Cryolipolysis, or CoolSculpting is a modern non-surgical cosmetic procedure used for body-contouring. It’s typically used to get rid of stubborn areas of fat that won’t go away. It’s important to note that cool sculpting is not a form of weight-loss, but a cosmetic procedure used to treat tricky areas that other methods aren’t working for.
The CoolSculpting procedure utilizes technology that freezes away fat cells with a vacuum-like device. Again, this is not a weight-loss treatment, and is meant for people within 30 pounds of their recommended body weight. Typically, this type of treatment is used on areas such as the stomach, thighs, and arms. The area and size will be big factors in determining a treatment plan and cost.
If you’re interested in CoolSculpting to rid yourself of stubborn fat, it’s important to understand the cost and how it is determined first. There are many factors that go into determining the cost of treatment. Every human body is different, and everyone’s CoolSculpting treatment plan will be tailored specifically to them which will vary the cost.
So, let’s look at how much CoolSculpting costs and how prices are determined.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), the estimated average cost of non-surgical body sculpting was $1,437 in 2019. Keep in mind that the average cost does not include all potential expenses that go along with CoolSculpting. This cost is determined by several factors including:
- Area being treated
- Where you live
- Provider and provider’s time
- Facility fees
- Follow up appointments
- Treatment Plan
This is an outpatient procedure, and it doesn’t require much healing time since it is non-surgical. Most of the time, only one appointment is needed, but sometimes follow-ups are necessary depending on the area of the body being treated.
Before making an appointment, be sure to discuss costs with your provider and make sure you are on the same page. Your initial consultation will most likely be in person so the provider can better assess the needed treatment to determine cost.
Cost of Treatment Areas
One of the biggest factors in determining the cost of CoolSculpting is the area of the body being treated. The bigger the area, the more it will cost. The way the treatment works is by running a cycle through the machine, and that is part of the cost determination. If more than one cycle is needed, the treatment will cost more.
This procedure can be used to get rid of unwanted arm fat. For smaller areas like the arms, the average cost is around $650 per treatment. If you want to do both arms, treatment can cost around $1300. Typically, only one session is required and they are around a half-hour long.
The stomach is one of the most common areas people have treated with CoolSculpting. The estimated cost of a stomach treatment is around $1500. Even though most areas only require one session, the stomach typically requires two sessions, so there will be a second appointment. Depending on how much fat one is trying to reduce, a stomach session can take 35-60 minutes.
Thighs come in all shapes and sizes, so the cost can vary greatly from person to person. Even the inner and outer thighs will have a varying price. If you are looking to have both treated, it can cost up to $4k.
What Does the Cost Include?
If you decide to get CoolSculpting done, you are probably going to wonder what the cost includes. While cost will vary depending on person and treatment, the cost will include most of the same thing. There are a multitude of things being considered when determining cost.
For example, CoolSculpting machines are expensive. Your provider has invested in the machines to treat you, and part of that will be factored into the cost. They aren’t free! You are also paying for the provider’s time and energy to perform the treatment. Other costs are potential supplies such as gloves, and some providers may have facility fees.
How Long is Recovery?
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical outpatient procedure, so you will be out the door the same day and typically do not need a follow up appointment. Time off from work is totally up to you and not required.
You may experience some pain or numbness in the treated areas, but it will not last long. This procedure is very easy to recover from since there are no incisions to take care of or other open wounds.
Will Insurance Cover CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a cosmetic procedure. It is not meant to be a weight loss or weight gain prevention procedure. All treatments are simply aesthetic to get rid of unwanted bulges of fat that have not disappeared with proper diet and exercise.
So, to put it simply, no it is not covered by insurance since the procedure is not deemed medically necessary.
Reducing Cost of Treatment
The best thing you can do if you are looking to reduce the cost of your treatment is discuss it with your provider. Many facilities that perform CoolSculpting treatments will have discounts or payment plans to help decrease the financial strain of the procedure.
Another place to look for cost reduction are websites like Groupon if you’re not picky about your provider. There are many places offering this type of treatment now, so take some time to do your research and find the provider that’s right for you.
How Long Does CoolSculpting Last?
This is the question on the mind of anyone interested in CoolSculpting. How long does it last? While out of fat-reducing procedures, it is on the lower end of price, it’s still going to cost you quite a bit of cash. You want to make sure it’s worth it!
The results from CoolSculpting are permanent. The procedure freezes and burns fat off of your body, and typically patients are happy with the results of just one treatment. Instead of shrinking the fat cells, they are completely removed according to the ASPS.
Even though the results are permanent, you can still gain weight in the same spot again. The important thing to remember with this type of procedure is that you also need to maintain the results after so the fat does not return.
The Bottom Line
To sum it up, CoolSculpting is a great alternative to surgical fat removal if you are looking to get a small area treated. Everyone is different, so you will need to receive an in-person consultation to get the exact cost from your provider. It won’t be covered by insurance, so make sure you discuss discounts and financing options with your provider, as well.