The Consultation And Treatment Process

As the name suggests, the CoolSculpting procedure can be a little chilly. Controlled cooling is delivered via an applicator, to freeze the targeted subcutaneous fat (fat found underneath the skin).

Most CoolSculpting applicators use a vacuum to draw the fatty tissue into the applicator cup. During this initial part of the procedure, you may feel some pulling, tugging and or mild pinching/stinging.

Once the cooling part of the procedure starts you may feel an intense cold sensation, then some tugging, pulling or a stinging sensation, which usually subsides once the area becomes numb.

When the CoolSculpting applicators are removed, the clinician will do a 2 minute massage on the treated area to break up the frozen fat cells. The sensation felt during this part of the process is different for each person; some are not bothered by the sensation, others say it can be slightly uncomfortable for the short period of the massage.

After Coolsculpting® Treatment

The CoolSculpting® procedure is 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.

The following effects can occur in the treatment area during and after a treatment. These effects are temporary and generally resolve within days or weeks.

During a treatment:

  • Sensations of pulling, tugging and mild pinching.
  • Intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, cramping. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb.
Immediately after treatment:
  • Redness and firmness.
  • Transient blanching and/or mild bruising around the edges of the treatment area.
  • Tingling and stinging.
One to two weeks after a treatment:
  • Redness, bruising and swelling.
  • Tenderness, cramping and aching.
  • Itching, skin sensitivity, tingling and numbness. Numbness can persist up to several weeks after a treatment.
  • Sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental area treatment.
As with any medical procedure, ask a healthcare professional if the CoolSculpting® procedure is right for you.

You can feel confident with CoolSculpting technology.

Trained Technicians – CoolSculpting technicians are provided with ongoing training to ensure there is a high standard of knowledge about the consultation process, the CoolSculpting procedure and aftercare support. They will consult with you to understand your needs and medical history and to determine if CoolSculpting is right for you.

Procedure precision – CoolSculpting technology delivers precisely the right level of controlled cooling to target the fat cells underneath the skin, whilst leaving the skin and other cells undamaged.** This procedure does not use needles or surgery.

Device Safety – Freeze Detect® is CoolSculpting’s inbuilt safety technology, designed to stop treatment if it detects the skin is getting too cold.

* Data obtained from cryolipolysis investigations using a porcine model.

Everyone’s experience is different and depends on the area/s treated and the number of treatment cycles performed on the day. For some people, the area treated can feel a little swollen or numb.

For others it might be red or bruised and may feel tender to touch. All of these effects are temporary and generally resolve within days or weeks.

As the CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-invasive, most people return to work and their daily activities immediately after the treatment.

At your 6 week follow up appointment, mid-treatment photos will be taken and compared next to your before-treatment photos to see your transformation unfold.

Six weeks after your mid-treatment photos, after-treatment photos are taken. This allows you and your CoolSculpting technician to compare the photos at each stage and see the results that have been achieved.

You may start to see results at 6 weeks and final results around 12 weeks after treatment. Specialised treatment plans may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results.

Everybody is different and treatment plans and results will vary for each individual. You won’t see the results of CoolSculpting straight away. You may start to see results as early as at 6 weeks. As more of the dead fat cells are eliminated from the body, you will continue to see results up to 12 weeks after treatment.* Scientific studies have demonstrated fat layer reductions of up to 27% in multiple treatment areas.†

Some treatment plans will require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results.

Your clinic will schedule a follow-up appointment to evaluate your results, take photos to compare against the ‘before treatment’ photos and to discuss additional sessions if required. Follow up appointments generally take place 6 weeks after the initial treatment.

* Data obtained from cryolipolysis investigations using a porcine model.
† Based on caliper measurements taken 6 months post treatment.

Other General Questions

CoolSculpting is a highly customised procedure. During your initial personalised consultation, your technician will put together your treatment plan based on your full body assessment and your personal goals. Most patients will need multiple treatments to achieve their ideal outcome. CoolSculpting clinics often offer package pricing enabling you to save money on multiple treatments. Your CoolSculpting technician will be able to provide you with the costs of treatment at your consultation.

Every woman is different and recovery times after pregnancy vary, so we recommend that you speak to a healthcare professional at a CoolSculpting consultation or prior to undertaking a CoolSculpting treatment, as they will be able to advise you on whether CoolSculpting is appropriate for you at this time.