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CoolSculpting® FAQ

How does CoolSculpting compare with liposuction?

Even people who are in great shape can have trouble toning certain areas of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs. CoolSculpting and liposuction are both good options for reducing stubborn fat. Liposuction can remove more fat than CoolSculpting, but it also requires incisions, anesthesia, and some time off work to recover. That's not true for CoolSculpting. It works without incisions and kills fat cells without injuring surrounding tissues or skin.

Either procedure can be a good fit in many cases, so it all depends on your priorities. Dr. Johnson is an experienced body contouring specialist who is very familiar with both techniques. He can listen to your goals and recommend the right approach for you.

How does CoolSculpting work?

The CoolSculpting procedure can safely and effectively destroy localized areas of fat because fat cells are vulnerable to cold. They begin dying at temperatures that don't injure the skin or damage surrounding tissue. The cooling process, called Cryolipolysis®, is precisely monitored during the treatment. As fat cells gradually die, they are absorbed by the body and then removed through the natural metabolic processes in the weeks that follow.

Is CoolSculpting painful?

No. Any discomfort during a CoolSculpting treatment is minimal and typically occurs only during the initial stages of the procedure as you get used to the cold sensation. Most patients relax, read a book, or use a mobile device during the treatment. Some patients even nap.

How much does CoolSculpting cost?

We are committed to offering a range of body contouring alternatives for a range of patients and budgets. The price of a CoolSculpting procedure varies depending on the areas you're concerned about and the number of sessions needed to meet your cosmetic goals, among other factors.

We require a $250.00 deposit to schedule your CoolSculpting session. We will apply this amount to the cost of your CoolSculpting treatment. This deposit is refundable for cancellations requested 24 or more hours in advance.

How long does the procedure take?

The duration of the treatment, like the cost, depends on the number of treatment areas. Dr. Johnson customizes CoolSculpting procedures for each patient's specific concerns. A typical treatment session for 1 area, such as the upper abdomen, takes about an hour. A session using the applicator for "non-pinchable" fat, such as on the thighs, takes about 2 hours.

How many sessions will I require?

Some patients need only one session. Others may require 2 or more visits for optimal fat removal. Kasey Landrus, Aesthetic Nurse and Coolsculpting Specialist will discuss the possibility of further treatments during your follow-up appointment.

Is DualSculpting® the same thing as CoolSculpting?

Yes. DualSculpting simply uses 2 devices to treat 2 areas of the body at once. This is especially useful for patients who wish to treat both flanks or both thighs. DualSculpting cuts the treatment time in half, allowing patients to resume their daily activities faster. We currently do not offer dualsculpting at our practice.

What is the CoolAdvantage™ applicator and why is it special?

The CoolAdvantage applicator offers patients another convenient option for treating specific areas of fat. CoolAdvantage is FDA-cleared to operate at a lower temperature, allowing our technicians to treat common areas of unwanted fat in less time. CoolAdvantage features distinct, interchangeable treatment heads that are shaped to conform to different areas of the body:

  • "Vertical fat" on the inner thighs
  • Flanks
  • Abdomen
  • Under the Chin
  • "Love Handles"
  • Arms


Am I a good candidate? 

Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is specifically designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese. It is, however a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Request a one-on-one consultation with us to determine if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.

How much does the CoolSculpting procedure cost? 

The price for CoolSculpting procedures varies depending on your areas of concern, the number of sessions needed, and your ultimate goals. We will help create a customized treatment plan, in person, that’s tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.

How long is each session? How many sessions will I need? 

will help you create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your CoolSculpting session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. We may schedule additional sessions in order to meet your goals.

Where does the fat go? Are the results permanent? 

Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), your body processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.

What does it feel like? 

As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you will feel pressure and intense cold. This soon dissipates. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their treatment.

Is the CoolSculpting procedure safe? 

The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the flank (love handles), abdomen, and thigh. With over one million CoolSculpting treatments performed worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for non-surgical fat reduction.

Are there any side effects? 

During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain. Rare side effects may also occur. The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, ask us if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.

Can I return to normal activities after my treatment? 

Yes, you can. The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Often times, patients return to work after their CoolSculpting session is over.

When will I see results? 

You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.

Do I need to take special supplements or follow a strict diet and exercise program? 

No supplements or pills are required and you do not have to adopt new diet and exercise habits. Many patients feel more motivated to take care of themselves after their CoolSculpting treatment. It is as if they get a second lease on their body and want to start anew again by taking even better care of themselves.

What happens if I gain weight down the road? 

Many people, after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting procedure, take even better care of themselves. However, if you do gain weight, you may gain it evenly all over your body, not just in the treated areas.

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