First CoolSculpting Session: What Should You Expect?


Genetics and heredity often contribute to the creation of unsightly deposits of fat in a variety of problem areas on our bodies. These deposits can be highly resistant to the effects of diet and exercise and can inhibit you from achieving your ideal body image. Madonna OBGYN and Medical Spa in Rochester, NY and Geneseo, NY offers coolsculpting treatments that can help you take control of unwanted body fat and achieve the best version of you.

What Is Coolsculpting?

You can think of the treatment as real-life photoshopping for your body. Wouldn’t it be great to flatten out a bump here or enhance a curve there? Diet and exercise can reduce your overall amount of fat and improve your muscle mass. These are important components to any health and wellness regimen. However, diet and exercise cannot help you control the shape or location of your fat deposits.

It is very common for people to develop lumps or bumps where they shouldn’t be, and it can be frustrating to see these bumps persist no matter how dedicated you are to your fitness program. Everybody loves voluptuous curves, but sometimes fat deposits can form and interrupt the elegant lines of your silhouette.

A layer of fat is healthy, and with proper distribution, your fat can enhance your look. This treatment allows you precise control to shape or sculpt the fat on your body. This treatment is safe, effective, and has little to no recovery time. You can sculpt your body during your lunch break and continue with your regular schedule with almost no restrictions.

How Does It Work?

The treatment works through a process called Cryolipolysis. Fat cells are more vulnerable to cold temperatures than the other cells in your body. Scientists have discovered that cooling areas of targeted fat deposits can lead to cell death in subcutaneous fat cells without causing any damage to the surrounding tissues.

After the treatment, your body will naturally expel the fat cells as waste. This process is non-invasive and results in little to no stress for your body. It is an effective method of contouring your fat deposits in a way that is safe and painless.

Are the Results Permanent?

The fat cells that are removed during this treatment do not return. However, it is possible that your body will store new fat cells in the treated region, so it is important to maintain your health and fitness regimen. Keep in mind that hormonal changes can influence where your body stores fat. Most clients can expect to see a dramatic reduction of fat in problem areas for a long time.

How Many Treatments Are Necessary?

Many clients see fantastic results with only one treatment. Clients with special needs or large treatment areas might elect to return for follow-up treatments weeks or months after the initial session.

If you are preparing your appearance for a special event such as a graduation or a wedding, your specialist can put you on a treatment schedule to help you achieve the best, safest results within your stated timeline.

What Is the First Session Like?

The best part about this fat reduction treatment is that it’s almost as easy as going in to get your hair styled or your nails done. You won’t experience any pain or discomfort, and you will be able to keep yourself entertained by reading, watching television, or operating a mobile device.

As with any beauty treatment, you should go into the session with the correct expectations for your expected results. It is important that you feel safe and comfortable with a good concept of the entire process. Your treatment will begin with your consultation.

What Happens at the Consultation?

The consultation is a pre-treatment appointment where you will get to know your specialist. A consultation is a great place to ask questions, and it also provides your specialist with the opportunity to suggest other treatments and ways you can prepare to make your session more effective.

You should know as much about the treatment as possible before you schedule a session. It’s best to come to your consultation with written notes because there can be a lot of new information to distract you from your other questions. Your consultation is an opportunity for your specialist to evaluate your target area and determine whether coolsculpting might be an effective way to achieve your aesthetic goals.

The consultation also offers you the opportunity to build a relationship of trust and confidence in your specialist. You should always feel comfortable when you discuss any health or beauty issues, and the psychological component of the specialist/client relationship needs to be healthy and strong. You should also disclose any medications you are on during your consultation.

How to Prepare for the Session

Your specialist will determine your session date at the time of your consultation and will inform you of any preparation activities prior to your session date. You may be advised not to take blood-thinning medications leading up to your appointment.

Also, you will have to take care not to cut or bruise your skin in the target area, as this may make the treatment uncomfortable. You should also limit your tanning in the target region prior to the treatment. Other common-sense health practices like minimal alcohol consumption, a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking can also contribute to greater success.

Dressing for Your Appointment

Think of your appointment as you would any other beauty treatment. It is important to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that will not be restrictive or uncomfortable when you sit or lay down for an extended period. You also should choose fabrics that are easy to clean, particularly underwear, because a gel will be applied to your skin as part of the treatment.

Your appointment is not a good occasion for fancy or expensive underwear. Also, you don’t want to get clinical gel on your best undergarments. Some clients bring a change of clothing so they can leave the appointment feeling clean and fresh.

A Light Meal

Most clients are most comfortable if they have a light meal prior to their session. You get the best results if you do not remove the applicators until after the session is complete. Make sure you don’t overeat or drink to the point where you might have to run to the bathroom during the time of your appointment. Make sure you have enough food in your stomach so that you are comfortable throughout the treatment but not so much that you feel bloated.


Clients often enjoy watching television, reading, or even taking a brief nap. The session is comfortable enough that it is very common for clients to fall asleep. Make sure to charge up the batteries in your mobile device or to bring your book. Access to entertainment makes the relatively short session seem to pass even faster.

The Applicators

Your specialist will probably take a few pictures of the target area to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment. The next step will be to smear a protective gel or place a gel pad on your skin over the treatment area. This creates a protective layer over your skin that will increase your comfort and ensure that your outer skin layer will not be irritated by the treatment.

Next, your specialist will apply the applicators. The applicators come in a variety of shapes and sizes and resemble boxes with a rubber sleeve on one side. The sleeve ensures a comfortable seal with your skin. There is a vacuum component to the applicators which helps pull the targeted fat to the surface where it can be treated.

Once the applicators are in position, they should not be removed until the treatment is over. Some applicators include a massage element, which has been shown to increase fat reduction. The massage portion might be implemented at the end of the treatment.

Enjoy the Treatment

Once the applicators have been placed on your body, you only need to wait out the treatment time. Treatments can vary between 30 and 60 minutes, and it is possible to treat multiple parts of your body at the same time.

If you have a large target area, your specialist might recommend replacing the applicator and having you wait through an additional coolsculpting cycle. There is no anesthetic, and you can be awake throughout your entire session.

After the Treatment

You will be able to leave the appointment and resume your normal activities with little to no restrictions. Your skin might feel numb or cold to the touch for a short duration after the treatment. The recommendation is that you let your skin warm up normally and don’t try to accelerate the process with hot water immediately after your session.

Am I a Good Candidate?

The people who get the best results from this treatment are already fit, healthy, and active with good muscle tone and low overall body fat. This is not an effective treatment for obesity. Instead, think of this treatment as assistance for crossing the finish line in your long journey to beauty and wellness.

Coolsculpting cannot create muscle tone, but if you spend a lot of time in the gym and never see the results you are looking for, the treatment can help pull back the curtain on that layer of fat that is obscuring your muscle tone.

What Areas Can Be Treated?

Chances are that if you have unsightly fat deposits on some portion of your body, a treatment has been developed to address it. Applicators come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so it’s possible to treat large areas like the thighs, abdomen and flanks, or small areas like the chin and neck. The treatment can also be a recommendation for gynecomastia, which is commonly known as man boobs.

It’s unfortunate that many people become discouraged by unsightly fat deposits, and it robs them of their motivation to aspire to a more beautiful image. This treatment allows you to address the features that are resistant to most other forms of treatment. Once you gain control of your body, you might find that you will experience an increased dedication to your overall health and fitness plan.

Schedule a Consultation Today

It doesn’t make sense to compare your body to those of Hollywood stars or other celebrities if you don’t take advantage of the beauty treatments they enjoy. If you have stubborn pockets of fat that are detrimental to your self-confidence, and are a blemish to your overall aesthetic, you owe it to yourself to do something about them.

Contact Madonna OBGYN and Medical Spa in Rochester, NY and Geneseo, NY to learn about coolsculpting. There’s no reason to endure an unflattering feature any longer. Schedule an appointment today!