Does CoolSculpting Work?

Posted on October 25, 2020

Anyone looking to get rid of stubborn fat has probably researched all of the possible solutions. Once diet and exercise can no longer give you the results you’re looking for, it’s time to turn to other options. However, not everyone wants to go through a surgical procedure to reduce fat. 


CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that reduces unwanted fat. It doesn’t require downtime, and it costs less than a liposuction procedure would. This almost sounds too good to be true. So the question is, does CoolSculpting work?  

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

CoolSculpting uses an applicator to freeze fat below the surface of your skin. After this is done, radio waves or massaging is done to break down the frozen fat cells so they can be eliminated through the body’s natural processes. 


Also known as cryolipolysis, this treatment can reduce fat on the thighs, buttocks area, upper arms, and abdomen. The process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the area being treated. 

Can CoolSculpting Help You Lose Weight?

When it comes to any plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure, your expectations will influence whether you are satisfied with the results or not. CoolSculpting has been shown to remove 10-20% of fat with each treatment, in comparison to the 70-90% that can be removed with liposuction. Therefore, this procedure can help you lose weight but it won’t reduce larger amounts of fat. 


The ideal candidate for CoolSculpting treatments would be someone who is at their desired weight but wants to remove stubborn areas of fat. CoolSculpting is not designed to be an overall weight loss tool. Instead, it is best to treat specific areas of the body that won’t go away with diet and exercise. 

What Are the Risks and Side Effects of CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is very safe when done by an experienced professional. However, as with any procedure there is always a level of risk. During the process, it’s possible that you may feel a cold sensation, pinching, tugging, or cramping around the area being targeted. 


After the procedure, you may also experience some slight discomforts including soreness, bruising, tenderness, swelling, redness, itching, or skin sensitivity. These symptoms usually go away after a few days, but can last for up to three weeks. While rare, some of the more serious complications may include scarring, hyperpigmentation, or frostbite. However, these more severe side effects occur when an inexperienced doctor has conducted the procedure or an inauthentic CoolSculpting device was used. 


Despite the possibility of complications, CoolSculpting is usually quite reliable and effective. Some of the benefits are that there is no downtime needed, no anesthesia required, and it is a non-invasive procedure. 

Schedule a Consultation 

If you’re interested in CoolSculpting treatments and want to learn more about what it can do for you, schedule an appointment with CDAM today. You can contact us at 312-767-5113 or request a consultation through our website.