSculpt® iD and CoolSculpting.

Non invasive procedure for fat reduction
Non invasive procedure for fat reduction

What is the Difference Between TruSculpt® iD and CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting and TruSculpt® iD share a lot of the same features. Both are non-invasive procedures, which means they don’t require needles, knives, hospital stays, or anaesthesia.  With both procedures,  the results are permanent; meaning, once the fat cells are eliminated from the body, they are gone forever.

One of the best things about these new non-surgical procedures is that they allow you to target fatty areas without visible downtime. That means you can get back to the office, your family, and the gym right away. 

But even though the ultimate results are similar, each treatment takes a very different approach to the process. CoolSculpting, as the name implies, uses extreme cold to destroy fat cells. TruSculpt® iD, on the other hand, relies on heat to eliminate excess fat cells. 

CoolSculpting procedure completely non invasive
CoolSculpting procedure completely non invasive

Freezing Fat With CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a branded form of cryolipolysis, a non-surgical procedure that helps eliminate excess fat cells underneath the skin. CoolSculpting, developed by Harvard University researchers, destroys fat cells by freezing them. After the cells are frozen, the body eliminates the fat cells naturally.

The results of CoolSculpting are long term, and though results begin to become visible as soon as three weeks after treatment, the most dramatic changes occur after two months. In some cases,  the transformation can take as long as six months.

non invasive fat removal procedure using cold temperatures
Non invasive fat removal procedure using cold temperatures

How CoolSculpting Works

Using a vacuum applicator, CoolSculpting works by freezing the fat in the target area.  While the procedure is being performed, patients report feeling some discomfort, similar to a tingling sensation. There can also be some minor side effects, such as redness, swelling, bruising, tenderness, achiness, and skin sensitivity. These side effects are normal, and not all patients experience them. In rare cases,  patients can have felt a deeper discomfort.  Most side effects subside after the procedure.

The CoolSculpting procedure typically takes 35 to 60 minutes, depending on the number and size of the area(s) being treated. More than one device can be used simultaneously on different areas, a process called dual sculpting.  

Freeze fat cells to reduce stubborn fat pockets
Freeze fat cells to reduce stubborn fat pockets

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Who is a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting?

Men and women who are healthy and near their target weigh are good candidates for CoolSculpting.  However, the treatment is not recommended for people who are obese, extremely overweight, or pregnant; or have had recent surgeries, diseases of the lymphatic system, or a history of eating disorders.

Treatment Time: 35 minutes to an hour.

Treatments needed: 2 to 4 treatments per area

Down time: No downtime; patients may return to their normal daily activities immediately following their treatment.

Side effects: Potential side effects include mild tingling, tenderness, numbing, bruising, redness.

When Will I See  Results?:  It takes approximately 3 weeks after treatment for results to be seen. For most patients, changes can be seen as soon as 3 days after treatment. 8-12 weeks after the treatment, more dramatic changes appear.

Number of Fat Freezing Sessions Required to Achieve Optimal Results: The number of sessions varies according to the patient’s goals, how much weight they have to lose, and the number of targeted areas, however the average person needs between 1-2 sessions a week.

Disadvantages of CoolSculpting

Though CoolSculpting destroys fat cells, new fat cells can still develop in other areas if the patient gains weight again. It is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise to maintain results.

non invasive cryolipolysis treatment
non invasive cryolipolysis treatment

Common Risks of Fat Freezing

  • Skin Irritation
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Stinging
  • Numbness
  • Bruising

Less Common Risks of CoolSculpting Procedure

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Prolonged pain or discomfort beyond two weeks
  • Dryness of the mouth
  • Reduced tongue and lip movement 
  • Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH)
  • Fat cells grow larger grow instead of shrinking
free consultation for customized treatment plan
Free consultation for customized treatment plan

Melting Unwanted Fat with TruSculpt iD® Fat Reduction Treatment

TruSculpt iD® is a safe and effective technology that is clinically proven to permanently destroy fat cells in stubborn areas that cause pockets of fat on the stomach, fatty inner and outer thighs, and flabby upper arms as well as a double chin. 

How TruSculpt iD® Works

TruSculpt iD® delivers radio-frequency energy by heating the fat layer below the skin. As the treatment progresses and a higher temperature is sustained, it creates a warming sensation, similar to a hot stone massage. Not only does this sensation indicate that fat cells are melting but that extra collagen is being produced which helps tone and tighten the skin.

TruSculpt iD®  treatment does not require any downtime and can be effective on all skin types, on multiple areas, and usually takes less than one hour.

Results of TruSculpt iD®  treatment will start to be visible between 2 weeks and  3 months as the body processes and eliminates the dead  fat cells.

The number of treatments varies depending on the size and number of targeted areas since each patient’s body type is different, has different goals, and has their own individual challenges.

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Candidates close to their ideal body weight
Candidates close to their ideal body weight

Who is a Good Candidate for TruSculpt iD®

A TGA-approved body contouring procedure, TruSculpt iD® is beneficial for both men and women who are healthy and near their target weight, but still have problem areas that won’t go away despite all their dieting and activity efforts. TruSculpt iD® is not recommended, however,  for obese and extremely overweight patients;  pregnant women; or people with pacemakers, internal defibrillators, or metallic implants.

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Treatment Time for TruSculpt iD®

Treatment generally takes between 15 minutes to an hour depending on the number of treatment area(s).

Treatment sessions depend on how many targeted areas are being treated
Treatment sessions depend on how many targeted areas are being treated

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Side Effects of TruSculpt iD®

One of the benefits of TruSculpt iD® is that there are few, if any, side effects related to the procedure. Some minor side effects include:

  • Redness
  • Sweating
  • Mild tenderness in the treated areas

Is TruSculpt® iD Fat Reduction Treatment Painful?

Using a Monopolar Radio Frequency device, pulses of energy heat and shrink fat cells. Adjustable to conform to each patient’s needs, the level of heat can be altered so each client feels comfortable and experiences little to no pain.

Safe and effective treatment for reducing fatty tissue in treated area

How Long Does It Take To See Noticeable Results of TruSculpt® iD?

Most patients notice results 6-12 weeks after their last treatment–that’s the amount of time the body needs time to clear away the destroyed fat.

Advantages of TruSculpt® iD:

  • Treatment session in as little as 15 minutes 
  • No anaesthetic needed
  • Non-invasive and non-surgical 
  • Handheld device allows treatment in hard-to-reach areas
  • Zero Downtime 
  • Safe and effective 
  • Minor Side Effects are Rare
  • 24% fat loss
  • Optimal results appear in a few weeks

Disadvantages of TruSculpt® iD

Though TruSculpt® iD destroys fat cells, new ones can develop in other areas if the patient gains weight. For this reason, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

fat cells destroyed with nonsurgical fat reduction cosmetic procedure
Fat cells destroyed with nonsurgical fat reduction cosmetic procedure

Common Areas of Treatment for TruSculpt® iD  

  • Abs
  • Love handles (flanks)
  • Hips
  • Double Chin
  • Neck
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Back
  • Upper arms
  • Butt 
  • Cellulite
  • Bra Fat
TruSculpt devices
TruSculpt devices

Benefits of TruSculpt® iD over CoolSculpting

While TruSculpt® iD and CoolSculpting are both non invasive fat reduction treatments that work by using extreme temperatures to destroy unwanted stubborn fat, there are a few advantages of TruSculpt® iD over CoolSculpting.

  1. Treats Hard-to-Reach Areas: While CoolSculpting is limited to certain areas of the body due to the size of the device, truSculpt® iD treats fat anywhere on the body, even the smallest areas.
  2. Tightens Skin: One of the greatest differences between CoolSculpting and TruSculpt® iD  is that TruSculpt® iD improves texture and tightens the skin, targeting cellulite and loose skin that results after dramatic weight floss.
  3. Less Discomfort: Fat freezing can be very uncomfortable to certain patients, whereas TruSculpt® iD  uses heat that can be easily adjusted.
CoolSculpting Device
CoolSculpting Device

Safety and Efficacy of Current Treatment Paradigms

TruSculpt® iD

The main advantages of TruSculpt iD®  are that it requires no anaesthetic, involves no downtime, and most importantly, uses no knives or needles.

The only TGA-approved treatment that offers a non-invasive treatment option for body contouring and fat reduction, TruSculpt® iD reduces fat by up to 24% in as little as one treatment, forever eliminating fat cells from hard-to-reach areas.

Radio frequency energy emits heat through the skin targeting only the fat cells without damaging the skin in any way, making the procedure completely safe. Once destroyed, the body naturally flushes out the dead fat cells through the lymphatic system.


CoolSculpting has many benefits over more invasive fat reduction procedures, like liposuction. It’s non-surgical, non-invasive, and requires no recovery time. But while there are benefits to CoolSculpting, it’s important to be aware of certain risks before considering this procedure. Minor side effects, including irritation and pain have been reported and some people have also experienced a less common side effect causing fat cells to actually grow bigger in response to the treatment instead of smaller.

Related Post: Numbers Not Adding Up After Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Treatment? 

Current treatment paradigms for TruSculpt iD and CoolSculpting
Current treatment paradigms for TruSculpt iD and CoolSculpting

Where to Get TruSculpt iD®

Specialist Skin Solutions in Lorn – Hunter Valley, a cosmetic clinic specialising in non-surgical aesthetic procedures, has recently incorporated the Cutera TruSculpt iD® fat reduction systems.

Customised treatment plan determining targeted areas and number of treatment sessions required
Customised treatment plan determining targeted areas and number of treatment sessions required

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If you’re struggling with fat on your hips, butt, back, or belly,  you’re not alone. Thanks to TruSculpt iD®, a slimmer, sexier look can be yours in just a few minutes. If you’re ready to begin your fat reduction journey towards a more beautiful you, book an appointment today! If you have questions, call us at 02-4934-1700. 

*Disclaimer: The number of  truSculpt® iD treatments required  to achieve desired results varies and results will vary as well. This article is for informational purposes only. Like any procedure, there are risks which is why it’s important to follow your provider’s directions to the letter to stay safe and to ensure you’ll have the best results.

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