Fat Freezing

Everything You Need to Know About Fat Freezing

By Spotlyte Staff

Rene De Haan

What is Fat Freezing?

The CoolSculpting® treatment is a non-invasive fat freezing treatment that effectively reduces fat in certain self-proclaimed “problem spots” (you know, those bulges that just won’t go away, regardless of how much you sweat it out on the treadmill). While it isn’t a weight loss solution, fat freezing can reduce pouches of fat.


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  • How does it work?

  • What areas does it treat?

  • How long will it take to see results?

  • Does the treatment hurt?

  • How long will one session last?

  • What are the costs?

  • What are the most common risks?

  • Is fat freezing right for me?

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Joslyn Blair



Fat freezing is administered in a doctor’s office or at a certified medispa. Reading reviews can be helpful in choosing the right provider for your needs. Additionally, browsing before and after shots is a surefire way to give you an idea of what fat freezing can realistically achieve. If you’re not sure how to get started finding a provider, ask our team of trained aesthetic specialists for help.


You’ll enter a treatment room and potentially change into a comfortable gown, then either sit or lay down (depending on the area you’re treating). The clinician will sterilize the area, mark the treatment areas on your body, slick on a conducting gel pad, and then then apply a fat freezing applicator based on your customized treatment plan. The applicator covers the entire treatment area, gently holds the skin in place, and slowly freezes fat cells to the point of cell death. Once eliminated, these fat cells cannot come back. One application typically takes as little as 35 minutes — but that doesn’t mean you have to stare at the ceiling the entire time. In fact, many patients use treatments to catch up on work emails or their group chat.


One of the best aspects of fat freezing is that there is little to no downtime. Many people are able to go about their day immediately post-treatment. That said, some patients experience soreness for a few days after a session — but the feeling is manageable.
Joslyn Blair


It depends on the individual patient. Usually, there is little to no visible difference after the initial fat freezing session. Results usually begin to appear within 1-3 months after treatment and some may need two or more sessions, though the results can take weeks to months to fully materialize. All good things take time, right?

Next Steps

Because each person’s body and desired outcome differs, it’s virtually impossible to determine how many sessions you’ll need without a professional’s help. Before starting your fat freezing regimen, your specialist will schedule a consultation, where they can give you a personalized estimate of your treatment timeline. Usually, patients need to wait a few weeks between sessions. So if you’re scheduling your treatment in anticipation of a major event, plan accordingly: you’ll want to start months in advance of the big day.

CoolSculpting® Treatment Important Information

The CoolSculpting® procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm. It is also FDA-cleared to affect the appearance of lax tissue with submental area treatments. During the procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity, and sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after a submental area treatment. Rare side effects may also occur. The CoolSculpting® procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting® procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. The CoolSculpting® procedure is not a treatment for obesity. Ask your healthcare provider if CoolSculpting® is right for you. To learn more about what to expect, visit the CoolSculpting website .

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