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CoolSculpting® by ZELTIQ®

We are pleased to offer CoolSculpting® for our Boston area patients – the first completely non-invasive technique that removes fat. SkinCare Physicians was one of a handful of centers in the world that was selected to offer the first CoolSculpting treatments.

While there are other companies and machines that claim to reduce fat without surgery, CoolSculpting is among the only ones that permanently remove fat. Several of our physicians have been involved with the research and development of CoolSculpting from its beginning stages, and we have collected proven scientific evidence that the treatment is effective.

Before & After Photos of CoolSculpting

Before CoolSculpting Procedure After CoolSculpting Procedure
Before CoolSculpting Procedure After CoolSculpting Procedure
Procedure by Ivan A. Rosales-Berber, MD

CoolSculpting usually takes about an hour, and patients report minimal discomfort. There is no need for anesthesia or pain medication, and during the procedure most patients choose to read a book, listen to music, or watch television or a DVD. The most common areas treated are the upper and lower abdomen, love handles, hips, mid-back and bra line.

CoolSculpting uses a body contouring method called cryolipolysis. Essentially, when fat gets very cold the body recognizes the fat as "melted" and then removes it over time through natural processes. It can take 3 to 6 months to see the final result, and some patients may benefit from a second treatment. Research shows that as much as 25% of your unwanted fat can be removed in a single session.

If you are considering this alternative to liposuction, our Boston area team of medical professionals can help you look your best. Request a consultation online or contact us at (617) 731-1600 to schedule your appointment.

What Is Cryolipolysis?

When fat is made very cold (just above the freezing point), fat cells become irreparably damaged. CoolSculpting is a novel technology that selectively makes fat cells cold, in turn causing permanent and effective fat cell loss. Once the fat cells are treated, the body clears them through a natural process over a span of 3 to 6 months.

Is Cryolipolysis Dangerous?

Extensive research on CoolSculpting has been performed, including right here at SkinCare Physicians. Data reveal a superb safety record, and in multi-center research, there have not been any reports of adverse systemic effects from treatment. Fat cells are gradually cleared from the body after treatment, so the liver and other vital organs are not impacted in any negative way.

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

Most of our patients begin to see changes after 1 to 2 months. However, it can take up to 6 months to see the final result. Some patients elect to have a second treatment to eliminate as much fat as possible.

How Much Fat Can You Remove?

A one hour CoolSculpting session will treat an area about the size of your palm. We can treat 2 to 3 palm-sized areas in any given session. Research shows that CoolSculpting can eliminate up to 25% of the fat in each area we treat. Additional treatments can remove more fat in any one area, so multiple treatments (to the same area) are cumulative.

Who Are the Best Candidates?

CoolSculpting works best for patients who have a mild to moderate amount of extra fat that they would like to have removed. Patients with small to medium sized specific areas of fat on the abdomen or love handles are ideal. Good skin tone is also helpful, but we are able to treat patients with stretch marks and a small amount of sagging skin. CoolSculpting is also useful in patients who would like to be a little smaller, but do not have enough fat to warrant a liposuction procedure. Most specifically, the treatment is great for patients who want to remove fat but also would like to avoid having surgery.

What Areas Are Most Commonly Treated?

For now we often treat the love handles, hips, upper and lower abdomen, and bra-line fat. CoolSculpting is developing technology that will hopefully allow us to treat the outer and inner thighs, knees and arms in the future.

What Is Post-Treatment Recovery Like?

Most of our patients have no recovery or downtime after a CoolSculpting body contouring treatment in the Boston area. Immediately after the treatment the skin will feel stiff, but this resolves within 10 to 15 minutes. Redness can persist for a couple of days, and although unusual, some patients develop a bruise in the treated area. Rarely, patients experience soreness in the area for a couple of weeks as well as a slight change in sensation in the treated area for up to 8 weeks.


At SkinCare Physicians, our doctors and staff are highly experienced with CoolSculpting as a non-surgical option to remove unwanted fat. Get started when you request a consultation online to come visit with us.