Contact Us

Women's Health Blog

Coolsculpting: Results, Expectations,and Safety

Understanding CoolSculpting: A Comprehensive Guide

CoolSculpting is a revolutionary non-invasive procedure, spearheading a new era of body contouring in aesthetic medicine. At Women’s Health Group in Chicago, we are committed to delivering the most innovative and effective solutions to our patients’ health and aesthetic concerns. As certified obstetrician-gynecologists, we understand the importance of feeling great in your skin, and CoolSculpting plays a significant part in promoting that sense of self-confidence.

Exploring the Concept of CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting, scientifically known as cryolipolysis, is an FDA-approved procedure designed to eliminate stubborn fat cells that resist diet and exercise. This technique involves the usage of controlled cooling to target and kill fat cells underneath the skin. Over time, these cells are naturally processed and eliminated by the body, resulting in a more sculpted and toned appearance. But what are the specific CoolSculpting results that one can anticipate?

Anticipated CoolSculpting Results

Results from CoolSculpting can vary depending on individual body types and the area that is treated.

  • Visible results usually start to appear within 3 weeks following the procedure.
  • The most dramatic results are typically observed between 1 to 3 months post-treatment.
  • The body will continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment.
  • Patients can expect to experience a 20-25% reduction in fat in the treated area.

Importantly, CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment, but a fat reduction procedure. It will not significantly reduce your weight, but it will help improve body contour in specific regions.

Expectations During and After the Procedure

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that requires no anesthesia or surgery. During the treatment, a gel pad and applicator will be applied to the specified area. The applicator delivers controlled cooling to the targeted fat.

While the procedure is typically painless, patients may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, cold, tingling, and stinging at the treatment site, which subside as the area becomes numb. Post-treatment side effects can include redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, skin sensitivity, and minor discomfort, but these are temporary and will resolve within days or weeks.

Gauging the Safety of CoolSculpting

As CoolSculpting is a FDA-approved treatment, it comes with a solid safety record when performed by a licensed professional. The procedure selectively impacts fat cells without causing harm to the surrounding tissues. Rare side effects, such as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (an increase in fat cells), are extremely rare, but can be managed by a licensed medical professional.

It’s crucial to note that CoolSculpting is not suitable for everyone. Those with cold agglutinin disease, cryoglobulinemia, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria should avoid this treatment. Always consult with a healthcare provider to understand if CoolSculpting is the right choice for you.

Maintaining Results for the Long Term

Once the fat cells are frozen and eliminated from your body, they’re gone for good. However, gaining weight can introduce new fat cells, which could alter the shape of your body. Therefore, to maintain your CoolSculpting results, we advise adopting a healthy lifestyle involving a balanced diet and regular physical activity.


CoolSculpting is a safe and effective solution for fat reduction and body contouring. The procedure boasts minimal associated discomfort and requires no downtime, making it a popular choice among patients seeking a non-invasive option for improving body aesthetics.

At the Women’s Health Group in Chicago, we take pride in offering state-of-the-art treatments like CoolSculpting, tailored to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients. For more information about CoolSculpting and its results, find reliable educational resources at Mayo Clinic and Women’s Health. We invite you to set up an appointment with us to learn how CoolSculpting can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Table of Contents

Coolsculpting: Results, Expectations,and Safety

Share on Social