What Areas of the Body Can CoolSculpting Treat?

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CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure aimed at reducing fat in targeted areas of the body. This method, also known as cryolipolysis, uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists diet and exercise. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared CoolSculpting for use on nine specific areas, including the abdomen, flanks, and under the chin. It’s particularly appealing for those looking for alternatives to more invasive fat reduction techniques like liposuction. 

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting leverages the science of cryolipolysis to target and eliminate fat cells beneath the skin’s surface without invasive surgery. The underlying principle is simple yet scientifically robust: fat cells are more vulnerable to cold temperatures than the surrounding tissues. When exposed to controlled cooling, fat cells freeze and undergo a natural cell death process called apoptosis. Over the weeks following treatment, the body’s lymphatic system naturally processes and eliminates these dead fat cells, reducing fat in the treated areas.

This procedure is distinct because it’s non-invasive, requiring no needles, incisions, or anesthesia, significantly reducing recovery time compared to surgical fat-removal techniques. CoolSculpting’s precision allows for targeted treatment of stubborn fat areas, making it an appealing option for those near their ideal body weight but struggling with localized fat deposits that resist diet and exercise.

The effectiveness of CoolSculpting has been validated by its FDA clearance for treating specific body areas. It’s a scientifically grounded, safe, and effective method for reducing fat and sculpting the body, providing a non-surgical alternative for body contouring.

FDA-Cleared Areas for CoolSculpting

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared CoolSculpting to treat nine specific areas of the body. These approvals indicate the safety and efficacy of CoolSculpting in targeting and reducing fat in these areas:

  • Under the Chin and Jawline Area: Targets submental and submandibular fat, reducing the appearance of a double chin for a more defined jawline.
  • Thighs: Both the inner and outer thighs can be treated, helping to sculpt and reduce the circumference of the thigh area.
  • Abdomen: A common area of concern, the abdomen can be effectively contoured to reduce belly fat and achieve a flatter appearance.
  • Flanks: Also known as love handles, this area on the sides of the waist can be targeted to smooth and contour the body’s silhouette.
  • Bra Fat: The area around the bra line, including the back and sides under the arms, can be treated for a smoother look under clothes.
  • Back Fat: This includes fat deposits on the upper and lower back, contributing to a smoother, more toned back appearance.
  • Underneath the Buttocks (Banana Roll): The area directly under the buttocks can be treated to reduce the appearance of sagging and create a more defined buttock contour.
  • Upper Arms: Targeting the upper arms minimizes the appearance of “bat wings” and can help in achieving a toned look.
  • Submental and Submandibular Areas: Specifically focusing on fat beneath the chin and jaw for improved facial profiling and reduction of the double chin.

Personalization of CoolSculpting Treatment

The process starts with a thorough consultation with a certified CoolSculpting provider, who evaluates the areas of concern and discusses the desired outcomes with the patient.

During this consultation, factors such as the thickness of the fat layer, the size of the area to be treated, and the patient’s overall body composition are considered. This detailed assessment allows the practitioner to determine the most effective treatment plan, including the specific CoolSculpting applicators to be used, the number of sessions required, and the positioning of the applicator to achieve the best results.

Customization doesn’t stop with the treatment plan; adjustments can be made to ensure comfort and effectiveness during the procedure. The ability to adapt the treatment to the patient’s needs not only enhances the experience but also maximizes the likelihood of achieving satisfactory results. The goal is to ensure that each patient receives a treatment that is as unique as their body, leading to natural-looking and long-lasting fat reduction.

The Process and What to Expect

On the day of the treatment, a gel pad and applicator are applied to the targeted area. This applicator delivers controlled cooling to the fat cells while ensuring the skin is protected. You may feel a cold sensation along with some pulling or mild pinching due to the vacuum effect of the applicator, but these sensations typically subside as the area becomes numb.

Each session can last between 35 to 60 minutes, depending on the size and number of areas being treated. During this time, patients often read, use their phones, or simply relax. It’s a largely hands-off procedure for the practitioner, who will set up the device and then monitor progress.

After the treatment, you can immediately return to your daily activities. Some might experience redness, swelling, bruising, or tingling in the treated areas, but these side effects are temporary. Results will gradually appear as the body processes and eliminates the dead fat cells, with noticeable changes often seen in as few as three weeks. Optimal results typically manifest within two to three months.

Permanent Results If You Can Keep It

CoolSculpting offers permanent results in the sense that the treated fat cells are eliminated from the body and cannot regenerate. Once these fat cells are frozen and destroyed through the process of cryolipolysis, they are gone for good. The body naturally processes and removes these cells, leading to a reduction in the fat layer’s thickness.

However, maintaining these results over time is contingent upon a stable weight. If a person gains weight after undergoing CoolSculpting, the remaining fat cells in the treated area and elsewhere in the body can expand. This can alter the contours achieved with the treatment, as new fat accumulation can occur even in the regions that have been previously treated.

A balanced diet and regular exercise can help prevent new fat from accumulating, ensuring the treatment’s long-term effectiveness. 


Are you ready to redefine your contours and embrace the confidence that comes with looking your best? OC Cosmetic and Vein Center is here to guide you on your journey to a slimmer, more sculpted you with CoolSculpting. Our team of experts uses this FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment to target stubborn fat in areas that diet and exercise can’t reach. Don’t wait to transform your body and boost your self-esteem. Contact us today for your Coolsculpting in Brea, CA, with OC Cosmetic and Vein Center, and take the first step towards achieving the lasting results you’ve always wanted. Your path to a more confident you start here.

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