Does CoolSculpting Work? Here’s What You Need to Know

 In Aesthetics, Blog, CoolSculpting, CoolSculpting Elite

In the realm of non-invasive fat reduction treatments, CoolSculpting is a name that often takes the spotlight. A burning question that many health enthusiasts have is, “Does CoolSculpting work?” Let’s explore the science, the process, and the results to find out, and see if CoolSculpting is the right choice for you.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved,non-invasive treatment designed to reduce stubborn fat by freezing fat cells. It’s based on the science of cryolipolysis. The term might sound intimidating but can be broken down into simpler terms: “cryo” meaning cold, “lipo” meaning fat, and “lysis” meaning breakdown. So, cryolipolysis essentially translates to the breakdown of fat cells through cold temperatures. The body then naturally eliminates these cells over time. CoolSculpting has gained popularity for its minimal downtime and lack of surgical intervention.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

During a CoolSculpting session, a healthcare professional applies a gel pad and applicator to the targeted area. The applicator cools the fat cells to a temperature that causes them to crystallize and die. This process doesn’t damage the surrounding tissues because fat cells are more vulnerable to cold than other cells.


After the treatment, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates the dead cells. It’s important to note that CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment but a body contouring procedure. It’s best suited for individuals who are near their ideal weight but have some stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. In some cases, it can be helpful to kickstart a weight loss journey. 

When to Expect Results

Now, let’s address the timeline for results. CoolSculpting is not an instant fix; the body needs time to naturally process and flush out the crystallized fat cells. Most individuals begin to observe changes as early as three weeks after the treatment. However, the most dramatic and noticeable results typically manifest around three months post-treatment. It’s also worth noting that the body continues to flush out fat cells for up to four to six months after the procedure. Depending on the desired result, more than one treatment may be necessary. Your provider will determine a treatment plan specifically for you.

What Areas Can Be Treated?

Thanks to recent advances, the new CoolSculpting Elite can treat nine areas of the body – thighs, bra fat, abdomen, upper arm, sides (flanks), under the chin, below the jawline, and underneath the buttocks (banana roll). Different applicators are used depending on the area being treated.

What to Expect

During the session, you may feel intense cold initially, which usually subsides as the area becomes numb. Many people read, watch videos, or even take a nap during the procedure.

After the session, the treated area may be red, swollen, or sensitive. These side effects are typically mild and subside within a few days.

Traditionally, a CoolSculpting treatment could take up to 60 minutes per treated area. However, with Coolsculpting Elite, treatment times are reduced, averaging about 35 minutes. The Elite has two applicators making it possible to treat two areas in a single visit. At Vive, we have two Elite machines, allowing us to treat up to four areas in a single visit. 

Does CoolSculpting Work: The Verdict

So, back to the big question – does CoolSculpting work? The answer is yes, CoolSculpting can effectively reduce stubborn fat pockets. However, it’s important to have realistic expectations. CoolSculpting is not a magic wand but a tool to enhance your body contour when combined with a healthy lifestyle.


Take Action Towards a Sculpted You

If you thought liposuction was the only way to get rid of stubborn fat, it’s time to consider CoolSculpting. Vive Wellness and Aesthetics is the leading South Jersey CoolSculpting provider. With over five years of experience and more than 3000 CoolSculpting treatments performed, we are proud to offer our clients next-level fat reduction treatments with CoolSculpting Elite

Are you still wondering: “Does CoolSculpting work?” Schedule a consultation to learn more and if CoolSculpting is the right fit for you.


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