CoolSculpting Thighs and Legs

Does CoolSculpting work on legs?

 CoolSculpting is FDA cleared in 9 areas, including the thighs. You can safely treat the inner thigh, outer thigh, distal thigh (above the knee) and banana roll (beneath the buttocks) with CoolSculpting to sculpt leaner, slimmer looking legs.

CoolSculpting works on thighs by using suction based handpieces (called applicators) that vary in size and shape to naturally enhance the curves and fit to your unique anatomy.

The handpieces deliver controlled cooling which changes the texture of the fat inside the cooling cup, which in turn triggers an inflammatory response in the body.

The inflammatory response triggers the natural, programmed cell death of the treated fat cells called apoptosis. 
Over the course of 3 weeks to 3 months, your body naturally eliminates the treated fat cells. Clients usually notice a 20-25% reduction of the treated fat tissue with each session of CoolSculpting on legs. Depending on your anatomy and goals, you may have 1-4 sessions of CoolSculpting to meet your goal because each client has a unique anatomy and goal when it comes to CoolSculpting. If you’re wondering if you’re a candidate for CoolSculpting on thighs, the best way to find out is a free consultation (which you can book online here) with our team in Dallas, Texas.

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 How many CoolSculpting leg treatments are needed? 

You should notice a 20-25% reduction of the treated tissue with each session. How many sessions you need depends on the result you’re wanting to see, along with how well you respond to the technology.

Not everyone notices the same results from CoolSculpting. That depends partially on the provider and equipment being used, but also on your metabolism and lymphatic system. The average response rate is 20-25% on a bell curve, with some clients responding less and some responding more.

On average, clients have 2-4 session of CoolSculpting to their thighs before their goal is met, but many of the CoolSculpting leg before and after photos show only 1 session.

To get our best advice, you’ll need a consultation with one of our CoolSculpting dedicated providers.. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive (aka no surgery) and safe way with minimal risk to target the inner thigh, the outer thigh, or the banana roll (place beneath the buttocks) for a leg transformation and during a consultation, we’ll customize our advice to you. 

Is there downtime after CoolSculpting on legs? 

After your CoolSculpting treatment to the legs, we’d recommend wearing something tight for a day or 2 (like a pair of yoga pants) to help with swelling, bruising, and discomfort. There’s no downtime or restrictions, but expect to be a little tender to touch for a few days after your session.

Normal side effects after CoolSculpting the legs include redness, swelling, bruising, discomfort, and/or numbness. More serious side effects do exist and it’s important to understand the safety information for CoolSculpting before making a decision.


For more answers to your questions, take a look at our FAQ section or our Ultimate Guide to Dallas CoolSculpting.

How much does CoolSculpting thighs cost?

CoolSculpting is priced by the applicator (or cycle). Every time the equipment is attached to the body, there’s a cost associated. Much like you buy gas by the gallon, but you buy a full tank, you’ll buy CoolSculpting by the applicator but pay for a full session.

How many applicators are needed for the session depend on your anatomy and goals. Usually, clients spend between $1,500 and $3,600 per session on CoolSculpting thighs, depending on the areas being sculpted.

The best and most accurate way to get a price quote is at a free consultation, which you can book online. If you’re not ready to schedule a consultation, check out our pricing sheet right here or tune in below to listen in as our founder, Jessie Poole, breaks down the cost of CoolSculpting legs.


Why Choose Element Body Lab for Leg Coolsculpting?


The philosophy here is simple – your CoolSculpting experience and results are ours too. We’re in this together, especially since CoolSculpting is all we do. Each member of our team has a first-hand, personal experience with this revolutionary fat freezing technology that targets and kills the fat cells in a specific body area.  We are singularly focused, which allows us to give your body the attention to detail it truly deserves, and we offer only the most up-to-date technology and techniques.

Our customers will never be rushed or pressured and will always remain our foremost priority. Our facility is clean and wide open with lots of natural light. Our treatment rooms are comfortable and clean, with amenities like Netflix, HBO, Hulu, snacks and refreshments. Basically, we want you here. 

What happens during a CoolSculpting leg treatment? 

CoolSculpting works by using suction or non-suction handpieces (also called applicators) to target unwanted stubborn fat. You can treat the inner thigh, the outer thigh, or the area directly underneath the buttocks, called the banana roll with CoolSculpting. You can also target or treat the area above the knees, called the distal thigh. Learn more about how CoolSculpting works here.


During your treatment, the provider will mark out the targeted area to map out the treatment plan. Then, they’ll use a pre-treatment skin wipe to cleanse and prep the area. 


Once your markings are on, a gel pad is placed to act as a protective barrier between the CoolSculpting handpiece and your skin. It’s feels sticky, like honey or maple syrup, so we usually recommend a change of clothes for treatment. Just wear something that you’re comfortable in and that you won’t mind a mess. 


Once the skin is prepped and protected, it’s time to place the handpiece and support the applicator using straps, pillows, and/or towels. Then, we make sure you and the applicator (equipment) are comfortably positioned and fully supported before we initiate the cold.


The cooling feels like an ice pack going directly on the skin. It starts to sting, tingle, and even burn before going numb. Most clients report going numb about 5-10 minutes after the treatment starts and are comfortable throughout the remainder of the treatment. People kick back and read, watch something on Netflix (ahem, new meaning to Netflix + Chill), or even nap for the remainder of their treatment.


Treatment times range from 35 minutes to 1.25 hours, depending on the type of applicator being used. At Element Body Lab, we have 2 CoolSculpting machines, which allows us to treat both legs at once on the outer thighs. We don’t recommend treating both inner thighs at once from a comfort perspective.


When the treatment ends, the handpiece is removed and the targeted area is massaged for 2 minutes. When the handpiece is removed, the rush of warm are to the frozen fat cells can feel intense, almost like you’re “thawing out”. 


This is the least comfortable part of the procedure, but it’s short lived and no numbing or anesthetic is required. You’ll go back to feeling normal after 10-15 minutes. The skin will feel sensitive, much like a sunburn the night of the treatment, and up to 2 days.

Expect the skin to feel numb to touch for a few weeks. You’ll have full control over the muscle, just numb at the surface until the fat starts to process out.

Plan for some redness, swelling, and/or bruising in addition to the numbness. Clients sometimes experience one if not all of those normal side effects. You can check out the full safety data sheet online for CoolSculpting or discuss risks and side effects at your free consultation.


You can return to normal life, no downtime required. Just avoid extreme temperature therapy (like saunas and cryotherapy) until the sensation is back in the skin (a few days to a few weeks).


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