CoolTone uses magnetic muscle stimulation (MMS), sending electromagnetic energy into your muscles to cause involuntary contractions in order to create more muscle tone. Unlike CoolSculpting, no literal coolness is involved — and no mess, either (CoolSculpting sessions can get kind of gooey thanks to the gel used to help painlessly connect the device to your skin). But just like CoolSculpting, you just hang out for a little while as the device does the work.
“It’s this round sort of machine that goes on top of your clothes on your stomach,” Akerman tells me. Her abdominal muscles were her top priority, though it’s CoolTone is also approved for the butt and thighs. “You sit there for 30 minutes and let it contract your stomach muscles, and then you’re up and out. And there’s no downtime whatsoever.”
Akerman says the sensation of your muscles contracting without making an effort is surprising at first — but what may be even more surprising is how effective CoolTone is without the often intense soreness that comes after a workout.
“I didn’t get the same pain that I do when you do a long workout class, which is even better, and probably worth more than a hundred crunches,” Akerman says. “I walked out of there after one of my treatments and went straight to the beach, threw on a bikini, and I showed off my contours.”
In case you’re not sure which, if either, is right for you, “Patients looking for better muscle definition may choose CoolTone, while patients looking for fat removal may choose CoolSculpt,” dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank previously told Allure. But if both fat loss and contouring sound appealing to you, as it did for Akerman, there’s no reason to choose between the two.
And more than a contouring treatment, CoolTone even served as a much-needed change of scenery after months stuck at home. “Some of the sessions, I sat and got caught up on emails. So yeah, that’s what I love about it, too,” she says. “For me, it was a productive moment just because again I have a seven-year-old in quarantine, so this has been a bit of me-time.”
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