What Is the Difference Between CoolTone® and CoolSculpting?

CoolTone by The Spa MD in Rochester Hills MI

Are you considering a body contouring treatment but need clarification on available options? Our Spa MD offers two cutting-edge choices: CoolTone® and CoolSculpting. While both are designed to enhance your physique, they serve different purposes and use distinct technologies. At Our Spa MD, we understand that choosing the proper treatment can be puzzling. 

Whether you’re looking to reduce fat or tone muscles, understanding the differences between CoolTone® and CoolSculpting is the first step in your journey toward achieving your body goals. So, let’s break it down.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a famous non-invasive body contouring treatment widely recognized for effectively reducing unwanted fat. The core technology behind CoolSculpting is Cryolipolysis, a process that targets fat cells by freezing them. This method was developed based on the principle that fat cells are more susceptible to cold temperatures than the surrounding tissues.

During a CoolSculpting session, a device is placed on the target area of the body. This device cools the fat cells to a temperature that causes them to crystalize and break down, a process known as apoptosis. Over time, the body naturally processes and eliminates these dead fat cells, reducing fat in the treated area.

One of the critical benefits of CoolSculpting is its specificity. It’s particularly effective in targeting stubborn fat resistant to diet and exercise. Common areas treated include the abdomen, thighs, under the chin, back, and love handles.

The procedure is generally well-received because it involves minimal discomfort and no downtime. Patients can return to their daily activities immediately after a session. The full effects of CoolSculpting typically become visible in the weeks and months following the treatment as the body gradually eliminates the destroyed fat cells.

What is CoolTone?

CoolTone® is a relatively recent advancement in non-invasive body contouring treatments, focusing on muscle toning and strengthening. Unlike CoolSculpting, which targets fat reduction, CoolTone® is designed to enhance muscle definition. It employs a technology known as Magnetic Muscle Stimulation (MMS) to achieve its results.

The MMS technology in CoolTone® works by generating magnetic fields that create currents in the body. When these currents pass through the muscular tissue, they induce involuntary muscle contractions. These contractions are much more rapid and intense than what one might typically achieve through regular exercise. As a result, the muscles respond by becoming more robust, firmer, and more defined.

Typical areas where CoolTone® is applied include the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. In these regions, people often seek more definition and toning, which can be hard to achieve through conventional fitness routines alone.

The procedure is known for being quick and non-invasive, with sessions usually lasting just about 30 minutes. Like CoolSculpting, it requires no downtime, allowing individuals to return to their daily activities immediately after the treatment.

Key Differences

The critical differences between CoolTone® and CoolSculpting lie in their methods, objectives, and results. Here’s a breakdown of the main distinctions:

  1. Primary Objective:
    1. CoolSculpting: Targets and reduces fat cells in specific areas of the body.
    2. CoolTone®: Focuses on strengthening and toning muscles.
  2. Technology Used:
    1. CoolSculpting: Utilizes Cryolipolysis, a process where fat cells are frozen and eliminated.
    2. CoolTone®: Employs Magnetic Muscle Stimulation (MMS) to induce involuntary muscle contractions.
  3. Treatment Areas:
    1. CoolSculpting: Commonly used on the abdomen, thighs, under the chin, back, and love handles.
    2. CoolTone®: Primarily targets the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
  4. Treatment Process:
    1. CoolSculpting: Involves cooling fat cells to the point of breakdown.
    2. CoolTone®: Stimulates muscles through magnetic fields, causing deep and powerful contractions.
  5. Results:
    1. CoolSculpting: Aims for visible fat reduction and a more contoured physique.
    2. CoolTone®: Strives for enhanced muscle tone and firmer muscles.
  6. Ideal Candidates:
    1. CoolSculpting: Best for those close to their ideal body weight but struggling with stubborn fat.
    2. CoolTone®: Suited for individuals who are already physically active and want to improve muscle definition.
  7. Number of Sessions and Duration:
    1. CoolSculpting: Typically requires a few sessions, each lasting 35 minutes to an hour.
    2. CoolTone®: Often involves multiple sessions; each session lasts about 30 minutes.
  8. Recovery and Side Effects:
    1. CoolSculpting: No downtime; some numbness or discomfort may be experienced post-treatment.
    2. CoolTone®: No downtime; muscle soreness similar to that after a workout may occur.

Combining CoolSculpting and CoolTone

Combining CoolSculpting and CoolTone® offers a comprehensive approach to body contouring, synergistically addressing both fat reduction and muscle toning. This dual approach can yield more pronounced and satisfying results for those seeking a more sculpted and defined physique. Here’s how these two treatments can work together:

  • Sequential Treatment Strategy: The process typically starts with CoolSculpting, which focuses on reducing unwanted fat in specific areas. Once the desired fat reduction is achieved and the body has had time to eliminate the affected fat cells naturally, CoolTone® comes into play. This subsequent treatment targets the same areas to strengthen and tone the underlying muscles.
  • Enhanced Results: By removing excess fat with CoolSculpting, CoolTone® can work more effectively on the muscles. Without the layer of fat, the muscle contractions induced by CoolTone® are more direct and potent, leading to more noticeable muscle toning and definition.
  • Customized Treatment Plans: At Our Spa MD, combining these treatments involves a tailored plan unique to each individual’s body shape, goals, and specific areas of concern. The number of sessions and duration between treatments can vary based on personal needs and the body’s response to the treatments.
  • Broadened Candidate Suitability: While CoolSculpting and CoolTone® have ideal candidate profiles, combining them extends the range of people who can benefit. Those who might not be ideal candidates for muscle toning alone may see improved results with the fat reduction step included.
  • Holistic Approach to Body Contouring: This combination reflects a more holistic approach to body contouring. It recognizes that an ideal physique often requires fat loss and muscle enhancement, addressing both aspects for a more complete transformation.
  • Recovery and Aftercare: Since both treatments are non-invasive and require minimal downtime, patients can undergo this combination therapy without significantly disrupting their daily lives. Usual aftercare involves maintaining a healthy lifestyle to maximize and sustain results.


Ready to embark on your journey to a more sculpted and defined physique? At The Spa MD, we’re committed to helping you achieve your body goals with state-of-the-art treatments like CoolSculpting and CoolTone®. Whether you want to reduce stubborn fat or enhance muscle tone, our expert staff is here to guide you through a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. Don’t wait any longer to transform your body and boost your confidence. Contact us today or book your appointment and discover your ideal treatment combination. Embrace the opportunity to look and feel your best with The Spa MD. Let’s start this transformative journey together!

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