How CoolSculpting Works and How to Prepare

Are you struggling with unwanted fat bulges even though you eat right and exercise? Perhaps you’ve considered having a cosmetic procedure but don’t want surgery or extended downtime. That’s where CoolSculpting can help.

CoolSculpting’s fat-freezing technology breaks down fat layers for the body to naturally expel. This innovation has helped tens of thousands of patients enjoy a sleeker, slimmer body outline. But exactly how does it work, and what should men and women do to prepare?


The process of eliminating fat cells through their response to cold temperatures is cryolipolysis. It removes excess fat by freezing its cells while leaving adjacent tissues unaffected. The body’s lymphatic system will then filter out the debris for the weeks and months after treatment, leaving the treated area smaller. These results happen without an anesthetic, incisions, stitches, or time off from work.

During your treatment, you can read, stream a video on your tablet or phone, catch up on emails, or take a nap. Although there may be some sensation of pulling and pinching, the treatment is highly tolerable compared to other body sculpting procedures.

Where Does it Work?

One of the best features of this non-invasive treatment to reduce fat is its versatility on where it can be applied. Patients can resolve unwanted fat pads on several areas, including:

  • Love handles (flanks)
  • Lower and upper abdomen
  • Outer and inner thighs
  • Arms
  • Double chin
  • Back fat and bra strap
  • Under the buttocks

How to Prepare

Compared to other body shaping treatments, there is little preparation for CoolSculpting. However, you should be in good overall health and close to your ideal weight. CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment but rather an effective non-surgical treatment to eliminate pesky fat. Here are some hints to help you prepare:

  • Avoid excess sun exposure
  • Don’t drink alcohol before the treatment
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before
  • Wear soft, comfortable clothing with minimal undergarments (if any)
  • Limit caffeine and drinking liquids before the procedure
  • Eat a light meal before your appointment
  • Bring some reading material or your tablet to stream videos

We ask you to arrive ten minutes before your appointment to avoid any traffic issues or trouble finding a parking spot. Prepare to change into disposable clothing for the treatment. Any undergarments you wear may be exposed to a thick gel applied to protect your skin. The first few moments are the most comfortable as your skin is drawn into the applicator, then the cooling begins. The CoolSculpting cycle lasts between 35 and 45 minutes.

Learn More

If you would like more information about CoolSculpting, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of certified experts. We offer many cosmetic treatments designed to improve your appearance and boost your confidence.

Call (503) 291-1953 or schedule a consultation today to schedule your CoolSculpting appointment with Key Laser!

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