Listen up, folks. CoolSculpting is a great procedure, but it’s a medical procedure. The information in this blog is general and should be taken as such. You’ll have to meet with a medical professional to ensure you’re a proper candidate and have a treatment plan tailored to your body. Now, let’s get to the good stuff.
How CoolSculpting the Inner Thighs Works
CoolSculpting is essentially a body fat freezing machine. It works by using suction and non-suction handpieces that get REALLY cold (between -11 and -13 degrees Celsius, to be exact). The fat is then held at that hyper-cold temperature for between 35 minutes and 75 minutes, depending on the part of the body and the design of the applicator. After the fat is frozen, it’s metabolized and flushed out of the body using the lymphatic system. It’s all pretty cool… pun intended. Results take anywhere between 3 weeks and 3 months, depending on your metabolism and you can expect a reduction of between 20 and 25% of the tissue that’s treated with each round of treatment. You can and should continue with additional CoolSculpting sessions until your goal is met, if you’re still a good fit for the treatment (more on that later).
CoolSculpting is all about body contouring or sculpting away at small pockets of fat here and there to change the overall look of the body. It’s about spot reduction, not overall weight gain and weight loss. We see sensational results that look so dramatic when a patient takes a full 360-degree approach to the CoolSculpting treatment plan and continues treatments until their goal is achieved, and that’s no different in the legs than anywhere else on the body.
When you treat your legs with CoolSculpting at Element Body Lab, you can treat a few different places to change the overall look of the leg, targeting each one of the spaces individually, or combining a few of the areas together to change more than one!
- Inner Thighs (think the inseam of your jeans, or the sought after thigh-gap)
- Outer Thighs (saddlebag area, right at the widest part of your hips)
- Banana Roll (underneath the buttocks)
- Distal Thighs (the knee area)
Inner Thigh CoolSculpting Treatment
The inner thigh CoolSculpting treatment typically uses one of two handpieces, placed vertically (or lengthwise) down the leg. It targets the spot right in between the legs, like where you’d expect a thigh gap. Patients choose to treat their inner thighs for lots of different reasons, but some of our favorites are:
- “So I don’t ever have to use that Glide stuff on my thighs again.”
- “Because I don’t want to chafe when I run.”
- “It doesn’t matter how hard I work, I just can’t get that spot to slim and tone.”
- “As soon as I gain weight, I notice it RIGHT in my thighs.”
- “Two words. Thigh. Gap.”
CoolSculpting Applicator Options for the Inner Thigh Treatment:
- CoolAdvantage – The Cool Advantage technology made by CoolSculpting uses a “cooling cup” or a long oval shape that naturally tapers and curves with the body. This handpiece gets down to —11 degrees and the treatment time is 35 minutes. This is the original Advantage handpiece, covering 6 inches lengthwise.
- CoolAdvantage Petite – The Petite variation of the Cool Advantage Technology from CoolSculpting uses the same treatment times, temperatures, and options for attachments. The difference? This cooling cup is 4.5 inches long, allowing us to more accurately and precisely sculpt long & lean lines on the leg.
Both CoolSculpting applicators come with 3 different adaptors to change the curve of the handpiece to accommodate a certain body area. For the inner thigh, the “Fit” contour is the tool recommended by CoolSculpting’s corporate protocols.
Why choosing the right applicator size and shape matters…
It’s not the fat we take away that you remember us by. It’s the fat we leave behind that really matters. And that’s why choosing the right CoolSculpting applicator is so important to us at Element Body Lab – The Dallas CoolSculpting Experts. Here, we focus on results and know that when you leave here, you are a patient for life. Identifying the perfect placement to achieve your goals, and the artistic ability to visualize the best results from CoolSculpting allows our treatment plans to be much more precise and impactful.
Inner thigh CoolSculpting treatments target the visual step off that you can find on some people’s legs. (Sure, there are people who were born with a thigh gap and don’t have to work copiously to keep up with it, but we don’t know them.) For just about everyone we meet, it’s the shape of the leg that bothers them, not the leg size itself. It’s the visual step off that they’re trying to get rid of, creating lean and straight lines that give the illusion of longer leaner legs. That’s perfect for sculpting the inner thighs alone.
Honestly alert – most people do 2-3 rounds of treatment on the inner thighs until their goals are met. We’ll talk about setting the best expectations possible when you’re in for your CoolSculpting consultation, so you understand how to prepare for your cool journey.
What to Expect at a CoolSculpting Inner Thigh Treatment?
First, make sure you’re a CoolSculpting candidate with a qualified medical professional. On treatment day, you should wear a bikini bottom or something you’d be comfortable in while a perfectly friendly stranger freezes your fat. We’ll snap a lot of photos to document your starting point. (PRO TIP: WEAR A SOLID BIKIN BOTTOM).
Once photos are taken and reviewed, a pre-treatment skin wipe will be used to cleanse and prep the area, and then a gel pad will be placed on the treatment area to protect the skin. After that, the suction handpiece will be placed, lengthwise down the leg while you have one foot on a stool and a CoolSculpting technician at eye level right behind you. The inner thigh CoolSculpting treatment should always be placed with you standing. If you’re not standing, the technician placing the applicator can’t and won’t have a full view of how the leg will look when you’re standing in a mirror 6 months from now, or for the next 20 years that you’ll live with your results either. (Did we mention that once the fat is gone, it’s gone for good?)
A strap will secure the CoolSculpting handpiece to the leg, and you’ll kind of swing your body onto the bed from a Captain Morgan stance, using a foot stool. Promise, we’ll show you what we mean when you’re here.
After that, you sit and hang out on the bed, treating one leg at a time in a frog-like position with pillows supporting the external rotation of the hip for your comfort. You can watch television – we’ve got Netflix, HBO, Hulu, etc. – or listen to music or scroll on your phone. You just chill for 35 minutes, then we take a 5 minute break and do the other leg! We always recommend you bring something tight (like a pair of compression tights or yoga pants) with you to wear home, because it alleviates some of the discomfort after the treatment. It’s nothing you can’t handle, but you should expect some soreness, redness, mild swelling, even bruising. We’ll talk about the rest of the safety and risks associated with CoolSculpting at your consultation.
Save time with Dual-Sculpting
You could also pick another area to sculpt besides your inner thigh to freeze twice the fat in half the treatment time! We have 2 CoolSculpting machines at Element Body Lab, which we call dual-sculpting, but we don’t recommend dual-ing the inner thighs. Why? Because there’s just not enough space up for both applicators to sit comfortably and effectively treat the areas. So we’ll treat each leg individually to get you the best CoolSculpting results possible, leaving another machine available to freeze fat elsewhere! If there’s another space you’re considering, make sure to let your CoolSculpting Technician and medical professional know during the initial consultation.
The Art of Sculpting an Inner Thigh
There’s a little bit more to it than just slapping a nifty handpiece on the leg. It takes an artist to sculpt a body, and we’re big believers in providing our patients detail-oriented treatments to achieve the best CoolSculpting results. Most offices are busy, offering lots of different services and “specializing” in too many technologies. That’s not the case at Element Body Lab, where we’re singularly focused and experts at our craft. All we do is CoolSculpting, which makes us hyper-focused on providing the best CoolSculpting results in Dallas, along with the best CoolSculpting experience in Dallas.
We know that comfort is key, so we’ll provide you with the advice you need to have a great CoolSculpting experience. Here are the Element Body Lab Pro-tips for treating inner thighs.
- Make sure you have before photos, taken without shadows. You’ll want to wear solid color underwear that’s a cut you’ll be comfortable in. We recommend a solid bikini bottom.
- Photos should be consistent – taken on the same camera, in the same location, with the same lighting, in the same body position.
- Clothing should be consistent – you should wear the same bottoms in your before as you do your after. Otherwise you will be distracted by the change in cut or color of bottoms.
- Feel free to eat something before you come (keep it light, so you’re not uncomfortably full!), but make sure you drink plenty of water. Hydration is one of the best things you can do – so drink up!
- Pay attention to where you see a visual step off on the leg when you’re standing shoulder width distance apart, and the legs straight but knees not locked out. That’s the area you can target with CoolSculpting inner thigh treatments.
- Does that achieve your goal?
- Does that look impactful to you?
The art of CoolSculpting is something we don’t take lightly. We prioritize training and education here at Element Body Lab and continue to learn new and evolving body contouring techniques. If you ever have any questions about how CoolSculpting works or just want to know if it may be an option for you, we’d love to help you have that conversation.
Feel free to reach out whenever you’re ready to get started or learn more. You can schedule your free CoolSculpting consultation by calling or texting 214-897-3006 or emailing email@example.com. We’re real people just like you and we’d really love to help see if CoolSculpting is a fit for you.
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