CoolSculpting to Freeze Fat: 10 Tips You Won't Hear on TV

A. Foley on 20 Aug 2014 at 3:50pm

CoolSculpting Before and After

Since its media splash in late 2010, CoolSculpting by Zeltiq has taken the body-contouring world by storm. It’s non-invasive, cheaper than liposuction, and is marketed to almost be painless — though the length of results still remains a question mark.

It’s making more and more appearances in the media lately, so we rounded up some of the discoveries our community has made during their frolics with the fat-freezing treatment.

Top 10 Things About CoolSculpting You Might Not Hear on TV:

1. 7/10 people would do it again, according to the RealSelf Worth It Rating.

2. "CoolSculpting is not a procedure to improve skin laxity," says Dr. Leyda Bowes. Meaning, if your skin is already saggy, it will not be improved. In fact, fat removal could make it even more noticeable.

3. It's definitely not pain-free“CoolSculpting can be uncomfortable during the first 5 to15 minutes when the vacuum grabs the skin and fat," explains Dr. Michael Persky.

4. It’s really a two-hour procedure. Though it's marketed to only be an hour, that time is for one area only. Each love handle is a separate area, and the lower abdomen counts as two. (Hey, who wants to be lopsided?)

5. Right after the procedure, the treated area will look like it’s got a stick of butter underneath — or as one RealSelf member wrote, “It looked like I had a 1lb piece of salmon under my skin. It was weird but they massaged it right down.”


6. Only one treatment is needed to see 20-25% fat reduction in that area. But if you opt for more, doctors say you can see an additional 20-25% each time.

7. Some patients don’t see success in round one, but find the “second time’s a charm” to get visible results.

8. Doctors and patients agree that recovery could involve days or even weeks of soreness (“similar to the day after you've done a hard work out”), as well as bruising, swelling, and tingling in the treated area.

9. Full results take an average of 2-3 months to show. Some people will show within weeks, some take up to 4-6 months.

10. CoolSculpting is not a license to go on a calorie binge. If you gain weight, the remaining fat will get larger and lessen the results," says Dr. Steven Weiner. Doctors recommend maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regime for lasting results.

What do you think about CoolSculpting? Would you try it? Have you? Let us know in the comments below.

Photo credits: Courtesy of Dr. Laurie Casas; RealSelf member RavenandTim