How does CoolSculpting Work?

The Science and Art of Fat Reduction

Welcome to Element Body Lab, your trusted experts in the world of CoolSculpting Technologies, where the “how” is as essential as the “who” behind the procedure. If you’re new to CoolSculpting and are seeking a deeper understanding of its effectiveness and how it works, you’re in the right place.

This page is designed to explain the intricate technology, evolution, and outstanding results you can expect when treated by a highly trained CoolSculpting Provider.

Ready to get started? Treatments are customized based on anatomy and goals and the first step is a consultation with our team to map out a treatment recommendation.

the science behind coolsculpting

Under the hood, CoolSculpting employs cryolipolysis, a process that leverages the vulnerability of fat cells to cold temperatures. When exposed to controlled cooling, fat cells undergo apoptosis, a natural cell death process. Your body’s lymphatic system takes over, processing and eliminating these deceased fat cells, leaving you with a beautifully contoured physique. Understanding the science behind CoolSculpting is essential, as it empowers you to make an informed decision about your body.


What happens to the fat in a coolsculpting treatment?

Here’s what a pocket of subcutaneous fat looks like. Subcutaneous fat lies above the muscle wall (and it’s the type of fat CoolSculpting can target).

During a CoolSculpting treatment, a specific pocket of fat is targeted using controlled cooling, which changes the texture of the treated fat cells in the area.

*Study based on an animal model.

Afterwards, your body triggers a natural programmed cell death and eliminates 20-25%* of the treated fat, over the course of 3 weeks to 3 months.


The Evolution of CoolSculpting –

CoolSculpting Elite

CoolSculpting has come a long way since its initial FDA clearance in 2009, and at Element Body Lab, we’re excited to introduce you to the most advanced iteration of this groundbreaking technology, CoolSculpting Elite. It’s more than just freezing fat; it’s an art form, sculpting your body with precision and comfort.

In the early days of CoolSculpting, the technology used cooling panels on each side of the applicator, coupled with a substantial amount of suction to draw the fat into the device. While it was effective, outcomes were not always optimal due to the lack of precision in the treatment protocol and the limitations of the equipment.

With the introduction of CoolSculpting Advantage technology in 2017, the handpieces were redesigned, replacing cooling panels with cooling cups. This innovation allowed for precise placement, better contact, and an 85% improvement in treatment comfort due to reduced suction.

In 2021, CoolSculpting underwent another transformative upgrade with the launch of CoolSculpting Elite. This cutting-edge technology features wider, “c-shaped” handpieces, as opposed to the previous “u-shaped” applicators. The applicators are 18% larger and achieve over 30% better contact with the treated tissue, resulting in more precise, aggressive, and accurate results. Furthermore, providers gained the ability to simultaneously treat multiple areas, reducing the time clients spend in the office for their sessions. These remarkable enhancements marked a true revolution in the realm of body sculpting.


It’s all pretty interesting science. You can read more about the science of freezing fat right here or take a look at our CoolSculpting Elite History below. 👇👇

The Art of CoolSculpting –

Why the Provider Matters

As CoolSculpting technology continues to evolve, the importance of provider technique and protocol has taken center stage. While CoolSculpting is undoubtedly an outstanding technology, renowned for its safety and effectiveness in nonsurgical body contouring, it’s essential to understand that it’s a tool—a vehicle. The real magic happens when this tool is wielded with expertise and precision.

The provider and the facility you choose for your CoolSculpting treatment can make an immense difference in the results you achieve. At Element Body Lab, we recognize that the “how” is just as vital as the “what” in the world of CoolSculpting.


Our approach is a testament to the artistry of CoolSculpting. Here’s how it works:


Step 1: Boundary Assessment We begin by identifying the precise boundaries of the area you wish to treat. Understanding the boundaries is crucial in achieving optimal coverage and results. We also discuss what specific concerns you have, ensuring we are aligned with your goals.


Step 2: Volume and Taper Analysis Next, we analyze the area for volume, identifying any peaks (areas with the most volume) and tapers (where fat transitions) to craft a tailored approach. This nuanced understanding allows us to apply our expertise effectively.


Step 3: Anatomy and Skeletal Considerations We take into account the natural orientation of your unique anatomy and the limitations we may encounter based on your skeletal frame. This ensures a treatment recommendation that respects your individuality.


Step 4: Applicator Selection Selecting the right applicator is a critical decision. We choose from the seven different options available in the CoolSculpting Elite portfolio to match your anatomy perfectly. Our aim is to maximize contact with the cooling cups, delivering the best value for your investment. Furthermore, we ensure full coverage, in alignment with the boundaries established in Step 1. This step requires an in-depth understanding of the thermal profile of our applicators, guaranteeing consistent cooling throughout the treatment area.


Step 5: Precise Markings and Client Confirmation Before we finalize our recommendations on treatment day, we carefully mark the area to ensure that our approach aligns with your desired outcome. We even seek a verbal confirmation from you, our valued client, to ensure we’re on the same page.


In the world of CoolSculpting, the provider is the artist, and the procedure is the canvas. The combination of innovative technology and expert technique yields the masterpieces of body sculpting, and at Element Body Lab, we pride ourselves on achieving the highest level of artistry in CoolSculpting.

How long does it take for CoolSculpting to work?

The journey to visible CoolSculpting results is a personalized one, and while it can very from person to person, most clients begin to notice the effects 6-8 weeks after their session. How long it takes for CoolSculpting to work relies on your body, and how fast or slow your metabolism and lymphatic system are able to process out the fat. 

The timeline for CoolSculpting results depends on your unique body, the speed of your metabolism, and how efficiently your lymphatic system processes out the treated fat.


This 2009 study discusses CoolSculpting’s effectiveness. Those findings revealed an average fat layer reduction of 20.4% at two months and an impressive 25.5% at six months post-treatment.

What’s the average amount of time until you notice CoolSculpting Results?

Drawing from our extensive experience and the feedback from our clients in Dallas, Texas, we can affirm that these averages hold true. You can typically expect subtle changes to become noticeable at around 3-4 weeks following your treatment. More significant and noticeable results tend to emerge at the 6-8 week mark, with full results becoming apparent at 3-4 months post-treatment.

It’s essential to note that your journey may be influenced by several factors, including the provider’s expertise and training, your medical history, and the medical clearance protocols mandated by the healthcare professional overseeing your CoolSculpting treatment. Keep in mind that CoolSculpting a prescription, making it crucial to follow the recommended treatment cadence and timeline for optimal results. The right provider and the right approach ensure a journey that culminates in your desired transformation.

Does CoolSculpting Work Right Away?

If immediate results are what you’re after, CoolSculpting may not align with your expectations. Instantly noticeable effects don’t typically follow a CoolSculpting session. During the initial post-treatment phase, it’s quite common to encounter some temporary side effects, which may include redness, swelling, bruising, and numbness.

While these effects are usually mild and short-lived, it’s essential to recognize that CoolSculpting isn’t a quick fix. It’s a methodical and effective approach to body contouring that demands a touch of patience. The process of fat elimination and the visible transformation gradually unfolds over the course of several weeks and months. The outcome is a beautifully sculpted physique with enduring results. CoolSculpting is all about achieving a lasting transformation, not seeking instant gratification.


Will one CoolSculpting treatment work?

The question of whether a single CoolSculpting treatment can genuinely deliver on the promise of eliminating fat is perfectly natural. The concept of achieving such remarkable results might appear almost too good to be true, prompting you to wonder if starting with just one session is a wise way to dip your toes into the experience before making a bigger commitment.

As we’ve previously explored, CoolSculpting boasts impressive success rates and effectiveness, typically resulting in an average reduction of 20-25% of treated tissue. The unequivocal answer is “yes” – a single CoolSculpting treatment can indeed work, especially if you’re seeking a subtle enhancement in your target area. However, it’s crucial to grasp that results can vary from one client to another, and while the procedure is highly effective, it does not come with an absolute guarantee. This is why we invest time during your consultation to assess your individual response rate and establish realistic expectations that align with your unique anatomy and goals.

It’s also valuable to recognize that many clients experience 73% greater reduction in fat during their second CoolSculpting session compared to the first. Furthermore, an impressive 89.2% of patients report satisfaction levels as “satisfied” or “very satisfied” after undergoing two or more CoolSculpting Elite treatments. While a single treatment can undoubtedly make a discernible impact, our extensive experience has demonstrated that for most clients, a series of at least two sessions tends to be the key to unlocking the most transformative and fulfilling results.


Will one treatment of CoolSculpting Align with your goal?

The fundamental question to consider is whether an approximate 20% reduction in the fat layer aligns with your desired outcome. When clients start on a journey of fat reduction, they often want more substantial changes. For many, the goal is to shed half or even the majority of the fat in the treated area.

So, what’s your vision for CoolSculpting?

On one hand, we have clients who, following a single treatment, find themselves wholly satisfied as their goals are successfully met. On the other hand, there are those who opt to continue their CoolSculpting journey beyond their initial session. Some clients intuitively understand that a subtle enhancement, approximately equivalent to a 20% reduction in the fat layer, may not align with their ideal outcomes. For these clients, multiple rounds of treatment can offer a more transformative outcome.

Here, you can explore before and after photos of clients who experienced a discernible change after just one round of CoolSculpting treatment. These visual testimonials offer a glimpse into the remarkable possibilities that CoolSculpting can bring to your body contouring journey.

We’ll Tailor your CoolSculpting Elite Journey To You.


Determining the number of treatment rounds and expected outcomes is a personalized process, and we’ll establish the right expectations for your unique journey at a free consultation. It’s worth noting that we’re a local business dedicated to serving clients in Dallas, Texas, and the surrounding areas. If you’re in search for a provider beyond the Dallas Fort Worth region, we recommend you check out this link to find a provider near you.

What is the success rate of CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is an exciting journey filled with ample research and a wide array of online reviews. You might have noticed the wealth of positive CoolSculpting reviews on our platform, a testament to our unwavering commitment to offering the best advice, even if it means pointing you in the direction of another provider that better suits your goals. While CoolSculpting is our specialty, our primary mission is to earn your trust, whether that leads you to us or elsewhere. Sometimes, clients are better served by another technology or service and we’re happy to provide that insight where needed.

What’s the average response rate for CoolSculpting?

While we witness a remarkably high success rate and a great deal of satisfaction among our CoolSculpting clients, it’s important to remember that each individual responds uniquely to the treatment. As mentioned earlier, an average reduction of 20 to 25% of the treated fat layer is typically seen after each session. This means you should expect a visible reduction in the fat layer, with noticeable results emerging after each treatment and more aggressive outcomes when having a series of treatments.

Clinical Study “Success Rates” for CoolSculpting

In this clinical evaluation of CoolSculpting results, three independent physicians were given the exciting task of examining “before and after” photos to identify treated clients. They also took ultrasound measurements of those who underwent the treatment.

The physicians displayed an impressive level of accuracy in identifying clients who had undergone CoolSculpting, with success rates ranging from 83% to 91%. When it came to ultrasound measurements, the results were equally promising, showcasing a reduction ranging from 1.9 mm to 3.92 mm in the treated areas, depending on the specific body region.

For an in-depth breakdown of results by body area and more insights into the success rate of CoolSculpting, we encourage you to explore the safety information sheet published by the creators of the CoolSculpting system in 2021.

To put it simply, the studies conducted by the makers of CoolSculpting technology revealed an average reduction of 20 to 25% in the treated fat, following a bell curve distribution. Some clients experienced slightly more, while others saw slightly less, in response to the treatment. We’re here to guide you every step of the way on your CoolSculpting journey.