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Non-Surgical Body Contouring: truSculpt ID® vs. CoolSculpting®: What are the Differences?

Have you committed to a healthy lifestyle but struggled with pockets of fat that refuse to go away? Body sculpting breaks up fat to help shape and contour your figure. If you have stubborn fat that needs to go, should you choose truSculpt ID® or CoolSculpting®? 

What is Body Sculpting?

Non-invasive body sculpting removes fat by disrupting fat cells without damaging the skin. The body’s lymphatic system can remove these damaged fat cells over time, leading to effective slimming and contouring of the targeted areas. These non-invasive treatments have little to no recovery time, making them excellent for busy people who need a no-downtime option.

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truSculpt ID® vs. CoolSculpting®: What are the Differences?

The primary difference between truSculpt ID® and CoolSculpting® is their method for breaking apart fat cells. They share some similarities and can both help you achieve your desired figure. Dr. Craig Schwartz is one of the original CoolSculpting® providers in the Kansas City area and remains one of the most skilled. He will assess your areas of concern and tell you if you will make a good candidate for body sculpting. 

How Do They Work?

CoolSculpting® uses cryolipolysis, the process of disrupting fat cells by freezing them. When the area is cooled, the fat freezes before the skin. The skin feels cold, but most people do not find it intolerable. Using radiofrequency (RF) energy, truSculpt ID® uses a wavelength that targets fat cells and creates heat. The heat damages the fat cells without harming the skin. In both cases, the body goes on to remove the damaged fat cells. 

How Long Does Each Body Contouring Treatment Take?

Each CoolSculpting® treatment takes 30 minutes per body area. Depending on how many areas you want to treat, this can result in anywhere from a 30 minute to two hour treatment time each session. truSculpt® treatments last just 15 minutes, and with the flexible applicator system, we can often treat up to two areas at one time. Having multiple treatment areas in one session keeps you from having to return several times for different areas of concern. 

How Many Treatments?

With both CoolSculpting and truSculpt,  most patients require two to four treatments for ideal results. In both cases, you will have a few weeks between treatments.

How Well Do Each of These Body Contouring Treatments Work?

CoolSculpting® and truSculpt® both remove up to 25% of fat in the treated area each session. In both cases, fat cells do not grow back, so your results will last as long as you maintain consistent body weight. Your remaining fat cells will expand if you gain weight, so you should continue your healthy lifestyle to see lasting results. 

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at 913-451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

What is CoolSculpting®  and truSculpt Like?

A CoolSculpting treatment session typically lasts 30 minutes per area treated. The applicator will feel extremely cold when applied, but your skin will go numb within a few minutes, and you should feel comfortable. Some people feel pulling, tugging, or tingling during treatment. It is important to note that many patients across the nation have experienced a condition known as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, or PAH, after having a single or multiple treatments.  PAH causes a gradual enlargement of the treated area, often in the shape of the actual CoolSculpting paddle. It occurs when the freezing of fat cells activates a reactionary process in the fatty tissue that, actually, thickens and expands the fat cells instead of breaking them down, as intended. PAH is only known to occur following a cryolipolysis or CoolSculpting body contouring treatment.


The revolutionary truSculpt ID(r) body-contouring treatment uses monopolar radiofrequency (RF) non-ablative energy to target fat cells, breaking them apart. The heat produced in the deep layers of the skin triggers collagen development and tightens the skin for even better results. This is a painless treatment with no downtime and no risk of PAH.

What Results Will I See With CoolSculpting® and truSculpt?

Your body needs about three months to finish removing the damaged fat cells from the treated area. Results develop gradually beginning after your first treatment. You will see noticeable slimming and shaping of the targeted areas, helping you reach the figure you have worked to achieve. Neither treatment is intended for weight loss or people looking for a weight loss solution.  Unlike CoolSculpting, which only destroys fat cells, truSculpt has the added benefit of stimulating the cells in the deeper layers of the skin to produce more collagen, tightening the skin to give an even more sculpted appearance. 

Where Areas Can Be Treated with CoolSculpting® and truSculpt?

Both CoolSculpting and truSculpt ID can treat stubborn fat in the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Thighs
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Under the buttocks

CoolSculpting can also treat submental fat in the chin area. At this time, truSculpt does not have a handpiece for this area.

Am I a Good Candidate for Non-Surgical Body Contouring?

CoolSculpting is an ideal fat reduction treatment if you are at or near your target body weight and looking for a boost to achieve your desired results. CoolSculpting candidates must have “pinchable fat” to fit within the handpiece.  However, unlike CoolSculpting, truSculpt is a fully customizable body contouring treatment, as it uses applicators that “lay” on top of the skin, rather than applicators that require “pinchable fat”, allowing for greater coverage for larger patients, as well as a good alternative for low-BMI patients that didn’t have enough fat to “pinch” for the CoolSculpting applicators. 

Is There Any Downtime With These Treatments?

You may notice minor swelling and soreness in the treated area lasting up to a few days. Some people also feel numbness or tingling. You can return to work immediately after either treatment.


*Individual Results May Vary


Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

Take the Next Step

If you have further questions about non-surgical body contouring, please call us at (913) 451-8346 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how Kansas City’s premier cosmetic laser center can help you remove stubborn fat!

Premier Vein & Body is located in Kansas City, MO and proudly also serves Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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