What to Expect During CoolSculpting


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Once You Arrive for a CoolSculpting Treatment

Sometimes people may be a bit nervous before any cosmetic treatment. The more information that you have about any procedure can go a long way toward easing any potential apprehension. Here is what you can expect before, during and after your Cool Sculpting treatment.

Once you arrive at Slim Studio for your CoolSculpting treatment, we will take pre-treatment photos. We use photography to document your progress to a slimmer body. Why we take before and after photos. Once we take your photos, the technician will review the areas for treatment that we identified during the consultation and assessment. You will then be measured and marked for precise placement of the CoolSculpting applicators.

The area is prepped with a special pre-treatment wipe to remove any lotions or oils and adds a layer of protection to the skin. A gel pad is then placed on the skin, fully covering the area the applicators will come into contact. The gel pad protects the skin from the cold.

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Placing the CoolSculpting Applicators

You are now ready for the CoolSculpting applicators to be placed on your body. The applicators go on with high vacuum. The vacuum pressure draws the tissue into the applicator cup, which is lined with cooling panels. This sensation of the vacuum is unusual; it is described as pulling or tugging, but not painful. If you are having a Dualsculpting treatment, both applicators will be placed before the cooling process begins.

Once the applicator(s) have been placed, the cooling process is initiated. You will feel a sensation of intense cold, which could be accompanied by tingling or stinging, or you may feel aching or cramping. These sensations may be a bit uncomfortable at first, but approximately 6-8 minutes into the treatment, the area being Cool Sculpted will become numb, and you can expect most sensations to subside.

We make our clients very comfortable in the aesthetic treatment bed, surrounded by pillows and a blanket. During the treatment, you can watch Netflix on our big screen TV; you can read or be on your computer or cell phone. Some patients can even nap during the procedure!

How Long Does CoolSculpting Take?

The Coolsculpting applicators have varying cooling treatment times. Slim Studio has the newest technology in applicators, they are called the Cool Advantage Applicators and are used in the majority of the applicator choices. The most frequently used Cool Advantage applicators have a treatment cycle of 35 minutes, but some have a different cycle time. An example is the Cool Mini applicator- used to treat submental fat (submental fat is located under the chin), the CoolMini cycle is 45 minutes in duration. The Cool Smooth Pro applicator, which is used to treat the non-pinchable fat of the outer thighs has a treatment cycle of one hour and fifteen minutes.

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What to expect during CoolSculpting | Slim Studio CoolSculpting

After the CoolSculpting Applicators are Removed

Once the CoolSculpting treatment cycle is complete, the applicator is removed, and a two-minute massage is performed on the treated area. This immediate massage has been shown to enhance CoolSculpting results by over 50%. The treated area can temporarily look red and feel a bit firm but will return to a normal state in a short time.

Once the CoolSculpting Treatment is Complete

Now that the Coolsculpting treatment is complete, you are able to go about your normal daily activities, including working out if desired. You can expect to experience soreness and tenderness in the treated area for one to two weeks.


At Slim Studio, we have found that our patients have a number of questions regarding Coolsculpting treatments. Any kind of life-changing treatment, such as Coolsculpting, should be carefully considered. Therefore, it is completely understandable that one would want to obtain as much information as possible before undergoing any procedure.

Below, we have provided you with a few frequently asked questions and their corresponding answers to help you feel more acquainted with the procedure, from the different areas we treat to whether or not you’d be a good candidate, to recovery time. If you find that you still have a few more questions, you are more than welcome to contact our office to set up a complimentary consultation.

Generally, a good candidate is someone who has noticeable bulges in certain areas. We suggest that you set up a consultation so that you can discuss exactly which areas you’re looking to address with Coolsculpting so that one of our practitioners can aptly determine what will best serve you.

It varies. It all depends on how many areas you’d like to focus treatment on, and the number of sessions needed. A treatment plan can be created for you during your complimentary consultation.

Once the fat cells have been frozen, they shall naturally die off, and the body will then dispose of them. The treated fat cells will be permanently removed from your body through natural physical processes.

You will experience some slight pressure and a cold sensation in the targeted areas. As your body acclimates to the temperature, this sensation will diminish. Most patients are able to sit back and relax, read, watch TV, work on their laptop, or even catch a nap.

Over one million CoolSculpting procedures have been performed successfully and safely, worldwide. CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared.

Typical side effects include a feeling of temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and slight pain in the targeted areas. The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. We encourage you to set up a consultation with one of our practitioners, to discuss if the CoolSculpting treatment is right for you.

As CoolSculpting is a non-surgical treatment, you can feel free to return to your normal activities immediately following your procedure, if you wish.

Some patients begin to see results as quickly as three weeks after their initial treatment. You will continue to see changes in your body for approximately six months, as your body will continue to flush out the crystallized fat cells.

No, it is not necessary to see results. However, many patients feel a renewed sense of motivation after their body contouring procedure and want to maintain their new figure by taking better care of themselves.

Many patients wind up taking even better care of their bodies after enjoying the results from their CoolSculpting procedure. However, if you find that you do gain weight, you will likely put on weight evenly, not just in the treated areas.


Slim Studio is Atlanta’s premier BodySculpting center. We offer BodySculpting treatments with superior results, delivered by medical professionals with concierge service. Slim Studio is a certified EmSculpt provider, and all of our technicians are certified experts who have had advanced training. We pride ourselves on delivering the best BodySculpting Atlanta has to offer. 

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