With so many body contouring procedures to choose from, it can be challenging to find one that's actually safe and reputable. But that's where CoolSculpting comes in. A non-invasive medical treatment that targets "pinchable fat"—small, stubborn pockets of fat that aren't responsive to diet and exercise—CoolSculpting is just as effective as invasive liposuction (without all the yucky risks involved).
So, what's the catch? Nothing — sometimes dreams do come true! If you're interested in learning more, here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about CoolSculpting.
First things first: How does CoolSculpting work?
CoolSculpting uses cutting edge technology called cryolipolysis, which is just a fancy term that means "fat freezing." Essentially, CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling to freeze unwanted fat cells, which then crystallize and die off. Since fat is more sensitive to temperature changes than the skin, the surrounding tissue remains unharmed.
What happens to all those dead fat cells? Your body naturally eliminates them for several weeks after a CoolSculpting treatment. Because the body is unable to restore dead fat cells, the results are permanent.
What does a CoolSculpting treatment feel like?
CoolSculpting uses rounded paddles to suction the skin and fat, similar to a vacuum. While patients sit in a reclined chair, cooling panels crystallize fat cells. During the freezing process, the area being treated might feel a little weird and throbbing, but it shouldn't be painful. The area then goes numb and needs to defrost again. You might feel a stinging sensation, but it should only last less than a minute. After a CoolSculpting treatment, the area might feel slightly tender for a few days, but most people find it pretty tolerable.
Which areas of the body does CoolSculpting work best on?
CoolSculpting is most often used on the stomach, followed by double-chins. It's most ideal for areas that you are having a difficult time shifting, despite following a diet and exercise regimen to a tee. The arms, love handles, and flanks are also popular treatment areas.
What kind of results are expected?
Each CoolSculpting procedure results in up to a 25 percent reduction in fat cells. Many people undergo multiple treatments to achieve their desired outcomes. Since your body eliminates fat cells in the weeks following a treatment, you might start to see changes as quickly as four weeks afterward. Most people experience dramatic results anywhere from one to six months post-treatment.
One thing to remember is that, even though the treated fat cells are permanently gone, others in the surrounding area aren't. That means if you don't follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly, those fat cells could still expand.
Are there any side effects?
All cosmetic treatments have potential side effects (even non-invasive ones). Possible mild side effects of CoolSculpting include bruising and soreness, which go away within a few days after treatment. Other more serious risks are burning or numbness at the treatment site, which is why it's so important to go to a reputable clinic. Administering CoolSculpting is an art form, and if poorly done, can lead to asymmetrical results.
Interested to learn more?
To learn more about CoolSculpting and other non-invasive body contouring treatments, visit LaserAway, the nation's leading aesthetic dermatology provider, here.
- "CoolSculpting: A Beginner's Guide to the Fat Freezing Treatment," Elle, January 27, 2020.
- "Everything You Need to Know About CoolSculpting," InStyle, May 14, 2017.