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Downtime after Coolsculpting

One of the benefits of Coolsculpting is that there is next-to-no downtime. You should be able to return to normal activities after treatment.

Does Coolsculpting leave a scar?

Coolsculpting is a non-invasive treatment, so it does not leave a scar. Some patients do experience a little redness and swelling, but this is not a common occurrence.

When will I see results?

You will start to see results straight away. But the results will be more noticeable two months post-procedure.

Transform your shape without surgery or downtime.

What is Coolsculpting?

The Coolsculpting procedure is an advanced cooling technology that targets and eliminates fat cells, resulting in a noticeable, natural-looking fat reduction in the treated areas.

This is a walk-in walk-out, non-invasive way of reducing those resistant bulges, including back fat, love handles, male breast reduction, muffin-tops and isolated belly fat.

How does Coolsculpting work?

The Coolsculpting technology is based on the principle that fat cells are more vulnerable to cooling than surrounding tissues.

An applicator is attached to the target area to treat the underlying fat tissue, while protecting the skin, nerves, muscles and other tissue. The affected fat cells are gradually eliminated, reducing the thickness of the fat layer.

The ZELTIQ Coolsculpting system includes a selection of non-invasive, tissue-cooling applicators controlled by a precisely engineered monitoring system. The specially designed vacuum applicator draws tissue into the applicator cup and gently holds it between two cooling panels. The technology brings the temperature of the fat cells to just above freezing. Sensors embedded in the applicator monitor the skin to ensure a consistent and uniform procedure.

As a result, the fat cells slowly collapse (die). The body then proceeds to absorb the damaged cells and naturally eliminates them through normal metabolic process. This usually occurs over the course of 2—3 months.

What to expect after Coolsculpting?

The Coolsculpting procedure is completely non-invasive, which allows patients to return to normal activities immediately. Redness may appear in the treated area and may last for a few hours. Some localised bruising may occur, which subsides within a few weeks. Many patients experience a temporary dulling of sensation in the treated area, lasting 1-8 weeks.

Does Coolsculpting work on everyone?

Coolsculpting is suitable for people who are relatively fit, although have stubborn fat unaffected by diet and exercise alone. Unlike traditional methods of body sculpting, the Coolsculpting procedure does not involve needles, incisions, anaesthetic, pain medications or recovery time required.

Coolsculpting is the preferred treatment for someone who is seeking fat reduction, but are not considering a surgical procedure. It id important to understand, Coolsculpting is not intended for weight loss or obesity.


Coolsculpting results

The result over 2—4 months is a noticeable, natural-looking reduction in fat. The Coolsculpting procedure can reduce the treated fat layer by 20 to 40%. Additional procedures may be administered 2-4 months after the initial procedure to achieve a significant fat reduction.

Does Coolsculpting permanently remove fat cells?

During the procedure, exposure to cooling causes the release of naturally occurring body chemicals and other inflammatory mediators. These gradually digest the affected fat cells in the months after the procedure. Lipids from the fat cells are slowly released and transported by the lymphatic system to be processed, much like fat from food.

The elimination of fat cells as a result of the Coolsculpting is expected to have the longevity similar to the results of liposuction. It is considered a permanent fat reduction technology, but only if the weight is controlled.

Coolsculpting or liposuction

The results of the Coolsculpting procedure are not as rapid or dramatic as invasive procedures such as liposuction. However, for patients who wish to avoid the pain, risk and recovery time associated with surgical procedures, Coolsculpting may be the preferred option.

The controlled cooling of the Coolsculpting procedure targets and eliminates only fat cells. Other treatment modalities, such as lasers, radiofrequency and focused ultrasound can affect fat cells as well as other adjacent tissue.

Does Coolsculpting work on cellulite?

Well-controlled studies to determine whether the fat-reducing effects of the Coolsculpting procedure will result in the improved appearance of cellulite have not been completed. ZELTIQ does not recommend the Coolsculpting procedure using the current applicators for cellulite at this time.

How much for Coolsculpting?

Prices for Coolsculpting start from $800. A consultation at Cosmedic & Skin Clinic will help provide an exact cost as this procedure is tailored to each individual and desired result.

Coolsculpting fat reduction on the Gold Coast

For more information about Coolsculpting at our Gold Coast practice or to book a consultation, please contact us.

Coolsculpting FAQs


Within the temperature range of +5 to −5 °C. Fat cells crystallise more readily than other cells so the ZELTIQ Coolsculpting technology is able to target the fat cells without harming t tissue such as skin, muscle and nerves.


Discovered by dermatologists Dieter Manstein, MD, and R. Rox Anderson, MD, of the Wellman Centre for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Drs. Manstein and Anderson and their research team proved that, under carefully controlled laboratory conditions, fat cells are naturally more vulnerable to the effects of cold than other surrounding tissues. Their initial evidence, published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine in November 2008, concluded that prolonged, controlled local tissue cooling can induce selective fat cell reduction and subsequent loss of subcutaneous fat without damaging the overlying skin. This discovery, called “selective cryolysis,” led to the development of the patented technology behind the non-invasive Coolsculpting ZELTIQ Fat Freeze procedure.


Coolsculpting is non-invasive and requires no medication. This procedure is virtually painless, however, a small number of patients have experienced some pain, redness and swelling which lasts a few days.


Although Coolsculpting destroys fat cells it does not eliminate the possibility of weight gain which comes with the expansion of remaining fat cells. This expansion of remaining fat cells can make it seem as though the process has been reversed. It is up to the patient to maintain results of this procedure with a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and exercise.


Although results will be visible immediately, these results will be improving and reach their peak two months after the procedure.


Coolsculpting is not a weight loss solution. It is for removing small pockets of stubborn fat that diet and exercise can’t get rid of.


Both Coolsculpting and liposuction are designed to remove fat from a specific part of the body. However, the difference between these two procedures is in how the fat is removed.

During a Coolsculpting procedure, the fat cells are cooled and destroyed creating a shapelier look and visibly shrinking the area without actually reducing your weight. During liposuction, the fat is surgically removed reducing both the appearance of fat and actual weight.