Liposuction isn’t the only available option when you want to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat. You can freeze the fat to get rid of it. Here we compare the two best fat freezing devices on the market.
Hundreds of thousands of people undergo fat-busting surgery every year. But liposuction comes with the risks that any surgery carries. Something could go wrong during the procedure or you could end up with an infection.
And that’s without mentioning the pain and discomfort that comes after.
There has to be an alternative.
Enter cryolipolysis. This is the technical name for a fat reduction technique that uses fat freezing to help you lose those unwanted pounds.
It’s become more popular in recent years, which means there are several devices on the market. Which device your practitioner uses will have an effect on the results that you see.
Here, we’re going to look at Coolsculpting and Clatuu . These are two of the most popular fat freezing devices.
Wait… Does Freezing Fat Actually Work? Yes According To Harvard
That’s a good question. To answer it, we’re going to look at the work of a team of Harvard scientists.
In 2004, this team of scientists uncovered the secrets behind fat freezing. They found that you can use extreme cold to effectively destroy fat cells.
That differs from the normal methods of weight loss that most people use. Through diet and exercise, you can shrink the fat cells in your body. But this new technique – which the team dubbed cryolipolysis – actually gets rid of the fat altogether.
Here’s how it works.
Practitioners use a special device to lower the temperature of the treatment area. Typically, they’ll lower it below the freezing point of water.
The reason for this is that your fat cells need certain conditions to survive. By freezing them, you’re essentially robbing them of these conditions. You’re putting them in a state that makes it impossible for them to survive.
This causes the cells to crystallise and die. And from there, they break down into smaller fragments and get absorbed into your body’s natural mechanisms. Your body then uses the energy that the cells contain and gets rid of the waste product.
The key here is that this is a permanent treatment. By the end, you’ll lose about 20% to 30% of the fat cells in the treatment area, permanently.
The Harvard scientists’ discovery has undergone more extensive research since 2004.
In 2014, researchers from the Departments of Dermatology at both Louisiana State University and Weill Cornel Medical College took a closer look at fat freezing. They found that it achieved an average patient satisfaction rate of 73%, with 86% of people seeing demonstrable improvement.
The conclusion is that freezing fat not only works, but it works far better than many may have thought. It achieves results in the vast majority of cases.
The Rise of Coolsculpting
In 2008, further fat freezing experiments took place. Using pigs as the research subjects, the studies proved that the idea worked. With the research proven, manufacturers started looking for ways to put fat freezing into practice.
That’s when a couple of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School decided to team up. Dieter Manstein and Rox Anderson created the fat freezing device that was commercialised under the Coolsculpting name and put the ideas into practice.
The device underwent clinical trials in 2008. The team then spent several years getting approvals for the device. In 2010, they received approval from America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use on the flanks. It received further approval in 2012 for use on the stomach. Another approval for use on the thighs came in 2015.
It’s fair to say that Coolsculpting was the original standard bearer for cryolipolysis. It’s the name that a lot of those who’ve heard of the technique automatically gravitate to.
However, there are other players on the market.
One of those players claims to offer benefits that don’t come with the Coolsculpting device.
Introduced in 2015, Clatuu uses the same concept as Coolsculpting. Both devices freeze your fat in order to destroy it. As such, they both offer non-invasive fat reduction that’s a viable alternative to surgical liposuction.
The key with Clatuu is that it builds on the technology behind Coolsculpting. A lot of time has passed since the Harvard researchers came up with the cryolipolysis idea. Plus, Coolsculpting was first created in 2008.
Clatuu claims to use more modern freezing techniques that produce better results than its competitor. The manufacturer also says that the device offers more even freezing of the targeted area. The end result is a smoother reduction that leaves fewer lines and bulges behind.
It also achieves exemplary customer satisfaction rates. A study from Royal North Shore Hospital found that 89% of Clatuu users came away satisfied.
That compares favourably to the 2014 study mentioned above. In fact, 16% more people come away feeling satisfied than the average for fat freezing found in that study.
That leads us to the key question.
Which of these devices is the most effective for freezing fat?
Let’s take a look at the key features to assess the pros and cons of each device.
Feature #1 – Number of Applicators
Coolsculpting comes with a single applicator, which means it can target one area per treatment. That’s fairly standard across these types of devices. In most cases, your practitioner will focus treatment on one area for several weeks before moving onto another.
Clatuu makes use of two applicators. This means that you can undergo treatment on two separate areas in a single session.
The obvious benefit to this is that you can speed up your results. With Coolsculpting , you would have to spend twice as long in the treatment room to get the same results that you get from Clatuu.
That’s important as each treatment takes 60 minutes. With Clatuu, you can save 60 minutes per treatment when working on two areas of your body.
Feature #2 – Cooling Speed
This is another area where Clatuu excels over the Coolsculpting device.
The 360 technology built into Clatuu uses the latest fat freezing methods on the market. The end result is a device that freezes 30% faster than its main competitor.
Couple that with the fact that the applicators cover a larger treatment area and you can see that Clatuu saves a lot more time. This obviously improves convenience levels for those undergoing fat reduction treatment.
But there’s another benefit that’s more directly applicable to practitioners. Faster cooling speeds over larger treatment areas mean that they can finish treatments faster. That means they may be able to slot more treatments into a day than they would using Coolsculpting.
Feature #3 – Cost
This is another area where Clatuu has the advantage.
The cost to consumers gets affected by two things. Firstly, the dual applicators in Clatuu allow for two treatments to take place at one time. Most practitioners don’t double their charges for this. As a result, the consumer saves money.
There’s also the issue of licensing. A company called ZELTIQ Aesthetics owns the Coolsculpting device. They charge a licensing fee to everybody who wishes to use it. That raises the cost for the practitioner, which typically gets passed onto the consumer.
That’s not an issue with Clatuu. Buying the device does not require the purchase of a license, which means there are no extra fees beyond the device cost itself. As a result, practitioners have the opportunity to pass savings back to their clients.
Again, this lowers the cost of treatment using Clatuu. Plus, practitioners benefit from a more cost-effective system. This allows them some more flexibility in their pricing models.
Feature #4 – Treatment Areas
Both Clatuu and Coolsculpting have applicators that allow for the treatment of the key fat reduction areas. These include the stomach, thighs, and back.
Previously, Coolsculpting had the advantage in this department. As well as these major areas, that device had an applicator that allowed for fat reduction in the chin area. Clatuu didn’t originally offer a similar applicator.
However, the Flat Mini and Wing Mini applicators now provide for this market as well.
That means there’s little to choose between the devices in terms of the areas that you can treat.
The Final Word
All of this brings us back to our original question.
Which is better?
On the strength of this evidence, Clatuu appears to be the market leader when it comes to freezing fat. The device offers more effective fat freezing that covers a larger treatment area. It’s faster due to covering two treatment areas at once. Plus, the lack of licensing requirements means that it’s more cost-effective for both practitioners and consumers.
All of this isn’t to say that Coolsculpting doesn’t provide effective treatment. It does and it is very much a viable alternative to surgical liposuction. However, Clatuu builds on the technology to create an even more effective solution. Plus, the device achieves higher customer satisfaction levels.
Clatuu is also the device of choice for Body Catalyst. We use Clatuu to achieve amazing results for our clients. Find out more about Clatuu and cryolipolysis at our website then contact a consultant to arrange a free consultation.