Frequently Asked Questions About CoolSculpting Elite

CoolSculpting Elite is the latest version of one of today’s most popular body contouring systems.

If you’ve got questions about the latest CoolSculpting technology, Carolina Plastic Surgery of Fayetteville has answers! We’re the first practice to offer this innovative new treatment, so don’t miss out. Call us at (910) 323-1234 or fill out a convenient online form to schedule your personal consultation today.

CoolSculpting Elite has several important improvements, making it an even better way to help get rid of unwanted fat without surgery and with little to no downtime.

Man having Coolsculpting Elite Treatment

Here Are Some of the Questions Our Patients Have About Coolsculpting Elite

Is a CoolSculpting Elite treatment right for me?

CoolSculpting Elite is an FDA-cleared fat-reduction treatment for men and women who want to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat in the abdomen, flanks, thighs, jawline, under the chin, and upper arms. It can also eliminate saddlebags, fat below the buttocks, bra fat, and back fat. At Carolina Plastic Surgery of Fayetteville, we will take the time to design a treatment plan for each patient that works to address their needs.  CoolSculpt Elite is NOT a weight loss treatment.

How much does CoolSculpting Elite cost?

The cost depends on the areas being treated.  Each Coolsculpting Elite session eliminates 20-25% of the fat placed within the applicator.  Dr. Saira Saini will design a treatment plan that will work to address the areas of concern.  Each treatment plan is individualized and the cost is anywhere between $2000 and $4000 for a personalized plan that meets your goals and your budget. We can discuss this in detail at your consultation and give you a written estimate of the cost of your treatment.  We also offer CareCredit and Alpheon Credit, which offer flexible payment plans that allow you to get the results you want without having to pay the full cost upfront.

What happens during the CoolSculpting Elite treatment?

The applicator is placed on the treatment area and there is a slight sound as the fat is sucked into the applicator.  Most patients tolerate this without any problems. Other patients have described this sensation as pulling, tugging, mild pinching, cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site.  These sensations subside within 3-5 minutes as the area becomes numb.  Most patients nap, read, or watch a show on TV or their personal device. Following the procedure, the typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity, and sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after treatments at the jawline or under the chin.  Rare side effects may happen in 1 to 10 out of 10,000 CoolSculpting and CoolSculpting Elite treatments (between 0.01% to 0.1%)  One such rare side effect is a visible enlargement in the treated areas, which may develop 2 to 5 months after treatment and requires surgical intervention for correction. 
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How long does a treatment take?

CoolSculpting Elite treatment sessions take 35-45 minutes.

How many treatments do I need? 

It takes two! The number of sessions you’ll need is dependent on the amount of fat you would like to see removed. CoolSculpting Elite has been scientifically proven to achieve 20-25% fat reduction per treatment. Most people need two treatments.  

When will I see results?

Changes are seen 1-3 months post-treatment.  Final results may take 6 months or more!

What happens to the frozen fat cells?

The frozen fat cells are naturally eliminated from the patient’s body via their natural defense mechanisms. Patients do not notice any change in their daily lives as this gradually occurs.

Is CoolSculpting Elite safe?

Dr. Saira Saini only offers CoolSculpting Elite on areas that have been FDA-cleared for treatment with the device. She can safely and effectively treat the abdomen, flanks, back rolls, bra line fat, thighs, jawline, under the chin, banana rolls, saddlebags, and upper arms.

Who should not have CoolSculpting Elite treatments?

CoolSculpting Elite is not for everyone. You should not have it done if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria.  Dr. Saira Saini will review your consultation forms and your consent forms prior to the treatment to ensure that you are an eligible candidate for CoolSculpting Elite. And remember, CoolSculpting Elite is not a weight-loss treatment.

The dreaded weight gain!  Can I gain weight after having a CoolSculpting Elite treatment?

Yes, it is possible to gain weight following CoolSculpting Elite. Dr. Saira Saini and the team at Carolina Plastic Surgery of Fayetteville are your cheerleaders and help patients maintain healthy habits with nutrition and exercise plans. However, CoolSculpting Elite is not a weight-loss treatment. Coolsculpting Elite is designed to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat 

Will my health insurance cover a CoolSculpting Elite treatment?

Unfortunately, CoolSculpting Elite is considered a voluntary medical aesthetic treatment and is not covered by health insurance.

Woman having Coolsculpting Elite Treatment

Do you still have questions? Make an appointment to learn more. Dr. Saini and her team are ready to help you make an informed and confident decision! Call our Fayetteville offices at (910) 323-1234 to schedule a consultation.

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