A beginners guide to CoolSculpting by Chicago Cosmetic Institute

by | Aug 3, 2017 | Coolsculpting

Trying to lose weight in the midsection of the body and the thighs is becoming a defining mission of our millennial age. There are modern factors making weight loss more difficult for people. The sedentary lifestyle of desk chairs and computers may be fun,  but it can lead to weight gain and lack of movement. There is no substitute for eating right and exercising, but when you need that little extra, CoolSculpting may be able to help.

Medical scientists are constantly innovating on this front. In the realm of aesthetic procedures, especially, scientists have been trying to crack the code of safe weight loss without having to perform surgery. Being able to offer less downtime and little to no pain after the procedure can be a game changer and requires no down time or time off from work.

What is CoolSculpting?


The CoolSculpting procedure is a completely non-surgical procedure developed by Zeltiq Aesthetics. It does not burn or break the skin in any way. There are no needles or suction hoses involved. The lack of downtime makes it possible to have this done without anyone even knowing.

CoolSculpting utilizes the power of “controlled cooling” to target specific areas on the body and reduce fat by killing the fat cells under the skin. Very similar to Cryo Therapy, but applied too much smaller, more focused areas of the body. The cooling freezes and kills the fat cells, which are then naturally removed by the body.

Where Did CoolSculpting Come From?


CoolSculpting originally hit the market after being cleared by the Food and Drug Administration in 2010 based on a 2007 study that found “clinically meaningful” changes in 60 patients after treatment for the reduction of love handles. Six months after the treatment, ultrasounds were performed technicians found a 19% reduction of the targeted fat layer. Zeltiq says that their machines have since become even more effective.

There are other methods of non-surgical fat reduction. Radio-frequency and laser-based treatments are also offered by many doctors. Fat freezing, though, is leading the market by a large percentage.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?


Cryolipolysis is the “secret sauce” behind CoolSculpting. Cryolipolysys is a controlled cooling system that freezes fat cells in the area being targeted, killing them off. The body naturally removes these cells over time after the session.

Treatment lasts 35 minutes to an hour. Timing depends on which area(s) are being targeted. Long term effects are seen over a period of weeks, as the body removes the dead fat cells in the area. Results are permanent once cells have been cleared out of the body. It can take up to 6 weeks to see the results fully take place.

The procedure can even be therapeutic for patients. Our Patients often read, answer e-mails, or nap during their treatments. Once treatment is started, the doctor can leave the room, giving you time to relax in privacy.

How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?


CoolSculpting costs an average of $750 per session. A full cycle of procedures, which will usually treat several different areas of the body, can cost between $2,000 and $4,000. Treatments for smaller, more targeted areas of the body like the chin can cost less than $2,000 for a full cycle. 

We often have specials going on at Chicago Cosmetic Institute. Get in touch with us anytime to go over promotional offers.

CoolSculpting Before and After Pictures


At Chicago Cosmetic Institute, we have performed hundreds of CoolSculpting sessions since recently introducing it to our array of available techniques. You can see some CoolSculpting before and after pictures below:

Stomach Coolsculpting

  • Above we can see what the abdomen of this patient looked like 8 weeks from the 2nd CoolSculpting treatment. You can see quite a reduction in the fatty tissue in the hips and belly area.

Thighs Coolsculpting before and after

  • The photo on the right was taken 8 Weeks after just one CoolSculpting session on the thighs of this patient. We show here the kind of results that can be seen after as little as one treatment with CoolSculpting.

  • CoolSculpting yielded some remarkable results for this patient! You can clearly see here the reduction in the love-handle area 16 weeks after just one session.

  • CoolSculpting can also target smaller areas such as the jawline and neck. The “double-chin” can also be targeted. You can see the dramatic results here after just one CoolSculpting session.

Is CoolSculpting Right for Me?           


CoolSculpting is great a great non-surgical solution to fat loss but isn’t the right thing for every body. The CoolSculpting procedure is a solution for obesity. Patients who qualify have small to moderate problem areas making them self-conscious that are targeted by the machine. More serious issues are better treated through diet, exercise, and other cosmetic procedures.


Summary note from CCI


We hope this has been an informative a helpful article for those considering the CoolSculpting procedure or just looking to learn more about it!


If you’d like to add your input or ask specific questions, you can always get in touch with us here. Comment below.


Thanks for reading,


CCI Team


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