CoolSculpting® Elite, and CoolTone® FAQs
Q: What is CoolSculpting?
A: CoolSculpting is a noninvasive body contouring treatment that reduces areas of stubborn fat and with
little to no downtime. CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the
submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, thigh, abdomen, and flank,
along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm. It is
also FDA-cleared to affect the appearance of lax tissue with submental area treatments. CoolSculpting is
not a treatment for weight loss.
Q: Does CoolSculpting work?
A: Yes, CoolSculpting is clinically proven and effective at reducing unwanted fat. It can reduce the
treated fat area by up to 20 to 25%. Based on a recent clinical study, 9 out of 10 patients were satisfied
with their treatment, and 9 out of 10 patients would recommend CoolSculpting to a friend or family
Q: How does CoolSculpting work?
A1: CoolSculpting delivers controlled cooling to the treated area. Did you know that fat cells are more
sensitive to cold? After treatment, the dead fat cells are removed through a natural biological process.
Though this process begins within days after your treatment, it can take up to 3-6 months for all the
treated fat cells to die and then be cleared away from the treated area. Those fat cells, once eliminated,
are gone for good.
A2: CoolSculpting® uses cryolipolysis, which is a technical way to say fat-freezing. When fat cells freeze,
they die and are then naturally eliminated through the body’s natural processes over the course of
weeks to months following treatment.
Q: Is CoolSculpting safe?
A1: CoolSculpting® has been used by doctors since 2009 and is the #1 noninvasive fat reduction
treatment used by doctors. It’s proven effective and there are over 100 published papers on the safety
and efficacy of CoolSculpting in medical publications.
A2: When used as directed, CoolSculpting® is a safe and effective treatment. There are over 100 peer-
reviewed articles on the safety and efficacy of CoolSculpting. In addition, based on a recent clinical study, 9 out of 10 patients were satisfied with their treatment, and 9 out of 10 patients would recommend CoolSculpting to a friend or family member. There have been over 11 million CoolSculpting
treatments performed worldwide
Q: Who is CoolSculpting for?
A: CoolSculpting is an option for patients 18 years or older who have stubborn fat bulges in FDA-cleared
locations that have not responded to diet and exercise and who do not have any reason not to be
treated, including any treatment contraindications.
Q: I have a medical condition; am I a good candidate for CoolSculpting?
A: While we cannot comment on your specific condition, we recommend that you consult with either
your personal healthcare provider or have a consultation with a CoolSculpting provider. You can find a
CoolSculpting provider by visiting CoolSculpting.com.
Q: What type of body is CoolSculpting best suited for?
A: CoolSculpting may be appropriate for a diverse array of patients—women and men of various age
ranges, backgrounds, and ethnicities. CoolSculpting candidates come in all shapes and sizes, who have
“pinchable” stubborn fat that can fit into one of the many applicators. CoolSculpting can also be used on
firmer fat areas, such as on the outer thigh with certain applicators. CoolSculpting is cleared to treat
stubborn fat in patients with a BMI of up to 30.
Q: On which areas of my body can I have CoolSculpting treatments?
A1: CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared to reduce fat in 9 areas on the body. It can eliminate stubborn fat on
the double chin or submentum and along the jawline in the submandibular area in patients with a BMI
of up to 46.2. Other cleared areas include the upper arm, back fat, bra fat, the flank area, abdomen, on
the thigh, and underneath the buttocks (also called banana roll).
A2. CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared to treat stubborn fat in 9 areas: Under the chin and jawline, on the
abdomen, flank (sides), upper arm, thigh, underneath the buttocks (known as banana roll), as well as
back fat and bra fat.
Q: How does CoolSculpting differ from other noninvasive fat reduction treatments?
A: CoolSculpting is the only noninvasive body contouring treatment that uses cryolipolysis. Other
noninvasive body contouring treatments use heat or other energy-based technologies. Discuss your
options with your provider to select the one that is right for you.
The CoolSculpting Experience
Q: Does CoolSculpting hurt? Is it painful?
A: Everyone has their own sensitivity to discomfort. CoolSculpting uses light vacuum pressure to attach
and hold the applicator to the treated area. The applicators administer therapeutic cooling which will
feel very cold in the treated area and has been described as a burning cold sensation for up to 10
minutes before the area typically goes numb. After treatment is finished, the applicators are removed
and the treated areas are massaged. Many patients tell us that the 2-minute massage following
treatment is the most uncomfortable part of the treatment.
Q: How long is a CoolSculpting treatment?
A: Treatments last 35 minutes for the most part, but some applicators, such as the one used on the
double-chin area or outer thigh, involve slightly longer treatment times. Each treatment will be followed
by a 2-minute massage. For most patients, 2 or more visits are recommended to achieve best results.
In a clinical study, visits were 8 weeks apart.
Q: What is a personalized treatment plan?
A: A personalized treatment plan is your provider’s recommendation, based on your consultation and
assessment, of how many CoolSculpting treatments and treatment sessions you’ll likely need to see your
desired results. For example, if you wanted to see an overall slimming and contouring of your
midsection, your provider might recommend 4 treatments on your abdomen and 4 treatments on your
sides or flanks.
Q: What is the difference between CoolSculpting and CoolTone?
A: CoolSculpting is a noninvasive fat reduction treatment that uses cryolipolysis to freeze away
stubborn fat. CoolTone is a noninvasive muscle stimulation treatment that uses Active Magnetic PulseTM
technology to tone, firm, and strengthen muscles in the treated area.
Q: What is the difference between CoolSculpting and Liposuction?
A: CoolSculpting is a noninvasive fat reduction treatment that uses cryolipolysis to freeze away
stubborn fat. CoolSculpting typically has little to no downtime, meaning you can resume your normal
activities right away. CoolSculpting results are seen 1-3 months after treatment. Liposuction is an
invasive surgical procedure that requires anesthesia and once any post-surgical swelling resolves, results
are seen soon after treatment.
Q: How many CoolSculpting treatments will I need?
A: While that depends on your unique needs, many patients need two sessions of treatments in an area
to achieve their desired results and some patients need more than 2 sessions per area.
Q: What is the difference between a CoolSculpting treatment, session, or visit?
A: A session is the same as a visit or appointment. A treatment is each time a CoolSculpting applicator is
applied to your body. Your treatment plan can include multiple treatments within the same session and
can include a follow-up session with a second round of treatments approximately 2 months after your
Q: Why is the second session done months after the first session?
A: The delay is to allow your body time to process and eliminate the treated fat cells from your first
session. Waiting 8 weeks or more also helps us determine where best to place the applicators during
your follow-up session as your treated areas’ contours will have changed.
Q: Do I need to do anything special after my treatment to ensure I have good results?
A: Just continue your normal healthy lifestyle activities, such as your regular forms of exercise and
continuing to follow your normal diet, while your body goes to work triggering the affected fat cells to
die off and be cleared away from the treated areas by your body’s own natural processes.
Q: When can I expect to see results?
A: Some patients start to see results after 1 month, with more dramatic results seen at 3 months.
Q: Will I see results after my first session?
A: Many patients do start to see results after their first session, but more dramatic results are often
seen after the second treatment session. Just like with exercise, you don’t always see or feel results
after one day of exercise but after multiple exercise sessions. It’s important to complete all your
recommended treatments to see your desired results.
Q: How much weight can I expect to lose?
A: CoolSculpting is NOT a weight loss procedure. It is a noninvasive fat reduction treatment that has
little to no downtime. However, you are encouraged to maintain your normal diet and exercise habits as
gaining weight could impact your results.
Q: Can a person gain weight after having CoolSculpting® Elite done?
A: CoolSculpting® Elite helps eliminate stubborn pockets of fat in the treated area. But, since
CoolSculpting® Elite is not a weight loss treatment, it is possible to gain weight post-treatment if you
don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle. This kind of weight gain will most likely happen evenly throughout
your body, not only in the treated areas.
Q: Will there be any effect on my cholesterol?
A: No, there will not be a change to lipid levels in the blood.
Q: How long should I wait after my first treatment session before I have the second treatment
A: We recommend waiting for at least 8 weeks before having a second treatment in the same area.
Q: What are some of the side effects?
A: Typical and common side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness,
tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity, and a sensation of fullness in
the back of the throat after submental or submandibular area treatment. Rare side effects may also
occur. CoolSculpting® and CoolSculpting® Elite may cause a visible enlargement in the treated area,
called Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH), which may develop 2 to 5 months after treatment and
requires surgical intervention for correction.
Q: Will I have any downtime after my session?
A: As CoolSculpting® is noninvasive, you should experience little to no downtime.z
Q: What can I expect after my CoolSculpting treatment?
A: You may experience some temporary common side effects such as swelling, bruising, and/or
tenderness in the treated area. You will likely experience numbness in the treated area, which could last
for a few weeks, but this too will dissipate over time.
Q. Is CoolSculpting® covered by insurance?
A. No, noninvasive fat reduction procedures are typically not covered by healthcare insurance.
Q: What is CoolTone®?
A: CoolTone® uses magnetic muscle stimulation to cause involuntary contractions which strengthen the
muscle fibers in the treated area, leading to a stronger, firmer, and more toned appearance.
Q: What are the benefits of having CoolTone® treatments?
A: Having stronger, firmer, and more toned muscles after a series of CoolTone® treatments.
Q: What areas can be treated?
A: CoolTone® is FDA-cleared to strengthen, tone, and firm muscles in the abdomen, buttock, and thighs.
Q: How long will the benefits last?
A: We have seen patients continue to display visible benefits up to 12 weeks after their last CoolTone®
Q: Will I need a follow-up treatment to extend the results?
A: Muscles will atrophy or lose their strength and tone if they are not maintained so having a follow-up
treatment 1-3 months after your original session will help extend the results. We also recommend you
continue your normal exercise routines after your CoolTone® treatment sessions.
Q: What are the side effects?
A: CoolTone® side effects include, among other things, muscular pain, temporary muscle spasm,
temporary joint or tendon pain, and redness at or near the treatment site.
Q: When can I expect to see results?
A: Results are typically felt and seen after a series of 4 or more CoolTone® treatments.
Q: Will I see or feel results after my first treatment?
A: You may see or feel results after your first CoolTone® treatment, but best results are typically seen
after a series of treatments.
Q: What does the treatment feel like?
A: CoolTone® uses magnetic muscle stimulation to cause involuntary contractions in the treated area.
After a series of tapping sensations, you will feel these contractions intermittently during the 30-minute
treatment. Before your session ends, you will feel more of the tapping sensations which help dissipate
any lactic acid buildup in the treated muscles. Your clinician will increase the intensity of the
contractions on a sliding scale up to 100% based on your feedback and tolerance level.
Q: How long does the treatment last?
A: CoolTone® treatments are 30 minutes long.
Q: Can I get CoolSculpting® and CoolTone® together?
A: Yes, you can have CoolSculpting® and CoolTone® treatments, however, we typically recommend that
patients first reduce stubborn fat in their abdomen with CoolSculpting® prior to having CoolTone®
Q: What’s the difference between CoolSculpting® and CoolTone®?
A: CoolSculpting® uses cryolipolysis technology to freeze away stubborn fat. CoolTone® uses magnetic
muscle stimulation to firm, tone, and strengthen muscles. They use very different technologies for