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What Will CoolSculpting® Treatment Feel Like?

By: Our Team


With CoolSculpting continuing to grow in popularity and maintaining its status as the gold standard of “fat freezing” technologies, you may already know about some of its body sculpting benefits — like the ability to destroy up to 25% of fat cells in a treatment area during a single session. Still, many patients have questions about how exactly CoolSculpting works, what treatment may feel like, and how they can expect to feel after a CoolSculpting appointment. Here, Munster, IN board-certified physician Dr. David Dreyfuss and the knowledgeable team from JEM Medspa Indiana answer these CoolSculpting FAQ — and more.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical body contouring treatment that freezes and destroys fat cells in a process known as cryolipolysis. CoolSculpting does not require numbing, anesthesia, incisions, lasers, scarring, downtime, or some of the other inconveniences associated with surgical fat removal options, like liposuction.

Where can CoolSculpting be used?

Common treatment areas for CoolSculpting fat reduction include:

  • Upper arms
  • Abdomen
  • Male chest
  • Hips
  • Flanks
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Beneath the chin

How long does a CoolSculpting session last?

Depending on the size of the area(s) being treated, most patients can expect their CoolSculpting session to last for about one hour.

Does CoolSculpting hurt?

For many patients, their first question about CoolSculpting is, “What does it feel like?” While the answer can vary somewhat from person to person, patients generally do not describe pain or discomfort during CoolSculpting. Instead, you can expect to feel a pulling or tugging sensation as the CoolSculpting applicator works to gently raise unwanted fat cells toward the surface of the skin, where they can be more easily and efficiently treated. Then, you should notice a cold or cool sensation as the fat cells are precisely cooled to the level at which they are rendered unviable.

Will I be sore after CoolSculpting?

Following your CoolSculpting treatment, you may experience mild side effects at the treatment sites for about 1 – 2 days (or less) which may include:

  • Redness
  • Stinging
  • Swelling
  • Soreness
  • Tenderness

Overall, patients report that CoolSculpting is tolerable and not painful.

How many CoolSculpting sessions are needed to see results?

Most patients who are within about 5 – 10 pounds of their target weight typically only require one CoolSculpting session to achieve their aesthetic goals. For patients with a larger volume of stubborn fat, a series of 2 – 3 CoolSculpting sessions may be needed. However, it is important to remember that CoolSculpting is meant to treat areas of stubborn fat that are resistant to diet and exercise and should not be considered a substitute for traditional weight loss methods. Furthermore, CoolSculpting results can be reversed should the patient gain weight after treatment, making it essential for patients considering CoolSculpting in Munster, IN to be fully committed to maintaining a healthy, stable weight over time.

Watch the weight fall off the easy way with CoolSculpting nonsurgical fat reduction in Munster, IN

If it feels like you have done everything to slim down your problem areas without achieving reliable results, it may be time to consider another option. Take the first step toward reducing unwanted fat without surgery by scheduling your Munster, IN CoolSculpting consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dreyfuss or one of our experienced aesthetic providers at JEM Medspa Indiana today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.