Is CoolSculpting Safe? Regularly Asked Safety Questions

CoolSculpting is a safe and effective fat removal and body contouring treatment that uses cryolipolysis technology (fat freezing). Even though there are many other fat freezing devices now available on the market, CoolSculpting is the original fat freezing treatment and is the only fat freezing device that’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

At the Light Touch Clinic, we pride ourselves on the highest standards of patient care and thoroughly research all new treatments. Only when we are happy with the safety and efficacy of a treatment do we offer it our patients. Below we answer some common safety questions we receive from our patients:

No. CoolSculpting is the only fat freezing treatment to be FDA-cleared in the United States and have a CE Marking for Medical Devices in Europe. This means the CoolSculpting machine has been proven to be both safe and provide effective results.

More than 6 million CoolSculpting procedures have been performed worldwide and it has been featured in over 100 clinical publications on fat reduction treatments.

With this track record you can be sure that CoolSculpting is a safe treatment in the short and long term.

In a few cases patients may experience discomfort*. During the procedure many patients will notice a slight pulling, tugging and pinching sensation. As the process is designed to freeze fat some will also experience a feeling of intense cold.

It is also quite normal for patients to experience numbness in the treatment area for up to one month.

Other common side effects can include:

  • minor bruising
  • swelling
  • redness
  • firmness
  • pinching sensation
  • tenderness
  • stinging/tingling
  • numbness
  • skin sensitivity
  • muscle cramping

Most of these minor side effects go away a few days after treatment, although some CoolSculpting patients may continue with some discomfort for a week or two*.

Yes. The freezing process is designed to only target fat cells and will leave organs and muscles perfectly intact. This means CoolSculpting will not affect your ability to get pregnant and is a completely safe pre-pregnancy procedure.

However, it is not recommended to undergo the treatment while pregnant or if you are nursing. Although it has not been proven to be unsafe, not enough studies have been carried out in these instances.

While time frames will vary from patient to patient, it’s recommended that you wait until your weight becomes more stable after pregnancy.

The CoolSculpting procedure is designed to target and reduce pockets of fat in specific areas, so it’s important to establish which fatty areas are problematic and which areas are just ‘baby weight’.

No. There is no evidence that CoolSculpting leads to long-term or permanent nerve damage.

While some patients may experience short-term numbness or a pins-and-needles sensation post treatment, none of these side effects are the result of nerve damage.

Any side effects experienced will be due to the unique suction process of CoolSculpting and the cryolipolysis process which applies very cold temperatures to the skin.

Yes. As the process is non-invasive it is perfectly safe for insulin dependent diabetics to have the treatment.

No. The treatment is designed to reduce fat over a period of weeks and months, allowing skin to naturally contract over time. This keeps skin tight and avoids baggy, lax skin, commonly seen in overly fast weight loss procedures.

While CoolSculpting can help tighten loose skin in certain circumstances, its primary function is for weight loss. Patients with severe skin laxity may not be good candidates for CoolSculpting and might be more suited to dedicated skin tightening treatments such as Unison and Exilis Elite.

No. As the process of cryolipolysis destroys fat cells which are then naturally broken down by the body, some patients worry that there is a risk of their cholesterol increasing post-treatment.

However, there is no evidence that CoolSculpting increases your cholesterol levels. This is because the fat removal process is thought to be too slow to affect blood chemistry or interrupt normal liver function.

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DISCLAIMER: Everyone is unique. This means that sensitivity periods, treatment plans, treatment results and their longevity will vary from patient to patient. The information on this page is based on the average treatment experience. For more accurate information, you should make a consultation with one of our experts.

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