Frequently Asked CoolSculpting Questions

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What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a revolutionary procedure that uses controlled cooling (also called Cryolipolysis) to target, freeze, and eliminate fat cells from your body. CoolSculpting allows you to truly sculpt and target specific parts of the body – like the abdomenlove handlesinner thighs, outer thighs, double chinarms, and more. Squeezable fat is freezable fat. You’ll need a physical exam to determine if you’re a candidate, which we provide at free your free consultation. After the procedure, your body continues to break down the treated (frozen) fat cells, leading to a natural cell death. The natural cell death triggered by CoolSculpting is called apoptosis. As the fat cells die, they collapse, and the natural inflammatory process removes the dead cells through the lymphatic system over the next three weeks to three months. That leaves you with long-lasting results with no surgery, no needles, and no downtime.

How do I know if I am a candidate for CoolSculpting?

Ideal CoolSculpting candidates have noticeable bulges of unwanted fat that is diet and exercise resistant. The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is specifically designed for those who are within 5 to 35 pounds of their ideal/target weight and are frustrated with stubborn fat and are looking to shed inches, not pounds. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure and is not ideal for obesity. Unlike a gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a solution for weight loss. Instead, it is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction

Many individuals who fall outside of the target weight range begin with diet and exercise regiments. As they lose weight and get closer to their target range, CoolSculpting can become an essential part of the strategy to look and feel their best, and most importantly, to improve confidence. Request a one-on-one consultation with us today to learn if you’re a good candidate.

Does CoolSculpting work for men and women?

YES! Men and women both choose non-surgical aesthetic procedures to achieve their ideal body image goals. Body fat, the desire to look and feel fantastic and the desire to seek treatment are not gender specific. Our entire practice was built to be non-judgmental, modern and comfortable. At Element Body Lab, belly pudges, love handles, and man boobs are reduced while watching Netflix or getting caught up on emails.

Best of all, our treatments are always done in confidence – so you don’t worry about gossip making it to the locker room unless you’ve chosen to brag about your results yourself.

What results can I expect?

You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, but most clients notice a reduction in the fat layer within 2 to 4 months after the procedure. Fat cells will continue to process and eliminate for up to 6 months.

After the cells are frozen and crystallized, they undergo a natural cell death and are eliminated over time. Because this process is slow and gradual, it allows the skin to adjust and restore elasticity. The cold also stimulates collagen and elastin production, which helps tighten the skin in the treatment area(s).

You can expect an average of 20-25% reduction with each treatment. For this reason, identifying your treatment goals during your consultation is key. Most of our treatment packages include 2 rounds of treatment, achieving about 40% reduction in the treated area.

You can request before & after photos to see what results look like several weeks after the CoolSculpting Treatment.

How long is each treatment?

Element Body Lab helps create individualized plans tailored to your body-sculpting goals. The length of your treatment can vary depending on the number of areas being treated.

Element Body Lab offers the latest CoolSculpting technology – the CoolAdvantage Applicators that can treat patients in 35-45 minutes. Most patients have more than one treatment during the same office visit, so we invested in multiple CoolSculpting machines and applicators, making it possible to have multiple areas treated at once. We call this dual-sculpting. Most patients spend between 2-3 hours with us to transform a body area with CoolSculpting. Treatments can take as little as 35-minutes or as long as a full day, depending on your size and your goals.

Is the CoolSculpting procedure safe?

Yes. CoolSculpting is a safe and reliable way to get rid of unwanted fat. More than 8 million treatments have been performed worldwide. Between millions of treatments, clearance by the FDA, and advanced technology that’s been tried, tested and analyzed in over 100 peer reviewed, controlled clinical studies (or clinical publications), CoolSculpting is the procedure to trust.

Picking a provider who prioritizes your safety is important. At Element Body Lab, Dr. Phillip Dauwe is our board-certified medical director who oversees all treatments & participates in the care you receive. Dr. Dauwe will ensure you’re the appropriate candidate for CoolSculpting and discuss any medical specifics during your free medical evaluation appointment.

What are the side effects after CoolSculpting treatments?

During the procedure, you may experience some deep pulling, tugging and pinching, intense cold, stinging or aching at the treatment site. More common reports include tingling and numbness. Following the treatment, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, and stinging, but these are temporary and fade quickly.

We always discuss all side effects, including cramping, aching, itching, skin sensitivity, swelling, redness, blanching, bruising, firmness, and sensations of fullness (like bloating in the abdomen and fullness of the throat after a double chin treatment). These effects are temporary and generally resolve within a few days or weeks. Though rare, some additional side effects may occur. As with any medical procedure, talk with your provider to ensure this is the right procedure for you.

CoolSculpting is not for everyone. You should not have this procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, cold agglutinin disease or are pregnant or breast feeding. At your complimentary consultation, we will discuss all the details and ensure you’re well educated in the decision.

Where does the fat go? Are CoolSculpting results permanent?

Once the treated cells are crystallized (or frozen), your body processes the fat and eliminates the dead cells. (You have about all of the fat cells you’ll ever have by the time you hit adolescence.) When you’re gaining and losing weight, it’s your existing fat cells getting bigger or smaller, like balloons. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.

While diet, exercise, and other “fat loss” procedures only shrink fat cells, CoolSculpting destroys the cells. By removing the fat cells entirely, we remove the opportunity for the fat cells to enlarge during a lifestyle shift (or holiday season).

Although CoolSculpting will assist in achieving your fat loss goals, we urge and encourage you to maintain proper diet and exercise routines before, during, and after your treatment to maximize your results. Once the fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good; however, the remaining fat cells can get bigger and smaller with diet and exercise behaviors. So be on your best behavior. 

What does a CoolSculpting treatment feel like?

Anything related to “feel” is subjective – so every client’s experience will be a little different. The best way to set proper expectations on the experience is to understand that each treatment can provide varied sensations.

Typically speaking, as the cooling begins and in the first few minutes, you’ll feel pressure and intense cold, like an ice pack attached to the end of a vacuum hose. The intense cold sensation soon fades (in about 5 minutes) but is never unbearable. The general area goes numb within 5 to 10 minutes during treatment. Typically, clients say the treatments are light-to-mild levels of discomfort. Most clients work on their laptop, enjoy watching TV or even take a nap during treatment.

After the treatment, you may feel some tingling as the area is massaged for 2 to 3 minutes. We’ll talk about the procedure, sensations, and what to expect after treatment during your consultation as well.

There’s no downtime and patients are usually able to return to normal activity following their procedure the same day.

What part(s) of my body can I treat with CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is uniquely customized to address any area of concern, pending we have the right tool to address it. CoolSculpting targets and sculpts stubborn fat in the areas that are most resistant to change: upper and lower abdomen, love handles, arms, back fat, bra fat, inner thighs, saddlebags, muffin tops, double chin, man boobs, buttocks, knees and more! Squeezable fat is freezable fat.

Contact us for your free consultation to find out if you’re a candidate, and customize the treatment plan unique to you.

I've been treated with CoolSculpting. Now what? Can I get back to normal activity?

Congrats! Always be sure to schedule your follow-up assessment with the Element Body Lab team to review your results and discuss the option of additional treatments. We’ll want to see you at 30 days, 90 days and 6 months after treatment.

Between now and then, you CAN get back to normal activity immediately. CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical, so you can return to work, exercise or life the same day of your CoolSculpting treatment.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle. A healthy body = a happy body! We want happy patients who are happy with their results.

Do I need to follow a diet and/or exercise program after CoolSculpting? Should I take any special supplements?

No supplements are required, and there are no diet or exercise changes required after your CoolSculpting treatment. We don’t recommend you change any of your lifestyle habits. Just work to maintain your current weight to enjoy your results.


Most of our patients do feel more motivated to live a healthy life and take better care of themselves after a CoolSculpting investment, which will elevate results!

What happens if I gain weight after my CoolSculpting procedure?

Most of our clients feel even more motivated to stay close or maintain their weight after seeing their CoolSculpting results. If you do gain weight, you may gain it evenly all over the body, not just in the treated areas. We’ll discuss how fat distribution works and the differences between weight loss and CoolSculpting at your free consultation.

How much does CoolSculpting cost?

Our favorite question is what is the cost of CoolSculptingbecause everyone’s body is so different, as are their goals. CoolSculpting is a totally customized procedure – depending on what area you want to treat, what your goals are and where you currently exist on the spectrum to your ideal body image. All these factors play into writing a customized treatment plan.

Our consultations are no-obligation and no-cost, so give us a call today and we can discuss your totally unique story. We do provide examples of popular treatment plans online and we offer no-interest financing to break your treatment into monthly payments!

The cost per CoolSculpting cycle at Element Body Lab is, on average about $600. You can request our in office pricing sheet here.

Can I finance my CoolSculpting treatment or break the cost into monthly payments?

Yes! Element Body Lab offers the option of monthly payments through Cherry Financing. You can apply online, and most patients get the benefit of an immediate approval. Schedule your consultation or give us a call for more information on financing.

Do I have to buy multiple rounds of treatment up front?

No. You can take the CoolSculpting treatment session by session, should you decide. Our CoolSculpting dedicated providers will help you understand what to expect with 1 or multiple rounds of treatment.

What is the average cost of CoolSculpting?

We offer package pricing at Element Body Lab. The average cost of a CoolSculpting cycle is $600 per cycle, but you’ll receive an estimate for your treatment at your free consultation.

Why pick Element Body Lab for your CoolSculpting treatment?

While many practices offer CoolSculpting, very few are specialists or care about the permanent changes they’re making on their client’s body – or the experience during and after the procedure.

Fat reduction is serious business – it’s more than just a physical transformation. It affects every aspect of the human condition. Feeling and looking your best ignites your soul and gives you the confidence that leads to better self-esteem and empowering you to live your best life, instead of being caught up in your appearance.

While other facilities and offices offer CoolSculpting along with an endless menu of other services, we at Element Body Lab focus on one thing – cold fat reduction using CoolSculpting technology. We look at the technique used for CoolSculpting as an art.

We are sculpting your body, and we will give it the time and attention it deserves. We know that time, attention to detail and the individualized plans given to each patient all affect your life – mentally, emotionally and physically. We are proud of the beautiful transformations provided in this art and share in our successes with you.

We’ve also been there ourselves. Every team member at Element Body Lab has been for a consultation with a stranger, experienced a treatment for themselves, and understands all the nuances of this technology, firsthand.

We know how significant a private, non-judgmental and personalized approach to this treatment is. We emphasize the shared physical and emotional transformation and the positive impacts on our clients’ lives. 

You will never be rushed, you will never be pressured, and you will always be our priority.Our philosophy is simple – focus one 1 thing and be the best at it. For us, that’s CoolSculpting.

Do you have multiple machines?

We do! We offer multi-machine treatments to save you time while we treat both sides of the body at once.

Have you been treated?

Everyone on our team has been treated with CoolSculpting and can offer a first-hand experience as a client. We’d love to tell you about our own CoolSculpting journey or answer any questions you have from a patient’s perspective.

How Do I Get Started?


Free Consultation

Schedule an educational visit with a CoolSculpting provider – we offer free consults to answer your questions before investing in a treatment.

Medical Clearance

Then, schedule an good faith exam for your medical clearance. This can be done on treatment day, or ahead of time.

Freeze Your Fat

From there, you can spend time with a CoolSculpting Expert at Element Body Lab who’s focused on freezing away fat for good.