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CoolSculpting on Thighs: What to Expect and How It Works

Kristina Cadwell  
September 7, 2021  

Thighs, unfortunately, can accumulate the most fat in women because estrogen causes an increase in fat cells in this area. Due to excess fat on their inner or outer thighs, many women are self-conscious about their looks.

Fortunately, non-invasive procedures, such as CoolSculpting, eliminate excess fat without surgical knives or anesthesia. This cosmetic treatment uses cryolipolysis (fat freezing) technology to freeze fat cells in the thighs and permanently eliminate them from the body.

Read on to learn how CoolSculpting on thighs works and what to expect from the procedure.

CoolSculpting effectively reduces fat on thighs

Note: Find out what causes inner thigh fat.

Why Should You Choose Coolsculpting for Thighs

Many people choose CoolSculpting for thighs for the following reasons:

  • It is a safe, FDA-approved treatment.
  • CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure. It doesn’t include incisions and anesthesia.
  • There is no recovery period. Patients can resume their day right after the treatment.
  • Side effects are typically mild and resolve quickly.
  • CoolSculpting permanently eliminates targeted fat cells.

Most patients are happy with the results and choose CoolSculpting for other body areas, too. Besides thigh fat, patients can undergo CoolSculpting to get rid of:

CoolSculpting on Thighs: The Procedure

CoolSculpting starts with a consultation with your chosen CoolSculpting provider. They inspect your thighs, talk about your desired results, and assess your medical history to ensure you are eligible for the procedure.

The procedure consists of the following steps:

  1. The CoolSculpting provider applies a gel pad to the outer or inner thighs, depending on where you want to eliminate fat.
  2. The provider attaches the CoolSculpting applicator to the target area. The applicators for inner and outer thighs differ because inner thigh fat is pinchable while outer thigh fat is hard and non-pinchable.
  3. The device starts sending controlled cooling to thigh fat cells to freeze them off.
  4. The provider starts moving the applicator over the targeted area.
  5. After removing the applicator, the provider typically massages the treated area for a few minutes to break down frozen fat and aid the fat elimination process.

The procedure lasts about 35-60 minutes, after which the frozen fat cells start to die and the lymphatic system starts flushing them out from the body naturally. The body will continue to flush out dead fat cells up to six months after the treatment.

Results of CoolSculpting on Thighs: Before & After

Outer thighs CoolSculpting before and after

One CoolSculpting treatment reduces up to 25% of fat in your thighs. You may notice a difference in the size of your thighs within three weeks of the procedure. Final results appear three to six months after the procedure. The body eliminates the fat during this period, and the thighs continue to change their contours, becoming tighter and more sculpted.

If you are looking for a CoolSculpting provider in Phoenix, visit Vibrant Skin Bar in the heart of Phoenix.

CoolSculpting on Thighs: Side Effects

Patients may experience slight discomfort during the treatment, typically in the form of:

  • Tugging
  • Stinging
  • Cramping
  • Intense cold
  • Pain

Potential side effects after CoolSculpting on thighs include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Aching
  • Cramping

The side effects usually resolve on their own within three weeks.

Note: The FDA approved CoolSculpting in 2012 as a safe fat reduction treatment. Risks of side effects are minimized when the treatment is performed by licensed and experienced CoolSculpting providers.

CoolSculpting for Thighs: Aftercare

To minimize the chances of bruising, pain, or other potential side effects, follow these CoolSculpting aftercare tips:

  • Avoid alcohol, nicotine, sugar, and coffee for several days
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes
  • Use compression garments for a few days to reduce swelling
  • Gently massage the treated area to reduce pain
  • Use prescribed painkillers if needed

Who Can Get Coolsculpting on Thighs?

You are a good candidate for CoolSculpting on thighs if you are:

  • Healthy
  • Up to 30 pounds within your ideal weight
  • Unhappy about fat bulges on your outer or inner thighs
  • Not too sensitive to cold temperatures
  • Willing to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise after CoolSculpting

However, patients with the following conditions or medical issues may be at risk and should consult with their CoolSculpting provider before the procedure:

  • Open wounds
  • Recent surgeries
  • Eczema and other skin diseases
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Lymphatic disorders
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Varicose veins
  • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
  • Cold urticaria
  • Cold agglutinin disease

Cost of Coolsculpting for Thighs

The cost of CoolSculpting for thighs depends on the target area size, fat deposits, and your desired results. Patients typically require between one and three CoolSculpting sessions, and the price ranges between several hundred and a few thousand dollars.


Thigh fat is a common issue among women. When diets and exercise don’t work, many women turn to fat reduction treatments.

CoolSculpting is among the most effective treatments because it quickly and safely eliminates fat. With proper diet and regular exercise, you can maintain the results of CoolSculpting for good.

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Kristina Cadwell
PA Kristina Cadwell graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then completed the Physician Assistant program at A.T. Still University graduating with a Masters of Medical Science degree. Kristina has been working in the Aesthetic Medical field for over 10 years. She is certified in neurotoxin cosmetic injection, dermal fillers, Plasma Pen skin tightening, chemical peels, and laser therapy. She is known for producing natural results and has extensive knowledge in diet and exercise allowing her to help you achieve vibrant skin from the inside out.
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