Is CoolSculpting considered safe?

Are there any safety issues with CoolSculpting? Either with the procedure itself or side effects or complications with other medications? Would I need my doctor's permission to be eligible for treatment or, barring the obvious, is anyone eligible for CoolSculpting treatment?


F, 47, Maryland

Coolsculpting is a safe procedure to reduce fat in localized areas - generally the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and neck.  It is not a weight loss tool, and does not work on patients who are obese.  Rather, it is a nonsurgical body contouring alternative to liposuction.  There are no significant side effects to the procedure.  You may experience some transient numbness to the area. A rare phenomenon of rebound fat hypertrophy is possible.  If you have other medical issues that you think may prevent you from having the procedure, consult with a doctor who offers coolsculpting to see if you are a candidate.