Does CoolSculpting Work?

Studies show that CoolSculpting is a very effective fat reduction treatment. CoolSculpting is a noninvasive aesthetic procedure that helps to remove extra fat cells from underneath the skin. As a nonsurgical treatment, it has several benefits compared to traditional surgical fat removal procedures.

CoolSculpting‘s fame as a fat removal procedure is growing in Singapore. It has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010. Since then, CoolSculpting procedures have grown by a whopping 823 per cent.

How Does It Work?

CoolSculpting uses a treatment known as cryolipolysis. It works by putting a roll of fat into two panels that cool the body fat to a freezing temperature.

A 2009 research looked at the clinical efficiency of cryolipolysis. The study found that cryolipolysis lessened the treated fat layer by up to 25 per cent. The results were still present a few months after the treatment. Frozen, dead fat cells are discarded out of the body through the liver within a few weeks of the procedure, revealing complete fat freeze results within three months.

Some people who go for CoolSculpting choose to treat certain parts of the body, commonly:

  • Thighs
  • Belly
  • Lower back
  • Sides

It can also minimize the appearance of cellulite on the buttocks, legs, and arms. Some people also use it to lessen excess fat under the chin.

It takes up to an hour to treat each targeted area. Treating more body parts requires more CoolSculpting procedures to see optimal results. Larger body parts may also need more treatments than smaller body parts.

Some side effects of CoolSculpting include:

  • Tugging sensation at the treatment area when the doctor places the fat roll between the panels
  • Slight stinging or soreness at the treatment site up to a couple of weeks after the procedure that tends to go away on their own
  • Short-term swelling, bruising, redness, and skin sensitivity at the treatment area

In very rare cases, CoolSculpting could also lead to an increase in the volume of fat cells. It’s not known why this occurs, but it seems to be more common in men than women. It’s seen in less than 1 per cent of the total cases. While extremely rare, it’s still worth being aware of this possible side effect.

Who Does CoolSculpting Work For?

CoolSculpting is not for everybody. It is not a procedure to treat obesity. Instead, the treatment is appropriate for helping remove small amounts of extra fat resistant to usual weight-loss attempts such as exercise and dieting.

CoolSculpting is an effective and safe treatment for reducing body fat in many people. However, there are some people who should not go for CoolSculpting. People who have these conditions should not do this procedure because of the risk complications. These include:

  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (PCH)
  • Cold agglutinin disease

Whether or not you have those conditions, it is important to talk to your aesthetic doctor before undergoing the procedure.

Is CoolSculpting Worth It?

CoolSculpting is most effective with a board-certified and experienced doctor, proper planning, and several sessions to get the optimal results and reduce the risk of side effects. CoolSculpting has a lot of benefits over traditional liposuction:

  • Noninvasive
  • Requires minimal to no recovery time
  • You can drive yourself home after your procedures and return to your regular activities almost immediately.

If you are considering CoolSculpting, you have to weigh the benefits against the risks and talk to your aesthetic doctor to see if it’s the right procedure for you.


CoolSculpting works. It works for a lot of people, but not for everyone. Take your time and ask a lot of questions during your consultation.

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