Since Cryoskin and CoolSculpting both involve cold temperatures, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which one is which. Don’t fret, as this blog post aims to clear up the differences between the two.
CoolSculpting is an approximately 35-minute procedure using an applicator or machine to freeze fat in certain areas. It works by applying a freezing sensation to the skin. Frozen fat cells then die off, a process known as cryolipolysis. According to CoolSculpting’s website, CoolSculpting “is a fat-reduction treatment for men and women who want to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat in certain areas of their body.” It is meant to provide an alternative to fat-reduction surgery in an FDA-approved way. As such, it is not considered a weight loss procedure, and is best for those with an already healthy lifestyle to cut down on so-called fat “trouble spots.”
Cryoskin or Cryotherapy, on the other hand, is a process involving sitting in a cold tank with air that dips below freezing temperatures for a few minutes. There are also Cryoskin facials (or Cryofacials) that only target the face, but more typically the whole body is targeted. Rather than fat-reduction, it is designed around a myriad of uses. According to Medical News Today, a few case studies confirmed that Cryotherapy aided in pain relief and recovery for muscle pain. This allows athletes and those recovering from surgery to get back into the action faster than those who didn’t use Cryotherapy. Early research also suggests that the future of Cryotherapy could reduce mental health symptoms, migraines, and more. There is more research needed for conclusive statements in these areas, however.