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CoolSculpting vs CoolTone: How Do They Differ and What's So Cool?

Kristina Cadwell  
January 28, 2021  

Is your Insta Explore feed full of #fitspo posts? Are you still dreaming about being on there yourself but cannot conquer those last bulges of fat, as if you’re fighting a demon and not just calories spent? New treatments are in town that will set you higher than anything before. And truth be told, they’re not that new anymore – hundreds of happy clients prove that. They’re called CoolSculpting and CoolTone, and they come from the same company – the same one that also manufactures Botox, so you can rest assured it’s top of the Aesthetic game.

So you may have heard about CoolSculpting and CoolTone, but do you know the ins and outs of each? They have something to do with ice… hence the name. That’s what most people think, as it’s an easy association. However, not both treatments are about something cold! Though they are both cool – very cool. Read on to find out how, and who wins in the CoolSculpting vs CoolTone battle.

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What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is designed to destroy fat cells permanently. This happens through the process called cryolipolysis, or literally freezing the fat. During the treatment, a part of your body where you want the fat to disappear is pinched with the machine, delivering freezing temperature to it, targeting the fat, and not affecting other tissues. The frozen fat cells die out and are then removed from the body through the lymphatic system.

This does not happen in an instant. Frozen, dead fat cells need time before they are removed – usually several weeks. In cases of more fat, or a poor body response to CoolSculpting, it may take several treatments to reach the desired results.

It’s important to remember that CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment but a treatment that addresses those last bulges of fat that a client cannot seem to lose.

What is CoolTone by CoolSculpting?

CoolTone has a similar name to CoolSculpting, but a totally different way of doing things and a different target as well. Unlike CoolSculpting, it does not involve sub-zero temperatures. The Cool in CoolTone comes from the same company behind the two, Allergan. Think of it as a marketing trick to help you remember the two treatments because, as we’ll see, they deliver the best results together. So what is CoolTone, and what does it do?

CoolTone targets muscle tissue. Using its magnetic muscle stimulation technology, it shoots electromagnetic energy into the muscle tissue, causing the muscle fibers to contract, relax, and then repeat thousands of times. Doing this, muscles strengthen and become more toned (hence the name CoolTone!) and tighter. You can often hear that CoolTone enables you to do thousands of crunches or squats in half an hour – and that’s basically what it does!

What Areas Do They Target?

We mentioned that CoolSculpting targets fat cells, while CoolTone works on muscle fibers. What does that mean in terms of areas where you want fat removed or muscle toned?

CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for:
double chin
upper arms
back & bra areas
flanks/love handles
upper & lower abdominal fat
inner & outer thighs.

FDA-approved areas for treatment with CoolTone are:


Who Is an Ideal Candidate?

Both treatments favor candidates who are already leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle. CoolSculpting works best on small, stubborn bulges of fat in generally fit persons. CoolTone is ideal for busy people who don’t have the time to spend hours in the gym for months to end.

It’s also crucial that you don’t have an implantable device, such as ear implants, cardiac implants, neurostimulators, or drug pumps in the treatment area. If you recently had surgery, or have a visible scar, hernia, tumor, open sore, etc., in the treatment area, talk this through with your provider, as these are contraindications to receiving treatment.

Suppose you’re not super unhappy with how you look but would really want an improvement. In that case, these two treatments are perfect for doing before a big event, such as vacation, wedding, or honeymoon.

Can I Do Both CoolSculpting and CoolTone?

Yes! Both treatments work very well together and achieve excellent results when combined. Consult with your providers, and they’ll tell you whether they could work for you, too. We believe that the combination works for most people who have some stubborn fat, for example, on their bellies, and would like it removed and toned better.

Can I Get Both CoolSculpting and CoolTone Treatment on the Same Day?

Yes, this is possible, too. Having them one after the other can speed up the fat freezing process. It’s not written in stone which one should go first, but CoolSculpting and CoolTone providers suggest CoolSculpting treatment first, followed by CoolTone. CoolTone essentially does a form of massage, which can help remove the dead fat cells.

How Long Do CoolSculpting and CoolTone Take?

A single CoolSculpting session on one area takes about an hour, while a CoolTone session takes about half an hour. Bring in magazines, Kindle, or a charged tablet!

How Many Treatments Do I Have to Undergo?

This depends on your initial physique, as well as your body’s response to the treatments. Most people see their results from one to two CoolSculpting treatments scheduled four to six weeks apart. When it comes to CoolTone, patients usually undergo a series of 4 treatments and more. These are scheduled several days apart. Monthly CoolTone sessions after the initial series are required to maintain muscle mass.

Are There Any Preparations?

While there is no extensive prep for these two treatments as there is for surgery, it’s still good to know what to expect to come in equipped with knowledge (and a thing or two!). Read our post on how to prepare for CoolSculpting.

What Results Can I Expect?

You will achieve the best results with these two treatments if you’ve come in with a fit body that you only want to improve. Unfortunately, CoolSculpting nor CoolTone cannot offer magical solutions that will rid you of 30 pounds of fat. So if you’re looking for that, you will have to look elsewhere – and then maybe opt for the two when you’re nearing the end of your fitness journey?

As for CoolSculpting, it can eliminate up to 24 percent of fat in the targeted area. CoolTone, on the other hand, tones muscles and creates a firmer, more sculpted physique. If you’re looking for bigger muscles, CoolTone does not do that. Muscles grow when they are damaged and then built up with an increase in protein intake, and this happens mostly with lifting heavy weights. CoolTone does not tear the muscle fibers – what it does is strengthen them. So ultimately, CoolTone won’t increase your muscles, but it will strengthen them and tone them. This definitely improves their physical shape but does not change their size.

Are CoolSculpting and CoolTone Results Permanent?

The short answer is: it depends. When it comes to CoolSculpting, its most significant advantage is that it’s actually killing off fat cells. When you work out or diet, you will only decrease their size, but they’re still here. CoolSculpting literally removes them, and there is no chance of them coming back. However, if you don’t maintain a healthy diet and lead a healthy life overall, more specifically, if you overeat and consume more calories than you can spend, they will be stored in other fat cells that are still there. So if you want to maintain your results, you need to be wary of what goes in.

As for CoolTone, its results will remain there as long as you use the treated muscle, which means that a large portion of maintaining results stays with you.

Are There Side Effects of CoolSculpting and CoolTone Treatments?

There may be, but they’re not serious. You can experience tenderness, minor swelling, and redness after CoolSculpting, and in addition to these, temporary muscle spasm or joint or tendon tenderness after CoolTone. They will, however, subside quickly, and you’ll go back to feeling normal.

Which Treatment Is Right For Me?

Well, after everything you’ve read, you now know what each treatment does and how. Chances are you know whether you want to remove some fat from your body or tone your muscles. Or both! Either way, initial consultation with a provider is necessary. It will remove any doubts and tailor a treatment regimen for your specific wishes and desired results!

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