Summary: We all have a few problem spots we wish we could improve, especially when those problem spots persist despite eating right and staying active. CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical body contouring treatment that targets stubborn areas of fat, and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular cosmetic treatment options for both men and women.   Like all cosmetic procedures, your CoolSculpting® results depend on a number of factors, including the skill level of your technician. Before you commit, ask these 5 questions at your CoolSculpting® consultation to ensure a great final result.

1. Am I a Candidate?

No matter how many people are interested in freezing the fat away, not everyone is automatically a good candidate for CoolSculpting®. It isn’t a solution for weight loss, so only consider CoolSculpting® if you’re at or near your target weight and your primary goal is to address specific problem areas like the abdomen, bra bulge or a double chin. Additionally, if you notice excess skin in addition to fat pockets, you may see a better outcome from surgical body contouring over CoolSculpting®. While CoolSculpting® effectively eliminates fat cells, it won’t help tighten loose skin.

2. How Does CoolSculpting® Work?

CoolSculpting® uses a revolutionary fat freezing technology called cryolipolysis to freeze subcutaneous fat cells below the skin’s surface. Over the 10 to 12 weeks following your treatment, the dead fat cells are naturally eliminated by the body, resulting in more sculpted contours.

CoolSculpting® is ideal for those individuals who prefer noninvasive fat reduction, and it works best on fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise.

3. How Is CoolSculpting® Different from Other Body Contouring Treatments?

Surgical body contouring like liposuction can take hours and requires a significant recovery period. Because CoolSculpting® is completely nonsurgical, people can return to their normal routine right away after treatment with no downtime. Plus, a single treatment session only takes a little over an hour to complete. While in some cases you may notice mild bruising or numbness after your CoolSculpting® procedure, most people only experience some redness at the treatment site that fades within a couple of hours.

4. Will I Need More than One Treatment?

The number of CoolSculpting® treatments required depends on several factors, including the size of the treatment area and number of areas to be treated. Many people feel happy with their results after a single treatment, while others may schedule additional treatments to meet their body contouring goals.

5. When Will I See Results?

Although each person’s body responds differently to CoolSculpting®, final results are typically visible within 10 to 12 weeks. The majority of people experience a 20 to 30 percent reduction of fat in the treated area. Since fat cells are permanently removed, you can expect your CoolSculpting® results to last long-term. However, CoolSculpting® isn’t an immunization against future weight gain, so be sure to keep up with those regular trips to the gym.