CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, FDA approved fat loss treatment that has taken the world by storm with over 13 million treatments worldwide due to its ability to eliminate stubborn fat in certain areas of the body resistant to diet and exercise. Now there’s CoolSculpting Elite that launched fairly recently in the first quarter of 2021. What’s the big deal? Why come out with a new CoolSculpting treatment when the original is tried and true? Well even though they both rely on the same great technology, there are a few key differences to consider.
How They’re Alike
CoolSculpting is a safe method that uses an applicator to make contact with the desired area at the skin level, then cools down to a temperature that freezes fat cells in a process called cryolipolysis while leaving other tissues in the area unharmed. This works because fat cells have a lower threshold to cold temperatures than other types of tissue, so they freeze and die off. The best part is that your fat cells will not return, nor migrate to any other part of the body.
The FDA cleared both the original CoolSculpting and now the CoolSculpting Elite to eliminate stubborn body fat in nine distinct areas of the body:
- The flanks aka “love handles”
- The abdomen
- The torso area under the armpits
- Fat deposits on the back
- Inner, outer, and front of the thighs
- Under the buttocks, aka “banana rolls”
- The upper section of the arms
- The Submental area under the chin
- The Submandibular area under the jawline
Both CoolSculpting and CoolSculpting Elite may require multiple treatments to achieve the desired results. However, with CoolSculpting Elite, treatment is more effective and each appointment is faster.
Where CoolSculpting® Elite Shines Most
As you would expect of a technology released about 11 years after its predecessor, CoolSculpting® Elite has improved over the original in both efficiency and effectiveness in several ways.
Applicators on the CoolSculpting Elite are C-shaped, instead of U-shaped as their predecessor. This translates to more and better coverage of the body’s body’s natural curves by the applicator. Because of better applicator design that maximizes its contact with the skin’s surface and delivers better results. How much better? Where the original CoolSculpt can get rid of about 18-20% fat in the desired area after each visit, the CoolSculpting Elite can eliminate up to 20-25% fat in a single treatment. The improved coverage also means larger treatment areas targeted in less time which translates to shorter treatment sessions. On top of that, each device can use two applicators at the same time, significantly shortening appointment times.
So far, we’ve discussed the speed and results of CoolSculpting Elite, but what about differences during the session? The CoolSculpting Elite machine has upgraded its freezing technology to reduce discomfort by freezing the treatment area faster. This reduces overall physical discomfort leading to more relaxing sessions.
As we’ve covered, CoolSculpting Elite improves on the original in speed, efficacy, and comfort. Does it come at a cost though? Because of the improved efficiency, CoolSculpting can actually bring the cost of treatment down from the original! From the original expected $1400-$2800 all the way down to potentially $400 per cycle!
Are Either Coolsculpting Treatments For Me?
CoolSculpting is not the treatment for you if you’re looking for a solution to serious weight loss, but it’s ideal for those looking to eliminate stubborn fat in certain areas of the body resistant to diet and exercise. We’ve proven that the CoolSculpting Elite is superior to the original in nearly every way, but while it is ultimately our recommendation, it is relatively new and so may not be available everywhere. If the CoolSculpting Elite is not yet available in your area, CoolSculpting Legacy most likely is, and it’s still a great option for body contouring to help you look and feel your best. Either one is a great choice, so check out our listing to see what CoolSculpting options are available in your area today!