CoolSculpting is a body-contouring procedure that works by freezing away fat cells with the help of a vacuum-like device. The procedure is designed for people who want to get rid of stubborn fat in certain spots of the body. CoolSculpting is not a method of weight loss. It’s meant for people who are within 30 pounds of their recommended body weight.

Since CoolSculpting isn’t considered a medically necessary procedure, the person getting this treatment is responsible for all costs. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) estimates that the average fee per treatment for CoolSculpting was $1,481 in 2017. The CoolSculpting official website says the average cost is between $2,000 and $4,000 per session.

The cost is based on the area of body being treated. The smaller the treatment area, the lower the cost. Treating multiple areas can also increase cost. Other things that factor into the total cost of CoolSculpting treatment include where you live, your provider, and any follow-up appointments you might need.

In most cases, you only need one CoolSculpting treatment per area. However, some people might need a follow-up treatment if they want additional results after several months. Treatment takes a few hours or less, with no required downtime.

Talk to your prospective provider about specific costs prior to your procedure. You may also want to ask about the cost differences between specific areas of treatment, especially if you choose to have CoolSculpting performed on more than one area of your body.

CoolSculpting is an option for removing stubborn fat in the upper arms. Smaller areas may cost around $650 per treatment. With the procedure, each arm is treated, so your total cost for the session may be about $1,300.

Each treatment for the arms can last about 35 minutes on average. Only one session is typically required to achieve the desired results.

The stomach is perhaps one of the most common CoolSculpting treatment areas. It can be difficult to get rid of excess fat cells in this area due to age, as well as life events like pregnancy.

The estimated cost of CoolSculpting for the stomach area is $1,500 a session. Some providers recommend two treatments for the stomach area.

Each treatment takes between 35 and 60 minutes. Results are permanent, but some people choose to have additional sessions to remove even more fat cells.

The cost of CoolSculpting areas of the thigh varies. For example, one dermatologist in New York charges $1,500 per outer thigh and $750 per inner thigh. Treating these areas on both legs can cost $4,000 or more.

Each treatment can take as little as 35 minutes. Like CoolSculpting for the arms, you can get permanent results in one session for your thigh treatment.

It takes four to six months to see full results, according to the ASPS. During this time, your body will work to remove the rest of the targeted fat cells.

CoolSculpting can cause temporary side effects, such as pain and numbness. These typically last only a few weeks.

You won’t be required to take time off work. However, you may decide to take your treatment day off to avoid the possible stress of getting back to work after the procedure.

In all, you should only be at your provider’s office for a couple of hours per treatment. More time may be necessary if you’re treating multiple body parts.

CoolSculpting results are meant to be permanent. The only exception is the stomach area, which could require two or more sessions to obtain optimum results. Talk to your provider about how many sessions they think you’ll ultimately need.

Unlike traditional weight loss methods, the fat cells are completely removed, not shrunk down. According to the ASPS, the fat cells targeted during CoolSculpting treatments are eventually reduced by an average of 20 percent. Some people can see reductions of up to 40 percent, which is also more likely in smaller treatment areas like the arms.

If you want to target the same area in the future, talk to your provider. The costs will likely be the same as your first treatment, as the whole process needs to be done again.

Also, if you gain weight in the future, there’s a chance that new fat cells can return in the previously treated area.

CoolSculpting is an aesthetic (cosmetic) treatment. Aesthetic treatments like CoolSculpting aren’t covered by insurance. You can ask your provider about any discounts and payment plans they may offer to help offset the costs of your treatment.

Working with your provider is the most promising way to reduce your CoolSculpting costs. Some offices offer promotional coupons for new clients.

You can also ask your provider about any financing plans they offer. While this could cost you a bit more in the long run if they charge interest, making payments can reduce your upfront costs. Some providers offer payment plans that are interest-free.