CoolSculpting® Elite is a nonsurgical body contouring treatment that uses
controlled cooling to destroy fat cells and create a slimmer, sleeker shape.
- Downtime: Very minimal
- Pain Level: Mild
- Results Duration: Indefinite
Any area of the body where stubborn fat forms, including the neck, arms, back, abdomen, hips, flanks, thighs, and knees
Temporary redness, mild bruising, swelling, tingling, tenderness, temporary dulling of sensation or cramping
Various areas of the body
Multiple treatments are often recommended for best results
Applicators deliver controlled cooling to the treatment area
Nonsurgical body contouring
Up to 20% reduction in fat in the treatment area, according to clinical studies
Fat reduction complete in 4-6 months
CoolSculpting® Elite by Zeltiq is an FDA-cleared nonsurgical treatment for fat reduction that uses controlled cooling to reduce fat in targeted areas of the body. We tell our patients, if you can squeeze it, we can freeze it! Unlike traditional CoolSculpting, which uses a U-shaped applicator, Elite’s C-shaped applicator conforms to the natural grooves of the body. The result is a more comfortable treatment with substantial fat reduction that doesn’t damage surrounding cells and tissue. Like its predecessor, CoolSculpting Elite requires no anesthesia or downtime.
The Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York is a physician-run CoolSculpting Center in the New York City Metropolitan Area with locations in both Manhattan and Southampton. We offer our patients five devices and all of the latest available applicators, including the CoolSmooth Pro, which is specifically designed to treat saddlebags. Our team of experts will work with you to customize your treatment plan so you enjoy optimal results from your body contouring procedure.
How does CoolSculpting Elite Work?
CoolSculpting Elite is based on a process known as cryolipolysis or controlled cooling. Scientists discovered that fat cells are more sensitive to cold temperatures than other areas of the body. When cryolipolysis is applied to an area of the body where there is a stubborn pocket of fat, the colder temperatures affect the fat cells, crystalizing them without affecting other cells in the area. This is often referred to as “fat freezing”. These damaged cells are slowly digested over several months by our bodies and removed through the liver. To learn more about how CoolSculpting works, check out our online webinar video to learn more about body contouring procedures.
How is CoolSculpting Elite Different from CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting and CoolSculpting Elite use the same process to eliminate targeted fat cells, but the latter treatment is faster, more comfortable, and efficient. Some key benefits of CoolSculpting Elite include:
The C-shaped applicators are specially designed to fit the body’s natural curves. Available in multiple shapes and sizes, CoolSculpting Elite’s new applicators result in a more enjoyable, effective treatment.
Maximum Fat Removal
Improved contact between the skin and applicator allows CoolSculpting Elite to reduce up to 20-25% of unwanted fat, compared to CoolSculpting’s 18-20% per visit.
CoolSculpting Elite’s C-shaped applicators cover approximately 18% more surface area than the legacy model, resulting in shorter treatment sessions and faster results.
What is a CoolSculpting Elite Treatment Like?
During your CoolSculpting Elite treatment, your doctor will apply the appropriate applicator to the treatment area. The device includes 7 applicators, so your doctor will choose the appropriate option for you. The applicator pulls in the skin by mild vacuum pressure to allow for more efficient delivery of the controlled cooling. You may be slightly uncomfortable with the contact of the cold as the treatment begins, but the sensation usually doesn’t last for more than about 10 minutes. Treatment does not require an anesthetic and your doctor will determine whether pain management might be needed if the temperature is too uncomfortable at the beginning.
Most CoolSculpting treatments with a board-certified dermatologist take 35 minutes to perform. Your appointment time will depend on how many areas you wish to treat. Since we have multiple CoolSculpting devices in our practice, we can often treat more than one area at a time to shorten your session.
When Will I See Results?
Some patients can begin to see some results as soon as one month after treatment. Typically, final results are seen within 1 to 6 months after treatment. Results are long-lasting if you maintain a healthy weight after your procedure.
How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?
After the treatment is completed, gentle manual and mechanical massages are performed. Some patients experience temporary redness, mild bruising, swelling, tingling, tenderness, temporary dulling of sensation or cramping. Patients may immediately return to their normal activities including work and exercise.
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Questions and Answers
Q: Who is a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting?
A: Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting have stubborn areas of fat they have not been able to reduce by their own efforts. The procedure can be helpful for patients that have achieved a healthy target weight but it is also appropriate for some patients who want to reduce and contour larger areas of fat. Both men and women can benefit from a CoolSculpting® procedure, and it is safe for individuals of all skin types. We like to say, if you can squeeze it, we can freeze it!
Q: How Long Do Results Last?
A: CoolSculpting results take some time to develop, since the treated fat cells are flushed out of the body gradually. Once those results are apparent, which should take 4-6 months, they should be long-lasting. If you gain weight after your CoolSculpting treatment, remaining fat cells could enlarge and alter your results.
Q: Is CoolSculpting Safe?
A: CoolSculpting was first approved by the FDA in 2010 and is the only approved nonsurgical fat reduction treatment at this time. the device has been used safely and effectively for a full decade in the US. When the procedure is administered by an experienced, board-certified doctor, the treatment offers consistent results with minimal risk of serious side effects.
Q: What body parts can CoolSculpting be applied to?
A: Coolsculpting is the only FDA-cleared treatment to eliminate stubborn fat in these specific areas:
- Chin and jawline
- Upper arms
- Abdomen and flanks
- Back fat
- Bra fat
- Inner and outer thighs
- Underneath the buttocks
Q: Are There Any Side Effects?
A: Side effects from a CoolSculpting treatment are usually temporary and might include redness, mild bruising, swelling, tingling, tenderness, temporary dulling of sensation or cramping in the treatment area. Most side effects are not severe enough to prevent you from returning to your daily activities right away.
Q: Why have a Coolsculpting procedure?
A: CoolSculpting is one of the most popular non-invasive fat reduction procedures. It allows patients to contour their bodies without the need for downtime or significant side effects. Its advanced form of cryolipolysis effectively targets hard-to-treat fat cells that can be resistant to diet and exercise.
One application of Coolsculpting removes 25% of fat in the treated area, making it an excellent alternative body contouring procedure to liposuction. Coolsculpting can be performed in an hour, is completely non-surgical, and is relatively comfortable. You may resume your normal activities immediately after your procedure.
Q: What Type of Results Can I Expect From My CoolSculpting Treatment?
A: Clinical trials demonstrated an approximately 20% reduction in areas of treatment. Our treatment subjects experienced similar CoolSculpting results in a clinical trial performed at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. The fat cells that are eliminated with this fat reduction treatment do not return, so as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, your results will last.
Q: How many Coolsculpting sessions do I need?
A: While every patient is different, most patients benefit from one to two sessions for each area of concern. The number of required treatment sessions at our Manhattan or Southampton office depends on the area/s being treated and your aesthetic goals. When you visit us for your initial consultation, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan that works best for you.
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