Toning up the muscles on your body used to take months of hard work, and there was no real guarantee of success. Now there is a revolutionary new technology that can give your body a sculpted, toned look in just a few minutes and without any downtime!
This non-invasive procedure is called CoolTone and was recently given approval by the FDA as a medical device that can help people gain muscle tone. It’s manufactured by Allergen, the same company that introduced Botox and Coolsculpting to the world.
We’re going to look at what CoolTone is, how it works, and what you can expect from a treatment session.
What is CoolTone?
Despite the word “cool” in its name, CoolTone doesn’t freeze the fat like Coolsculpting does. Instead, it’s intended to help tone and strengthen the muscles in your body. The procedure is performed in the privacy and safety of a plastic surgery office in an outpatient setting.
The device itself looks like a box on four wheels. On top is a computer screen that allows the surgeon or highly trained technician to monitor and control the procedure. Attached to the box is a wand which is slowly moved along the target area of the body where the patient is trying to achieve more muscle definition.
How Does it Work?
CoolTone works by a process called magnetic muscle stimulation (MMS). It sends electromagnetic energy into the muscles in your body, which then cause involuntary contractions. It feels like a light, but non-painful, muscle spasm.
The body then starts to strengthen the muscles underneath the treatment area. Over time, the muscles will become firmer, stronger, and more toned. CoolTone is primarily intended for the improvement and strengthening of the abdominal muscles as well as toning of the thighs and buttocks.
CoolTone vs. Emsculpt
Emsculpt is a competing device and was released in 2018. It was one of the very first muscle-building devices on the market. While it works similarly to CoolTone, the difference is that the latter has 50 percent more magnetic intensity (1.35 T versus 0.9 T) at the point of contact. It should also be noted that the clinical significance of the extra magnetic intensity has not yet established.
CoolTone is also manufactured by Allergen, the same company that owns Botox. Allergen is a well-known medical company and spends a lot of money on research and development of their products.
While there is very little difference between the two products, many surgeons and their patients tend to prefer CoolTone over Emsculpt because of their familiarity and reputation of the Allergen brand and family of products. That’s not to say that Emsculpt is inferior, but rather just a personal preference amongst those who have had the procedure performed.
Difference between Coolsculpting and CoolTone?
Coolsculpting is another FDA-approved medical device that has been proven to help reduce fat in problem areas and is one of the most effective non-surgical fat loss treatments on the market.
It uses extreme cold to freeze—and kill—fat cells. The human body will then naturally absorb and remove the fat cells. CoolTone, on the other hand, uses electromagnetic energy to stimulate the muscles, which encourages them to strengthen and tone up.
It’s entirely possible to schedule CoolTone and CoolSculpting in the same session. The abdomen is a very popular area to have both of these procedures performed, which can help reduce fat and build muscle without any incisions or recovery time!
What is the Cost of CoolTone?
The total cost of an entire CoolTone treatment depends on how many sessions the plastic surgeon thinks you’ll need to achieve the desired results. The best way to find out what it will cost is to make an appointment.
Generally speaking, most patients will need to undergo four treatments in two weeks. Many people who have gotten the CoolTone procedure performed have stated that they already can start to feel their core strength improved after just one session.
CoolTone Side Effects?
There are some medical conditions where CoolTone isn’t recommended. This is why it’s highly advisable to speak with a plastic surgeon to learn if CoolTone is right for you. Some of the more common side effects can include temporary muscle spasms, muscular pain, localized skin redness, and temporary joint or tendon pain.
CoolTone is performed in an outpatient setting, and most procedures last around 30-minutes. There is no downtime after a treatment session, and the patient can leave the plastic surgery office and return to their regular daily routine.