What is CoolSculpting?
The CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure is the only FDA-cleared*, non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. There is no surgery, no anesthesia, no needles, no invasive techniques and no downtime. The results are proven, noticeable, and lasting—so you'll look great from every angle.
How does CoolSculpting work?
The CoolSculpting procedure safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. Treated fat cells are crystalized (frozen), then die. The skin is protected by a thin gel pad so it is not damaged. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.
What areas of the body does CoolSculpting treat?
The CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure is FDA-cleared* to eliminate stubborn fat in 9 treatment areas, including:
- Flanks/Side (“Love Handles” or “Muffin Tops”)
- Double Chin
- Inner Thighs
- Outer Thighs
- Upper Arms
What are the advantages of CoolSculpting over other similar treatments?
There are many advantages to this new procedure. One of the advantages being that there is no incisions, sutures or suction tubes of any sort. This makes for generally quicker recovery time and less pain and hassle. Another advantage is the short time of the procedure. It only takes about an hour for each area treated.
Who is a candidate for CoolSculpting?
The CoolSculpting fat-reduction procedure is specially designed for those who have unwanted fat in targeted areas. Unlike weight-loss surgery (e.g., gastric bypass), the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight-loss solution for people who are obese. Good candidates for the CoolSculpting procedure have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. Many people want a non-surgical alternative to liposuction.
The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from:
- Cold agglutinin disease
- Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, ask your physician if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.
How is CoolSculpting performed?
It can be performed right in the office, since it requires no anesthesia and is non-invasive. During your treatment, a gel pad and applicator will be applied to deliver a controlled cooling to the targeted fat. A suction apparatus is then placed over the target site. This apparatus will suck in the skin between two cold plates. There may be a cold sensation which will generally disappear after ten minutes.
The procedure will last for approximately one hour, during which you are welcome to feel free to read, check email, or even take a nap. Once the hour is over the patient can leave the office and go on with whatever activities they have planned.
What is the recovery like?
Recovery time is minimal with CoolSculpting. There is no surgery, no anesthesia, no needles, and no invasive techniques involved, so there is minimal downtime. The patient can go back to daily activities immediately.
What will the results be like?
You may start to see changes as quickly as 3 weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after 2 months. Your body will still continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment. However, as with any body sculpting procedure the results will vary depending on the individual.
What are the risks?
Since there are no incisions necessary and no anesthesia used the risks are minimal. The worst side effects are cramping or redness at the site of procedure.
If the redness persists for more than a few hours, it is best to contact your physician.
Is CoolSculpting approved for use in the U.S.?
Yes. In the U.S., 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.
Is CoolSculpting covered by insurance companies?
This is a cosmetic procedure and is most likely not covered by private health insurance companies. If a payment plan is needed, you might inquire about payment options available through your provider. Most offices have a billing specialist that will be able to help you with this information.
*In the U.S., 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.