Accufit™ vs. CoolSculpting®: What’s the Difference?

MI Skin Dermatology Center: Melda Isaac, MD

With summer right around the corner, many people are looking for new ways to trim trouble spots and get beach-body ready. Unfortunately, diet and exercise alone aren’t always enough to shrink stubborn pockets of fat. 

Whether you want stronger muscles or a toned midsection, our practice has the nonsurgical tools you need to look your best. Accufit™ and CoolSculpting® are 2 popular options among our Washington, DC, patients—but what are the differences between these body contouring procedures?

Benefits of CoolSculpting

When it comes to reducing fat without the need for surgery, CoolSculpting has taken the world by storm. This trusted treatment literally freezes away fat cells to shrink down “pinchable” areas of fat and leave your body looking slimmer.

The procedure works by using a hand-held device that holds your target fatty tissue in place via suction. As the tissue is exposed to carefully controlled cold temperatures, the fat cells die off and are naturally shed by the body. 

CoolSculpting works on a variety of body parts thanks to our collection of specialized handpieces.

  • Popular treatment areas for the larger CoolSculpting handpieces include the lower midsection, flanks, and thighs.
  • Smaller devices treat the armpits, knees, or jawline.

As a nonsurgical procedure, there is no dedicated downtime required after CoolSculpting. You can return to work or home immediately after your procedure, and full results develop over the course of a few weeks. 

Benefits of Accufit

Fat isn’t the only problem when it comes to sculpting the body of your dreams. Many patients also want to build strength and enhance their muscle definition.

Accufit is a safe, noninvasive muscle stimulating procedure that improves muscle tone and strength. Using electro-muscular stimulation, Accufit causes your muscles to repeatedly “contract” (much like during traditional exercise) and grow stronger over time. 

Both men and women can use this popular treatment to address their:

  • Abs
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks

Many patients enjoy using Accufit as a low-impact alternative to other typical workout routines. The treatment involves a unique 4-cycle program that stretches and builds muscles over time.

We recommend around 4 separate treatment sessions spaced at least 2 days apart to maximize Accufit’s benefits. 

Accufit vs. CoolSculpting: Main Differences

While CoolSculpting and Accufit are both body contouring procedures, they address slightly different issues. CoolSculpting freezes away fat cells to permanently remove them from the body, while Accufit builds muscle strength and definition via electro-muscular stimulation. The procedure you choose may depend on whether you would rather focus on fat reduction or muscle development.

The good news is that you can use them both for more dramatic body sculpting. When used together, the results are often more comprehensive and can create a toned, defined silhouette. 

If you would like to learn more about Accufit, CoolSculpting, or other body contouring treatments here in Washington, DC, request a consultation online. You can also contact our practice by phone at (202) 393-7546 to schedule an appointment.

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