BodyFX vs. Coolsculpting – Know The Differences


BodyFX is a new, safe, state-of-the-art, long lasting, non-invasive solution for fat reduction and body contouring. BodyFX melts fat cells and reshapes your body to provide a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. BodyFX can be used on all parts of the body. Making use of radio frequency energy, deep tissue heating and light vacuum pressure, the BodyFX applicator distributes heat to the skin and underlying fat causing the tissue to heat and contract to tighten the skin and melt fat cells over time.

BodyFX treatments should be undertaken weekly over an eight week period. There is no downtime for BodyFX. During treatment you may expect a warming of the skin that is the equivalent to the sensation of a deep tissue massage. You may notice some slight redness in the treated area post treatment.

For a comparison of BodyFX and Coolscultping, please see below.

What to Expect

Most skin concerns treated with the Alexandrite laser will require multiple treatment sessions. Often, less than 3 sessions are required to completely eliminate vascular lesions. Larger areas need more sessions. With each session, you may notice an improvement in the condition being treated, but will not experience the full results until a few days after the final treatment session.

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Body FX Zeltiq Cool Sculpting
Non-invasive, targeted fat reduction, body contouring and skin tightening treatment. The only fat reduction procedure that tightens skin. Non-invasive, non-targeted fat reduction. No skin tightening capability so post fat loss result is often saggy skin.
Applicator pinpoints areas of treatment for custom contouring and body shaping. Non-differentiating applicator directs treatment arbitrarily. No option for custom body shaping or contouring.
Destroys fat cells via radio frequency and heat. Fat cells disappear safely through apoptosis. Radio frequency creates heat deep in the skin to tighten it up. Radio frequency and heat melts fat cells slowly over time. Cold based technology cools the fat cells to just above freezing causing crystallization. Fat cells disappears slowly over time.
Hands on and physician operated during the entire treatment. Allows for safety, flexibility, and communication during treatment. Doctor and patient are a team during the procedure. Patient left unattended once machine is set up and patient is undergoing treatment. A paging system automatically alerts staff of any device or patient issues that need attention.
Improves the appearance of cellulite. Reduces dimpled skin, loss of elasticity on the abdomen, love handles, hips, thighs and other areas ZELTIQ does not recommend the CoolSculpting procedure for cellulite at this time.
Best results are seen 2-4 months after the procedure. Fat cells continue to melt away even after 6 months. Best results are seen 2-4 months after the procedure.
A series of 8 treatments within a 4-8 week period is recommended for best results. Second and third areas of treatment are discounted 50%.

Maintenance sessions are recommended 2-3 times annually post treatment to achieve optimal results.

One or two treatments required on each applicator area. Priced by the number of applicators utilized per treatment. Additional procedures may be administered two to four months after the initial procedure to achieve greater fat reduction.
15-30 minutes per area. Up to three or four areas may be treated on the same day. 1 hour per site being treated. Up to three or four sites may be treated on the same day.
You may feel warm massage vacuum pressure during the procedure You may feel pressure and intense cold during the procedure
Side effects – Patients will notice some redness and warmth in the treated area which will subside within a few hours. The warmth is equivalent to the sensation that felt after a deep tissue massage. Regular activities can be resumed immediately Side effects – Patients will experience mild bruising; It is common for the treated area to feel bloated and look swollen for up to 1 month. Patient may experience temporary blanching of the skin or redness. The treated area often feels sore when touched for 2-7 days and may feel a temporary dulling or numbness in the treated area for 2-6 weeks.

Potential complications with freezing include skin damage, ulceration or permanent scarring; prolonged or severe pain; abrupt fat layer changes, including “step-off” changes, a visible step like depression due to treatment induced unevenness of fat under the skin; and paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, the development of new fat deposits instead of fat being melted away.

Please contact our Central Park South (NYC) office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Hellman will examine your skin and recommend alexandrite laser or other treatment options to improve your skin condition.

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