CoolSculpting vs. Sono Bello – Which One is Better?

coolsculpting before and after woman 45 yrs oldSavvy patients looking to remove stubborn fat in various areas of their bodies should do their homework when deciding which body contouring procedure is best for them. Both CoolSculpting and Sono Bello are FDA-approved procedures that accomplish body fat reduction in multiple treatment areas. These two treatments work in very different ways. Here is a look at both procedures so that you can determine which fits your needs and preferences.

Sono Bello vs. CoolSculpting: What is the Most Distinct Difference?

Sono Bello is laser liposuction, also called laser lipolysis. The procedure uses a micro laser to zap fat cells through tiny incision sites in the treatment area. Since Sono Bello uses tiny incisions, it is considered a minimally invasive surgical procedure. On the other hand, CoolSculpting procedures are completely non-invasive as the machine suctions the fat and freezes the fat cells from the outside to accomplish fat reduction.

How Does Sono Bello Work?

During a Sono Bello treatment, a cosmetic surgeon manually removes fat through incisions in your target areas. Laser liposuction makes the fat cells easier to remove while potentially tightening skin in the target area. Patients remain awake during the treatment, receiving local anesthesia in the treatment areas, plus medication to relax and sedate them while creating the incision sites on their bodies.

As a surgical procedure, Sono Bello uses traditional suction tubes to remove most adipose tissue in targeted areas, followed by a microlaser to contour and finish removing the remaining fat cells. It also offers lower risks than traditional liposuction. The procedure takes about an hour per treatment area. If you treat multiple body areas, you can expect Sono Bello to last three hours or even longer if you elect for the removal of excess skin in the area.

A medical review published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology indicated that laser-assisted liposuction produces more favorable results than traditional liposuction due to enhanced fat reduction combined with skin tightening. Sono Bello can also help deliver heat to the skin to enhance collagen stimulation. This effect can provide a tighter, healthier and more natural look.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

CoolSculpting rids the body of stubborn fat through cryolipolysis or fat freezing. Your aesthetic provider places a gel pad applicator on the treatment area that suctions fat toward the skin's surface and sends targeted cooling that kills unwanted fat without hurting surrounding tissue. This non-invasive, non-surgical treatment destroys excess adipose tissue with a cold temperature that ranges from -11 to +5 degrees Celsius. Your body will metabolize the dead fat cells and then flush them out through the lymphatic system after several weeks. Each cooling session will last approximately 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the applicator.

coolsculpting treatment 2The best CoolSculpting candidates will be within 10 pounds of their target weight and have visible, pinchable fat. As a non-invasive procedure, Coolsculpting requires no incisions or local or general anesthetic.

CoolSculpting vs. Sono Bello: Side Effects and Recovery Time

As with any body contouring treatment, CoolSculpting and Sono Bello have contraindications for some individuals. Pregnant or breastfeeding patients or patients who have a pacemaker or defibrillator should not undergo either procedure.

Those who have the following health conditions should not consider Sono Bello:

  • Blood clots
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Vascular conditions

If you have the following, you are ineligible for CoolSculpting:

  • Clotting disorder
  • Cold urticaria
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Neuropathic conditions
  • Raynaud's disease
  • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria

CoolSculpting-Sono Bello Side Effects 

Many patients find that Sono Bello has more pronounced and longer-lasting side effects than CoolSculpting. Bruising, swelling, and redness can last several months, often accompanied by pain. Since Sono Bello is a minor surgical procedure that involves tiny incisions and local anesthesia, some Sono Bello patients may experience scarring or adverse reactions to anesthesia.

CoolSculpting patients rarely experience long-lasting problems. Most patients only feel mild discomfort and skin sensitivity, lasting several weeks. Other mild side effects include redness, swelling and numbness.

CoolSculpting-Sono Bello Recovery Time

Sono Bello patients can expect the recovery time to last two to four weeks. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure, so patients experience no downtime and can immediately return to normal activities. Sono Bello patients must also wear a compression garment over the treated areas for a specified time following the procedure.

Sono Bello vs. CoolSculpting Fat Reduction Results

Both procedures do an equally good job of getting rid of unwanted fat. Sono Bello achieves an approximate 24% reduction in excess fat, while CoolSculpting achieves about 25%. One decided difference is that you will notice a slimmer physique almost immediately with a Sono Bello body contouring treatment, while CoolSculpting results appear over a few months as the body eliminates excess fat cells.

Sono Bello and CoolSculpting: Which is Better for Me?

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Coolsculpting - Before and After

Sono Bello and CoolSculpting offer similar results for multiple areas of your body. However, CoolSculpting has virtually no recovery time. VIVAA offers comprehensive CoolSculpting services to reduce excess fat safely and quickly. If you want to improve your body and avoid the potential risks of an invasive procedure, find out how CoolSculpting in Seattle, Issaquah, and other nearby communities can give you the fat loss that exercise and diet won't achieve. Contact us today for a consultation.



Dr. Sidhu
Dr. Ramandeep Sidhu

Author - Dr. Ramandeep Sidhu

SPECIALTIES: Percutaneous aneurysm repair, endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial disease, treatment for varicose veins, open vascular surgical procedures, deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism treatment and aesthetic services.


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