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Kick Stubborn Fat to the Curb with CoolSculpting: Your Ultimate Guide

Even with a dedicated diet and exercise routine, shedding those stubborn pounds can feel like an uphill battle. Months can pass, and yet the desired results remain elusive. Thankfully, there's a proven solution to tackle that resistant fat head-on. Enter CoolSculpting, a non-invasive procedure that literally freezes away unwanted fat.

How CoolSculpting Works

CoolSculpting, scientifically known as cryolipolysis, is a cutting-edge fat-reduction method designed to target those trouble spots that seem impervious to traditional weight loss efforts. Originally developed by scientists studying the effects of frostbite on body fat, cryolipolysis has proven to be a safe and effective means of destroying fat cells without causing harm to surrounding tissues.

Clinical studies have demonstrated that CoolSculpting can reduce fat at the treatment site by up to 25 percent. This FDA-approved procedure typically takes less than an hour to complete. By applying a specialized CoolSculpting device to the targeted area, the fat is precisely cooled, effectively eliminating it for good.

Is CoolSculpting Right for You?

CoolSculpting is an excellent fat-reduction treatment suitable for both men and women. It is particularly effective for individuals who have diligently pursued diet and exercise but struggle with stubborn bulges of fat. While the treatment is suitable for most people, there are certain medical circumstances where caution should be exercised.

Cryolipolysis is not recommended for individuals with:

  • Cryoglobulinemia (a condition where abnormal proteins in the blood thicken with cold temperatures)

  • Cold urticaria (a skin condition that causes hives when exposed to cold)

  • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (a type of anemia triggered by cold temperatures)

  • Pregnancy or nursing

  • Nerve problems

When consulting with a board-certified physician, they will evaluate your specific case to ensure CoolSculpting is a safe and effective treatment option for you.

Managing Expectations: When to Anticipate Results

Following a CoolSculpting treatment, the breakdown of stubborn fat cells begins immediately. Positive changes are often noticeable within a few weeks, but it may take four to six months to see the full results as the body naturally eliminates the treated fat cells. The long-term benefits of CoolSculpting offer patients immense satisfaction and confidence.

Understanding Potential Side Effects

CoolSculpting has earned a reputation as a remarkably safe procedure within the medical community. Studies indicate that less than one percent of patients report any complications, and these are typically limited to temporary loss of sensation in the treatment area. Temporary side effects may include:

  • Mild discomfort or aching at the treatment site

  • Temporary skin irritation

  • Swelling

  • Skin sensitivity

  • Bruising

Following the procedure, your doctor will prioritize your comfort and provide additional care to alleviate any discomfort you may experience.

CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction: What Sets Them Apart?

When exploring options for fat reduction, you may wonder about the differences between CoolSculpting and liposuction—two well-known procedures with distinct advantages. While both permanently remove fat cells, there are key distinctions to consider:


  • Non-invasive, requires no incisions or anesthesia

  • Minor side effects

  • Ideal for targeted fat reduction and body contouring


  • Invasive surgical procedure

  • Longer recovery period, typically weeks

  • Suited for individuals requiring significant weight loss

At New Image MD, Discover Your True Beauty

Dr. Jennifer King and her highly trained staff at New Image MD specialize in medical aesthetics. Whether you're interested in CoolSculpting or other transformative procedures, their team is dedicated to helping you discover your unique beauty. Book an appointment today to learn more about the comprehensive range of services available at New Image MD.


  1. Krueger, N., Mai, S. V., Luebberding, S., & Sadick, N. S. (2014). Cryolipolysis for noninvasive body contouring: clinical efficacy and patient satisfaction. 201–201.

  2. Derrick, C. D., Shridharani, S. M., & Sacks, J. M. (2015). The Safety and Efficacy of Cryolipolysis: A Systematic Review of Available Literature. 35(7), 830–836.

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