CoolSculpting Elite FAQs

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CoolSculpting Science FAQs

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting, also known as “cryolipolysis,” is a medical procedure that harnesses cold temperatures to break down and eliminate fat. This non-surgical technique uses controlled cooling to target stubborn, pinchable fat that may not respond to traditional diet and exercise. It’s essential to understand that CoolSculpting is not intended for weight loss; instead, it focuses on body contouring to sculpt problematic fat areas, even for those with a healthy lifestyle. It’s worth emphasizing that the expertise of the treatment provider plays a crucial role in achieving optimal results.


What's the difference in CoolSculpting Elite?

CoolSculpting Elite represents the latest advancement in the CoolSculpting technology, featuring redesigned handpieces that are 18% larger and capable of treating up to 30% more tissue compared to the previous version. This enhanced design not only provides greater coverage but also allows for increased artistry on the part of the treatment provider, resulting in more customizable and precise outcomes.

Does CoolSculpting work?

Yes. CoolSculpting works – it’s the safest and most proven nonsurgical option for body contouring with 9 FDA cleared areas, 100+ peer reviewed scientific publications, and over 17 million treatments performed worldwide. However, you need a highly trained provider to deliver exceptional results. CoolSculpting is a tool, like scissors to a hairdresser. Results matter, choose the Experts.


CoolSculpting machines only account for about 30% of the results you see. The other 70% of the results from your treatment are a direct reflection of the provider you choose.  

Is CoolSculpting safe?

CoolSculpting is a medical procedure, so like anything in the medical world, there are potential risks and side effects to be aware of. But here’s the cool part – it’s considered one of the safest ways to tackle unwanted fat. The risks are relatively low, especially when you compare it to more invasive options like liposuction. When you come in for your consultation with us, we’ll walk you through all the details, so you’re fully in the know. And if you want to dive deep into the nitty-gritty, feel free to check out the complete patient safety data sheet here. Your comfort and confidence are our priorities!

How is CoolSculpting performed?

How does CoolSculpting work its magic? Well, it’s all about that controlled cooling! CoolSculpting uses customized handpieces with different shapes and sizes to fit your body’s unique curves. These nifty handpieces have suction power to gently draw the fat away from your body. And the latest technology even comes with U-shaped applicators that offer maximum contact with cooling panels, making the whole experience super comfy for you.

The equipment uses a clever heat extraction process to reach precise, controlled temperatures in the targeted area. It also keeps an eye on the tissue temperature throughout the treatment. Once those pesky fat cells hang out at the right temperature for a specific amount of time, they undergo a natural, programmed fat-cell farewell. Your body then naturally gets rid of these treated fat cells over the next 1-3 months.

Want to see it all in action? Check out this time-lapse video of a full treatment on the upper back to get a better idea of how CoolSculpting is done and what to expect on your treatment day:

How was CoolSculpting developed?

The journey of CoolSculpting began back in the 1970s when a scientific study delved into the cheek inflammation experienced by kids who enjoyed popsicles a bit too much. This phenomenon, known as “popsicle panniculitis,” set the stage for the innovative use of cold to tackle and eliminate unwanted fat. It was through the collaborative efforts of researchers at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital that the science behind CoolSculpting was meticulously developed.

This groundbreaking procedure received its very first FDA clearance in 2009, marking a significant milestone in its journey. Since then, CoolSculpting has been supported by a wealth of scientific evidence, with over 100 peer-reviewed journals showcasing its safety and long-term effectiveness.

Want to dig deeper into the history of CoolSculpting? Check out this video:

Is Coolsculpting FDA approved?

Yes, CoolSculpting has received FDA clearance for the treatment of visible fat bulges in several areas, including under the chin and jawline, thigh, abdomen, flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as the banana roll), and upper arm. It is also FDA-cleared for addressing the appearance of lax tissue in the submental area.


Where does the fat go after a CoolSculpting treatment?

After a CoolSculpting treatment, the fat cells that were treated undergo a process known as apoptosis, which is a natural programmed cell death. These treated fat cells are then eliminated from the body through the lymphatic system. In simpler terms, the fat that was frozen during the treatment is gradually eliminated from your body through natural bodily processes such as urination, bowel movements, and sweating over the course of a few months.

There’s a common concern about fat potentially returning in other areas after CoolSculpting, but this is not an issue as long as you choose a well-trained provider who ensures comprehensive coverage of the targeted area. You can still experience weight fluctuations across your body naturally, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to preserve your results.

For a more detailed explanation, you can watch this video:

Are there any clinical studies to support its safety and efficacy?

Absolutely! There are more than 100 clinical studies that provide substantial evidence of the safety and effectiveness of CoolSculpting. These studies cover a wide range of topics related to the treatment, including its long-term efficacy, metabolic effects, and various aspects of the procedure. So, if you’re interested in digging deeper and want to explore the scientific research behind CoolSculpting, there’s a wealth of studies available to satisfy your curiosity.

What are the side effects after CoolSculpting treatments?

Normal side effects include redness, swelling, bruising and numbness. During your consultation with our team, we will discuss the instance rates and risk factors for the more rare side effects, and the action plan(s) our practice takes in case any of them occur, so you’re well informed and know exactly what to expect. Rare side effects include pain, late onset pain, paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, hyperpigmentation, frostbite, vasovagal symptoms, subcutaneous induration, demarcation, cold paniculitis, and hernia.

You can find a full list of known side effects here. 

Is CoolSculpting permanent?

Yes, CoolSculpting provides long-term results. After a CoolSculpting treatment, the targeted fat cells are gradually eliminated from your body. Once they are gone, they do not return. However, it’s important to note that the remaining fat cells in your body can still change in size with weight fluctuations, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise is key to ensuring the longevity of your CoolSculpting results.

CoolSculpting Cost FAQs

How much does CoolSculpting cost?

CoolSculpting costs can vary widely based on individual needs and goals. It’s essential to have a personalized consultation to determine the exact pricing for your treatment. On average, clients may spend between $3,000 and $4,000 per session, but pricing can start at $750. At Element Body Lab, we offer free monthly payment plans and loyalty programs to make the process more accessible for our clients. To get a precise price quote and discuss payment options, we recommend scheduling a free consultation with our team.

What is the average cost of CoolSculpting?
  • Small Areas (e.g., inner thighs, chin, armpit puff): Prices range from $1,000 to $1,750 per session, with most clients achieving results in 2 to 3 sessions.

  • Medium Areas (e.g., love handles, lower abdomen, thighs, upper arms): Costs typically range from $1,750 to $3,110 per session. Clients often need 1 to 3 sessions to reach their goals.

  • Large Areas (e.g., full abdomen, back, midsection): CoolSculpting large areas usually costs between $3,110 and $6,600 per session. Clients with ambitious goals in these areas may require 2 to 4 sessions for their desired transformation.

Do you offer monthly payments or financing for CoolSculpting?

Yes! At Element Body Lab, we offer monthly payments to clients at no additional charge. We will discuss all financing options and lenders at a free virtual consultation. Monthly payments and fees will depend on your credit history along with the recommended treatment plan. You can apply for financing for a pre-approval before your consultation right here

How do you save money on CoolSculpting?

You can find any sales on CoolSculpting by visiting our Instagram page. We will also discuss any discounts or offers available during a free consultation.

The best way to save money outside of occasional sales is to become a member of Allē – the loyalty program backed by Allergan (the manufacturers of CoolSculpting). As a member of Allē, you will earn points for each treatment, which equate to dollars to be used on future sessions. Think of it like your CoolSculpting frequent flyer program, helping you save money and access discounts throughout your CoolSculpting journey. Sign up for Allē here.

How much does CoolSculpting chin cost?

CoolSculpting chin usually costs between $1000 and $1750 per session. Usually clients do a total of 1 to 3 sessions, depending on their goals. 

How much does CoolSculpting stomach cost?

CoolSculpting abdomen costs are the hardest to estimate because everyone’s midsection is entirely different. The average cost of CoolSculpting stomach is between $3,000 and $6,600 per session, but pricing starts at $750. The best and most accurate way to get a customized price quote is to attend a free consultation with our team so we can take a look at the area and provide a detailed quote based on the time and resources needed to achieve your goals. Consultations are free and you can book online here.

How much does CoolSculpting love handles cost?

The price for CoolSculpting love handles ranges from $1,750 per session to $3,110 (or more) per session depending on the unique anatomy of the client and their ideal outcome. CoolSculpting treatments are entirely customized and tailored to your body, so it’s impossible to provide a quote without a little information from you – including your height, weight, and a photo of the area. Our team of CoolSculpting dedicated providers can customize a plan and provide a quote at a free consultation. Book your consultation online here.

Do I have to buy multiple sessions of CoolSculpting up front?

No! We do not require that you pay for multiple sessions of CoolSculpting up front. We do require you to follow the outlined plan we recommend because we pride ourselves on achieving natural, long lasting results that will age gracefully with you. If you are trying to treat an area and we truly believe you need additional applicators to achieve full coverage during each individual session, we’ll go above and beyond to explain that to you during a free consultation.

Our goal is for you to have the best experience with CoolSculpting possible and that means telling you no when appropriate. We’re here to help and will happily provide our expertise during a consultation. Book your 1-on-1 conversation here.


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