Coolsculpting vs. Cryoskin – Which One is Better?

Do you follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly yet have stubborn fat pockets in various areas of your body? Hitting the gym harder or restricting your food intake even more may not make a difference but choosing a body contouring treatment can. Thanks to a therapeutic solution called cryotherapy, you may finally get the curves you covet. Two of the most popular forms of cryotherapy are multiple Cryoskin treatments or CoolSculpting procedure(s), both offering an effective way to permanently reduce stubborn fat and tone the body naturally.

Why Consider Cryoskin vs. CoolSculpting?

These two forms of cryotherapy utilize cold temperatures to freeze and eliminate fat cells. Overall, these two non-invasive procedures yield the same results, yet you'll find some principal differences. Both are FDA-certified ways to destroy fat cells that are diet and exercise-resistant. For more information and which treatment, it most suitable for you, continue reading.

What is Cryoskin?

Cryoskin is an umbrella term for a treatment developed in France that eliminates fat cells through the concentrated application of cold and heat. The process is technically known as apoptosis or programmed death of cells. This treatment is non-invasive, using a wand that your provider glides over problem areas to freeze and destroy fat cells. Patients will find three types of Cryoskin treatments, all using the same technology. The difference lies in how your provider programs the wand.


36 years old female treated her abdominal area with coolsculpting

CrysoSlimming is a Cryoskin treatment that focuses on specific areas of the body, such as the stomach, back, thighs, and arms. Each session lasts around 30 minutes, with three to five sessions needed at two-week intervals in order to accomplish sufficient fat reduction. This combination of heat and cold breaks down stubborn fat cells while the interval allows the dead fat cells to pass through your lymphatic system and eventually leave the body through urine.


Cryoskin's second form is CryoToning, which chills subcutaneous fat just below the skin. In this procedure, blood vessels expand in the targeted areas to stimulate collagen production while also breaking down fibers responsible for cellulite dimpling. Cryotoning can also help reduce the signs of aging. Multiple stubborn areas can receive treatment in a single session.

Cryoskin Facial

This form is a type of non-invasive facelift. Cryoskin facials are designed to tighten the face, neck, and chin. This procedure stimulates collagen production and can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin texture, pore size and skin elasticity while tightening loose skin.

What is CoolSculpting?

As with Cryoskin, CoolSculpting is a body contouring procedure based on cryolipolysis to achieve permanent fat reduction in treated areas. Approved by the FDA in 2012, this non-invasive treatment requires no anesthesia, needles, or incisions, and works best on the inner and outer thighs, the upper and lower abdomen, the back, love handles, arms, the chin and the area under the buttocks.

How a CoolSculpting Treatment Works

Your aesthetic provider uses a specially designed handheld applicator to treat problem areas. This device utilizes controlled cooling to destroys fat cells. Unlike Cryoskin, this device remains stationary throughout the procedure and uses a vacuum mechanism to pull in the fat in order to freeze the fat accordingly.

There is minimal discomfort with CoolSculpting and patients are able to work out the same day and resume all normal activities! CoolSculpting has a high efficacy rate, and just one session of CoolSculpting yields results of 20% to 25% fat loss in the treatment area. Results are visible four to eight weeks after the procedure. Temporary side effects include swelling, bruising, aching, redness, cramping, and tenderness in the treated area.

Like the Cryoskin treatment, CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution but an effective way of eliminating body bulges in clients who are within 10 pounds of their ideal weight. It is contraindicated for those with severe sensitivity to cold, have cryoglobulinemia, or have other conditions that are seriously affected by cold temperatures.

Cryoskin vs. CoolSculpting: Comparing Body Contouring Treatments

coolsculpting on male tummyAlthough both procedures use cold to reduce fat, the processes are different. In addition to cold temperatures, both are non-invasive and achieve similar results in ridding your body of fatty tissue. Here are the differences.


The main difference between the CoolSculpting procedure and Cryoskin is the temperatures applied to the skin and underlying fat. The Cryoskin wand passes over each treated area, alternating between hot and cold to destroy fat cells. Within two to three weeks after the procedure, dead cells pass through the lymphatic system and out of the body through urine.

CoolSculpting uses an applicator with vacuum suction to stay secure and treat targeted areas. Controlled cooling of stubborn fat cells results in programmed cell destruction, with elimination from the body also occurring through urine.

Time Required for Each Session & Recommended Sessions

Sessions for Cryoskin and CoolSculpting are similar, with Cyroskin lasting 20 to 30 minutes and CoolSculpting lasting 35-45 minutes per applicator.

For optimal results clients will need two to three sessions of CoolSculpting, 6 to 8 weeks apart. Cryoskin requires more than three treatments for optimal results which are also spread out over 6 to 8 weeks.

 Treatments Expectations

before and after right arm coolsculptingCryoskin procedure does not require suctioning, so clients report little to no discomfort. On the other hand, many clients report some level of mild discomfort during CoolSculpting due to the suctioning.


Some Cryoskin patients see results immediately after their first session, with slimming increasing for two to three weeks. For CoolSculpting, desired results occur within 6 to 8 weeks, depending on your metabolism.

Cryoskin vs. Coolsculpting: Which is Really Better?

The human body has about eight times more cold receptors than heat receptors, which is why sub-freezing temperatures affect tissues much more deeply. It's also why cold temperatures are so good a breaking down fat cells in the body. So which form of body sculpting is better? We prefer the CoolSculpting treatment, which is why we offer CoolScupting in the Greater Seattle Area. Contact us today for a consultation.



Dr. Sidhu
Dr. Ramandeep Sidhu

Author - Dr. Ramandeep Sidhu

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