Fat Freezing Treatment: How Successful Is CoolSculpting?

Your safety and satisfaction are our top two priorities. For this reason, we only offer the safest, most effective aesthetic services, such as CoolSculpting near Boston, MA. The scope of this article today is to divulge exactly how effective this treatment is and give you enough other information to help you determine if it is right for you.

How Effective Is CoolSculpting? 

CoolSculpting is an incredibly effective fat removal technique. In fact, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you can conservatively expect this treatment to remove between 20 and 25% of localized fat deposits. However, it is crucial to note that this is a conservative estimate that describes realistic results when you are treating regions of your body with large fat deposits. If you are targeting smaller regions of your body with smaller fat deposits, you can expect to lose 80% of localized white fat cells with this treatment.

How Much Weight Will I Lose With This Treatment? 

How much weight you will lose after treatment depends on several factors, not the least of which is how much fat you have in your targeted region. For reference, if you have three inches of pinchable fat in a targeted region, you can expect to have approximately 15 pounds of localized fat. The amount of weight you can expect to lose depends on the volume of fat in a given region. Remember, when you use this treatment to target a large volume of fat, you can expect to lose roughly a quarter of localized fat. Therefore, if you have three inches of pinchable fat, you can expect to lose a quarter of 15 pounds of fat (3.75 pounds).


How Many Inches Will I Lose From My Targeted Areas? 

This also depends on the volume of fat you have in a targeted area. Typically, if you are removing a significant amount of excess fat from a part of your body with a large surface area, such as your chest or abdomen, you can expect to lose roughly two inches from your targeted region. Contrastingly, if you are targeting a smaller region of your body with a smaller deposit of excess fat, such as your chin or underarms, you may only lose approximately half of an inch. During your initial consultation, we will review your body fat distribution and the volume of fat you have in your targeted regions to estimate how many inches you should expect to lose in each area with a single treatment.

Which Areas Can I Target? 

One of the most exciting things about this treatment is that you can use the CoolSculpting device to target just about any part of your body. While other body contouring alternatives, like liposuction, require you to have at least an inch of pinchable fat to target a given area, this is not the case with this device. For example, you can remove excess fat from small regions of your body, such as behind your knees, under your chin and on your neck and your underarms. To give you an idea of common treatment areas, we most commonly remove excess fat from the upper arms, buttocks, abdomen, and hips of women. Men tend to target their: 

  • Chest
  • Lower back
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Flanks


How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need to See My Ideal Results? 

Many clients only need one session per area to achieve their desired aesthetic. This is, in part, because the best candidate is very close, or already at, his or her ideal weight. There isn't too much excess fat on the body, but there are stubborn pockets of fat in inconvenient locations that make clothes uncomfortable or unattractive. However, you may be 30 pounds from your goal weight and still considered a decent candidate for this body contouring treatment. If you still have a fairly long way to go from reaching your ideal weight, you may need two or three sessions per targeted area to get the look you want.

How Quickly Will I See My Ideal Results? 

How quickly you will see your ideal results depends, primarily, on the efficiency of your lymphatic system. Ensuring that your lymphatic system is operating at peak efficiency is crucial because it flushes the white fat cells that were frozen to death during your treatment out of your body. Typically, you will notice that the targeted areas feel smaller immediately after treatment. This is because when the targeted white fat cells are frozen to death, their walls collapse and flatten, decreasing volume before the cells are even flushed out. It will take approximately one to three months after treatment to see the final treatment results.

How Does This Compare to Liposuction? 

There is almost no comparison between the speed of results after this treatment and the speed of results after liposuction. On paper, liposuction may seem that the final results would be visible immediately because the excess fat is removed during the procedure. However, this is not even close to what really happens. Due to the invasive nature of liposuction, your skin responds very poorly. It is common to experience swelling for six months after liposuction. During these first six months post-op, the swelling will reduce slowly and the results of the procedure slowly appear. Contrastingly, there is no swelling and the results of this treatment appear fairly rapidly over time.

How Can I See My Final Results Faster? 

There are a couple of things you can do to see the final results of treatment faster. First, you can massage the treatment area five times daily for five minutes at a time for the first five days following your treatment. This helps to break up the blocks of frozen cells so they can be swept up by your lymphatic system faster. A lymphatic massage performed by a licensed massage therapist can also hasten your final results.The other most important actionable step you can take to hasten your final treatment results is focusing on keeping your lymphatic system operating at peak efficiency. There are several factors that affect the efficiency of your lymphatic system. Among these are your hydration, diet, and activity level. To see your final results faster, ensure you are hydrated for the first month after treatment, get at least 2.5 hours of exercise weekly, and eat healthy foods.

How Long Will the Results Last? 

The results of this body contouring treatment are considered permanent. This is because adults cannot grow new white fat cells. Therefore, the white fat cells that are destroyed during treatment are gone forever, never to be replaced. We find it crucial to note, however, that the remaining white fat cells in your body can expand if your body needs to store more energy. The white fat cells in your treated areas may expand, or, white fat cells in other parts of your body may expand. Just like you can't spot-reduce fat, there's no way to know where your body will “deposit” excess fat. To maintain your flawless results, do your best to maintain your weight.

Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment? 


The only way to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment is to come in for an initial consultation. During this initial consultation, we will review your medical history, current health, current body fat distribution, and aesthetic goals to help us determine how to proceed. While it is highly unlikely, you may have a certain medical condition that makes you very sensitive to the cold. In such a case, you would be considered a poor candidate for treatment. Furthermore, you may be deemed to be a poor candidate if you are pregnant, nursing, or have been pregnant or nursing in the past six months. During your initial consultation, we will determine if this treatment is right for you at this time. Here's a brief overview of what we look for:

You Are Confident You Can Maintain Your Weight

During your initial consultation, we will dive deeply into what makes a good candidate to determine if body contouring is right for you. One of the most important qualities that we look for in a potential candidate is confidence that he or she can maintain his or her weight. For example, you may want to hold off on treatment if you have lost and gained the same 10 pounds repeatedly for years. We feel we must clarify what we mean by “maintaining weight.” It's okay if you gain weight by adding lean muscle mass to your body. It's also okay to lose up to 10 pounds after treatment as this will not cause loose skin. You may even be able to lose up to 30 pounds of fat without experiencing loose skin. However, gaining over 10 pounds of fat may significantly affect your appearance negatively.

You Aren't Planning to Become Pregnant in the Future

Again, the results of this treatment are considered permanent. Furthermore, the FDA has not identified any risks associated with becoming pregnant after receiving treatment. However, pregnancy almost always results in fat gain.Therefore, if you receive treatment to remove excess white fat cells from the buttocks, thighs, abdomen, or upper arms, you may find that you need a follow-up treatment after giving birth. It is up to you whether you want to receive treatment now and become pregnant in the future, but the best candidates are women who are done having children and men.

You Are Within 30 Pounds of Your Goal Weight

To be considered a good candidate for this treatment, you must be within 30 pounds of your goal weight. The primary reason for this is that fat loss is like pulling a sheet off of a roll of paper towels. When you remove a sheet off of a brand new roll, it's nearly impossible to discern the change by looking at the rest of the paper towel roll. However, if there are hardly any paper towels left on the roll, removing a single sheet makes a much more noticeable difference. If you are 50 pounds away from your goal weight, removing 10 pounds of excess fat will not provide satisfactory results. However, if you are at your goal weight, removing 3.75 pounds of fat from one area will make an incredibly significant difference in your aesthetic.

Discover How to Sculpt the Body of Your Dreams Today

If you are sick and tired of the way your clothes fit or look on your body, CoolSculpting may be right for you. To learn more about the efficacy of this life-changing body contouring treatment, please contact us now at Novo Sano MedSpa in Woburn, MA to schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to the opportunity to help you achieve the body you've always dreamed of.