CoolSculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is an effective non-surgical body-contouring technique used on areas like the thighs, flanks, abdomen, back, and buttocks.

In this procedure, we use patented and tested technology to freeze the fat cells below the skin. This causes them to die, break down, and gradually be filtered out of the body, resulting in slimming down of the targeted area.

This fairly new technique was approved by the FDA in 2012 and has quickly become the go-to body-contouring technique. It takes around an hour per treatment area, and after several months, the final results can be seen. CoolSculpting reduces the number of fat cells in the treatment zone by 20 to 25 percent.

If you’ve heard about CoolSculpting and are interested in coming in for the procedure, you may be wondering if the treatment is uncomfortable or painful.

Is CoolSculpting Painful?

During the CoolSculpting procedure, no anesthesia is needed. This is because the procedure is extremely comfortable and free of any pain. Patients can relax, taking the time to sleep, read, or use mobile devices.

When undergoing CoolSculpting, clients don’t feel anything besides a tugging sensation when medical suction is used to keep the skin in place between the device’s cooling panels.

The procedure is completely non-invasive and involves no incisions, needles, or tissue manipulation. This means clients won’t need any recovery time or downtime and can head back to work almost immediately.

CoolSculpting is a very safe procedure, especially when compared to traditional techniques like liposuction. The most prominent side effects of this technique are minor and occur just around the treatment spot. The majority of side effects reduce within a few days after the procedure.

The common side effects of CoolSculpting are a pinching sensation, tenderness, minor swelling, redness, firmness, stinging, and tingling of the upper layer of the skin. Patients may experience these side effects for up to one to two weeks.

Ideal Candidates For CoolSculpting

The CoolSculpting procedure helps reduce stubborn fat, which is typically resistant to exercise and diet. Unlike exercising and dieting, it completely eliminates targeted fat cells rather than just shrinking them. Ideal candidates for the treatment have tried these typical fat-reduction methods and have not been able to achieve the changes they desire.

Those who fall under any of the below categories should avoid CoolSculpting:

  • Pregnant women
  • People suffering from cold agglutinin disease, where temperature change kills red blood cells
  • People suffering cyroglobulinemia, where protein count increases with cold temperatures
  • People with weak immune systems that cannot handle cold temperatures