Body Sculpting FAQ: What Can CoolSculpting Do for Me?


Do you work out and diet but still see stubborn fat build up around your abdomen or chin? If diet and exercise are not providing the results you want, consider body sculpting to eliminate those last pockets of fat. At Madonna OBGYN and Medical Spa in Rochester, NY we provide CoolSculpting, a safe and effective solution to remove your unwanted stubborn fat. To find out if CoolSculpting is right for you, contact us for more information.

Body Sculpting With CoolSculpting

Body Sculpting or contouring is achieving your ideal body type by removing stubborn pockets of fat through a variety of methods. The treatment results in a slimmer and more toned body and can be used to treat various parts of the body effectively. If you are searching for a body sculpting treatment without surgery, liposuction, injections, or lasers, CoolSculpting is the treatment you are looking for. This treatment safely freezes fat cells and naturally eliminates them from your body.

CoolSculpting was developed by Allergan. It offers satisfactory results for more than 80% of patients in just a few months and requires only one session for most patients. In less than a year, your body will naturally be more slim and tight through the removal of unwanted pockets and deposits of fat. CoolSculpting is the ideal solution for stubborn fat that you cannot remove with diet and exercise alone.

Body Sculpting FAQ:

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a cryolipolysis technology used in body sculpting. The treatment is administered by a professional using a handheld device. The device freezes the fat cells to eliminate them and to slim and contour the target area of the body. The destroyed fat cells are removed from the body naturally and by a lymphatic drain. Patients will enjoy the removal of stubborn fat and a more toned appearance.

With CoolSculpting, you can eliminate those last pockets of fat without intense diet and exercise. If you have submental fat on your jaw or just an extra inch around your waist, this treatment can help you reach your body goals.

Is This Treatment Right for Me?

CoolSculpting can be enjoyed by men and women of all ages and skin types. If you are looking to eliminate unwanted body fat that builds up around the abdomen and flanks, CoolSculpting is the best option. You will not be required to undergo surgery and a session can be completed quickly.

How Are the Frozen Fat Cells Eliminated From the Body?

CoolSculpting freezes fat cells through a process called cryolipolysis. This causes the fat cells to die. Then the body naturally eliminates the cells as waste. To assist your body with processing the waste, we can also perform lymphatic drainage to remove excess fat cells. The fat cells that are destroyed cannot recover or reform after they are removed.

What Should I Expect From a CoolSculpting Session?

Your body contouring treatment will begin with a consultation from our team. When we determine CoolSculpting is the best method to remove your unwanted fat, we can begin a session.

The session involves freezing the fat cells in the target area and will not harm the surrounding skin or tissue. The process is painless and most patients can entertain themselves with a book or mobile device during the treatment. It may take some time to see the results mature, but most patients continue their normal routine after treatment without significant changes.

What Body Parts Can Be Treated?

CoolSculpting can provide a contouring effect to remove stubborn fat from a variety of areas on the body. The treatment eliminates stubborn fat from the abdomen and can help expose the tone muscles of the abs. Flanks or “love handles” can be eliminated to give you a more desirable figure.

Fat below or on the buttocks can also be removed, giving you a slight lift without surgery. Bra and back fat that show through your shirt can be removed. Fat on the upper arms can be removed to give you slender arms. Submental fat, or a “double chin,” can be removed, giving you a lower facelift without surgery and giving you a less heavy appearance. The inner and outer thighs can be treated to reduce fat deposits.

How Many Session Will I Need to Reach My Goal?

Your first CoolSculpting session can provide 20 to 25% fat reduction. If you need additional sessions, we can provide touch-ups after one month. During your initial consultation, we can determine how many sessions you might need to reach your desired results.

How Long Is Each Session?

Each treatment session will take approximately 35 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. Treating several areas of the body in one session can take significantly longer.

How Quickly Will I See Results?

After your first treatment session, and as the frozen fat cells are removed from your body, you will slowly see the fat disappear over one to three months. Most people see a noticeable difference that they can measure in two to four months. You can have a touch up as early as one month after your first treatment, and it can take up to six months after your final session to show the final results. 84% of patients saw significant results after four months in clinical studies.

Are the Results Permanent?

The fat cells that are treated with CoolSculpting are removed from the body and will not come back. The results are permanent, but for the best results, you should continue a healthy lifestyle to avoid gaining unwanted fat in areas around the treatment. Most patients will not require further treatment to remove fat after the treatment is completed.

Do the Results Appear Natural?

You will not experience a sudden and dramatic loss of fat with CoolSculpting. Patients will see a slow loss of 20% to 25% of their fat, or around one inch of fat, over several months. Most people will think you have lost the fat from diet and exercise without any professional help.

Is CoolSculpting a Good Alternative to Liposuction?

Body sculpting with CoolSculpting provides results similar to liposuction or surgery without anesthetic or invasive procedures. Liposuction will require significant downtime while you recover, but this is not necessary with CoolSculpting. The treatment is safe and allows you to avoid the risks and pain associated with surgical and liposuction procedures. Patients will not need pain medication or antibiotics after fat removal with CoolSculpting.

How Does It Compare to Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy and other energy therapies use light energy or radiofrequency energy to eliminate fat cells under the skin much like CoolSculpting. The advantage of CoolSculpting is that you are not introducing harmful lasers to your body and there is no chance of burning or damaging the skin or surrounding tissue. Laser therapy can take many treatments to reach your desired goal, while CoolSculpting often requires a single treatment.

Is This a Significant Weight Loss Solution?

Patients looking for significant weight loss may not get their desired results from CoolSculpting. The treatment is best for those who have reached their desired weight and want to eliminate the appearance of stubborn fat. Patients will experience toning of the treatment area and can lose about one inch of fat. CoolSculpting is not a substitute for healthy eating and exercise, but it can provide results for those patients who have small deposits of fat on areas of the body.

How Safe Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is painless and will not damage the surrounding tissue or skin. The treatment only targets fat and does not require invasive procedures, surgery, or liposuction. Patients may only feel a slight tenderness and redness in the treatment area for several hours following the session.

Will I Need Downtime After Treatment?

CoolSculpting is conducted in our Rochester medical spa with no need for downtime or recovery. Patients will not be required to check into a hospital or stay overnight as with surgical procedures. After the CoolSculpting session, a lymphatic drainage massage will help your body eliminate the destroyed fat cells. You can return to your normal routine or work immediately after the treatment with little or no changes to your lifestyle.

Is CoolSculpting Approved by the FDA?

CoolSculpting has been cleared by the FDA for the safe treatment of unwanted fat on the abdomen and flanks without damaging the skin or tissue. This cryolipolysis technology was developed and studied by dermatologists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and used in the development of CoolSculpting by Allergan.

Can I Get Pregnant After CoolSculpting?

While CoolSculpting is not recommended for women who are currently pregnant or nursing, CoolSculpting treatment will not have any effects on future pregnancies. The treatment can also safely be used after pregnancy. Speak to your doctor if you are planning to get pregnant soon after your CoolSculpting session.

What Happens If I Gain Weight After Treatment?

For the best and longest-lasting results, it is best to avoid gaining weight after CoolSculpting. If you do happen to gain weight, the fat cells that were eliminated during treatment will not come back. The fat that appears as you gain weight will be evenly distributed on other parts of the body, so you will see a lack of fat in the treated area. Healthy lifestyle choices can eliminate fat gained after CoolSculpting, and in some cases, another CoolSculpting session can restore the desired results.

How Much Will the Treatment Cost?

The cost of CoolSculpting is significantly lower than liposuction or surgery, and there is no reason to miss work due to downtime. For an accurate price range, please contact Madonna OBGYN and Medical Spa for more information on our treatment prices.

Does Insurance Cover the Costs of Treatment?

Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not cover the cost of CoolSculpting. The treatment is a voluntary cosmetic solution that many insurance companies do not include in their coverage. Check with your insurance company for more details on the benefits that may be provided for this type of treatment.

Who Is CoolSculpting Not Recommended for?

While CoolSculpting is safe for most patients, there are several reasons why we may not recommend CoolSculpting. Pregnant and nursing patients are not recommended candidates for CoolSculpting treatment. CoolSculpting is also not recommended for patients with a pre-existing hernia, cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. As always, speak to us about any concerns you might have before the treatment.

Reach Your Body Goals Today

If you think CoolSculpting may be right for you, visit Madonna OBGYN and Medical Spa in Rochester, NY today for an initial consultation. We can help you find the best solution for removing stubborn and unwanted body fat and help you achieve your goals. CoolSculpting provides results that appear natural without surgery or downtime. We provide safe and effective solutions to improve your confidence, wellness, and appearance.