How much does CoolSculpting cost?

I want to lose around 2 inches of belly fat and was planning on going for liposuction until I started hearing about CoolSculpting, which sounds like it has a lot of potential, plus you have to love there being no recovery time with it. Except from what I can tell, CoolSculpting doesn't seem to be THAT much less expensive than the lipo I was originally considering, maybe 2/3rds of what I imagine my cosmetic surgeon will want for the lipo. That seems a little strange because my understanding is that the big advantage to CoolSculpting is the price. I must be missing something. Am I?


F, 38, Virginia

CoolSculpting and liposuction are two different procedures designed to reduce unwanted fat. To determine if you are good candidate for one procedure over the other is something you will need to discuss with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure than can be performed under general anesthesia, local anesthesia, or under sedation (e.g. IV sedation). A plastic surgeon will make tiny incisions in your skin, and using a wand (called a cannula), will break up the fat deposits and suck them out. Post-op you will have some bruising and swelling like you would with any plastic surgery. You can use ice on the treated areas and should be able to resume your normal activities in a week or so.

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that can be done without anesthesia in the plastic surgeon's office. The procedure cools unwanted fat cells in the body to induce a natural, controlled elimination of fat cells. This reduces bulges in treated areas of the body without harming surrounding tissue. As with liposuction, it takes a few weeks to see the final results. Unlike liposuction, however, you may have to return for one or two more treatments to get the results you desire. As you’d imagine, recovery time for CoolSculpting is much less than liposuction.

The question of which one is less expensive ultimately comes down to the number of CoolSculpting treatments you will require in order to reach your cosmetic goals.

Hi Joanne, 

We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your interest in our practice and our CoolSculpting procedure. We have been successfully offering the CoolSculpting procedure since 2011, and have received great reviews and results from our patients.

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that uses a controlled device to freeze and destroy fat. Fatty areas are gently pinched between the CoolSculpting applicator, which cools the area to a temperature that causes fat cells to crystallize and dissolve. Each applicator takes approximately an hour to complete and there is no downtime afterwards.

In order to provide you with more information, answer any additional questions or to schedule your complimentary CoolSculpting consultation please contact our Ann Arbor office at (734) 913-5100 or our Jackson office at (517) 789-9800.

Please take advantage of the CoolSculpting  page on our website, Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery  to further assist you in gathering information.   Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery also offers our patients two financing options.  If you are interesting in exploring these options visit our Financing page.

We look forward to hearing from you and participating in your health care needs.

Have a beautiful day. 



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Coolsculpting can be a very costly treatment, especially when multiple treatments are needed to achieve desired results.  Traditional Liposuction removes more fat deposits.  When comparing the two, the results are much higher quality with liposuction, and the cost is sometimes equal.  It is just "easier" to have an in-office treatment with no down time.  With that being said, if you only wanted abdominal liposuction, that could be performed in an office under sedation instead of general anesthesia.  This would save you the cost of a surgery center/anesthesiologist.  Your best bet would be to have a few consultations with Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in your area.  I hope this information was helpful.  

Best Wishes, Dr. B.

The cost of CoolSculpting versus liposuction really depends on how many CoolSculpting treatments are necessary for you to get the look you want in your targeted areas. Like you said, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure used for fat reduction, and therefore does not require any general or local anesthesia or incisions like other forms of cosmetic surgery, such as a tummy tuck or liposuction.

As for its effectiveness, CoolSculpting tends to work best on people looking to go the last mile after weight loss/exercising by reducing their love handles and muffin tops. During a CoolSculpting session, the device used cools unwanted fat cells in the body to induce a natural controlled elimination of these cells. It’s meant to reduce the bulges in the targeted areas without harming the surrounding tissue.

I recommended that you consult with several board-certified plastic surgeons before deciding to proceed. During your consultations you should also inquire about liposuction. Liposuction is cosmetic surgery and does require going to a surgical center. If you decide to go this route, the plastic surgeon will make small incisions in the targeted area and use a cannula that they insert under the skin to break up and extract fat from those areas.


The cost for CoolSculpting procedures can vary depending on the areas being targeted, your location, and the number of treatments needed. One of the major differences between CoolSculpting and liposuction is that you may need more than one treatment, with each ranging between $1,500 and $3,500.

Liposuction should cost you between $2,500 to $3,500, but there will likely be additional fees for the surgical center and anesthesiologist. Neither procedure for body contouring is cheap, so it's wise to do your homework up front.

Hi Joanne,

Coolsculpting has become very popular because it is a non-invasive way to treat stubborn body fat.  In addition there is no down time so you can do a treatment and go right back to work.

The cost of your CoolSculpting treatment can vary quite a lot depending on the areas to be treated and how many treatments are necessary. Depending on your goals, the cost can add up quickly. But compared to the financial and physical cost of more invasive procedures or other “fad” solutions with no real promise or evidence of success, CoolSculpting can be a much more affordable and effective option in the long run.

For more information about Coolsculpting cost you can check out our complete procedure guide.



Coolsculpting is a great option for those that don't want surgery. There is down-time and the cost differential really depends on how many areas you want to treat and what kind of realistic outcome you want.

Nope your right on. The advantage of cool sculpting is for patients that absolutely don't want to have surgery and are willing to accept less of a result and less recovery. In actuality over time you may need multiple cycles of cool sculpting and may end up costing you more in the long run. Good Luck!