Does CoolSculpting® Work? Recent Research on Freezing Your Fat

Less fat without surgery or exercise? When our patients first hear about CoolSculpting, they sometimes question the hype – it sounds too good to be true. Then they try the treatment, see the results, and all the doubt disappears. 

CoolSculpting works, but don’t take our word for it. This treatment has the research to back up its claims. Dr. Farber presents some of the recent research on this fat-fighting treatment.

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting uses cold to destroy fat. The technology behind this treatment was born when researchers found that ice pops created dimples in some children. They discovered that intense cooling damages fat cells and in time, the body naturally eliminates them. The cool in CoolSculpting is applied using a high-tech device that delivers intense cold to your fat cells, without damaging the skin. 

CoolSculpting is a versatile treatment option, suitable for most trouble spots. We frequently use it on the abdomen, thighs, hips, waist, and under the chin. 

Only one treatment is needed to see results, although many patients opt for a second treatment to further enhance their results. No downtime is required after treatment; return to life immediately after your procedure.

The Research Proven Benefits of CoolSculpting

Does CoolSculpting really work? This treatment is one of our most popular non-surgical treatments, largely due to its ability to produce visible results quickly. Our patients have seen the results are enjoying their new, refined curves. We know this treatment works, and research backs this up. Discover some of the research-proven benefits of cryolipolysis or using cold to freeze and eliminate fat.

Effective Results

CoolSculpting works. Studies have found that this treatment provides:

These aren’t subtle results. CoolSculpting produces noticeable, dramatic results with a single treatment.

Few Side Effects

CoolSculpting has few side effects. Some patients experience redness, swelling, tenderness, or temporary changes to skin sensation in the treatment area. Recent studies found:

With minimal to no side effects, patients can receive this treatment without interruption of their daily lives. Though the results may be less dramatic, CoolSculpting is a great alternative to liposuction surgery, without the downtime.

Minimal Discomfort

Is CoolSculpting painful? Most of our patients report little to no discomfort during their treatments. Studies support this. One recent study found that 96% of patients reported minimal to tolerable discomfort.


CoolSculpting carries less risk than surgical body contouring options. At our practice, we rarely see complications. Most patients tolerate the treatment very well. Recent studies have found:

  • The treatment has does not affect serum lipid profiles or liver tests, both at the time of treatment and at any time during the first 12 weeks. 
  • No long-term changes in nerve fiber structure 
  • No skin damages
  • No lasting changes to skin sensation
  • No significant adverse effects in any of the analyzed studies

This treatment was chosen by Dr. Farber himself for its safety and effectiveness.

Learn More About CoolSculpting in Boca Raton, FL

Research-backed and patient-approved, CoolSculpting is one of our favorite treatment options for stubborn fat. If you’re ready to see the results of this treatment for yourself, we’d love to chat. Call Farber Plastic Surgery at (561) 503-2700 and ask about CoolSculpting.

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