Body Contouring – Coolsculpting vs Warmsculpting

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Whether they’re nearing the end of a weight loss journey or are simply noticing changes to their body with time, there are many reasons our clients come to us with stubborn pockets of body fat they want to see gone for good


Warm sculpting with SculpSure’s laser body contouring technology can target and destroy fat cells safely without affecting the skin’s surface – and Lumea Aesthetics in Melbourne’s South Yarra is one of the handful of clinics that offers it.


There is no recovery time following treatment, so you can resume your daily activities immediately.


If you’ve been looking into non-invasive body contouring treatments, you may have heard of cool sculpting which has been around longer; warm sculpting takes the same principle but makes a little easier and more accessible. Read on or head to our in-depth article here for more information on the differences between cool sculpting and warm sculpting, and why we only offer the latter.

What is warm sculpting?

Warm sculpting is a non-invasive, body contouring process for the reduction of stubborn fat using SculpSure‘s advanced laser technology to melt away fat cells. The procedure is also known as body sculpting or warm sculpting.

What areas can be treated with warm sculpting?

The SculpSure technology used during the warm sculpting process is FDA-cleared and TGA-listed to reduce stubborn fat in the belly, love handles, back, and thighs.

When will I see results?

Following two to three SculpSure warm sculpting treatments, visible results can be seen in about six weeks. This is when the body begins the elimination process on the destroyed fat cells, with the best results typically noticeable after three months.

How long before I can resume normal activities?

Being a non-invasive procedure, SculpSure allows patients to resume normal activities immediately following a treatment with zero downtime.

Cool sculpting vs. warm sculpting

What is the difference between cool sculpting and warm sculpting?


There are some similarities between the two; neither are a weight loss tool so are ideal for people with stubborn pockets of fat, particularly those that seem resistant to diet and exercise.


Both treatments are non-invasive and are effective and destroying unwanted fat from trouble spots on your body, and both are carried out without any incisions,  anesthesia or time off work.


What is warm sculpting?


The process of warm sculpting involves a hyperthermic laser to break down unwanted fat and tighten skin carried out with SculpSure equipment. The treatment is applied via a number of applicators that are secured to a patient’s back, abdomen, thighs or flanks and works by destroying the subcutaneous fat cells that lie beneath the surface of the skin.


To ensure you’re comfortable during the process, cooling is jointly applied while the warming procedure is conducted – around 25 minutes. Your body then eliminates the broken down fat cells via the lymphatic system over a number of weeks.


Visible signs of slimming and toning of the areas worked on can be seen in around four to six weeks after the procedure.


What is cool sculpting exactly?


Similar to warm sculpting, cool sculpting is a non-surgical way to remove unwanted fat pockets. The treatment involves the client being fitted with a curved applicator that uses two cooling plates to suction fatty tissue in between them. During the procedure, the cells are killed by being frozen instead of being heated and are then elminited by the body in a similar way. Patients have reported feeling some discomfort – first as the applicators create a pulling or tugging sensation and secondly because the temperature of the applicator is a chilly 4° celsius!


The time a procedure takes to be performed depends entirely on the area of the body being worked on, but sessions typically last between 30 to 60 minutes.


Cool sculpting vs. warm sculpting – what’s the difference?


On top of simply being a shorter procedure, warm sculpting can target more than one area during a treatment, with multiple applicators being used on different parts of the body at the one time. Cool sculpting can only work on the one area, so this limits each treatment to targeting just one zone, which may be a problem for those who are looking to sculpt several places at once.


From a client comfort perspective, pinching the skin into the applicator used in cool sculpting can cause bruising. It also requires vigorous massaging after the treatment. In addition, small areas are not as easily targeted, unlike warm sculpting that has a greater degree of fine tuning and accuracy.


SculpSure, being a warm hyperthermic laser, avoids these problems making it the gold standand and the top choice for many people as the best non-invasive body contouring procedure.


Learn more about SculpSure


If you would like to learn more about the warm sculpting procedures using our SculpSure treatments, then simply get in touch with our clinic  or book in an intitial consultation to discuss options with our doctor-led team of experts.

What to expect during a warm sculpting treatment

Our clients lie back comfortably on the bed, and the SculpSure technology is laid over the areas being targeted. When the treatment starts, initially you will feel a cooling sensation, which helps keep the skin comfortable during treatment. This will last the entire treatment and most patients feel a deep warmth or tingling sensation intermittently throughout the treatment which is generally well-tolerated. After the 25-minute treatment is finished, you can resume your daily activities, as there is no post-treatment down time.