CoolSculpting® FAQs

Many men and women have troublesome pockets of stubborn fat along the face or body that won’t respond to diet or exercise. Although some people choose to treat problem fat with liposuction, others would prefer a non-invasive method. CoolSculpting® is an innovative, nonsurgical fat reduction treatment that targets specific areas of fat with freezing technology for an overall improvement in contours.

If you’re interested in the benefits of CoolSculpting®, you may have questions about the treatment as well as what you can expect. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Kaufman has answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about CoolSculpting® at his Sacramento practice. If you have a question about CoolSculpting® that you don’t see here, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’re invested in helping you achieve excellent results from your CoolSculpting® treatment.

How does CoolSculpting® work?

Through a handheld device or other applicator, CoolSculpting® applies a controlled freezing to the intended treatment site(s). The dramatically cold temperatures crystallize and destroy the fat cells without harming the surrounding tissue. The destroyed fat cells are absorbed and excreted through the body’s natural metabolic processes.

Am I a good candidate for CoolSculpting®?

CoolSculpting®, like liposuction, is not a substitute for weight loss. This nonsurgical body contouring procedure is intended to spot-treat the areas of fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise. The best CoolSculpting® candidates are men and women in good health who exercise, consume a healthy diet and are within 20 pounds of their ideal weight.

Where is CoolSculpting® most effective?

CoolSculpting® may be used nearly anywhere on the body safely and effectively. Popular treatment spots for CoolSculpting® include the abdomen, waist, inner and outer thighs, back and the double chin.

What can I expect from my CoolSculpting® treatment?

During your CoolSculpting® treatment, a protective gel pad will be placed on your skin over your treatment area. The CoolSculpting® applicator will gently pinch the excess fat, and you’ll feel pressure and suction, but no pain. After your CoolSculpting® procedure, it’s normal to experience some redness, slight bruising, numbness or tingling in the treated area. These side effects should resolve within several days.

Can CoolSculpting® be combined with other procedures?

CoolSculpting® can be a stand-alone treatment, or it can be combined with other procedures. Some women may include CoolSculpting® as part of a mommy makeover or other plastic surgery procedure to deliver more refined results.

How many CoolSculpting® treatments will I need?

A typical CoolSculpting® treatment session can last between 1 to 4 hours, depending on how extensive the treatment area is. During this time, many people read, watch a movie, relax or catch up on emails. Some people will only need one CoolSculpting® session, while those requiring more significant treatments may benefit from multiple sessions. If you need more than one treatment of the same area, follow-up sessions are scheduled three months apart.

How soon will I see my CoolSculpting® results?

Although some people notice a difference in as little as a few weeks following their CoolSculpting® treatment, you can expect to see your final results within 3 to 4 months.

Can I expect permanent results from CoolSculpting®?

CoolSculpting® permanently destroys fat cells. By maintaining a stable, healthy weight through eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, you can expect to enjoy long-lasting or permanent results from your CoolSculpting® treatment.