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CoolSculpting®: Before, During, & After Treatment

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As body contouring grows increasingly popular, more patients are interested in nonsurgical treatments such as CoolSculpting®. At our Manhattan Beach-area plastic surgery practice, we help men and women every day who want to freeze away stubborn fat. CoolSculpting is an excellent choice for those who are new to cosmetic procedures. But if you’re unsure of what to expect, don’t worry–we’re here to help.

You can feel more confident heading into treatment by knowing what lies ahead. In this blog post, we’ll walk step-by-step through the CoolSculpting process.


CoolSculpting is a noninvasive fat reduction procedure that destroys fat cells via controlled cooling. It is ideal for patients who are at a healthy weight but wish to target diet or exercise resistant pockets of fat. To begin your CoolSculpting journey, you should request a consultation online or by phone.

During your one-on-one consultation, you will have a chance to discuss your goals and concerns with an experienced provider. You will work together to develop a customized treatment plan. To meet your overall body contouring goals, our staff may also recommend other procedures that pair well with CoolSculpting, such as ThermiTight®, KYBELLA®, or liposuction.


You will be seated on a comfortable treatment bed while your provider readies the CoolSculpting applicator. A special gel pad will be applied to the target area to help protect your skin. After the applicator is placed, it will suction the treatment area between two panels and begin to emit a steady stream of cool air to freeze the fat cells. Many patients read a book or watch Netflix to pass the time during treatment.

A full CoolSculpting session typically takes between 1 to 2 hours. There is no downtime required after treatment so you can return to work, home or the gym immediately afterward.


The cold energy emitted during CoolSculpting feels much like applying an ice pack. Because of this, patients may experience redness, slight bruising, mild swelling, numbness, or tenderness after the procedure. These symptoms usually fade over the next few days.

Over the course of the next 12 weeks, the frozen fat cells will begin to die off. They are then naturally metabolized by the body, and the target area will decrease. Patients can see a 10% to 25% reduction in fat after a single session. For those seeking even more dramatic results, additional sessions may be warranted.

CoolSculpting is an excellent way to reduce fat without the need for surgery. By following a healthy lifestyle and good habits after treatment, you can enjoy your toned body for years to come.

Browse our CoolSculpting before-and-after photos to see examples of our real patient results. If you would like to learn more about your fat reduction options in the Manhattan Beach area, request a consultation online or call (310) 784-0670.

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