How Soon Will You See Results From CoolSculpting®?

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You may not be aware that CoolSculpting can permanently eliminate stubborn fat cells. This is good news if you’re struggling with stubborn fat in your midsection, thighs, upper arms, or elsewhere.

Although CoolSculpting is highly effective, you will need patience while waiting for your results to appear. In this blog post, we’ll explain when you can expect to see your CoolSculpting results. First, though, it’s important to understand how fat freezing works to understand why results are not immediate.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

During your procedure, your CoolSculpting provider will use controlled cold temperatures to break down and destroy fat cells—this process is called cryolipolysis. Once the fat cells are “frozen,” your body will eliminate them naturally over the following weeks and months.

CoolSculpting’s cold source only affects subcutaneous fat cells and does not impact any surrounding tissue. The procedure can take up to 1 hour, depending on the area treated.

You will have minimal to no downtime with CoolSculpting, but you may experience swelling or itching at the site. For more about what to expect after CoolSculpting, read our previous blog post.

How Soon Can You See Your Results?

It will take around 2 to 3 weeks to begin seeing your initial CoolSculpting results. After fat cells are “frozen” during the procedure, your body needs time to flush them out, which takes a few months. As your lymphatic system processes the damaged fat cells, you will gradually see your results develop.

You can expect your full results about 6 months after treatment, and you will probably not see any more changes in your body after that.

Fat cells removed by CoolSculpting are gone forever. However, the remaining fat cells can grow larger, so it’s important to maintain your weight to preserve your results.

What Areas Can You Improve With CoolSculpting?

Double Chin

CoolSculpting can eliminate the fat under your chin that makes you look like you have a double chin. Eliminating the fat in this submental area provides better definition to your jawline and upper neck, giving you a smooth and sculpted profile.

Upper Arms

Fat deposits that make your upper arms look flabby and saggy are frustrating. CoolSculpting is an effective way to remove these “bat wings.”

Love Handles

Bulges at the sides of your waist can be unsightly and make wearing tight clothing uncomfortable. CoolSculpting easily eliminates these fat deposits that typically don’t respond to diet and exercise.

Inner Thighs

If you have always dreamed of having a “thigh gap” or just want thighs that don’t press together and chafe, CoolSculpting is an excellent solution.


Fat deposits tend to accumulate in the midsection, especially in women. CoolSculpting removes stubborn fat from the abdomen for a sleeker, more sculpted appearance.

Am I a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting?

If you have stubborn fat deposits that you can’t lose through diet and exercise, you are probably a good candidate for CoolSculpting. However, you should remember that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure, and you need to be at a stable weight to be a good candidate.

Pairing your CoolSculpting procedure with CoolTone® enhances your results, sculpting and contouring your body. Your provider can advise you if other procedures, such as liposuction, can better provide the results you want.

CoolSculpting is a great tool to eliminate stubborn fat, but the results are not immediate. We have helped countless men and women sculpt their bodies with CoolSculpting at our Austin area med spas, as seen in our patients’ before and after pictures. To see if you are a good candidate for this procedure, request a consultation or call us at (512) 244-1439 to schedule an appointment.

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