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CoolSculpting® Elite

CoolSculpting® Elite

Stubborn fat can be problematic even for a slim person. While exercise and diet can easily reduce fat in certain areas, your chin, your belly, or your thighs might not be that responsive. In this case, cosmetic treatments like CoolSculpting® Elite can help address the stubborn fat, allowing you to obtain a more desirable silhouette. At Renaissance MD, we can provide CoolSculpting® Elite treatments to those who want to obtain a more sculpted body.

Candidates & Indications

The best candidates for CoolSculpting® Elite are women and men who have stubborn pockets of fat. The procedure is not intended for weight loss – it is a body-shaping option. For the treatment to work, you should have pinchable fat on your body. This is because CoolSculpting® Elite handles subcutaneous fat, which means you need to have some fat over your muscle.

You may also be a good CoolSculpting® Elite candidate if you’ve tried exercising or dieting, but the fat bulges refuse to go away. This can include stomach fat, love handles, back fat, arm fat, or fat on your inner or outer thighs. Candidates should have realistic expectations from the procedure and be in good health. 

If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, CoolSculpting® Elite may not be the treatment for you. You should also stay away from the treatment if you have cold-induced skin conditions (e.g., cold urticaria). A consultation with our providers is recommended to determine if you are a true CoolSculpting® Elite candidate.  

Treatable areas include: chin, arms, abdomen, love handles,back, thighs, knees and more!

How CoolSculpting® Elite Works

CoolSculpting® Elite relies on a process referred to as cryolipolysis, or fat freezing, to destroy stubborn fat. Fat can freeze much faster than your skin, so while the CoolSculpting® Elite device freezes your fat cells, the other tissue areas remain unharmed.

The procedure is a non-invasive one, as it doesn’t rely on needles or surgery. Our providers will put the applicator over the target area, leaving it from 35 minutes or longer depending on the area being treated. During this time, the freezing technology will destroy up to 25 percent of your fat in the treated area. CoolSculpting® Elite can treat two areas at a time, reducing treatment time. It’s delivery mechanism is more efficient than the previous CoolSculpting® device and works more effectively. 

Once the fat cells underneath your skin have been destroyed, your immune system will begin to flush them out over time through your lymphatic system. This can provide a gradual effect, as it may take a few months until all the fat cells are removed.


There is minimal recovery time after CoolSculpting® Elite, and you can immediately resume your daily activities. Many patients undergo this procedure during their lunch breaks, returning to work right after the treatment is done. There is no special diet to follow after getting the CoolSculpting® Elite done; however, we do recommend that you live a healthy lifestyle to maintain results.

After the procedure, you may expect to see a series of side effects such as redness, swelling, tenderness, and tingling. Your skin may also be sensitive to touch, as a result of the cold treatment. These effects are temporary and should subside within a few days after the procedure.

To speed up your recovery, you can massage the treated area. This helps your body flush out the damaged fat cells. If you notice cramping caused by the cold, apply a heating pad or any source of warmth as this can help stimulate the blood flow. 

To reduce discomfort caused by skin tenderness, you should dress in loose and comfortable clothing. Additionally, make sure to stay hydrated, as this can help you flush out the dead fat cells faster.


CoolSculpting® Elite offers gradual results, which means that you won’t see the effects right after you get out of the office. You may be able to see the first results about four weeks after the initial treatment. However, it is important to give your body enough time to flush out the damaged fat through your lymphatic system, and this process can take several weeks.

Most patients begin to see their final results within two to three months after the treatment. Depending on the size of the problem area and the amount of fat, you may need two or more CoolSculpting® Elite sessions. Results can continue to improve over many weeks. We typically treat the area a second time after twelve weeks, so that the results from the first treatment are fully effective. 

Results are permanent, which means that the same treated fat cells are not able to return. However, an incorrect diet may lead to the appearance of new fat cells. In this case, a new CoolSculpting® Elite treatment may be recommended to reduce those new fatty areas. All in all, following a healthy lifestyle to preserve the results of the treatment is key.

Before & After
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