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CoolSculpting® Treatment 101
The CoolSculpting® treatment is a non-invasive fat freezing treatment that effectively reduces treated 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 in the treated area.
CoolSculpting® Treatment 101
Quick Facts
Quick Facts
Risks and Side Effects
Treatment Diaries
Providers Near You
Quick Facts
Total Cost Range
$2000 to $4000
Areas Treated [1]
Under the Chin, Under the Jawline, Thighs, Abdomen, Love Handles, Bra Fat, Back Fat, Under the Buttocks, Upper Arms.
Time to See Results
Up to 20-25% fat reduction in a single session. Results can start to be seen as early as 1 to 3 months after treatment.
Like any medical treatment, it has potential risks and side effects. Be sure to talk to a licensed provider to see if it’s right for you.

CoolSculpting® works by freezing treated fat cells to the point of cell death, otherwise known as cryolipolysis. If your provider determines you're a candidate for treatment, they will develop a customized treatment plan based on your body contouring goals. During treatment, they will place a CoolSculpting applicator on the treatment area. You'll feel a pulling or tugging sensation as the applicator draws the fat cells into the device. Then, the signature cooling sensation will set in. During this time, you might feel some discomfort, which should fade as the treated area goes numb. After the session has concluded, your provider will massage the treated area to break up the fat cells and enhance the fat reduction. Over the subsequent months, your body will naturally process those treated dead cells and eliminate them. 

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Important Information + Common Side Effects
Don't Use If You Have [2]
cold agglutinin disease
paroxysmal cold
During Treatment
mild pinching
intense cold
Immediately After Treatment
transient blanching
mild bruising
1 to 2 Weeks Post-Treatment
skin sensitivity
See additional Important Safety Information for CoolSculpting below. 

Coolsculpting FAQS

  • How does CoolSculpting work?

    In short, it freezes treated fat cells to the point of cell death with controlled cooling. A single treatment (also known as cryolipolysis) can reduce fat by up to 20-25% in the treated area, and it's possible to see more results with subsequent treatment. A special fat freezing machine is used, and its applicator holds skin in place with suction.

  • Is CoolSculpting permanent?

    Once the treated fat cells are destroyed, they’re gone for good. However, that doesn't mean you can rely on CoolSculpting to be slim! You should continue to exercise regularly and eat well after your CoolSculpting treatment.

  • Is CoolSculpting right for me?

    If you are at or near your ideal body weight and have stubborn pockets of fat, you could be a candidate for fat freezing. If you’re within this category and are considering treatment, talk to your provider and see if it's right for you.

  • What kind of results can I expect from CoolSculpting?

    CoolSculpting can help reduce stubborn fat in treated areas by up to 20-25%. Individual results and patient experiences may vary.

  • Does CoolSculpting hurt?

    You may experience some temporary discomfort during and after your treatment when your provider massages the treated area, which will help break up the fat and enhance the results.

  • More questions?

    Be sure to talk to a licensed provider to see if it’s right for you.

Treatment Diaries
Treatment Diaries

At your consultation, you’ll also review your health history with the doctor, ask any questions you might have about the procedure, plus learn about how CoolSculpting works in more significant detail.

My abdomen was done four months ago, and I saw the full results two months in. They were pretty significant for me.

Ideally, you should have ‘pinchable’ fat, otherwise known as subcutaneous fat, rather than the hard, visceral fat that surrounds organs.

I’m 100 percent glad I had it done — and I’d happily go back for more.

CoolSculpting® is a popular body contouring and non-invasive fat reduction treatment. You may be curious — how does CoolSculpting work? The proprietary fat freezing applicator is applied to the area you'd like treated, and it works to freeze treated fat cells to the point of cell death, also known as cryolipolysis. 

After the device works to freeze treated fat away, your provider will massage the area to break up the frozen cells and help your body eliminate them. After about one to three months, you should start to see your CoolSculpting results, though you may need multiple treatments to get your ultimate desired results. CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared to treat 9 areas including belly fat, upper arms, double chins, love handles, and banana rolls. Ultimately, you should consult with your provider to see if CoolSculpting is right for you.

CoolSculpting® Treatment Important Information


The CoolSculpting® procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, thigh, abdomen and flank (love handles), 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. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for weight loss.

Important Safety Information 

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.

Tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions including recent surgery, pre-existing hernia, and any known sensitivities or allergies.

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 submental or submandibular area treatment.

Rare side effects may also occur. CoolSculpting may cause a visible enlargement in the treated area which may develop two to five months after treatment and requires surgical intervention for correction.

Ask your doctor if CoolSculpting is right for you. To learn more about what to expect, visit the CoolSculpting website and comprehensive Important Safety Information.

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