SculpSure and CoolSculpting have a similar basic purpose: to target and injure fat cells so they eventually die and are disposed of through your body’s lymphatic system. The difference is that while SculpSure uses controlled heat to eliminate fat cells, CoolSculpting uses the process of controlled cooling, also known as cryolipolysis.

The potential risks and side effects, as well as the pain level and downtime, are similar for both procedures. As of 2016, the average cost of SculpSure was about 50% less than CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting was cleared by the FDA in 2012, while SculpSure received clearance in 2015. Because CoolSculpting has been around for a few more years, there’s more available information on it, including more formal studies and clinical trials.