What is the Difference Between CoolSculpting and CoolSculpting Elite?

Since CoolSculpting first hit the market in 2010, it has reigned as the #1 non-surgical fat reduction treatment in the world. Now, the best has somehow gotten better. CoolSculpting Elite is the latest and greatest in fat-freezing technology.

So, what changed? How did something already so well-loved level up? Trying to determine which fat-freezing treatment is right for you can be a difficult task, especially if you don’t know the specifics of the new Elite treatment.

The new CoolSculpting Elite treatment is better than its predecessor. It features applicators that can freeze 2X the fat in half the amount of time.

Let’s talk about it.

CoolSculpting: The Fat-Freezing Treatment That Started It All

The original CoolSculpting treatment took the industry by storm back in 2010. It was the only FDA-cleared way to reduce fat using cooling technology, also known as cryolipolysis.

What is Cryolipolysis?

Cryolipolysis is a scientific approach to fat reduction that exposes fat cells to cold temperatures, which cause the cells to freeze. Once frozen, the fat cell’s membrane will rupture, leaving it unable to do its job of storing fat. The cell becomes useless and dies, processing out of the body naturally as a form of waste.

Without causing any pain or damage to the skin, this advanced treatment is a safe way to see results that aren’t achievable with a normal diet and exercise.

Simple Yet Effective CoolSculpting Process

During any CoolSculpting treatment, a provider will position the appropriate applicator onto the target area for fat loss. The area for treatment and most effective applicator is chosen during a consultation beforehand, where a custom plan is made for you. 

The proprietary applicator isolates a stubborn fat deposit. It then subjects the bulge of fat to a calibrated cooling that effectively freezes the fat cell. The tissue and skin remain unharmed during the treatment—however, the less hardy fat cells die.

This is known as cellular death or apoptosis. Apoptosis happens commonly in the body, helping naturally maintain balance with healthy cells.

CoolSculpting Elite Vs. CoolSculpting

The newest body contouring treatment improves the traditional fat-freezing procedure with re-engineered applicators, larger cooling panels, and the ability to use two applicators simultaneously.

The Similarities Between CoolSculpting Elite and CoolSculpting

In general, CoolSculpting is meant for healthy men and women who struggle with diet- and exercise-resistant fat in problem areas. This fat-freezing treatment is not meant to be used to treat obesity or significantly overweight individuals. 

The ideal candidate will live a healthy life and follow a healthy eating plan but still struggle with pesky fat. There should be enough unwanted fat to pinch and hold onto, but you’re already close to your ideal weight.

The Differences Between CoolSculpting and CoolSculpting Elite

CoolSculpting Elite builds off of the original treatment. The original device only targets one area of the body, using one applicator at a time. In comparison, the CoolSculpting Elite machine comes with two applicators that treat two areas during a single treatment. Using two applicators doubles the results in half the time. Within a few months, the full results will reveal themselves.

Better Applicators = Better Body Contouring Results

One of the most significant differences when comparing the old and new treatments is dual applicator capability. The revamped CoolSculpting machine comes with seven new applicators that differ in shape and size. 

These new CoolSculpting Elite applicators are entirely re-engineered. Their innovative C-shape design complements the natural curves of the body for a better fit along more areas of the body. When the applicators are custom fit to a location, the results (and your comfort) are significantly enhanced.

Plus, the cooling panels are 18% larger than the original applicators, increasing the amount of fat that can be frozen during a session.

9 CoolSculpting Elite Treatment Areas

The Elite version builds off its predecessor in many ways to provide a more effective fat-freezing treatment. You can see for yourself in CoolSculpting Elite before and after images.

CoolSculpting Elite is the only FDA-cleared solution to reduce 20-25% of unwanted fat non-invasively in many different areas:

1. Belly
2. Love handles
3. Thighs
4. Armpit area
5. Upper arms
6. Below the buttocks
7. Back
8. Knee
9. Chin and jawline area

The secret lies in the new design of Elite applicators, which bring fat up into the cold applicator’s center better than the traditional applicators. CoolSculpting’s original applicators commonly remove 18-20% of the stubborn fat. 

CoolSculpting Elite Results

About three weeks after your session, the areas you treated begin to look smaller.* Your body is steadily processing the burst fat cells, and as it does, you will continue to see results in the coming weeks and months.

Something that patients appreciate about their contour after treatment is that it’s maintainable in the long term. Taking care of your body by fueling it with healthy foods and strengthening it with regular exercise helps keep your body weight in line with the results you get from CoolSculpting.

*Since every body contouring treatment is tailored to the individual, results may vary. During your consultation, a healthcare professional will be able to offer insight into the results you can expect to see. Finding the best local CoolSculpting provider is the key to loving both the process and results.

What is a CoolSculpting Elite Cycle?

The vernacular used for CoolSculpting treatment plans tends to vary in some locations. You must understand the terminology so that you can plan for the desired outcome and correct pricing. Every placement of the CoolSculpting machine to the body is known as a “cycle.” This is how pricing works for med spa CoolSculpting Elite services – you pay by the cycle.

CoolSculpting Elite Cost

When it comes to body contouring, you get what you pay for. CoolSculpting pricing is set by the cycle. Professional med spa CoolSculpting cost should be easy to understand. If you are speaking with a clinic that is unclear, or charging below $600/cycle, you should consider finding another location.

What is the Difference Between CoolSculpting Elite and Cryo?

It can be a little confusing when looking at the options you have for body contouring. CryoSlimming, like CoolSculpting, uses cryolipolysis for fat freezing. However, each treatment uses fat-freezing technology differently. Cryo uses ice or cold air to kill fat cells rapidly and intensely. CoolSculpting uses lower temperatures to freeze fat cells.

CoolSculpting Body Contouring with CoolSculpt Elite

If you want to learn more about fat-freezing treatments and determine which is suitable for your body, contact Always Beautiful Medical Aesthetics and Cosmetics.

We are a premier provider of both the original and new CoolSculpting Elite treatments in the Aurora and Denver, CO, area. Call us at 720-280-7016 to schedule your free consultation and learn more about the most popular fat-freezing treatments available.


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Ali McCoy
Ali McCoy

Meet Ali McCoy Stengel, LE, RN, BSN

Denver Area Aesthetic Injector, Speaker, and Trainer

My name is Ali and I am the founder, owner, and Master Nurse Injector at Always Beautiful® Medspa. I have been in medicine since 2002, although my passion for facial aesthetics began much earlier. Growing up with acne and self-esteem issues, it became my mission to help others feel comfortable in their skin. Bringing beauty and medicine together became the ultimate pairing to educate the patient, staff, and injector for a safe experience and natural results.

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