Which Takes Longer, a CoolSculpting Treatment or a Thermage Treatment?

How much time does each one take? (CoolSculpting and Thermage)

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CoolSculpting and Thermage treatment times

CoolSculpting and Thermage are completely different treatments and the treatment times vary depending on what area is treated. CoolSculpting offers permanent fat reduction via cryolipolysis and takes 1 hour per cycle. Thermage is a temporary skin tightening treatment using radiofrequency that can take 1-2 hours per treatment. Both types of treatments may require repeated treatments. It's always best to consult with an experienced provider to determine the best option for your goals.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Thermage appears to have  a very low patient satisfaction rating.  Colleagues confide that they have difficulty in determining who will benefit from the procedure and who will not.  They are concerned about the long term complication of fat atrophy. Research this procedure carefully to make an informed decision on risks vs benefits.   Best wishes.  Knowledge is power.  Luis F. Villar MD FACS

Luis Villar, MD
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Thermage and Coolscupting are different technologies but can be used on the same areas

I have many patients who need help with the abdomen area and utilize a combination approach to therapy.  If there is a bulge that needs to be "frozen" we use the coolsculpting to freeze that fat.  If there is skin laxity, the Thermage CPT will tighten the skin in that area.  Coolsculpting can take an hour for the abdomen or two hours for the flanks.  Thermage takes approximately 90 minutes.  We use Thermage to tighten different areas of the body - the lower face/neck, abdomen, arms, and the skin around the knees.  The results are impressive with a combination approach.  Please make sure to find someone skilled in these therapies when deciding to get treatment from your dermatologist.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
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CoolSculpting versus Thermage


Thank you for your question. A typical CoolSculpting treatment can last between one and three hours. Thermage treatments are typically 45 minutes for eyes or face and up to 90 minutes for larger body areas.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting vs Thermage


Thermage for an abdomen may take less time, even if using the 16cm2 tip, for an upper and lower abdomen than the CoolSculpting for the upper and lower abdomen as the Zeltiq device needs two separate applicators, one done at a time and each takes one hour with about a ten minute regrouping before the applicator is changed from the one site to the other. The devices work very differently. CoolSculpting is designed to freeze and kill fat cells to get reduced fat volume, and Thermage is radiofrequency that may improve tightening of dermal collagen and may temporarily reduce cellulite"s appearance. They are usually not compared as they are not interchangable.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologist
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How much time for Coolsculpting vs Thermage?



I agree with Dr. Stevens in that the two machines are for different indications.  Coolsculpting for one area is a set one hour for permanent fat removal.  Thermage is for tissue tightening and takes with the CPT Thermage about 1 hour 15 minutes for full face and neck whereas a body area will be roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes.  The best way to asess you is to talk to you in person and see which area you want to improve!



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Grace Liu, MD
Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting and Thermage



This is a difficult question to answer... Each area being treated with Coolsculpting takes one hour.  Treatment time for Thermage is completely dependent on the size of the tip (measurement) as well as the number of pulses.  Generally speaking, Thermage takes approximately one hour per area as well. Thermage and Coolsculpting do not really treat the same indications however. Let us know what area and complaint you are trying to treat so we might better advise you.

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Dr. Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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