Coolsculpting is a modern medical technique that contours the body through medically freezing fat cells using a vacuum device. Fats in the areas of the body that are hard to reduce through diet and exercise can be treated with this medical procedure. Fats found under the chin, under the jawline, thigh, abdomen, flank, bra line, back fat, buttocks, and upper arm are just some of the areas that can be treated with CoolSculpting. Moreover, this procedure is FDA-approved for the treatment of visible fat in such areas. It must be noted however that his procedure is not a method for losing weight. It is only used as an adjunctive technique in order to aid people having a hard time ridding of stubborn fat. Hence, diet and exercise is still the cornerstone of losing weight.

Just like all other medical cosmetic treatments, the cost of CoolSculpting depends on the patient’s personal goals. The total cost of doing a CoolSculpting procedure depends on your personalized treatment plant. It also depends on the medical facility and the specialist, whether licensed plastic surgeon or dermatologist. For estimation purposes, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeon, the average fee per treatment of CoolSculpting was about $1,481 in 2017. However, according to the Official Website of CoolSculpting®, it stated that the average cost of the procedure is between $2000 to $4000. This depends on what specific are of the body will be treated:

  • Arms – A minimum cost of $650 for the smaller areas of the arm may be issued per treatment. Each arm is treated with the procedure which may have a total cost of approximately $1,300.
  • Abdomen – The estimated cost of each CoolSculpting treatment for the stomach is approximately $1,500.
  • Thighs The inner thigh approximately costs $750 while the outer thigh approximately costs $1,500. All in all the procedure may have a total cost of $4,000 or more.

With that, the cost of the procedure varies greatly based on the area of the body being treated and how much fat you are aiming to remove. It must be noted that the smaller the treatment area and the lesser the fat reduction goals, then the lower the cost and vice versa. Choice of a medical specialist whether a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon will conduct the procedure, the area where you live, and any post treatment are also other factors that can affect the total cost of the procedure.

Now that you have an idea of how much CoolSculpting costs, it is only right to compare the cost of different fat reduction treatments so that you would know what will be the best deal for you:

  • SculpSure(image lifted from: https://sirven-aesthetic-center.myshopify.com)
    SculpSure is a laser-based, noninvasive treatment that is utilized in order to reduce and eliminate unwanted fat of the body. The procedure can target fat through using a hands-free heat laser belt that uses particular wavelengths and heat. This FDA-cleared procedure can be used in noninvasive lipolysis in the areas of the body such as upper abdominal area, lower abdominal area, and flanks. The procedure usually takes an average of 25 multiples while targeting multiple areas at once. As a non-invasive and nonsurgical procedure, SculpSure does not require anesthesia or any incision. Thus, it has minimal discomfort with little to no recovery time after the procedure.

    Just like the CoolSculpting procedure, the cost of SculpSure significantly varies on many factors such as the number of applicators used during treatment as well as where you live. You may need to use one to four applicators per procedure depending on the area you are aiming to reduce fat. However, for estimation purposes, in 2016 the average cost of a nonsurgical fat reduction such as SculpSure was $1458. This was based on the survey of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This is relatively cheaper for a few dollars compared to CoolSculpting at the same treatment area (abdomen). Moreover, because it is a cosmetic procedure just like CoolSculpting, it is not covered by insurance. However, some clinics  offer incentives and payment plans.

  • Zerona Laser(Image lifted from: https://www.myzerona.com/)
    Zerona laser treatment is a cosmetic procedure that utilizes low levels of light in order to break down and eliminate fat. Originally, this procedure was designed to speed up recovery time after a liposuction treatment. However, in recent times, Zerona laser treatment is offered as a less invasive alternative to liposuction, but patients may still opt to use both liposuction and Zerona laser treatment.

    In addition, because of the low light intensity which does not produce enough heat to body tissues, Zerona laser is considered a cold-laser treatment. Unlike CoolSculpting which actually uses cold temperatures to freeze away fat, Zerona works by passing laser energy through the tissues to damage fat cells, in this way the fat seeps out of the tissue which can then be excreted by the body. Like CoolSculpting, Zerona is not a weight-loss solution. It is designed in order to help people reduce stubborn areas of fat that are not eliminated easily with diet and exercise.

    The total cost of Zerona laser treatment is approximately from $350 to $3000. Most clinics have packages that cover six treatments which costs about $1550. However, some people may need more than six treatments to achieve their desired results. With this, depending on the area being treated, this may be significantly more expensive than CoolSculpting, especially that Zerona laser requires multiple treatment sessions in order to produce visible results.

  • Vanquish Laser(Image lifted from: https://sg.style.yahoo.com)This FDA-cleared nonsurgical procedure is designed in order to reduce fat on the abdomen and thighs. Vanquish uses radiofrequency energy that heats the fat layer which in turn causes lipolysis. Through the natural excretion of dead fat cells through the lymphatic system, the body clears these dead cells over the next weeks and months. Moreover, unlike other fat reduction treatments, Vanquish uses a hover-above design, which permits each session to treat a larger area. Vanquish is the first aesthetic radiofrequency technology to emit an electromagnetic field over a large treatment area. This permits for the safe delivery of radiofrequency energy over the entire midsection or the treatment area. More than that, the Vanquish laser has a contact-free applicator. Hence, there is no need for anesthesia, pain medication, and no downtime after the procedure.The price range for the procedure is from $750 to $4000. The average cost is approximately $2000. The price varies because you will need a series of three to five 30- to 45-minute treatments, spaced one week apart, to get the best results. Moreover, it is important to note that results usually appear within two to three weeks. The improvement observed is gradual, with optimal results surfacing about four weeks to a couple months after the final treatment. Lastly, the cost of the Vanquish Laser is somewhat of the same price range with CoolSculpting. However, the Vanquish procedure can only target the abdomen and thighs.
  • Ultrashape
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    Using an ultrasound-frequency energy as a form of ultrasonic cavitation, UltraShape breaks up fat cells on the areas of the body such as the stomach, hips, and thighs. The body then eliminates these dead cells over the next few weeks. Ideal candidates for the procedure should be able to pinch at least an inch of fat in their midsection and have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less.

    During the procedure, your provider creates a 3D digital map of the area that will be treated. After that, they will move a computed-guided handheld device over the area, delivering ultrasound energy that causes lipolysis. The treatment usually lasts an hour.  Moreover, there is no bruising, swelling, or redness afterward because UltraShape does not harm the surrounding tissue.

    In 2016, According to a survey conducted by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery,  the average cost of UltraShape was $1,458 per treatment. However, the total cost varies greatly depending on different factors such as the number of treatments performed, the UltraShape provider’s fees, and your geographic location. For optimal results, you will usually need three treatments, spaced two weeks apart, to give your body time to recuperate and flush out the fat cells. Hence, if your provider charges $1,458 per treatment, and your provider recommends three treatments, your total expected costs would be $4,374. Hence, this is relatively more expensive than CoolSculpting. However, they still produce the same long lasting results.

  • Emsculpt
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    Emsculpt is a nonsurgical body-sculpting procedure that promotes muscle gain and reduces fat through inducing muscle contractions using electromagnetic energy. Emsculpt device delivers electromagnetic pulses using high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy to the muscle tissue and creates supramaximal muscle contractions. With this, this procedure tightens, tones, and strengthens the large muscle groups of the abdomen and buttocks as well as of smaller body areas. which includes the upper arms, thighs, and calves. This procedure creates a more defined and toned body. One 30-minute session produces approximately 20,000 muscle contractions, significantly more than contractions when you do muscle exercises alone. Contracting repeatedly without rest stresses the muscles. This promotes rapid changes at the cellular level that make them grow bigger and stronger. This rapid contraction also causes fat reduction through lipolysis. Moreover, unlike CoolSculpting and similar techniques that only basically remove fat, Emsculpt additionally and primarily tones muscles. It can be a good option for people who do not have a lot of excess fat but desires for a more sculpted, defined physique and stronger muscles.

    The price of Emsculpt, like all other fat reduction treatments, varies depending on what doctor you see and which area of the body you want to be treated. However, each session can cost approximately between $750 and $1,000. Four treatments over a two week span is usually recommended in order to observe visible and long lasting results. Hence, the total cost can be expected to range between $3,000 and $4,000. This cost is similar to CoolSculpting. However, it must be noted that the primary purpose of Emsculpt is not fat reduction but muscle toning and gain. Thus, fat reduction is only a secondary benefit of the procedure.

Indeed, fat reduction therapies are not cheap. Prices may differ depending on many factors such as the area being treated, the location where you live, and the specialist who will conduct the procedure. However, if you are interested in undergoing fat reduction procedures, then you must set up a consultation with your medical specialist so that you can be assessed on what specific type of fat reduction procedure would be fit for your case. You must also talk to your provider about the specific costs of the procedure and the differences of the costs between each procedure.

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