CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved and totally non-invasive body contouring procedure that reduces fat in targeted areas of your body, providing noticeable and natural looking results. It requires no needles, no surgery and no downtime.1,2
At Reflections, our goal is to match the provide each patient with body contouring that highlights and enhances their unique features, for a result that’s tailored the individual. We promise to provide you with an honest opinion about which treatments will help you reach your cosmetic goals, whether or not that’s CoolSculpting.
In the past, the areas that could be treated with CoolSculpting were mostly limited to the belly and love handles, but newly-redesigned applicators allow us to treat all sorts of places on the body – the inner and outer thighs, the bra area, the arms, the neck, and more! And new treatment protocols allow us to get results that are more amazing than ever1,2!
How it works
CoolSculpting uses advanced cooling technology to target and eliminate fat cells through a controlled cooling process called cryolipolysis1,2. Unlike other surgical options, CoolSculpting is a totally noninvasive procedure that requires no incisions, anesthesia, or recovery time.
Results happen over time with CoolSculpting, as the cooling crystallizes the fat cells and marks them for removal through the body’s natural metabolic process, the same way that fat from food is eliminated1,2.
Many patients opt for multiple CoolSculpting treatment cycles during their visit to achieve even greater fat reduction. Most patients see noticeable results within two months after treatment as the body safely removes the fat in the targeted area.
Alternatives to CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting isn’t right for everyone, but Reflections offers many treatment options for fat reduction, including other non-invasive treatments. Liposonix and SculpSure offer non-invasive fat reduction, as well. SculpSure is a new technology that works by heat-damaging fat cells, which are then cleared away by the body, just like with CoolSculpting. Click the link below to visit our infographic comparing CoolSculpting and SculpSure, the two most popular and newest fat reduction treatments, or read the full story on our blog, CoolSculpting vs. Sculpsure.
Before & After Photos
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the treatment like?
CoolSculpting is a comfortable and relaxing procedure where you read a book or watch TV while the device does the work. It starts with the application of a thin gel pad on the area to be treated. This gel pad helps the CoolSculpting vacuum applicator to attach to the targeted area and insulates your skin during the treatment. Once the gel pad is in place, the CoolSculpting vacuum applicator is attached to the area of desired fat reduction. The applicator uses suction to gently gather in the excess fat, drawing it in between two cooling panels.
When the procedure begins you will feel a cooling sensation and then the treatment area quickly goes numb. You sit or lie down as the fat treated by the applicator is cooled. The surrounding tissue remains unharmed while the fat is being treated.
How long does the procedure take?
Each treatment cycle takes 35-60 minutes, and patients usually choose to have multiple cycles performed during a single visit, usually between two and four. The doctor will discuss how long your procedure will take during your complimentary consultation.
What is the downtime with CoolSculpting?
There is no recovery time required after CoolSculpting, and you are free to resume your normal activities right away, including work and exercise.
What to expect after the procedure
In the weeks following your procedure, you will notice a gradual reduction in the thickness of the fat layer in the targeted area, with noticeable results and measurable fat reduction in about two months.
The treated area will be red for about 20 minutes immediately after the procedure, and it might feel stiff, but this normally disappears within 10 minutes. Occasionally, patients may experience some localized bruising and tenderness as well.
You may also feel a temporary numbness in the treated area for a period of time after the procedure. If this does occur, the time this sensation lasts varies by patient, with some people feeling numb for a few hours and others feeling numb for several weeks. Don’t be concerned, as over time all patients regain normal feeling in the treated area. Within the first two weeks, some patients may also experience tingling sensations or soreness in the area as well.
A follow-up visit should be scheduled with your doctor two to four months after your procedure to assess your cosmetic improvement.
1. Nils Krueger1 Sophia V Mai, Stefanie Luebberding, Neil S Sadick; Cryolipolysis for noninvasive body contouring: clinical efficacy and patient satisfaction; Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 2014:7 201–205
2. W. Grant Stevens, MD, FACS; Non-Surgical Fat Reduction using the CoolSmooth Conformable Surface Cryolipolysis Applicator; Plastic Surgery Pulse News, Volume 6, Number 2, 2014.
3. CoolSculpting FDA 501K Clearance