CoolSculpting® is a popular cosmetic procedure that targets stubborn fat in various parts of the body. It is a non-invasive procedure considered to be an alternative to liposuction and other surgical procedures. If you’re considering CoolSculpting® for the first time, there are a few things you should know before your session. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about CoolSculpting and what to expect during your first session.

What is CoolSculpting®?

CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure that utilizes controlled cooling to freeze and destroy fat cells. The treatment is FDA-approved and is commonly used to reduce fat in the abdomen, thighs, love handles, and other areas of the body. CoolSculpting® is ideal for people who have stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.

How does CoolSculpting® Work?

CoolSculpting® works by using a device that applies controlled cooling to the targeted area. The cooling freezes the fat cells, which then die and are eliminated from the body through the lymphatic system. The procedure is non-invasive, meaning that there are no incisions or needles required. The treatment typically takes between 35 and 60 minutes per treatment area.

What to Expect During Your First Session?

Before your first CoolSculpting® session, you’ll have a consultation with a trained CoolSculpting® technician. During this consultation, the technician will discuss your goals and determine the best treatment plan for you. They will also assess your eligibility for the treatment and discuss any potential risks or side effects.

Once your treatment plan is established, you’ll be led to a treatment room where you’ll be asked to lie down. The technician will apply a gel pad to the treatment area to protect your skin from the cooling device. They will then use a handheld applicator to apply controlled cooling to the targeted area.

During the treatment, you may experience some discomfort as the cooling begins to take effect. However, this discomfort typically subsides within a few minutes. Many people find the treatment to be relaxing and use the time to read, watch TV, or even take a nap.

After the treatment, the technician will massage the treated area to help break up any frozen fat cells and improve the results. You may experience some swelling, redness, or bruising in the treated area, but this typically subsides within a few days.

How Many Sessions Are Needed?

The number of CoolSculpting® sessions needed depends on the individual and the amount of fat being targeted. Most people require multiple sessions to achieve their desired results. However, you should begin to see some results after your first session.

It’s important to note that CoolSculpting® is not a weight loss treatment. It is designed to target stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. The best candidates for CoolSculpting® are people who are at or near their ideal weight.

What are the Benefits of CoolSculpting®?

CoolSculpting® offers several benefits over traditional surgical fat reduction procedures. These include:

Non-invasive: CoolSculpting® does not require incisions or needles, making it a safer and less invasive option than surgical procedures.

No Downtime: Unlike surgical procedures, there is no downtime required after a CoolSculpting® treatment. You can resume your normal activities immediately after the treatment.

Natural-Looking Results: CoolSculpting® provides natural-looking results that gradually improve over time. The fat reduction is gradual, so it won’t be immediately obvious that you’ve had a procedure.

Minimal Side Effects: The side effects of CoolSculpting® are minimal and typically subside within a few days.


CoolSculpting® is a safe and effective non-invasive fat reduction treatment that can help you achieve your desired body shape. If you’re considering CoolSculpting® for the first time, it’s essential to do your research and understand what to expect during your first session. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can make the most out of your first CoolSculpting® session and achieve the best possible results.

If you want to achieve your desired body shape and are considering CoolSculpting®, it’s important to consult with a qualified and experienced medical professional. Dr. Melinda Silva, MD is a board-certified physician in family medicine with more than two decades of clinical experience specializing in aesthetic and wellness medicine. From CoolSculpting® to bioidentical hormones and body contouring, Dr. Silva and her team are dedicated to helping you achieve your optimum self through personalized treatments. Book an appointment today and begin your journey towards a healthier, more confident you.