Posted by: Skin And Cancer Institute in Cosmetic Procedures

You go in for your CoolSculpting appointment with high hopes. You’ve heard all the amazing things people have said about it, and you’re convinced that it’s going to erase all your trouble spots and give you the figure you’ve always wanted. But when you finally see the results, they’re subtle to say the least. What gives?

It turns out that there are a lot of misconceptions about CoolSculpting and what it can do. In this article, we’re going to dispel some of those myths and reveal the *real* results you can expect from CoolSculpting. Spoiler alert: they may not be what you think!

What is CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a popular procedure for getting rid of fat without surgery. It involves cooling the skin to a very cold temperature, which causes the fat cells to die. The dead cells are then naturally eliminated from the body over time.

What results can you expect with CoolSculpting?

The results vary from person to person, but in general, you can expect to lose about 20 percent of the fat in the treated area. While CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution, it is a great way to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

What are unrealistic expectations of CoolSculpting?

As we alluded to in the introduction, there are a lot of misconceptions about CoolSculpting and what it can do. It can’t erase all your trouble spots, but it can improve them. It is definitely effective. The trick is to know that the results are subtle and to keep your expectations realistic. Some unrealistic expectations of CoolSculpting are outlined below.

Thinking CoolSculpting can get rid of cellulite

  1. Cellulite is a structural problem in the skin, and CoolSculpting cannot address that.
  2. Cellulite is caused by genetics, hormones, and lifestyle factors, and there is no cure.

Expecting overnight results with CoolSculpting

Many people expect overnight results with CoolSculpting, but that’s not realistic. The treatment takes time to work, and you won’t see the full results until several weeks or months have passed. And by the way, you may need more than one treatment to achieve your desired results.

Thinking CoolSculpting is a miracle cure

It’s also important to remember that CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment. It’s specifically designed to target and eliminate stubborn fat cells. So if you’re looking to lose a significant amount of weight, CoolSculpting is not the right treatment for you.

Are the results of CoolSculpting permanent?

The results are long-lasting. So even if you don’t see a big change immediately after your treatment, you can rest assured knowing that the fat cells are gone for good. 

Tips for Coolsculpting

If you’ve decided to go ahead and take the plunge and get CoolSculpting done, it’s vital that you’re aware of a few tips that will maximize your results and make things easier for you.

Do your research before choosing a doctor

When it comes to CoolSculpting, it’s important to do your research before choosing a doctor. Ask your friends and family for referrals and check online review sites like Yelp or Google Reviews. You can also ask your general practitioner or dermatologist for a referral. Make sure you find a doctor who has experience with CoolSculpting and who can show you before and after photos of their previous patients.

Understand the process and what to expect

When considering CoolSculpting, it’s important to understand the entire process. This will help you set realistic expectations and avoid any surprises. Here are some things you can expect:

First, your doctor will numb the treatment area. Then they will attach a cooling device to the skin. During this time, you may feel some pulling, tugging, and discomfort.

After the treatment is over, your doctor will massage the area for a few minutes. This helps break up the fat cells so that they can be eliminated from your body.

Drink plenty of water before and after your treatment

One of the most important things to do before and after your CoolSculpting treatment is to drink plenty of water. It will help keep you hydrated and minimize any side effects you may experience.

Wear loose clothing to your appointment

Wearing loose clothing to your CoolSculpting appointment will make the process more comfortable for you. It will also prevent your clothes from getting in the way of the treatment.

Prepare for side effects

You may feel some mild discomfort during your CoolSculpting procedure. Some common side effects of CoolSculpting include redness, swelling, bruising, and numbness. These side effects are usually temporary and should go away within a few days.

The pros and cons of CoolSculpting

There are many pros to CoolSculpting. First, it’s a non-invasive procedure, which means that there is no surgery involved. In addition, it’s a relatively quick and easy procedure that can be done in a doctor’s office. Plus, CoolSculpting also has very mild side effects.

There are also some cons to CoolSculpting. One of the main drawbacks is that it can be expensive. The cost of CoolSculpting varies depending on the size and number of areas being treated. Another downside is that the results of CoolSculpting are not immediate. It can take several weeks or even months to see the full results of the treatment.

Alternatives to CoolSculpting

Some of the most popular alternatives to CoolSculpting  include liposuction and laser liposuction. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of fat from the body. Laser liposuction is a variation of liposuction that uses a laser to melt fat cells.

The Science of CoolSculpting

Did you know that CoolSculpting is based on some pretty cutting-edge science? Well, it is! In fact, the technology behind CoolSculpting is so new that most people don’t even know about it.

CoolSculpting was first developed in the early 1970s by a doctor named Dr. Rox Anderson who discovered that cold temperatures could be used to kill fat cells.

In the early 2000s, CoolSculpting was commercialized and became available for use in cosmetic procedures. The first CoolSculpting machine was FDA-approved in 2010.


Overall, CoolSculpting is a safe and effective procedure for fat removal. However, it’s important to have realistic expectations about the results. The results of CoolSculpting are not immediate and it can take several weeks or even months to see the full effect of the treatment. In addition, CoolSculpting can be quite expensive. But if you’re looking for a non-invasive procedure with minimal side effects, CoolSculpting may be right for you.


How much does CoolSculpting cost?

The cost of CoolSculpting will vary depending on the size and number of areas being treated. Typically, the cost ranges from $600 to $1,200 per treatment, but this varies by location and provider so it’s best to call ahead of time to get a quote.

What areas can be treated with CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting can be used to treat multiple areas of the body, including the abdomen, flanks/love handles, thighs, arms, and chin.

How long does a CoolSculpting treatment take?

A CoolSculpting treatment typically takes about an hour to complete.