How Do I Know if CoolSculpting Is Right For Me?

CoolSculpting was designed to target stubborn fat in targeted areas. The procedure was not designed for weight loss. While you will lose fat cells with CoolSculpting, you may not see weight loss. If you are unhappy with certain areas of your body, CoolSculpting may be right for you. To know for sure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Beth Comeau.

How Much Does the Procedure Cost?

Costs for CoolSculpting vary depending on areas of treatment, as well as the number of treatments needed. Many patients opt for more than one area, such as both arms or thighs, and flanks. Each area requires a separate treatment. Treatments typically range between $2,000 and $4,000. To get a comprehensive price for the areas you wanted treated, schedule a consultation today.

How Long Does a Treatment Take?

Depending on the area treated, the Cool Sculpting procedure generally takes between 35 and 60 minutes. The procedure is non-invasive, and does not require any post-treatment down time. If you are having more than one area treated, your provider will let you know how long each treatment will take, and how long you can expect to be at their office.
If you are curious about the process, visit our CoolSculpting Videos page to hear about real experiences from people like you.

Can I Get CoolSculpting Anywhere on My Body?

In the United States, CoolSculpting is FDA cleared for the treatment of fat bulges in the submental area (double chin), thighs (inner and outer), abdomen, flanks (love handles), bra (back) fat, upper arms, and under the buttocks (known as banana roll).

After the Procedure, Where Does the Fat Go?

During your treatment, fat cells are targeted with freezing technology. Once crystalized, the fat cells will die. Once they are no longer viable, these dead fat cells are naturally eliminated from the body. For more on the fat freezing process, visit our How CoolSculpting Works page.

What Does the Procedure Feel Like? Does It Hurt?

During the first few minutes of your CoolSculpting treatment, you may feel a mild to intense cold sensation. This feeling soon subsides. Because the applicator acts like a vacuum to hold the fatty area in place, you may feel some pulling. The area being treated usually goes numb in about 5 to 10 minutes. Most patients are quite comfortable during treatment, and use the time to read, catch up on e-mail, watch television, or close their eyes and relax.

Once the treatment is complete, your provider will massage the treated area for 2-3 minutes. Because Cool Sculpting is non-invasive, you can return to all of your normal activities immediately following treatment. For more information on what you can expect, visit our What to Expect with CoolSculpting page.

Is It Safe?

CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared for treating visible fat bulges in several areas of the body. For complete safety information, visit the official website here:

Persons suffering from cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, or cold agglutinin disease should not have the procedure. CoolSculpting is not designed to treat obesity. To know for sure if you are a good candidate, consult your certified provider.

What Side Effects Can I Expect with CoolSculpting?

During treatments, you may feel a cool sensation that turns numb within 5 to 10 minutes. You may also feel some tugging at the application site. After the procedure, you may experience some temporary side effects such as redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, blanching, tingling or stinging, tenderness, aching, cramping, sensitivity, or itching. If you have a CoolSculpting treatment for double chin, you may experience a fullness in the back of your throat. All of these side effects can last from a few days to a few weeks after treatment. Ask your provider about these and any other side effects reported by their patients.

Do I Need to Plan for Down Time?

No! CoolSculpting is non-invasive. You are free to return to all normal activities immediately after your treatment. Many of our patients do their Cool Sculpting treatments during their lunch breaks, and go right back to work afterward.

My Treatment is Done. Now What?

As noted above, there are no special requirements after your CoolSculpting procedure. You can resume all normal activities. In the coming weeks, you can expect to begin seeing the results of your treatment. Typically between 4 and 6 weeks you will notice that the fat from the treated area(s) is being eliminated. Full results are generally seen after about 8 weeks. To see real life results, see Before & After pictures here: CoolSculpting Before And After Pictures

Do I Need to Diet or Take Any Supplements After My Treatment?

While it is always advisable to follow a healthy, sensible diet, no special diet or supplements are needed following CoolSculpting. Many of our patients feel more motivated to improve their diet and exercise after their treatments. After all, when you do something nice for yourself, you want that feeling to continue!

What if I Gain Weight After CoolSculpting?

Fat loss through CoolSculpting is permanent, however it only affects the treated area. Should you gain weight after your treatment, you will likely see more fat increase in untreated areas.

Will My Insurance Pay for Cool Sculpting?

Because CoolSculpting is an elective procedure (not a medical one), it will likely not be covered by your insurance. Financing may be available. Ask your provider for information.

Want to Know More About CoolSculpting?

Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Beth Comeau to learn more, and see if CoolSculpting is right for you. Dr. Comeau also holds CoolSculpting events periodically in her Ellicott City, Maryland location. Like our Facebook page at to find out when our next event will be.