Coolsculpting or truSculpt iD: Which is Better?

Date Published: August 26th, 2021
Blog Category: Coolsculpting, truSculpt iD

No matter how much you exercise or how well you eat, there can still be residual, stubborn fat in problem areas throughout the body that hinder your ability to achieve your ideal body contour. For people who experience this frustration, there are several plastic surgery techniques that can help them get the results they’ve been looking for. Not everyone is ready to undergo an invasive procedure, which is where the highly popular non-invasive body contouring procedures come in. These treatments target specific areas of stubborn fat without the need for injections, incisions, or downtime.

There are many methods of body sculpting people can choose from, but the most common ones are CoolSculpting and TruSculpt iD. Before deciding which one to choose from, it helps to compare the two procedures to see which one is better suited for your unique goals.

What Is CoolSculpting?

This is a non-invasive body contouring procedure that is FDA-cleared to treat nine different areas of the body, including the abdomen, upper arms, and chin. CoolSculpting works by freezing the fat cells in the areas you want to eliminate fat. Freezing those cells eventually kills them, and the body later excretes them as waste.

Although some people can benefit from just a single session of CoolSculpting that can reduce fat in the treated areas by up to 25%, others may choose to come in for several treatments until they see the results they desire. Full results from CoolSculpting are typically visible within four to six weeks after the last treatment session.

What Is TruSculpt iD?

TruSculpt iD is a body sculpting procedure that came from Cutera, a top laser medical device manufacturer. It is also the newest form of body sculpting procedure. Unlike CoolSculpting, which relies on fat freezing, truSculpt iD uses precise and selective heating with radiofrequency energy to kill fat cells with high temperatures.

TruSculpt iD gives you a permanent solution in fat reaction and involves customized solutions with both hand-held and hands-free applicators. The procedure utilizes a range of handpieces that allow the specialist to target multiple places at once. This procedure treats not only the area that has fat but also deeper layers, resulting in fat loss that totals top about 24% while also tightening skin in the long run by stimulating the production of collagen.

Which One Is Better?

Treatment Time

Both CoolSculpting and TruSculpting are quick, painless procedures that are similar in many ways besides the method of achieving fat cell destruction. They both take less than an hour per session, meaning you can quickly get back to your normal life. Patients are comfortable enough during the treatments to multitask by watching TV, working, reading, or even napping.

Comfort Level

Many patients who have undergone TruScupting compare it to a hot stone massage. That is because the temperature of the target areas and the skin around them raise. However, it does not get to uncomfortable levels.

With CoolSculpting, the therapeutic temperature is low, which can result in numbness or a stinging sensation. There is also a tugging and pulling sensation.


Both procedures deliver expected results and have high success rates. TruSculpt iD results in fat loss of about 24%, while CoolSculpting results in about 20-25% fat loss.

Side Effects

After TruSculpting, the targeted areas may be slightly red and warm to the touch, but that fades after around an hour. You can also go back to your daily routine immediately after treatment.

After CoolSculpting, you may experience temporary swelling, redness, and bruising, which also fades quickly after ending the treatment.

TruSculpting Pros

  • Minimal discomfort and few side effects
  • Can remove non-pinchable fat
  • Improves skin tightness slightly


  • Results take around 8-12 weeks

CoolSculpting Pros

  • You can use it nearly anywhere on the body
  • Little discomfort and low risk of complications


  • Not ideal for people with a BMI higher than 30 or those with non-pinchable fat

The Best Body Sculpting Procedures in Seattle, WA

If you’re upset about the appearance of stubborn fat in a specific place in your body, like the abdomen, love handles, or even under-chin fat, a non-invasive body contouring procedure can help you get the curves you’ve always wanted. Find out which treatment is best for your unique goals by scheduling a consultation with our expert body contour specialists. You can get the conversation started by calling one of our convenient office locations or by contacting us online today.