Is Coolsculpting Painful?

Have you finally decided to have CoolSculpting to freeze away those stubborn areas of fat?  CoolSculpting is a popular body contouring option for those looking for a less invasive fat reduction treatment.  But people considering CoolSculpting usually want to know – Is CoolSculpting painful?  

How Does CoolSculpting Work

CoolSculpting is a safe, effective non-invasive procedure that uses controlled cooling to reduce stubborn fat. The CoolSculpting applicator emits freezing temperatures that target the fat cells which are more susceptible to cold.  The fat cells crystallize and die and are then flushed from the body over the following weeks. 

Is Coolsculpting Painful?

CoolSculpting is well-tolerated by most patients that undergo the procedure.  However, patients have different pain tolerances and some of them do feel discomfort during CoolSculpting treatment.   

The intense cold at the start of CoolSculpting is very uncomfortable for some patients, but the discomfort usually eases within a few minutes when the area goes numb.  

During treatment, patients may also feel pulling and tugging sensations along with  tingling, pinching, and stinging.

The after-treatment massage is also uncomfortable for patients but is not considered painful. 

What Areas Can CoolSculpting Treat?

CoolSculpting is FDA approved for treating fat bulges in the abdomen, flanks, thighs, upper arms, and submental area (under the chin).  It can also reduce fat underneath the buttocks (banana roll) back fat, and bra fat.  

Are There Any Side-Effects

As with any type of procedure, there are potential side-effects related to CoolSculpting treatment such as mild swelling, tingling, numbness, tenderness, and bruising.  These side-effects are temporary and usually resolve within a few days. 

Would you like to learn more about CoolSculpting?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area. 

If you are in Toronto or Mississauga, ON, Skinatomy Laser Clinic is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (647) 932-6610 (Toronto), or (289) 809-5113 (Mississauga).

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