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What Does CoolSculpting® Elite Treatment Feel Like?

By: Dr. James D. Fontaine


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Are you struggling with stubborn fat that won't budge no matter how much you diet and exercise? You're not alone, and at Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine in San Diego, CA, we have a solution. Dr. James D. Fontaine and our highly skilled team are pleased to offer a revolutionary solution for nonsurgical fat removal: CoolSculpting Elite.

If you're curious about the benefits of CoolSculpting Elite or wondering what it feels like, keep reading to learn more about what to expect.

What is the science behind CoolSculpting Elite?

CoolSculpting Elite is a nonsurgical fat removal treatment that uses cryolipolysis, a process that specifically targets and freezes fat cells, ultimately destroying them. Once these cells are disrupted, your body naturally removes them, helping you achieve a leaner, more contoured look. The noninvasive nature of this treatment has made CoolSculpting Elite an increasingly popular choice among those looking for less risky solutions for stubborn fat.

What does CoolSculpting Elite treatment feel like?

As the CoolSculpting Elite applicator makes contact with the targeted area, individuals initially feel a strong cooling sensation. A few patients say the sensation is somewhat shocking but generally not painful. In fact, most patients report that the treated area goes numb within just a few minutes, making the rest of the session quite comfortable.

Does CoolSculpting hurt?

Most of our patients find that the experience is more unusual than painful. The applicator has a vacuum effect, pulling the targeted fat into the cooling panels. While you may feel a tugging or pulling sensation, this is generally well-tolerated and lasts only for a brief period. Here's what you can expect:

  • Mild initial discomfort or cold sensation
  • Feeling of tugging or pulling during treatment
  • Area typically goes numb, helping with comfort

When can you see CoolSculpting results?

CoolSculpting results unfold over several months. While you may notice some changes within a few weeks, the most striking results typically become visible around two months post-treatment. The body continues to flush out the destroyed fat cells for up to six months, offering the potential for even more significant improvements over time.

What can I expect after my CoolSculpting Elite treatment?

Right after the treatment, it's typical to experience temporary side effects such as redness, swelling, or a tingling sensation in the treated area. These effects are generally mild and subside within a few hours or days. Over the following weeks, you'll notice gradual changes as your body works to get rid of the destroyed fat cells. One of the benefits of CoolSculpting Elite is that there's little to no downtime. After your treatment, you should try to maintain a healthy lifestyle to maximize and prolong your CoolSculpting results, as the procedure targets existing fat cells but doesn't prevent new ones from forming.

Say goodbye to stubborn fat with CoolSculpting Elite in San Diego, CA

If you're keen to explore the possibilities of nonsurgical fat removal, Dr. James D. Fontaine and the team at Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine in San Diego, CA are here to guide you. Book your consultation today to start your journey toward a more contoured and confident you.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.