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CoolSculpting is not for weight loss

Enjoying a slice of pizza while CoolSculpting. Don’t try this at home!

We recently had a patient asking about CoolSculpting for weight loss. As you’ll see below, CoolSculpting, or non-surgical fat reduction, reduces fat but not weight.


Reasonable expectations with CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting freezes stubborn fat in the love handles, thighs, arms, abdomen and pretty much anywhere the suction cup can take hold! When the fat freezes, it “turns itself off, ” effectively dying. The fat layer can decrease by 25% so the contours of the body are improved. But this doesn’t necessarily translate to weight loss.


That’s why when the patient follows up 2 months after treatment, the main outcome measure is photos of the body from 8 different angles. If there is an improvement, it will be seen in the photos, not the scale. The doctor’s office will weigh the patient before and after treatment to see if there’s been a wild shift in weight, not to see if the patient has lost weight due to treatment.


Even liposuction which can remove several liters of fat at a time isn’t meant for weight loss. Liposuction, like CoolSculpting, can also improve contours but will do so more aggressively and to a much greater extent. But still at the end of the day, neither of these should be considered a weight loss treatment.


Diet, exercise or some type of restrictive or absorptive surgical procedure will be the best options for weight loss.


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