CoolSculpting procedures first gained FDA approval in 2010, and since that momentous moment, they have gained significant traction in the fat-loss field.
Most people want to get rid of their stubborn fat, but most also don’t want to deal with the invasive techniques involved with liposuction. Despite the emergence of procedures using anything from heat to ultrasound waves to electromagnetic energy to eradicate fat, cryolipolysis still holds its place atop the noninvasive procedure hierarchy.
Beyond invasiveness and efficiency, one of the more common elements people ask about when evaluating whether CoolSculpting is best for them is how much these procedures cost.
First off, you should understand that noninvasive fat procedures seldom qualify as medically necessary, meaning you will have to cover costs out of pocket.
The price for CoolSculpting varies according to the treated area, the number of sessions required to achieve results, the location of the treatment facility, and your personal whims. Patients who want to address several areas or who need multiple sessions can generally expect their procedures to cost more. With that in mind, know that treatment cost usually falls in the range of $2,000 to $4,000.
For procedures done on the arms, which can usually be completed with just one session, the cost will run around $650 per arm and in the $1,300 range overall. CoolSculpting on the stomach will cost $1,500 per session, with most people requiring multiple sessions. Like the arms, patients treating their thighs usually want both extremities done in conjunction. Single outer thigh sessions cost more than for the inner thigh ($1,500 vs. $750), so to treat both legs can cost you upwards of $4,000 if done completely.
Because CoolSculpting comes without the need for downtime, patients can return to their daily routines immediately without skipping any pay from work. Some facilities offer discounted procedures or promotional coupons for new clients, so be sure to inquire about these items to help reduce costs. Many facilities with CoolSculpting machines offer packages allowing patients to bundle together sessions for different body parts into one lump-sum payment. Be sure to ask your provider if they do not mention this on their own volition.
Finally, you can also ask your provider about financing plans that allow you to pay in installations over an extended period. Such policies will likely end up costing you more in the long run due to interest, but they can help those who would otherwise be unable to afford the lump-sum payment.