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FAQ

Can the CoolSculpting® procedure reduce fat anywhere on my body?

The CoolSculpting® procedure can treat visible fat bulges in the submental area (under the chin), thigh, abdomen and flank (love handle), along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm. Your physician will create a customised treatment plan that’s tailored to your body and your individual goals.

Am I a good candidate for the CoolSculpting® procedure?

The CoolSculpting® fat-reduction procedure is specially designed for those who have unwanted fat in targeted areas. Unlike weight-loss surgery (e.g. gastric bypass), the CoolSculpting® procedure is not a weight-loss solution for people who are obese. Good candidates for the CoolSculpting® procedure have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. Many people want a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. 

Your first step should be to speak to a CoolSculpting® physician to see if it is a suitable procedure for you.

Who should not have the CoolSculpting® procedure?

The CoolSculpting® procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting® procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinaemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold haemoglobinuria. The CoolSculpting® procedure is not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, ask your physician if the CoolSculpting® procedure is right for you.

I don’t like my double chin. Can the CoolSculpting® procedure help me lose it?

Yes, the CoolSculpting® procedure can treat visible fat bulges under the chin. Freezing away fat from a double chin is as tolerable as using the CoolSculpting® procedure in other parts of the body (e.g., abdomen, flank/side, thighs). With CoolSculpting® treatment for a double chin, patients may see results after just 2 visits.

Where does the fat go? Are the results permanent?

Once the treated fat cells are crystallised (frozen), they are destroyed and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.

Is the CoolSculpting® procedure safe?

As a leading non-invasive fat-reduction treatment worldwide, CoolSculpting® has a well-established safety and efficacy profile. CoolSculpting®systems are controlled cooling devices designed with built-in safety measures. If sensors detect that the skin is getting too cold, the system will shut down automatically.

THE TREATMENT PROCESS 

What does it feel like?

As the cooling begins during the first few minutes you typically feel intense cold. This should soon dissipate. With some applicators, you’ll feel some pulling as suction is applied. 

After the treatment, you may feel some tingling as the area is massaged for approximately 2 minutes. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities following their appointment. What to Expect has more information about what happens before, during, and after your CoolSculpting® procedure.

What should I tell my physician?

During your initial consultation your physician will ask about your medical history to establish if CoolSculpting® could be right for you. It's important to tell them if you have cryoglobulinaemia, cold agglutinin disease or paroxysmal cold haemoglobinuria, as you should not have CoolSculpting® if you suffer from any of these conditions.

How long is each treatment? How many treatments will I need?

Your CoolSculpting® physician will help you create an individualised treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your CoolSculpting®treatment will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. The latest technology of CoolSculpting®can treat a patient within 60 minutes. If you have limited time but have several areas of unwanted fat, some practices may even have multiple CoolSculpting® systems. Your physician will explain the process and establish if this is a suitable option for you. You and your physician may also schedule additional treatments or office visits in order to meet your goals.

AFTER YOUR TREATMENT

Are there any side effects?

During the procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations may subside as the area becomes numb. 

Following the procedure, typical side effects include redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, skin sensitivity and numbness. Numbness can persist for up to several weeks. There may be a sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental treatment. These effects are temporary and generally resolve within days or weeks. 

Though rare, some additional side effects such as paradoxical hyperplasia, late onset pain, freeze burn, vasovagal symptoms, subcutaneous induration, hyperpigmentation and hernia may also occur. 

The CoolSculpting® procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting® procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinaemia, cold agglutinin disease or paroxysmal cold haemoglobinuria. The CoolSculpting® procedure is not a treatment for obesity. 

As with any medical procedure, ask your physician if the CoolSculpting® procedure is right for you.

Can I return to normal activities after my treatment?

The CoolSculpting® procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities almost immediately. Often, patients return to work directly after their CoolSculpting® treatment. This will vary between people and may be dependent on treatment area.

I’ve had my CoolSculpting® procedure. Now what?

Always be sure to schedule a follow-up assessment with your CoolSculpting® physician to review your results.

When will I see results?

Most patients see results between 2 and 6 months following treatment. You will still continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment. The Before & After Gallery shows what results look like several weeks after CoolSculpting® treatment.

OTHER

How much does the CoolSculpting® procedure cost?

The price for CoolSculpting® procedures varies depending on your areas of concern, the number of treatments needed, and your ultimate goals. 

Create a customised treatment plan, in person, with your CoolSculpting® physician that’s tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.