Pacific Derm Examines the Pros and Cons of Hot and Cold Non-Surgical Fat Removal

By Pacific Derm on January 26 2023

Navigating the world of non-surgical fat removal can be overwhelming with the many options available today. We are here to help you make an informed decision on whether heating or cooling treatments are the best fit for you. 

Our team at Pacific Derm has gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise in non-surgical fat removal treatments through our successful treatment of many patients and ongoing training. We want to share our knowledge and help you understand the similarities and differences between hot and cold methods. 

One of the most common concerns that people bring to us is the presence of stubborn fat in areas such as the abdomen, love handles, and lower body, which can be challenging to eliminate. Many people have been discouraged from taking action due to the invasive nature of traditional surgical methods like liposuction.  

Thanks to advancements in technology, we can now offer a wide range of non-invasive and non-surgical alternatives.  

 Today we want to support you in making a well-educated, fully versed, and unbiased decision on whether non-surgical fat removal is for you, and if it is, if freezing or melting is your best choice. 

Body Contouring Method: Freezing 

Body Contouring

The world’s most popular non-invasive fat reduction treatment known as CoolSculpting is one of the best options when looking to freeze away stubborn fat.  

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical method that uses the application of an applicator on the skin to freeze away fat. The freezing process causes the fat cells to crystallize, resulting in the death of some of these cells. As the body naturally eliminates these dead cells, the outcome is a more toned and contoured appearance  

CoolSculpting typically takes 2 or more treatments to achieve results, cutting up to 25% of excess fat in the treated areas. However, if you want to target multiple sections of your body, additional appointments will be needed as the CoolSculpting technology can only focus on one area at a time. 

 CoolSculpting is a common procedure here at Pacific Derm. We have had years of experience and are aware of the concerns that often arise from our patients. Keep reading on CoolSculpting here! 

Body Contouring Method: Melting 

A non-invasive alternative to CoolSculpting is a heat-based technology known as SculpSure. 

SculpSure is a heat-based laser treatment that kills fat cells, and the body then expels these dead cells through the lymphatic system. The treatments take around 30 minutes per zone, and multiple zones can be treated during one session. This device is hands-free, efficient and has incorporated cooling to ensure comfort and safety throughout the treatment. There is no significant recovery period after the treatment. 

Here at Pacific Derm, we have dedicated our training and efforts to focus solely on CoolSculpting for the moment and are not currently offering SculpSure to our clients. If CoolSculpting is not your top choice and you are looking for alternative treatments for body contouring, then please reach out and book a consultation. Our esteemed group of doctors and nurses will have a variety of suggestions for what you can do as an alternative. 

To give you a better understanding of these two main treatments, here is a side-by-side comparison: 

CoolSculpting [Freezing]  SculpSure [Heating/Melting] 
Procedure Duration: 50 min+ /per session 

Treatment areas per session: 

Application: Suction & Cooling 

Downtime: Minimal (Can return to daily activities immediately after treatment – no high impact for a few days) 

Pain Level: Mild to moderate discomfort  

Procedure Duration: 25+ /per session 

Treatment areas per session: 1-4  

Application: Laser  

Downtime: No recovery period 

Pain Level: Slight discomfort due to warmth  


In conclusion, many factors contribute to the presence of fat in the body, such as hormones and genetics. Both CoolSculpting and SculpSure have been used by millions of people who had felt discouraged about losing stubborn fat. These procedures have provided reassurance and positive results after a few sessions.  

Try Body Contouring at Pacific Derm 

We understand pre-treatment jitters are often due to the fear of the unknown. We want to work with you on understand the process of this treatment, what pre and post treatment will look like, and if you would be an ideal candidate.  

Our complimentary assessment allows us to deep dive into your medical history, your goals with a treatment, and overall to build a trusting relationship with one another. Let’s get chatting today!  

If these non-invasive procedures are still too intimidating to you at this point in your medical cosmetic journey, other alternative body contouring methods are available.