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CoolSculpting®

What Is CoolSculpting®?


CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive method of reducing stubborn pockets of fat in problem areas of the body. The innovative CoolSculpting system utilizes a controlled cooling process, known as cryolipolysis, to damage fat cells without harming nearby tissue. After the unwanted fat is destroyed, the body gradually disposes of the damaged cells through natural metabolic processes. As a result, patients can see a more contoured and toned-looking physique.

Which Areas Are Treated with CoolSculpting?


CoolSculpting is an FDA cleared fat reduction procedure that has shown to provide noticeable improvement in the following trouble areas:

  • Beneath the chin
  • Upper arms
  • Abdomen and flanks
  • Back, including deposits around the bra line
  • Thighs and beneath the buttocks

As a non-surgical alternative to liposuction, CoolSculpting can provide beautiful sculpting results. The treatment can also be performed as a complement to procedures like breast augmentation or mommy makeover surgery.

How Does the CoolSculpting Procedure Work?

After it has been determined that CoolSculpting is the most appropriate solution for your concerns, a treatment plan will be customized to your unique needs. Depending on the size and number of areas you would like to improve, one or multiple CoolSculpting sessions may be necessary. The details of your treatment will be explained to you during your consultation to ensure you know what to expect.

*Individual Results May Vary

To begin your CoolSculpting treatment, a gel pad and applicator will be placed on the targeted area. The applicator will then begin cooling the fat, which may cause an intense cold sensation for the first few minutes, but this gradually fades as the area goes numb within five to 10 minutes. As the treatment progresses, fat cells are gradually crystalized and damaged in the process. Once your session is complete, the device will be removed, and the frozen fat will be massaged for two to three minutes. As the tissue warms back up, you may feel a tingling sensation.

When Will I See My CoolSculpting Results?

Patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately after their CoolSculpting appointment. Over the course of the next three weeks, the damaged fat cells will begin to be permanently eliminated from the body. The most noticeable results are typically seen at two months, though the fat can continue to be eliminated for up to four to six months. While these cells will not grow back, the remaining fat cells can change in size over time, which is why it is important to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle to prolong the effects of CoolSculpting.

Is CoolSculpting Safe?

CoolSculpting is considered a safe and effective treatment, receiving FDA clearance for fat reduction in a variety of body areas. Our team is trained in performing CoolSculpting, tailoring treatments for each patient and ensuring they remain as comfortable as possible.

Are There Any Side Effects Associated with CoolSculpting?

After the CoolSculpting procedure, temporary side effects may include redness, swelling, bruising, tenderness, and skin sensitivity. Any post-treatment concerns typically resolve within days or weeks. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Your safety and wellbeing are our top priorities.

How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?

CoolSculpting typically costs between $2,000-4,000, but the total amount you can expect to pay will ultimately depend on the specific areas you are having treated, the number of sessions you require, and your aesthetic goals. Prior to treatment, you will be provided with a personalized price quote, detailing the extent of your CoolSculpting cost. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding any part of your treatment plan, feel free to ask Dr. Zemmel or another member of our staff.

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Additional Frequently Asked Questions About CoolSculping

Does CoolSculpting Hurt?

Most patients report having no pain during their CoolSculpting session. Some individuals may experience some discomfort before the treatment area has gone numb, such as stinging and aching. Any pain you experience after treatment usually fades quickly. Pain medication can help minimize any discomfort you feel during the recovery process.

Can CoolSculpting Help Me Lose Weight?

CoolSculpting is intended for reducing isolated deposits of fat located around the body. Since the technology only targets excess fat cells, the treatment should not be viewed as a weight loss procedure. For best results, patients should be at or near the goal weight before undergoing CoolSculpting.

Will CoolSculpting Get Rid of Cellulite?

CoolSculpting does not treat the uneven skin appearance caused by cellulite. Since the technology is designed to target and break down excess fat, it does not have any affect on the connective bands that pull down on the surface of the skin, which is what creates the characteristic dimpling of cellulite. In additional, CoolSculpting is not an effective treatment for loose skin.

Is CoolSculpting Permanent?

CoolSculpting provides long-lasting fat reduction results. This is possible as it causes excess fat cells to break down, which are then gradually processed out of the body. While these fat cells cannot regenerate, the remaining cells in the area can change in size with weight fluctuations. As a result, the fat that is lost with CoolSculpting is considered permanently gone, but your contouring results can change according to your lifestyle. This is why our professionals recommend you follow healthy diet and exercise regimen to maintain your more sculpted physique for the future.

If you would like additional information, please visit our website dedicated to CoolSculpting for Richmond-area patients.