Freezing Fat: The Hottest Trend in Body Sculpting

Cryolipolysis, also known as freezing fat, is the treatment doctors use most for nonsurgical fat reduction. This innovative technique targets subcutaneous fat, which is the type of fat that may roll over the waistband of your pants. It is important to note that subcutaneous fat is different from visceral fat, which is the type of fat that lines your organs and is associated with diabetes and heart disease. Cryolipolysis is a relatively safe and effective treatment for fat loss without the downtime of liposuction or surgery.

From Popsicles to Freezing Fat

The procedure was invented by observing what can happen when kids eat popsicles. The cofounders of this process were intrigued by something called “cold-induced fat necrosis” that was reported to occur after young children ate popsicles that were inadvertently left resting on the cheek for several minutes. Using this concept, a cooling device was tested on pigs in 2007 to see if fat cells could be selectively destroyed. The results were promising and predictable. By 2010, the first cryolipolysis technology approved for human use, named CoolSculpting, was cleared as a treatment for love handles. Clearance for treating other parts of the body, including the thighs, belly, bra fat, back, underside of the buttocks, and chin soon followed.

How CoolSculpting Fat Freezing Works

On average, each treatment session is as little as 35-75 minutes per cycle (treatment), depending on the area treated. Each session is 1-3 hours on average. If you are treated with a CoolSculpting® Elite machine, dual applicators can treat two areas at the same time. Your body will naturally eliminate the treated fat cells. Typically, it takes 1-3 months to see results, with full results taking 6 months or more. For many clients, two or more treatment sessions are recommended.

Results can be seen as soon as three weeks, with maximum benefit seen at approximately three months. Average reduction in fat ranges from about 10% to 25% per round of treatment, and there is no evidence of any body-wide side effects.

It is important to note that cryolipolysis is intended for fat loss, not weight loss. The ideal candidate is already close to their ideal body weight, but has stubborn, pinchable areas of fat that are difficult to get rid of with diet and exercise alone. Cryolipolysis also doesn’t target visceral fat, so it won’t improve your overall health. But it may help you fit into your favorite pair of skinny jeans.


In conclusion, cryolipolysis is a safe and effective way to lose pockets of fat without needles, knives, or real downtime. It is a relatively safe in-office procedure, with minimal pain and no downtime. If you are considering this treatment, schedule your complimentary consultation with our Certified CoolSculpting experts to see if you are a good candidate for fat freezing.


CoolSculpting® Elite is FDA-cleared to treat visible fat bulges in 9 areas of the body. Some common side effects include temporary numbness, discomfort, and swelling.

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