If you want to reduce fat, within seconds you can find a barrage of diets, fitness plans, and cosmetic procedures dedicated to helping you. For those problem areas that diet and exercise doesn’t seem to be able to touch, a newer procedure targets with a unique approach—freezing away fat. CoolSculpting is a treatment to actually remove fat cells, and it’s growing in popularity.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting, or cryolipolysis, is a cosmetic treatment that removes areas of body fat by freezing the fat cells. Approved by the FDA in 2011, the number of CoolSculpting treatments had increased by 823% at the end of 2012. Studies show that cool sculpting is a safe and effective body contouring procedure which has led to its widespread success.
Unlike liposuction or Kybella, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, non surgical fat removal procedure. The treatment can get rid of 20 to 25% of fat cells in the treated area, and it’s this elimination of fat cells that gives you a slimmer, more contoured appearance.
CoolSculpting isn’t a weight loss process; it’s a fat reduction process. It’s meant for people who are within 30 pounds of their recommended body weight, to put the finishing touches on fat loss and your desired body shape.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
The number of fat cells each person has is set during childhood and adolescence, and remains consistent throughout adulthood. CoolSculpting targets stubborn pockets of fat that are difficult to reduce with diet or exercise.
The science is based on the fact that fat cells don’t like the cold. At certain temperatures they freeze, and your body will naturally dispose of the dead cells.
The treatment is FDA cleared for nine different trouble spot areas:
- Under the chin
- Below the jawline
- Flanks (sides)
- Outer thighs
- Inner thighs
- Distal thigh
- Underneath buttocks
- Bra/back fat
One area can be treated, or multiple areas. The full procedure can be completed in as little as a single treatment, or may take several treatments, depending on the individual, the size of the area(s) being treated, and desired results.
A huge appeal to CoolSculpting is that the results are intended to be permanent. The fat cells actually die and are eliminated from the body. For more information on how CoolSculpting works please review our blog on “Does CoolSculpting Really Work [Your in Depth Guide]”.
How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?
The price of CoolSculpting depends on four primary factors:
- The area of your body being treated – In general, the smaller the treatment area, the lower the cost.
- The number of treatment cycles – The number of cycles required to reach a desired outcome depends on your body type and how much fat needs to be removed. For example, fat reduction in the flanks usually requires one to three sessions, while the inner or outer thigh area may require multiple sessions.
- Your provider’s location – As with any cosmetic procedure, location plays into the price of CoolSculpting.
- Who performs the treatment – If a doctor performs your CoolSculpting treatment, that will generally cost more than a medical assistant or aesthetician.
Understandably, treating multiple areas can also increase cost. To reach their ideal end result, a good number of people elect to treat multiple areas.
Results can be seen in 30-90 days, although some see changes in as little as 10 days, and it may take up to six months for the full effects to manifest. Many people are satisfied after a single treatment, but often a second treatment (or more) really brings out the sculpting of your body and reduction of fat in the problem area.
Everyone is different, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution or easy answer for how much does it cost for CoolSculpting. And, because it is a cosmetic procedure, insurance companies do not cover cool sculpting costs.
Get customized CoolSculpting pricing by contacting Elase for a free consultation. An experienced technician will conduct a full body evaluation to identify pockets of fat and develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and approval. In addition, the technician will point out any promotions or discounts you may qualify for.
What is the Average Cost of CoolSculpting?
It’s understandable that those considering treatment will ask, “How much is CoolSculpting?” But because each CoolSculpting treatment plan must be tailored to the individual, and is largely dependent upon the areas being treated and the number of treatments required to get the results you want, it can be challenging to find the typical costs.
According to the CoolSculpting official website, the average cost is anywhere between $2,000 to $4,000 for a personalized treatment plan. A survey of 5,000 CoolSculpting patients on realself.com found that the treatment price ranged from $450 to $4,600. The average cost of CoolSculpting for respondents was $2,450.
Many providers will offer discounts for treating multiple areas to lower your CoolSculpting costs.
How Does CoolSculpting Compare with Other Fat Removal Options?
Until the last decade, if you wanted to remove fat you had to choose between invasive options like Liposuction or Kybella. In the last several years, a variety of less-to-minimally invasive options like Vanquish and Laser Lipo have also come out. But CoolSculpting is the most popular non-invasive fat reduction treatment in the world. Here’s why:
CoolSculpting vs. More Invasive Procedures
CoolSculpting can treat multiple trouble areas, unlike Kybella, which is only for under the chin.
Liposuction is more versatile, but has a longer recovery because it is a surgical procedure.
Some of the greatest benefits of CoolSculpting when compared with Liposuction are:
- Simple and painless
- Little or no downtime
- Quicker recovery
- Multiple treatment areas in single visit
- Less expensive
- FDA cleared
CoolSculpting vs. Less Invasive Procedures
Laser lipo is marketed as a minimally invasive fat reduction treatment, but it’s more invasive than people may realize. Laser lipo dissolves fat cells with a laser before and after a Liposuction procedure. You will have two to three days of rest and restricted activity afterward, and tenderness and bruising can take several weeks to subside. CoolSculpting is superior to laser lipo when it comes to side effects, recovery, and cost.
Vanquish heats fat cells to death using radiofrequency, while Zerona uses a “cold laser” for the same end. Zerona is gentle, but also less effective than other treatments, and patients must adhere to a strict diet afterward. Vanquish requires four to six treatment sessions spaced one week apart, so is a greater time commitment than CoolSculpting.
How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost for Arms?
CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for removing stubborn fat in the upper arms. A typical price to treat both arms is around $1,300. You can expect each arm treatment to last around 30 minutes, and one session is typically required to achieve desired results.
For more information about CoolSculpting on your arms please check out our “Does CoolSculpting Work on Arms” blog post.
How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost for Stomach?
Getting rid of excess fat cells in the stomach area can be difficult, which makes it one of the most common treatment areas for CoolSculpting. A stomach treatment can cost $1,500 per session, and it’s not uncommon for providers to recommend two treatments. Patients themselves may choose more treatments to get rid of more stubborn fat cells. Each treatment takes between 30 and 60 minutes.
How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost for Chin (Double Chin Area)?
No one likes a double chin. Lucky for those who are self conscious about stubborn fat cells in the chin and jaw area, CoolSculpting can help. The estimated cost for the chin area is around $1,400. Treatments take around 30 minutes, and you should be able to go back to normal activity right away.
Does CoolSculpting Target Love Handles?
The two most common areas for CoolSculpting treatment are the stomach/abs and the flank area, or where you find love handles. CoolSculpting can help reduce fat cells that contribute to love handles, giving you a more contoured shape.
Will CoolSculpting Work on Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are caused by the stretching of the skin that has inadequate collagen formation. CoolSculpting freezes fat cells under the skin. It does not replace the collagen of stretch marks and therefore will have no effect on them.
Wondering if CoolSculpting can help you get rid of stubborn fat pockets so you can get the body shape you desire? Contact us for a free consultation with one of our CoolSculpting professionals.