CoolSculpting Inner Thighs: What You Should Know

CoolSculpting inner thighs is a medical procedure that’s FDA cleared to target unwanted fat. The following blog is general, educational info… and it shouldn’t be interpreted for medical advice. Make sure to meet with a qualified medical provider before making decisions about whether CoolSculpting inner thighs is right for you… but let’s dive in.


How CoolSculpting Inner Thighs Works

A CoolSculpting machine is essentially a body fat freezing machine. It’s kind of like non-surgical liposuction… that’s the easiest way to think about it.


CoolSculpting 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.


An applicator is a specially designed handpiece that plugs into the CoolSculpting machine. We use the CoolSculpting Elite technology, and we have a whole portfolio of different applicators to customize your treatment. They look like this.

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. CoolSculpting on thighs results take anywhere between three weeks and three 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.

One round of CoolSculpting results should be subtle, but noticeable during before and after photos.


You can (and you should) continue with additional CoolSculpting thighs sessions until your goal is met. Results will compound on each other, so you’ll see a more dramatic transformation by continuing sculpting (or doing multiple sessions to the same body area).

You can see more dramatic results by doing multiple rounds of CoolSculpting to the same area.


CoolSculpting is a body contouring procedure. It’s our personal favorite way to sculpt away small pockets of fat here and there to change the overall look of the body. Keep in mind that it’s best at spot reduction, and shouldn’t be used if you’re looking for help with weight gain or weight loss.


First, you pick the area(s) on the thigh you’re interested in treating…

Before you find the edge of the internet looking at thigh-related information, keep in mind that the treatment is customized. The best and most accurate way to get the information you want related to your unique body and your specific goals is to schedule a free consultation. 


During your consultation, you’ll talk about when you notice that “trouble spot” and what bothers you most about it. A CoolSculpting provider will help guide the conversation and compare before and after photos of clients who had similar body concerns and goals.   

We’ll help you in this process. We’ll ask leading questions to determine what area(s) are the best fit for you. We’ll talk about the different approaches and options with your fat-freezing journey. As you make decisions about what you’re ready to sculpt, you can take a few different approaches:

  • Spot reduce one specific area
  • Sculpt a few areas for a more dramatic transformation
  • Take a 360-degree approach to your treatment plan to totally change the “shape” of an area


Some people are just looking for a minor improvement in an area or a subtle change, but others are looking to change their overall shape. Each of these scenarios is going to look different when you turn that “goal outcome” into a treatment plan.


Before we start talking specifically about the CoolSculpting inner thighs treatment, when thinking about CoolSculpting the legs, there are a few areas you can target. Some clients target one of these areas, some combine a few areas together, and some treat them all.

Then you map out the inner thigh CoolSculpting treatment plan…

Okay, we’re on to inner thigh CoolSculpting info only now.

  The inner thigh CoolSculpting treatment 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 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.”

“I saw your leg CoolSculpting results and was amazed.” 


Including picking the right applicator…

Because of the nature of fat distribution in the body and the fact that results last long-term, CoolSculpting protocols are pretty standard for inner thigh treatments. It’s kind of a Goldi-Locks situation.


There are two sizes of handpieces we can use, but if you’ve got to be the right fit in order to get natural-looking results. Not too big, not too small… you’ve got to be the right fit. If there’s not a handpiece that will appropriately work on the inner thigh, you risk having results that just don’t look natural.


The applicators are part of the CoolSculptng Elite technology and are 4.5 and 6 inches in length, respectively. The flat contour allows us to naturally follow the shape of the leg and the circular cooling cups allow for natural looking results and a naturally feathered result.

For CoolSculpting inner thighs, the flat applicators are the tools recommended by CoolSculpting’s corporate protocols and it’s the only way we treat at Element Body Lab.  


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, especially on the inner thighs. 


This is why we’re so particular about needing the right fit of the handpiece. 


At Element Body Lab, 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 CoolSculpting thighs results allows our treatment plans to be much more precise and impactful.


Inner thigh CoolSculpting treatments should 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.


Here’s what we mean… take a look at the photo below, start your eye at her knee, then move up the leg until you see the visual “step-off” right at the arrow. That’s where you want the CoolSculpting on thighs treatment to begin. The place with the most volume (or where you see the peak of that bulge) is where the center of the tool of choice should sit.



It’s the “pocket” that usually bothers people or the bulge at the midline of the leg. Most of our clients are looking to create a straight line on the inner leg, and get the illusion of longer, leaner thighs. 


That pocket or bulge or peak… whatever you want to call it…  that pinchable little pesky pocket is ideal for CoolSculpting.


Like we said at the beginning of the post – most clients do 2-3 rounds of CoolSculpting on inner thighs until their goals are met. We’ll talk about setting the best expectations possible when you’re in for your CoolSculpting thighs consultation, so you understand how to prepare for your cool journey. We’ll even show you one-round results vs. multi-round results for clients we’ve treated so you can get a better understanding of how many treatments you’ll need.


Then you prep for CoolSculpting inner thigh treatment day…

Before you start planning your treatment, take a moment to make sure you’re a CoolSculpting candidate by talking with a qualified medical professional.

A good faith exam is part of the consultation journey here at Element Body Lab at no additional cost. It’s included as part of the journey. Once you’ve gotten through the educational phase, your provider should prep you on what to expect. In case they didn’t, or you’re just wanting to research at home, here’s some general info.


On treatment day, we tell clients to wear a bikini bottom or something you’d be comfortable in while a perfectly friendly stranger freezes your fat. It’s up close and personal. We start treatment day by taking a lot of photos to document your starting point. We’ll provide you with disposable undergarments for the sake of consistency in before and after photos. We used to tell you to bring your own, but it’s so much easier to provide you with the same style and cut of undies so you don’t worry about it.


Once photos are taken, the treatment area should be marked and mapped using a sharpie using the principles above. 

  • Mark the visual step off
  • Make sure the appropriate tool is being used


Then the prep begins – your CoolSculpting provider will use a pre-treatment skin wipe to cleanse and prep the area, 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 footstool. 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. Bring an ipad, a book, or something to occupy your time. We can always provide you with one of our ipads in case you forget yours.  

Then, you’ll chill for 35 minutes, we’ll 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 discomforts 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 thighs at your consultation.


Don’t forget you can save time with Dual-Sculpting!

You could 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, and you can treat two areas at once, which we call dual-sculpting, but we don’t recommend dual-ing the inner thighs.


Why? Because there’s just not enough space for both applicators to sit comfortably and effectively treat the areas.


So you should plan to treat each leg individually in order to get you the best CoolSculpting results possible. That’s leaving our second 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. 


Dallas CoolSculpting Treatment

In the same amount of time it takes to treat your inner thighs, you could add on your love handles or your arms. There’s an additional charge to add on new areas, but you’ll be in-and-out of our office in the same amount of time with 2x as much fat frozen. Just a thought…


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 thighs results. CoolSculpting is a tool.


It’s a tool that works, but it’s got to be in the hands of the right person. Think of CoolSculpting like scissors to a hairdresser. All hairdressers use scissors but not all haircuts are good.


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 on CoolSculpting 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.

Does CoolSculpting work for Cellulite on inner thighs?

CoolSculpting works to address the unwanted fat, but doesn’t specifically target cellulite, unlike other procedures like Quo or Cellfina. If you’re pursuing CoolSculpting for cellulite on inner thighs, our best advice would be to save your money. There’s no research or safety information on how CoolSculpting could impact cellulite, and it’s not a proven method to treat and address cellulite.

Why? Because cellulite on inner thighs has more to do with the fibrous bands of connective tissue that tether the skin down to the muscle beneath and less to do with the fat layer. Yes, there is a component of fat that plays into cellulite and as you have more fatty deposits, you’ll likely put more pressure on the fibrous bands and increase the visibility of cellulite on the thighs. But without breaking the connective bands, you’ll notice cellulite regardless of the fat.

If you’re wondering if it’s a fat deposit or if it’s cellulite, our CoolSculpting dedicated providers can give you our expert opinion at a free consultation. If you’re not ideally suited for CoolSculpting, we’ll provide the names and info for providers who may be able to assist in achieving your goals. And if there ever is a development in CoolSculpting for cellulite in the future, we’re happy to be in touch if we have the contact information for you.

In the past, there have been newly evolved handpieces and equipment for new areas and new concerns. We keep a list of the things clients are interested in and a list of who to contact as the technology evolves, so we’re happy to be your ally.

Just book a consultation with our team (they’re free) and we’ll provide you with the best advice we have.


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