CoolSculpting vs. Thermage CPT: What’s Better?


Thermage CPT and CoolSculpting are two of the most popular names in non-surgical body contouring treatments. If you find scalpels and stitches to be quite off putting, these procedures actually hold promise in creating impressive results. Both have earned quite a following, and also some criticisms along the way. Let’s see which of these can be an appropriate treatment for the change that you really want to achieve.

Thermage CPT

Thermage is a treatments for aging skin that uses radiofrequency energy. It aims to strengthen the collagen in your skin to create a smooth, tight and youthful appearance with natural-looking results and little to no downtime.

Thermage works on areas such as the face, eyelids, neck, chest, body and the back of the hands. It is able to act on what used to be very tricky areas because the machine is now designed to focus using varying tip sizes. What is also worth noting is that it works for all skin types. It safely and effectively treats fine lines and wrinkles, improves dimpled areas on the body and even reduces the appearance of cellulite.

Radiofrequency energy creates a uniformed heating in the deep dermal layer of the skin. The gentle heating action is what causes the collagen to tighten and also stimulates the body’s natural renewal process of producing new ones. This is the reason why Thermage creates the lift and additional plumpness to the skin. It also evens out the skin tone and texture creating an overall younger looking appearance due to enhanced cell turnover.

Back in the day, Thermage earned a reputation of being a rather painful procedure despite it being an effective antiaging treatment. After several improvements and innovation in its technology, the third generation Thermage, or Thermage CPT, is now available. CPT stands for Comfort Pulse Technology which allows a safer, more efficient and comfortable treatment.

Cost and considerations

With all that promise of combating the signs of aging as well as improving your physique, Thermage can indeed come at a price. Usually, it runs around a hundred dollars per session. But the catch here is that it is already able to create significant results after a single session. Depending on how the skin ages, the results can last you approximately 6 months to a year, and sometimes even more. However, if you do want to maintain that rejuvenated appearance, you can always get a touch-up treatment.

You can expect prices to range depending on the surgeon who performs it and the region or area where you will have it done. Thermage is a cosmetic treatment; therefore, it is not covered by insurance. But clinics today provide financing options allowing you to enjoy the benefits without really making it heavy on your pocket.

The results of Thermage is sometimes not seen right away. There are some cases where it may take 2-3 months before any changes can be observed. Most patients would require only one treatment, but there are some who would need several sessions to achieve their desired results. This is also mainly attributed to the degree of aging the skin has.

Another consideration is the level of comfort. Although the procedure is actually generally painless, some still feel some tolerable discomfort. Since pain threshold is different for everyone, the doctor can give you an oral medication to numb this discomfort.

If you want to maintain the results of the procedure, you can commit to having touch-up treatments. The good thing about this is that the more sessions you have undergone, the less likely you will need touch-up sessions in the future. But this will also depend on how your skin ages, or how you are taking care of it.

One of the major considerations when it comes to non-invasive antiaging procedures such as this is that they often come at a price. It may not be as affordable as your usual creams, serums or masks, but it sure does the job faster. It also costs considerably less than surgery, albeit being a temporary solution.

CoolSculpting by Zeltiq

The aesthetic treatment industry has indeed come a long way thanks to innovations in technology, and CoolSculpting is another testament to that. It uses a process called cryolipolysis in which extremely low temperature is used to get rid of excess fat so you no longer have to worry about muffin tops, love handles and skin sagging.

CoolSculpting is often compared with Thermage mainly for its contouring abilities. While Thermage uses radiofrequency energy, CoolSculpting employs a targeted cooling process that destroys the fat cells underneath the skin. And with that selective nature of treatment, the process just eliminates fat cells and spares surrounding tissues. And once these are crystallized, they are naturally eliminated from the body by the immune system. The good thing about this procedure is that it is virtually painless.

The effects can be seen only after a few months because it takes that amount of time to naturally remove the fat out of the body. More sessions will help you lose more fats resulting in defined contours and a much sleeker form. It can be said that this procedure is a safer and more preferable treatment than liposuction.

Cost and considerations

This treatment does come with a price. Just like Thermage, this can run into the hundreds and would vary according to the area that is targeted. Price can also be affected based on who is doing the procedure and the place where you had it done.

You might want to factor in the fact that CoolSculpting requires several sessions to create significant results. The cost of the total number of treatments to achieve your desired results would be one of the biggest considerations you have to make.

Compared to Thermage, this treatment has lesser coverage. Thermage can be used in correcting facial flaws as a result of the aging process aside from improving the physique, whereas CoolSculpting by Zeltiq focuses only on body contouring.

Another stark contrast is the manner in which they are able to achieve a fitter physique. CoolSculpting is mainly about getting rid of the fats, while Thermage not just tightens the skin in the problems areas, but also stimulates collagen renewal. So aside from removing the problem, it enhances what is left. CoolSculpting, however, towers over Thermage when it comes to comfort because it does not involve any heat.

Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but deciding on what is appropriate for you will depend on how their actions and effects would contribute to your goals. But for both treatments, one of the biggest considerations is that their effects are only temporary and that optimum results would also depend largely on how you take care of your body.

If your aim is to improve the way your skin looks while trimming unwanted fats in problem areas, Thermage would be appropriate. But if you don’t have any signs of aging and you simply want to remove unwanted flabs, you can discuss this with an aesthetician to see which of these two would be more appropriate for you. As both are on opposite ends of the spectrum, you can go for a heated action or opt for fat freezing procedure.

Schedule an appointment with Dr Tyng Tan to find out if Coolsculpting by Zeltiq and Thermage CPT body contouring procedures are right for you. Call +65 6235 0010.

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About Dr Tyng Tan

Dr. Tan Tyng Yuan, MBBS completed her graduate and medical education in the United Kingdom over a span of 10 years.

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