March 17, 2018

Comparing the Different Fat Reduction Treatments

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Liposuction is no longer the only solution for diet and exercise-resistant fat deposits. Advancements in medical technologies have led to the rise of non-invasive fat reduction treatments. These treatments reduce stubborn bulges by subjecting fat cells to thermal manipulation. The mechanism of this manipulation differs between the various fat reduction treatments, but the objectives are the same: lipolysis or the destruction of fat cells.

Different fat reduction treatments have different advantages and disadvantages. Read on to find out which of the fat reduction treatments is best suited for you.

Information in this article is based on the average patient experience. As with any medical procedure, results may vary. *


CoolSculpting freezes fat cells by exposing them to precisely controlled cooling in a process known as cryolipolysis (cryo meaning cold, lipo meaning fat cell, and lysis meaning cell death.) CoolSculpting is very effective and currently reigns as the #1 fat reduction treatment in the world with over 6 million treatments performed to date.

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CoolSculpting Treatment Time: With the newly released line of applicators (the CoolAdvantage collection) treatment time is 35 minutes.

Average # of treatments needed per area: 2 or 3 treatments

Patient experience during treatment: Tugging and chilling at the treatment site for the first 5 or so minutes.

CoolSculpting downtime/recovery period: No downtime is required.

CoolSculpting side effects: CoolSculpting side effects are rare, but symptoms associated with the immune response may include mild tenderness, numbing, bruising, or redness.

When will I see CoolSculpting results? Patients typically see optimal CoolSculpting results within 8-12 weeks after the treatment.*


Instead of chilling fat cells, like CoolSculpting, Sculpsure uses a warm laser to heat fat cells to death. Different parts of the body are treated with different-sized applicators.

Sculpsure Treatment Time: Sculpsure has one of the shortest treatment times of all fat reduction treatments requiring only 25 minutes.

Average # of treatments needed per area: 2-3 treatments.

Patient experience during treatment: Warmth at the treatment site and tingling.

Sculpsure Downtime / Recovery period: Typically, no downtime is required following a Sculpsure treatment and patients may resume their scheduled activities immediately.

Sculpsure Side effects: Stiffness and swelling.

When will I see my Sculpsure results? Sculpsure results typically manifest within 8-12 weeks after the treatment.*


Like SculpSure, Zerona is a light-based technology that heats up fat cells. But, instead of a warm laser, Zerona uses a “cold laser.” The Cold laser is the gentlest mechanism listed among the various fat reduction treatments, but also the least effective.

Zerona Treatment Time: 40 minutes.

Average # of treatments needed: 6 in a 2-week span

Patient experience during treatment: Usually patients feel no pain or discomfort during treatments.

Zerona Downtime / Recovery period: Zerona requires no downtime.*

Zerona Side effects: Side effects are rare.

When will I see Zerona’s results? You may not see Zerona’s results at all. The biggest complaint about this fat reduction treatment is inefficiency. If you do respond to fat reduction treatments using Zerona, you should see results after a 2-week treatment program.*

Which Fat Reduction Treatment Is Right for You?

If you are looking for a non-surgical alternative to liposuction to reduce stubborn fat deposits, go with the best: CoolSculpting. This revolutionary fat reduction treatment is number one for a reason. Learn more about CoolSculpting and find out if freezing away your fat is an ideal solution for you by calling Park Avenue Medical Spa at 914-676-8013 or sign up online for a free consultation today.