Have you ever wondered how CoolSculpting really works?

Woman pinching fat

Studies show that CoolSculpting is an effective fat reduction procedure. CoolSculpting is a noninvasive, nonsurgical medical procedure that helps to remove extra fat cells from beneath the skin. As a noninvasive treatment, it has several benefits over traditional surgical fat removal procedures. 

CoolSculpting uses a procedure known as cryolipolysis. It works by placing a roll of fat into two panels that cool the fat to a freezing temperature.

Benefits and Risks: Some possible side effects of CoolSculpting include:

  • tugging feeling at the treatment site when the doctor places the fat roll between the panels
  • sensations of pain, stinging or aching at the treatment site two weeks after treatment that tend to go away on their own without any additional treatment
  • short-term redness, swelling, bruising, and skin sensitivity at the treatment site

In very rare cases, CoolSculpting can lead to an increase in the volume of fat cells in treated body parts. It’s not known why this happens, but it appears to be more common in men than women. While rare, it’s worth being aware of this possible side effect. Most people who experience this effect, called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, choose to pursue alternative fat-removal treatments, such as traditional liposuction.

How long do results last? Your CoolSculpting results should last indefinitely. That’s because once CoolSculpting kills off fat cells, they do not come back. But if you gain weight after your CoolSculpting treatment, you may gain fat back in the treated area or areas.