What is AirSculpt®?
AirSculpt® is patented, precision-engineered technology only available at Elite Body Sculpture. It removes unwanted fat through a freckle-sized hole cell by cell with no needle, no scalpel, and no stitches all while you’re awake. This revolutionary technology also tightens your skin while it removes your fat, providing dramatic, smooth, and natural results.
How long has AirSculpt® technology been around?
AirSculpt was patented in 2012, and the technology has been around for seven years.
What is the 48 Hour Six-Pack? Is it only for men?
Meant to reveal abdominal muscles, the 48 Hour Six-Pack is not exclusively for men. As long as the patient is fit and has developed abdominal muscles, we can remove the fat on the abdomen to expose those muscles.
What is the Brazilian Butt lift?
Our Power BBL uses AirSculpt® technology to harvest unwanted fat from areas where you no longer want it like the thighs or tummy. Our patented tech ensures high-quality fat is collected, which is then transferred to your buttocks. This same process is used to place the fat precisely where you want it, safer than any implant or injection.
What is the Up A Cup™?
Our Up A Cup™ breast augmentation uses AirSculpt® technology to harvest unwanted fat from areas where you no longer want it like the thighs or tummy. Our patented tech ensures high-quality fat is collected, which is then transferred to your breasts. As a result, your breasts can go permanently up a bra size.
Is it invasive?
Thanks to our advanced technology, AirSculpt® procedures are minimally invasive compared to traditional fat removal and body sculpting methods. Our patients are fully awake, and we avoid scalpels or overly abrasive tools to maximize safety and be gentler on the body. Unlike noninvasive methods used by CoolSculpting or SculpSure that require multiple sessions over several months, our AirSculpt® procedure permanently removes the fat cells from your body right away, so it’s a “one and done” treatment.
Are the procedures painful?
Not really. During the procedure, you’ll feel vibration but not pain. We provide painkillers and numbing beforehand and give the patients the additional option of laughing gas if they feel like they need it. Since AirSculpt is minimally invasive and takes extra steps to be gentle on the body, recovery is far less painful than traditional options. You’ll just feel sore for a couple of weeks.
What are the risks?
Side effects of AirSculpt are minimized but still like those of any other procedure: bruising, swelling, and risk of infection. We provide our patients with antibiotics before their treatment and for the following two weeks. The overall risk is also significantly minimized by avoiding general anesthesia.
How long is the procedure?
Procedure length is dependent upon which areas are treated and the volume of fat removed. We take as much time as needed, which varies with individual circumstances. In most cases, the procedure lasts between 45 minutes and four hours.
Do you have to be put to sleep?
You’ll be awake the whole time. Our patients are never put to sleep and can even listen to music or watch movies on their device during their procedure.
On which areas of your body can you have AirSculpt® done?
AirSculpt® can be performed on your chin area, abdomen, love handles, bra roll (back roll), inner and outer thighs, arms, and banana rolls (above the knees). Our Up A Cup™ and Brazilian Butt Lift transfer fat from your tummy or thighs to your buttocks or breasts. We like to say, “if you can pinch it, we can take it,” as you can AirSculpt® pretty much any area between your neck and ankles.
How many treatments are needed per area?
Only one treatment or session is required in most cases because the fat is permanently removed.
How many areas can be done at a time?
It depends on the treated areas and the amount of fat to remove. Usually, at least two to three different areas can be treated in one procedure. It entirely depends on the fat content and the individual, however, and will be discussed further in consultation.
Is AirSculpt® effective?
AirSculpt® is more effective than traditional lipo and other alternatives because results are tailored to the person’s body shape, volume of fat removed, and desired outcome.
Does AirSculpt® help cellulite?
AirSculpt® is not a cellulite treatment. It does, however, have skin tightening effects that can lessen its appearance.
Is this Smart Lipo? If not, what’s the difference?
Smart Lipo is the terminology used for laser liposuction. We similarly use a laser to aid in softening and tightening, but our laser is patented with AirSculpt® technology, which physically plucks away fat cells like grapes off a grapevine.
What’s the difference between CoolSculpting and AirSculpt®?
AirSculpt® removes fat cells precisely in one session, while CoolSculpting freezes them, risking frostbite or freezer burn. CoolSculpting only freezes the fat cells, so patients must wait between a few weeks to months for these cells to be eliminated. It also requires multiple sessions to achieve only about 20% fat removal. Each CoolSculpting session runs for about $1,000 for one small area, and it can often have the opposite effect, making your fat cells enlarge or causing severe nerve damage.
With AirSculpt®, these painful risks are avoided, and we can remove 100% of the fat that you can pinch in one single-session procedure.
How is AirSculpt® different from traditional liposuction?
It’s gentler, easier to recover from, and far less risky. AirSculpt® is comparable to plucking grapes off of a vine while traditional lipo can be compared to scraping with a cheese grater. Traditional lipo often requires general anesthesia, but AirSculpt® is always performed while you’re awake. Far less downtime is involved in AirSculpt® recovery, only 1-2 days compared to the 4-6 weeks of downtime after traditional lipo. Since more manual work is required with conventional lipo, damage to your lymphatic system—which is responsible for skin smoothness—is very likely to occur. This excessive damage is avoided with AirSculpt’s gentle technology, minimizing all the risks that come with liposuction. AirSculpt® is safer, with more reliably smooth results.
How much weight will I lose?
We can take any fat you can pinch, but while fat is dense, it isn’t heavy. That’s why AirSculpt® is not a weight-loss procedure but instead is designed primarily for body contouring. With AirSculpt®, you’ll lose inches and reduce in size. Since fat is like marshmallows, meaning it takes up a lot of mass but doesn’t weigh very much, you won’t necessarily lose a lot of weight. Many patients use AirSculpt® as a successful kickstarter or motivation to lose weight, but it is strictly for sculpting your figure into your dream body.
How much fat can be taken out?
Up to five liters per procedure.
How many dress/pant sizes will I go down?
Just how many sizes you will drop varies. We take the unwanted fat you can pinch, so going down a few inches is par for the course. It depends on your goal shape and the area you are getting treated, but a drop in inches is the most significant change you'll see.
Will the fat come back?
When you remove fat from a certain area, it is a permanent fat loss to that body part. If you do happen to gain weight after your procedure, the fat can appear everywhere else except from the area you removed it. We, therefore, recommend a healthy diet and exercise following your treatment.
Should I lose weight before the procedure?
Since we are physically removing fat cells, it may not be necessary to lose weight. You will, however, be given further direction by your doctor’s recommendation during your consultation.
If I gain weight, does the fat go to other areas of my body after the procedure?
If you gain weight, you are more likely to gain weight in areas of the body that have not been treated.
Will this procedure loosen my skin?
You will get some skin tightening effects from AirSculpt®. If you have existing loose skin, however, you may still have loose skin after the procedure. We offer the Tiny Tuck™ procedure to help with that concern in the abdominal area. Ask your doctor whether you’re a candidate or not during your consultation.
Will this procedure tighten my skin?
AirSculpt® does provide skin tightening to a certain extent. It is not a skin lift, but the laser used promotes collagen that firms and tightens the skin.
Do you need to have a specific BMI?
There is no specific BMI requirement for AirSculpt®.
Do you have to be over 18?
Yes, you must be 18 or over. In some cases, though, with adult consent, a minor could be considered as a candidate depending on the consulting doctor’s opinion.
Do you have to be under a certain weight?
We have no restrictions on size. As long as you have fat to remove, you can generally receive AirSculpt®.
Do you have to wear a specific garment after the procedure?
Yes, you do have to wear a compression garment for two to three weeks. It is like a thick spandex. Some patients will wear it for a longer period as they find it comfortable.
How long do I have to take off work?
Most patients return to work in one to three days.
Can I work out after the procedure?
We ask that you wait about two weeks after your procedure before returning to strenuous gym workouts. You should, however, start walking at least 45 minutes a day after AirSculpt®.
Do I need blood work done or a medical clearance?
Typically no, however the doctor will tell you at the time of the consultation.
Should I have this procedure done before or after pregnancy?
Either getting AirSculpt® before or after having a child is acceptable. It is up to the preference of the patient.
How long do I have to wait to do this procedure after giving birth?
Six months from the time of having a C-section or three months from the time of having a natural delivery.
Locations and Doctors
Where are your office locations?
New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Sacramento, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. We also have upcoming locations in Denver & Toronto.
Which doctor do you recommend?
All of our doctors have been extensively trained through our fellowship program in AirSculpt® and transferring fat to buttocks and breasts. You can see the doctors’ bios and information on our Surgeons page.
Are your doctors board certified plastic surgeons?
We have board-certified plastic surgeons in every office. You can check our surgeons’ individual qualifications in their bios.
Can I have the procedure done the same day as the consultation?
Possibly, but not typically. It depends on the availability of that location's schedule. We offer virtual consultations for patients who want to save time.
How long does the consultation take?
45 minutes to an hour.
Is there a consultation fee?
No, the consultation is completely free, although we do ask for a credit card to secure the scheduled time.
How soon after the consultation can I have my procedure done?
It depends on our location availability. Most of our clinics can get you scheduled within 1 to 3 weeks from the time of your consultation.
What days/hours do you hold consultations?
Monday through Saturday, 9AM–5PM. Some offices also offer consultations from 5PM–7PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Can you do a consultation via Skype or FaceTime?
We do offer consultations over the phone and email, however if needed we can arrange a Skype, WhatsApp, or FaceTime consultation.
Pricing and Financing
How much does AirSculpt® cost?
Pricing depends on the areas treated and the amount of fat that will be removed, which is determined by the doctor at the consultation.
Does the price change per doctor or office?
Most of our offices offer the same price ranges, but pricing may change based on the specifics of your individual case.
Do you take medical insurance?
We do not accept insurance, because this is an elective procedure.
Can you do a payment plan?
We do offer multiple financing options which you can review in detail with your consultant. We don’t have in-house financing, but if you’d rather not use any of the lenders offered, you can choose to make your own payment as you go. The full price must be paid at least one week before your scheduled procedure date to move forward.
How does a payment plan work?
It’s like applying for a medical line of credit or credit card. The process is simple and only takes a few minutes.
We work with numerous different lenders that will pay the price of your procedure in full, depending on your credit, and you can pay them back monthly. We work with Care Credit, Enhance Patient Financing, Alphaeon, Lending USA, and United Medical Credit. Your Patient Consultant will assist you with this process if it is of interest to you.