How cold are the treatments?

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Coolsculpting

Coolsculpting is an excellent form of non-invasive  fat reduction for the right patient. Some applicators take 1 or 2 hours but the new advantage applicators take only 35 minutes and have significantly less risk for delayed onset pain (especially in the abdomen). Results are seen at 2 months and typically 1-3 treatments will be necessary on each area to achieve ideal results. The number of treatments depends on the amount of fat there and the patient's goals.  There is not downtime and the results can be impressive in the right patient.  We also use the Zimmer Z-wave for improved patient comfort and added results. The best candidates are those who are in pretty good shape with areas of stubborn fat that won't go away no matter what. The panels can get as cold as -10 C which is the tempt. needed to freeze the fat; however, the skin is completely protected.

My best,

Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

How Cold are the treatments?

It's -10-11 C depending on the applicator that is used. What you will feel is the suction and then the cold alms numbs the area. I have not had any clients cease treatment due the cold feeling if that comforts you at all. The outer thigh panel is cold and almost itchy but again, not one client has ever stopped the treatment due to the cold feelings. The safety studies show this temperature destroys only the fat cells but surrounding tissue is unharmed. Best of Luck. 

Robert Heck, MD, FACS
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

How cold are coolsculpting treatments

In coolsculpting treatments, it “cools” the area to be treated to reduce the fat. The cooling panels can get down to -10Celcius. Theoretically fat freezing at 4 degree Celsius. This is higher than the freezing point of water. The temperature that coolsculpting achieves is above the freezing point of water, so that it can leave in-tact other viable cells and destroy the fat cells.

Steven H. Dayan, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Coolsculpting and "Freezing"

Coolsculpting cools the skin down but in a protected way so that the fat is frozen but the skin on top is protected.  Best, Dr. Green

How cold are CoolSculpting treatments?

During a CoolSculpting treatment, there is a cold sensation that the patient feels, but after several minutes this sensation normally goes away because the area becomes numb.  The temperature of the cooling approaches the freezing point of water but does not go all the way there so that the skin is not damaged.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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