Is CoolSculpting® Worth It?

One of the most common questions I hear about CoolSculpting® is: does CoolSculpting® really work? In this blog post I’m going to explain how CoolSculpting® works, what the treatment is like, and how to tell if you’ll get a great result.

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How CoolSculpting® Treatment Works

The technology behind CoolSculpting® is cryolipolysis — a process that cools down fat cells until they crystallize, which causes them to break down. The temperature is carefully controlled to ensure that only the fat cells are affected, and that the surrounding tissue isn’t damaged. What’s especially cool about this process (pun intended — sorry!) is that there’s almost no inflammation, and thus minimal pain, redness, and swelling.

How Effective Is CoolSculpting®?

We know from studies that about 25% of fat cells are removed with CoolSculpting®. But it may not necessarily translate into results you’ll see for a couple reasons. First, what you see depends on how thick your fat layer is. If the cold doesn’t penetrate all the way through, you won’t see as much improvement— you’re only removing 25% of part of the fat, not all of it! Don’t worry though: additional sessions will result in continued improvement. As the fat layer thins out, the cold will penetrate the previously unaffected fat.

Secondly, you may not know what results to expect — but an expert can help set expectations. It’s a bit hard to picture what a 25% thinner layer of fat is going to look like. Because of this, it’s crucial to carefully select who performs your CoolSculpting® procedure. Experienced practitioners have a good idea of which clients will see a worthwhile result and can honestly consult you about your candidacy.

Finally, even though CoolSculpting® removes fat, you will not see a major change in weight. This is normal — most don’t even see a difference on the scale with liposuction, which is a more invasive procedure than CoolSculpting®. Because it only takes a couple of pounds to make a significant difference in contour, this amount of fat loss doesn’t always show up on the scale.

What to Expect from CoolSculpting® Treatment

Every CoolSculpting® treatment begins with a complementary consultation, which I handle personally. If a patient isn’t an excellent candidate for CoolSculpting®, don’t worry — I can recommend a treatment to achieve the desired results, whether that’s liposuction, skin excision, or another procedure.

Before Treatment

If you’re determined and a good candidate, we talk about the treatment plan. CoolSculpting® is done in two sessions a month apart. It’s important to perform two sessions because you’re just not going to see major results with a single session.

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During Treatment

The actual treatment lasts from an hour to two hours. If you’re a busy person, you can have a little time to yourself during the procedure — we give you snacks and an iPad with Netflix to enjoy your favorite movies or shows, a new meaning to the phase “Netflix and chill.” During the treatment, you’ll feel some tugging, pulling, and possibly mild pinching when we turn on the suction. You’ll also briefly feel intense cold, and then the area will be numb.

When the cycle is complete, we remove the applicator and massage firmly to kill off as many fat cells as possible. It’s a quick process, and afterward you’ll experience some mild tenderness and sensitivity. The treatment area may remain somewhat numb for about a month.

After Treatment

Results start to appear by your second session, and you’ll see a final version of results in 3-5 months. The best part about CoolSculpting® is that there is absolutely no downtime! You can head right back to work, use the gym, or even go on vacation immediately after your treatment.

After Treatment

Results start to appear by your second session, and you’ll see a final version of results in 3-5 months. The best part about CoolSculpting® is that there is absolutely no downtime! You can head right back to work, use the gym, or even go on vacation immediately after your treatment.

Let’s Talk Results: Is CoolSculpting® Permanent?

Allergan, the company responsible for CoolSculpting®, is careful never to claim permanent fat reduction, but based on my own personal experience in how it works, I believe the results are permanent. Here’s why:

Fat cells are like storage tanks — they fill up when you gain weight and empty out when you lose weight, but the storage tanks are still there. CoolSculpting® eliminates the fat cells completely, so it stands to reason the results would be permanent, which is consistent with my personal experience.

I had CoolSculpting® performed on my upper arms, and later gained a significant amount of weight while pregnant. Even after gaining 50 lbs., I could see there was less fat on the back of my upper arms, and long-sleeved shirts that should have been tight still fit!

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What Does CoolSculpting® Cost?

As with any market where there is competition, retailers tend to offer similar pricing, and CoolSculpting® is no exception. But be aware that some offices may try to reel you in with a deceptively low price. I’ve had patients bring me competitor’s treatment plans for half the price, and it turned out the treatment plan either only included a single session or wasn’t as thorough as the treatment I provide.

When you compare apples to apples, pricing is consistent among offices, making the differentiating factors experience and background training. For the same reasons, the benefit of a CoolSculpting® consultation at my office is honesty. If CoolSculpting® isn’t going to give you the result you’re looking for, I can tell you what treatment WILL achieve those results.

So, what does CoolSculpting® actually cost? You can expect to pay between $3,000 – $5,000 to treat your abdomen, waist, or upper arms, with other areas of the body traditionally costing a bit less. If you have multiple areas treated, we can often offer a discount!

When you compare apples to apples, pricing is consistent among offices, making the differentiating factors experience and background training. For the same reasons, the benefit of a CoolSculpting® consultation at my office is honesty. If CoolSculpting® isn’t going to give you the result you’re looking for, I can tell you what treatment WILL achieve those results.

So, what does CoolSculpting® actually cost? You can expect to pay between $3,000 – $5,000 to treat your abdomen, waist, or upper arms, with other areas of the body traditionally costing a bit less. If you have multiple areas treated, we can often offer a discount!

Who Is a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting®?

CoolSculpting® isn’t for everyone. You’re more likely to see a worthwhile improvement if you’re within about 25 lbs. of a healthy weight for your body, but the true effectiveness of CoolSculpting® depends on the how thick the treatment area’s fat layer is.

CoolSculpting® is excellent for fat reduction, but not for everything. For example, skin laxity can only be improved with skin excision or possibly some noninvasive treatments. Visceral fat can only be reduced with weight loss — even liposuction cannot target it. And cellulite is caused by fascial connections between the skin and underlying muscle, which means CoolSculpting® isn’t effective for removing it.

So, Is CoolSculpting® Worth It?

If you’ve read this far, you can see why CoolSculpting® is a great option for many, but not everyone. If you’re a good candidate and you want fat reduction without surgery, schedule a complementary CoolSculpting® consultation: I’ll personally help you see if it’s right for you!

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