CoolSculpting Elite is a non-surgical, non-invasive body contouring procedure that removes excess body fat. Like the original CoolSculpting technology, it does this by freezing and destroying fat cells in a process known as cryolipolysis. However, it features several improvements that make it even more efficient! Sometimes, to our frustration, stubborn pockets of fat remain on our bodies in spite of a healthy diet and regular exercise. CoolSculpting Elite provides patients with a safe and effective way to deal with these hurdles and bring them one step closer to the body they want.
Dr. Kimberly Short is a nationally renowned, board-certified plastic surgeon and provides her patients with the safest and most innovative techniques in aesthetic medicine. Dr. Short has already helped countless patients improve the way they look and feel better about themselves and she can help you too. Contact us to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Short to learn more about CoolSculpting Elite. Our Northside Indianapolis office can be reached at 317.913.3260, and our Downtown Indianapolis office can be reached at 317.787.3260. We treat clients all over Indiana as well as out-of-state residents from Chicago, Cincinnati, and Louisville. Give us a call today!
- 1 About CoolSculpting® Elite
- 2 Benefits
- 3 How Does CoolSculpting Elite Work?
- 4 Candidates
- 5 Treatment Areas
- 6 Personal Consultation
- 7 Preparation & Procedure
- 8 Recovery & Results
- 9 Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
- 10 How Much Does CoolSculpting Elite® Cost in Indiana?
- 11 FAQ
- 12 References
About CoolSculpting® Elite
CoolSculpting has been a trending body contouring treatment since it received FDA approval in 2009.(1) Introduced in 2021, CoolSculpting Elite represents the latest advancement in CoolSculpting technology – offering faster results with fewer treatment sessions and a more comfortable procedure. CoolSculpting Elite features applicators with a redesigned shape that are more comfortable and more effective. In contrast to the previous U-shaped applicators, the new C-shaped contours make better contact with the tissue, can cool a wider area, and don’t cause uncomfortable pinching from the tissue folding over itself during the procedure. With two applicators on the machine, CoolSculpting Elite also allows two areas to be treated at the same time, significantly reducing treatment duration by reducing the total number of sessions.
In contrast to invasive, surgical body-fat reduction procedures such as liposuction, CoolSculpting Elite provides a convenient procedure with significantly less downtime. No incisions or anesthesia are required, and there is no risk of infection. Also, liposuction complications include contour irregularities and a disproportionate or unnatural appearance.
How Does CoolSculpting Elite Work?
CoolSculpting Elite eliminates fat cells in a process called cryolipolysis. Fat cells are more susceptible to the effects of cold than other types of human tissue cells. By cooling the targeted area of the body to between 20o and 30o Fahrenheit, the fat cells are frozen and destroyed while the surrounding tissue is unharmed – since those cells require a colder temperature to freeze.(2) From there, the dead fat cells are naturally removed from the body by your lymphatic system.
CoolSculpting Elite is ideal for patients who have a healthy lifestyle and are within thirty pounds of their ideal weight. It is not intended for removing high volumes of fat in one session the same way liposuction is.(2) CoolSculpting Elite treatment should not be performed on areas of the body that are injured, cut, infected, or have severe varicose veins. Certain skin, nerve, and immune disorders as well as abnormal cold sensitivity may affect your eligibility for CoolSculpting Elite. Dr. Short will be able to determine if you are a suitable candidate for CoolSculpting Elite during your personal consultation.
CoolSculpting Elite is currently FDA-approved for treatment on the following parts of the body:
- Upper Back
- Lower Back
- Hip/Flank (Love-Handles)
- Upper Arms
- Inner Thighs
- Outer Thighs
- Banana Roll
All of Dr. Short’s patients are brought in for a personal consultation to assess their health history and treatment goals. Our highly qualified staff members get to know each patient on a personal level before treatment in order to build trust and rapport and ensure the patient has all the information they need before moving forward with CoolSculpting. You’ll meet with a staff member who has completed CoolSculpting University and will make an expert assessment to ensure that you are a qualified candidate for CoolSculpting Elite. After this evaluation to determine if CoolSculpting Elite is right for you and a discussion about what you’d like to achieve with the procedure, they will recommend a treatment plan that is conducive to your goals.
Preparation & Procedure
Within the five days leading up to the procedure, avoid the consumption of alcohol and blood-thinning agents such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Vitamin E, and other certain herbal supplements, since blood-thinning medications and supplements will result in increased bruising. The area of treatment will be marked and a gel pad will be applied to protect the skin. Next, the applicators are secured to the areas of treatment, the bulges of fat are vacuumed into the applicator, and cooling energy is emitted to freeze the fat. As the session begins, you will feel a tugging sensation and may briefly notice some tingling. However, these will diminish or go away entirely after 10 minutes as the area becomes numb from the cold. One session of CoolSculpting Elite can last up to an hour and you will be awake, so you may want to bring a book or device to keep yourself entertained.
Recovery & Results
CoolSculpting Elite treatment has practically no side effects, and there’s no downtime required after a session. Most people return to their normal daily activities immediately. Some people experience temporary pain or numbness on the application site.(2) Results can be noticed a few weeks after treatment. However, the full effectiveness of CoolSculpting Elite treatment requires a few months to be visible since it takes time for the body to remove all the dead fat cells. Results will vary from one individual to another, however, most patients experience a noticable reduction in fat a few months after treatment.
A multicenter study on over 518 patients undergoing cryolipolysis treatment reported the following results:
- No serious side effects or adverse complications
- 23% reduction in fat thickness after 3 months
- 73% patient satisfaction
- 82% of participants willing to recommend the procedure to a friend
- 89% of patients reporting a positive perception of the treatment duration
- 96% reporting discomfort levels of minimal to tolerable.(3)
The results of CoolSculpting Elite are permanent. The fat cells destroyed from the CoolSculpting Elite treatment will be permanently removed, however, the remaining fat cells can still increase in size – so it is important to remain healthy and active to prevent future weight gain.
Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
CoolSculpting Elite treatment is frequently paired with Qwo Cellulite Treatment to target both body fat and the skin. Qwo Cellulite Treatment is a minimally-invasive injectable that breaks down the fibers connecting the skin to the muscle – eliminating cellulite dimples in a targeted, effective treatment. If you would like to address cellulite in addition to body fat, be sure to ask Dr. Short about including Qwo in your treatment plan during your personal consultation.
How Much Does CoolSculpting Elite® Cost in Indiana?
The cost of your CoolSculpting Elite treatment will depend on the number of sessions and the parts of the body that are targeted. Dr. Short will be able to give you an accurate price assessment following your discussion during your personal consultation. You can find out more about our financing options here.
How many treatment sessions of CoolSculpting Elite will I need?
The number of treatment sessions required depends on your unique treatment goals and the extent of the treatment.
How much time do I have to wait between CoolSculpting Elite treatment sessions?
The minimum recommended wait time between sessions is one month, however, given that the full results of the first treatment session will not be visible for a few months, patients are encouraged to be patient before undergoing a second treatment.
Will CoolSculpting Elite help get rid of cellulite?
CoolSculpting Elite treatment is for removing body fat and does not get rid of cellulite. To improve the appearance of your skin, you will need Qwo Cellulite Treatment.
Will CoolSculpting Elite be covered by my insurance?
CoolSculpting Elite is an elective cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance.
- Karacaoglu E, Zienowicz RJ. Noninvasive or Minimal Invasive Fat Contouring. Atlas of Whole Body Contouring. Published online 2022:245-252. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-94755-2_18
- Chopra K, Tadisina KK, Stevens WG. Cryolipolysis in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Eplasty. 2014;14:ic29. Accessed September 14, 2022. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4145676/
- Dierickx CC, Mazer JM, Sand M, Koenig S, Arigon V. Safety, Tolerance, and Patient Satisfaction With Noninvasive Cryolipolysis. Dermatologic Surgery. 2013;39(8):1209-1216. doi:10.1111/dsu.12238