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CoolSculpting® Elite is an innovative, non-surgical procedure our patients from Ann Arbor and Plymouth, MI, and surrounding cities choose to reduce areas of stubborn fat that resist diet and exercise. This redesigned version of CoolSculpting® technology makes it faster, more efficient, and more comfortable to achieve a noticeable, natural-looking reduction in your fat bulges. Although men and women tend to show fat in different areas, the CoolSculpting Elite procedure works for anyone who is a good candidate.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

How Does CoolSculpting Elite Work?

The CoolSculpting Elite procedure works the same as the CoolSculpting procedure—without needles, surgery, or anesthesia. Instead, this body contouring treatment uses controlled cooling to freeze fat cells just beneath the skin without harming other tissues. CoolSculpting Elite cannot provide the same results that you get with liposuction or a tummy tuck in terms of removing larger amounts of excess fat and skin. Still, the results are real and measurable and patients find that their clothes fit much better after having it done.

What Is CoolSculpting Elite?

CoolSculpting® Elite is a next-generation version of CoolSculpting® that provides the following upgrades:

  • Each machine supports two applicators instead of one; therefore, we can treat two areas simultaneously. 
  • Its 7 new applicators are designed to treat specific areas for greater efficiency and enhanced comfort.
  • Machines are compact so they take up less space in the treatment room.

CoolSculpting Elite Applicators

One of CoolSculpting Elite’s biggest improvements is its newly designed applicators that fit specific body contours to improve results and make treatments more comfortable. These applicators can be grouped as follows:

  • Curve series:  These C-shaped applicators suction and hold fat on curved areas such as a double chin (replacing the CoolMini), below the jawline, and under the buttocks during treatment. These innovative designs affect up to 18% more surface area.
  • Flat series: These two applicators treat straight, vertical areas of pinchable fat on areas like the upper arms and inner thighs using suction.
  • Surface: This applicator is designed for fat that is difficult to pinch such as the upper abdomen or outer thighs. It is also great for other areas when patients don’t have enough fat to pinch.

Using a combination of applicators, we can address all of your specific areas of concern.

Where Does CoolSculpting Elite Work?

The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the following areas:

  • Double chin
  • Under the jawline
  • Upper arms
  • Bra fat
  • Back fat
  • Abdomen
  • Sides/flanks (love handles)
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Underneath the buttocks (banana roll)

How Much Does CoolSculpting Elite Cost in Ann Arbor?

At Center for Plastic Surgery Ann Arbor, our CoolSculpting Elite treatments are priced per applicator placement—starting at $400 for each placement. Everyone’s body is different and you will require a professional to assess the number of placements needed to achieve your goals.

Come in for a consultation and we will create a treatment plan that meets your individual goals. You’ll find that our prices are right in line with other practices in town. We also offer flexible payment plans to help you achieve your goals.

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How Long Does It Take To Recover From CoolSculpting Elite?

Typically, there is minimal to no downtime after the treatment and patients often return to work on the same day after a CoolSculpting Elite treatment is completed. However, patients may experience some temporary pain or discomfort. Side effects can include redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness to the touch, cramping, itching, tingling, and numbness. Numbness can persist up to several weeks after a procedure.

How Long Does It Take To Start Seeing Results From CoolSculpting Elite?

Results happen gradually and look totally natural. You’ll see a difference as early as three weeks following treatment with the most dramatic results achieved after two to three months. In clinical studies, most patients experience a fat reduction of 22 to 25% after their CoolSculpting Elite treatment (individual results may vary).

Are You a Candidate for CoolSculpting Elite?

We want to be clear about who is and who is not a candidate for CoolSculpting Elite. This treatment is indicated for men and women that have exercise-resistant fat bulges. It treats areas of fat and is not appropriate for overall fat reduction.

The number of treatments needed will vary per patient, depending upon the size and shape of the individual. You may only need one treatment if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have a small frame
  • Are within 10 pounds of your ideal body weight
  • Want to reduce a small defined bulge

For larger areas, multiple treatments will be necessary for more noticeable results. At the time of your consultation, we will be able to better assess the areas you wish to treat and prepare a treatment plan that fits your goals, time, and budget.

Who Is Not a Candidate for CoolSculpting Elite?

You most likely are not a CoolSculpting Elite candidate if you are overweight or have:

  • Dense, taught, core fat with no distinct bulges (barrel chest/belly)
  • Loose or unhealthy skin with excess skin laxity (hanging skin with little fatty tissue)

You also should not have the CoolSculpting Elite procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. As with any medical procedure, ask your physician if the CoolSculpting Elite procedure is right for you.

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Not a Candidate? We Have Options

We love CoolSculpting Elite but will also be the first to tell you this procedure is not for everyone. For patients with loose skin, removing underlying fat can actually make things look worse, not better. As a plastic surgeon’s office, we understand that CoolSculpting Elite is just one tool in a body contouring toolbox, not the only option. If you’re not a good candidate for the procedure, we won’t do it. Instead, we’ll direct you towards something that will give you the results you want, so that you can make an informed decision about what’s right for you.

Maintain Healthy Diet and Exercise Regimen After CoolSculpting Elite

Exercise will keep your CoolSculpting results permanent. As long as you maintain your weight with a normal diet and consistent exercise, your long-term results should remain stable. Many patients do feel more motivated to take care of themselves after a CoolSculpting Elite treatment. It’s as if they got a second lease on their body! They want to take even better care of themselves.

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Harvard University scientists observed that some children got dimples due to eating popsicles. The idea that cold can selectively affect and eliminate fat cells without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue was the insight behind cryolipolysis, the proven science on which the CoolSculpting procedure is based.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Am I a good candidate?
A: Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. The CoolSculpting Elite fat reduction procedure is specifically designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting Elite procedure is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese. It is, however a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Request a one-on-one consultation with us to determine if the CoolSculpting Elite procedure is right for you.

Q: How long is each session? How many sessions will I need?
A: We will help you create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your CoolSculpting Elite session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. We may schedule additional sessions in order to meet your goals.

Q: Where does the fat go? Are the results permanent?
A: Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), your body processes the fat and flushes away these dead cells. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good1.

Q: What does it feel like?
A: As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you will feel pressure and intense cold. This soon dissipates. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their treatment.

Q: Is the CoolSculpting Elite procedure safe?
A: The CoolSculpting Elite procedure is FDA-cleared cleared to safely and effectively treat 9 different areas of the body (listed above). With over one million CoolSculpting treatments performed worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for non-surgical fat reduction.

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Q: Can I return to normal activities after my treatment?
A: Yes, you can. The CoolSculpting Elite procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Oftentimes, patients return to work after their CoolSculpting session is over.

Q: When will I see results?
A: You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after 2 months. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continue doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.

Q: Do I need to take special supplements or follow a strict diet and exercise program?
A: No supplements or pills are required and you do not have to adopt new diet and exercise habits. Many patients feel more motivated to take care of themselves after their CoolSculpting Elite treatment. It is as if they get a second lease on their body and want to start anew again by taking even better care of themselves.

Q: What happens if I gain weight down the road?
A: Many people, after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting Elite procedure, take even better care of themselves. However, if you do gain weight, you may gain it evenly all over your body, not just in the treated areas.

Your Next Step

To learn more about CoolSculpting Elite and other body contouring options at Center for Plastic Surgery Ann Arbor, request your consultation with our easy-to-use online form or call our office at (734) 712-2323 to schedule your visit.

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