What are the differences between CoolSculpting and Liposonix? Although both of these methods will destroy fat, there are some significant advantages to using the CoolSculpting treatment instead of the Liposonix treatment. First of all, these two devices approach fat removal with different technology. CoolSculpting relies on two simple facts: fat freezes and fat is damaged at a higher temperature than your skin. This allows for the gentle removal of fat without any surgery, cutting or scarring. Conversely, the Liposonix device uses high frequency ultrasound (HIFU) to heat and damage the tissue.
The second differentiation is that CoolSculpting is selective. That means that the device will be able to damage fat cells without damaging the cells around them. Normal body temperature is about 98.6o F. Fat cell freezes at just about 53o F, while other cells such as skin and muscle freeze at 32o F. Using a cooling plate, the tissue temperature is decreased to just below 53o F, this damages the fat while leaving the other tissue unharmed.
On the other hand, the Liposonix device uses a high frequency ultrasound, which is not selective; it will heat and destroy any tissue where the beam is aimed. As you can imagine, CoolSculpting’s selectivity makes it much less painful. Only twice, in almost 300 procedures, have we needed to give a patient oral pain medication for discomfort. With Liposonix, almost all patients are given narcotics for the procedure such as Vicodin or Percocet, and many still report the procedure as being very uncomfortable.
Lastly, while there is little doubt that both procedures work, there is much more research on CoolSculpting and its proven results. There are more than 10 peer-reviewed, scientific articles on the CoolSculpting procedure, as compared to only one small abstract currently on Liposonix. At Colorado Skin Care, we can confidently predict that every patient will lose about 25% of their fat after a single CoolSculpting treatment.