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Does CoolSculpting Work?

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Have you noticed some areas on your body where the fat just refuses to go away no matter how much weight you lose? The good news is, you’re not the only one. Millions of people face this issue, and luckily, there is a scientifically proven treatment to help!

CoolSculpting is the leading non-invasive fat reduction treatment. This treatment can remove stubborn areas of body fat that won’t go away with any level of exercise or healthy eating. 

Keep reading to learn more about how CoolSculpting works, how successful the treatment is, and how to know if it is the right option for you. 

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

CoolSculpting is also known as cryolipolysis, which uses cold temperature to break down fat cells. Fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than others cells, so they are particularly susceptible to the effects of the cold. 

CoolSculpting is a treatment based on this idea. When your doctor performs a CoolSculpting treatment, they use a precise temperature to freeze and kill fat cells without damaging any other types of cells in your skin or surrounding areas.

This ensures that only certain cells are targeted, helping your doctor decrease stubborn fat in specific areas. 

What Areas Can CoolSculpting Treat?

CoolSculpting can treat several different areas of the body. The areas that CoolSculpting has been proven to reduce fat include: 

  • The upper and lower abdomen
  • The side of the body between the ribs and the hip (called the flank or love handles) 
  • The inner thighs and outer thighs
  • The chin or double chin 
  • The armpit or what is sometimes called “bra fat”
  • The buttocks
  • The upper arms

What is the CoolSculpting Process?

If you’re interested in CoolSculpting and wondering what it can do for you, you might be curious about the procedure and what it entails. We have divided the CoolSculpting process into three main sections: The consultation, The CoolSculpting procedure, and post-procedure.

The Consultation

The first step in the CoolSculpting process is easy: finding the right practitioner. To avoid adverse effects, it is essential to book a consultation with a medical professional with extensive training in the CoolSculpting procedure.

During your consultation, your treatment provider will:

  • Discuss your goals and needs
  • Assess whether you are a good candidate or not
  • Design a customized treatment to help you reach your desired outcome

The CoolSculpting Procedure

Once you have received a proper consultation and your medical provider has deemed the procedure right for you, you are ready to receive your first treatment. 

A CoolSculpting treatment typically takes anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes. During your treatment, your practitioner will: 

  • Select an applicator based on the size and location of the area you are getting treated
  • Place this applicator and a gel pad on the treatment area. The gel pad protects the skin while the applicator delivers controlled cooling to the targeted fat, which freezes the fat cells and causes cell death
  • Massage the treated areas, which breaks up and further destroys the frozen fat cells and helps your body begin to get rid of the fat

The CoolSculpting procedure is non-surgical and non-invasive, meaning there is little pain involved in the process. However, some patients report the following sensations during treatment:

  • An intense cold feeling
  • Numbness to the treatment area
  • Pulling or tugging 
  • Aching or cramping
  • Mild pinching

If at any point you feel uncomfortable during your procedure, let your technician know. 


After your procedure, your body will slowly start to dispose of the dead fat cells, reducing the fat in whichever area you had treated. On average, most patients see results between 1 to 4 months following treatment.

Most patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure. However, you may experience side effects and symptoms such as:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Firmness
  • Tenderness
  • Cramping
  • Itching
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Numbness

If any of these symptoms are severe or lasts more than a few weeks, contact your doctor. 

How do I know that CoolSculpting Works? 

Several studies have been conducted showing that CoolSculpting does, in fact, work. Specific stats that you may find helpful are:

  • CoolSculpting is considered to be both safe and effective, with a patient satisfaction rate of 73% after just one treatment
  • There is less risk of regaining weight after a CoolSculpting procedure compared to other fat-reduction treatments
  • Patients who received CoolSculpting lost an average of 14.67 to 28.5 percent of the fat in treated areas
  • There have been very few reported adverse reactions or outcomes

Tips for Success

Although CoolSculpting is a successful treatment on its own, there are several steps you can take to ensure positive results. These include:

  •  Maintaining a healthy diet & exercise routine. CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss procedure but rather a supplement to your journey 
  • Remember that everyone’s body is different, and treatments will work differently depending on your body type 
  • Make sure you are receiving the treatment from proper technicians who are trained in the CoolSculpting procedure to lower adverse effects such as uneven fat reduction
  • Consider complementary treatments such as Evolve or Evoke, which can tighten skin, build muscle, and further trim in hard to tone areas

If you’re interested in CoolSculpting and what it could do for you, contact us today!


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  • Written by Dr. Jeane Lombard

    Dr. Lombard was born and raised in South Africa. In 1998, she graduated from the University of Pretoria with her medical degree. She worked as a physician in London, England from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, Dr. Lombard made the decision to move to Canada. She became a licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada that same year, allowing her to practice medicine in Saskatoon, Canmore, and Calgary.

    Dr. Lombard has been working as a medical professional for over 21 years, and in that time, she has discovered a deep passion for the cosmetic side of medicine. Today, she specializes in cosmetic procedures, boasting 13 years in the industry.
    With deep compassion for her patients and a professional commitment to exemplary care, Dr. Lombard prioritizes health and safety over all else. When she isn’t hard at work, Dr. Lombard likes to spend time with friends in the mountains, enjoying good food and fine wine.

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