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What to Expect Before, During and After a CoolSculpting® Treatment

There's no better way to make mom feel special on Mother's Day than spending the day with her. What if you and mom spent the day together while getting a CoolSculpting treatment? Well, that's exactly what mom, Ana, and daughter, Melissa did!

This lucky pair spent the afternoon with Dr. Grant Stevens, freezing away their stubborn abdomen fat, and we caught it on camera! Learn more about Ana's and Melissa's full treatment to see what to expect before, during and after the CoolSculpting treatment.


Dr. Stevens, shows us how this COOL treatment works while answering questions about what to expect from a CoolSculpting experience! Take a peek into a real treatment and read answers to the Frequently Asked Questions.


What To Expect Before CoolSculpting® Treatment

Before getting a CoolSculpting treatment, your physician will need to determine if you are a candidate. Dr. Stevens assessed that Melissa was a good candidate for this CoolSculpting treatment because she had subcutaneous fat (fat you can grab or tug on) in one of the FDA cleared areas, did not have a contraindication to treatment, and had realistic expectations. Every body is different, which is why it is important your treating physician works with you to develop a customized treatment plan for your body.

“Fat cells are more sensitive to cold than our skin and muscles. After 10 years of research, CoolSculpting® came up with the precise temperature to kill a fat cell.” - Dr. Grant Stevens

What To Expect During CoolSculpting® Treatment

Treatment times vary depending on what part of the body you are having treated. Treatments can take as little as 35 minutes per treatment area, allowing enough time for a quick show or to take a snooze before you head back to work. 


During the procedure you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb.


Many practices offer the opportunity to have multiple areas treated in a single day! The CoolSculpting® procedure is FDA-cleared to treat visible fat bulges in the abdomen and flank areas, thigh, bra fat, back fat, upper arm, underneath the buttocks (banana roll), under the chin (submental), and under the jawline (submandibular ) areas. What area(s) would you have treated?


What to Expect After CoolSculpting® Treatment

CoolSculpting® is a FDA-cleared, safe, and effective way to reduce fat by delivering precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin, a process known as cryolipolysis. Treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), then die.

After your CoolSculpting® treatment, your body naturally processes and eliminates the dead fat cells in the treated area! Remember, CoolSculpting® is not a weight loss procedure, but a nonsurgical way of reducing the fat in those stubborn areas that may be resistant to diet and exercise.


After a CoolSculpting® treatment, patients can expect up to 20%-25% reduction of fat in the treated area, but it is important to remember that CoolSculpting® is NOT a weight-loss procedure.


Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity, and sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental or submandibular area treatment.


How Long Does it Take to See Results from a CoolSculpting® Treatment?

Results may be seen as early as 1 to 3 months after treatment. Many patients opt in for multiple CoolSculpting® treatments in multiple areas to reach their body sculpting goals. Check out some before and after pictures of real CoolSculpting® patients to see some COOL results!

“Results may be seen as little as 1 to 3 months after treatment.” - Dr. Grant Stevens

The Next Step in Your CoolSculpting® Journey

Now that you have learned about two women being treated with a CoolSculpting® treatment, you should feel confident in answering, "how does CoolSculpting® work." Are you ready to find out if you are a good candidate for the treatment? Take this short quiz to help determine if the CoolSculpting® treatment may be right for you.


Next, you'll want to meet with a CoolSculpting® clinician at AllYou Medical Spa to come up with your complete treatment plan. With this unique treatment plan, you'll be one step closer to achieving your body sculpting goals. 

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