Does CoolSculpting actually work on your stomach?

How well does CoolSculpting work on your stomach? How well does it really work? I want to get rid of my belly fat without getting any invasive procedures. Should I get CoolSculpting to see how it works for me, or are there other options I should think about?


F, 40, New Jersey

CS is very effective indeed for the stomach in my experience, but you have to meet with an experienced MD to make sure you're a good candidate for it. It does not work for extra / loose skin.

Of course it works, but it's not a weight loss tool rather a shaping tool without surgery. The best candidates are those who aren't obese, but simple have a spots that are out of proportion. Also, it does not work on fat that it can't hold into its suction applicator (fat within the abdomen around the organs, for example)

It’s understandable that you want to stick to a non-invasive procedure. As it stands, CoolSculpting is the only FDA-approved non-surgical fat reduction treatment. It is used to eliminate body fat and can be used on many parts of the body, including the upper and lower abdomen.

The CoolSculpting procedure makes use of technology known as Cryolipolysis, which works by freezing and killing fat cells. Fat cells have a higher freezing point than your other body tissue, which means the CoolSculpting machine can specifically target fat cells without damaging the nerves, skin, and blood vessels surrounding the treatment area.

Many people experience good results removing stubborn fat from their abdomen and reshaping their love handles using CoolSculpting. In my experience, you can expect to lose about 20% of the fat in the treatment area. It’s also worth noting that you won’t see the results immediately as it takes some time for the body to process and eliminate the dead fat cells. This may take a few months, but the results can be permanent provided you’re able to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle in the years following your CoolSculpting treatment. Unlike more invasive surgical procedures, there's almost no downtime involved with CoolSculpting, so you can resume your regular activities the same day.

There are, however, some side effects to be aware of. Many patients experience some bloating for a few days after their CoolSculpting procedure, but this typically resolves itself within two weeks. Be sure to consult your plastic surgeon if symptoms persist.

In regard to your final question, there are a few other non-invasive treatments that can be used to remove unwanted fat from the abdomen. For example, you could use SculpSure and truSculpt, both of which, in contrast to CoolSculpting, rely on the use of heat to destroy fat cells. And there is also Liposonix, which uses ultrasound energy to target stubborn fat deposits. There are many factors dictating which modality will best suit your needs, so I urge you to see a board-certified plastic surgeon to help you make your decision.

Hi Marlyn, 

The answer to your question depends on who answers it. If you do CoolSculpting in your practice, you will probably answer positively. I do not use CoolSculpting and have reservations about the technology. It can get technical but the bottom line is that the effects of CoolSculpting on fat cells is poorly understood. There are reports of the areas being treated with CoolSculpting actuallybecoming larger and more full than before the treatment. This has been called "paradoxical hyperplasia" but some researchers dislike this term as they claim it does not reflect what is happening. Some surgeons who have studied CoolSculpting have warned that this complication may be much more common than thought and that the company that markets CoolSculpt, Zeltiq, is underreporting this. You can go to to view an article on this. The incidence is given as very low but three of the doctors on this report are either on the medical advisory board for Zeltiq or served as investigators for Zeltiq. I think you should go very slow with CoolSculpting. Liposuction works great in this area and has been around for decades. The term "invasive" gets a lot of bad press. Any procedure that creates an effect in yourbody is invasive in some way. With CoolSculpting, you are invading the body with cold; with liposuction you use very small metal cannulas. 

Hope this helps. 

Yes, it does. It is an ideal non surgical approach to fat reduction of the abdominal wall. It may require more than one treatment for optimal results.

It an amazing procedure for your stomach! You will get result. You first need to visit a CoolSculpting Facilty to make sure you are a candidate and they can discuss your goals and make sure you will get the desired results.

Easy question - yes it does. The only time it won't work is if the fat is intra-abdominal - CoolSculpting can't reach that fat. We have free consults to see if CoolSculpting or another treatment is your best option.

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