How CoolSculpting Freezes Fat Away

BY: Groupon Editors |Aug 31, 2022

Traditional liposuction requires an invasive procedure to remove fat from areas such as the abdomen, thighs, neck, and arms. But there's an alternative: noninvasive CoolSculpting from Zeltiq uses cooling panels to freeze fat cells, which are gradually eliminated by the body. Fewer fat cells may translate into slimmer body areas.

How does CoolSculpting work?

The device uses targeted cooling panels that freeze and subsequently kill fat cells. The dead fat cells are flushed by the body's natural pathways over the course of a few months. Because fat cells are more vulnerable to cold than their surrounding tissue, the rest of the skin is unharmed during the process. 

How many CoolSculpting treatments do I need to see results?

Typically only one treatment per area is needed, but some clients may require additional treatments.

How long is a CoolSculpting session?

Depending on the area, a session can take 35–60 minutes. 

What are the treatment areas?

In the U.S., CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared to treat:

  • Abdomen and flanks
  • Thighs
  • Bra fat
  • Back fat
  • Underneath the buttocks
  • Underneath the chin
  • Upper arms

How soon can I see results?

Fat reduction can be seen about three weeks after one treatment. However, it takes a few months to see the full results because the body eliminates the frozen fat cells gradually.

Is CoolSculpting invasive?

This treatment is not invasive.

Is there any downtime?

There is no downtime required.

Am I eligible to use CoolSculpting?

A CoolSculpting technician will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting. However, you will typically be approved if you:

  • You have slightly excessive fat in the abdomen, on the limbs, or below the chin, and are looking for modest improvements.
  • You have not been diagnosed with a circulatory disease, such as Raynaud's syndrome.
  • You live a healthy lifestyle and typically maintain your current weight.

How long do results last?

A balanced diet is the only way to ensure lasting results. Those who take in more calories than they burn will see their improvement start to decrease over time.

How much does CoolSculpting cost?

The cost depends on the treatment areas and the number of treatments needed. According to the manufacturer, people who pay full price tend to spend about $2,000–$4,000 to treat multiple body areas. However, on our site, you should only have to spend about $600–$1000 per treatment.