June 4, 2020

The Truth About CoolSculpting: Does It Hurt?

Coolsculpting is a popular fat freezing treatment that is being used by men and women to target and tone their problem areas.

If you’ve been researching this miracle, fat freezing treatment, you’ve probably heard some mixed opinions about whether this treatment is painful or not.

Let’s lay out the facts so that you can answer this question once and for all.

Does CoolSculpting hurt?

This is what you can expect during and after a CoolSculpting treatment:

During the treatment

To begin with, a cool and wet gel pad will be placed over the problem area. From there, the treatment applicator is placed over the pad. Once the applicator is in place, the vacuum will be turned on, drawing the skin and fat into the device.

After the CoolSculpting machine is activated, the cooling process begins. Patients can expect a mild pinching sensation for the first 10 minutes until the area goes numb. The feeling is very similar to placing an ice pack on your skin.

Once the applicator and vacuum are released, the frozen fat is massaged for a few minutes, which is more ticklish than anything else.

After the treatment

Besides some mild swelling, redness and some possible bruising, patients won’t experience any pain after their session.

CoolSculpting: A personal experience

Dr Saras & Co are specialists in non surgical fat freezing procedures and have been offering Coolsculpting treatments for several years.

After surveying some of their patients about their experience with the CoolSculpting 2.0 applicators, they were able to share the following findings.

Dr Saras & Co are some of the first clinics to use the latest and most effective CoolSculpting applicators to date, namely the CoolAdvantage and CoolAdvantage Max.

Here are a few of the main benefits of the CoolAdvantage treatment:

  • The treatment is 42% faster, with clinics being able to reduce treatment times from 1 hour to 35 minutes
  • Reduced vacuum pressure and lower cooling temperatures make CoolAdvantage 45% more comfortable
  • Larger cup volumes and lower cooling temperatures make this treatment 10% more effective than older applicators

Now let’s look at what patients generally experienced during and after their CoolAdvantage treatments:

During the treatment

Over 90% of patients stated that the treatment was comfortable to very comfortable, with most patients only reporting a pain score of 1 on a scale of zero to ten. A cooling sensation is what the majority of patients experienced throughout the treatment.

After the treatment

The percentage of patients who experienced pain after their treatment has dropped from 17% to 3% following the use of the latest applicators. Even though there may be some mild redness, swelling, numbness, and tingling, bruising is occurring less frequently.

The verdict: Is the Coolsculpting procedure painful?

New age devices such as CoolAdvantage are comfortable for around 90% of patients during their treatments, with the recovery procedure also being a lot more pleasant.

Older CoolSculpting devices are still comfortable but around 15% of patients did report some pain during the treatment, while around 5% of patients experienced pain for 1 – 2 weeks after their treatment.