The Difference Between Radiofrequency Energy and Fat Freezing Technology

CoolSculpting® and Vanquish™ are both weight loss treatments but differ in their delivery. Dr. Sandhu offers both treatments at Neem Medical Spa.


CoolSculpting® uses technology to freeze fat within a given area without harming the other cells in the skin. CoolSculpting® offers the following benefits:

  • Fast treatment (about 1-hour for each target area)
  • No anesthesia
  • You can relax during the treatment (many of our patients read, sleep, or watch a movie during the procedure)
  • No downtime

During treatment, a special applicator presses against the target areas to freeze fat cells lying under your skin. Once the applicator is removed, we message the area to restore the skin’s normal appearance. Since the treatment is completely non-invasive, you can expect little to no discomfort. You can expect a 20 percent fat reduction in the areas treated over a few months as your body naturally removes the frozen cells. In order to see the best results you may require more than one treatment. CoolSculpting® is perfect for clients who are looking for ways to lose fat in specific areas like the thighs, neck, and love handles.


In a way, Vanquish™ is the polar opposite of CoolSculpting® regarding functionality. The technological design of Vanquish™ utilizes energized radio frequencies to superheat fat cells. As the cells become heated, they rupture and exit the body naturally through the lymphatic system. Since heat is used for this process, there is no applicator that touches the skin. Instead, a field of multi-polar radiofrequency generates thermal energy that targets fat cells without physical contact. Vanquish™ is typically scheduled in four separate 30-minute sessions, which are scheduled a week apart.

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Your choice of treatment greatly depends on the circumstances and expected outcome. Hence, it is impossible to say which treatment is best for all clients. Both procedures are effective in reducing fat within the:

  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Bra line
  • Flanks
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Posterior waistline
  • Upper arms

Before you choose either CoolSculpting® or Vanquish™, you should consult with Dr. Sandhu. She takes the necessary time to speak with you and understand your goals. When recommending a procedure, she considers your medical history, body composition, overall health, and preferences. Together you can make a decision regarding which procedure is ideal for your body type.

If you reside in the Greater Boston, MA area and are seeking options to change your shape CoolSculpting® or Vanquish™ may be just the solution that can help you to achieve your goal. If you would like more information or would like to speak with Dr. Sandhu about either treatment, contact us to schedule a consultation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.