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What Is CoolSculpting?

What Is CoolSculpting? 

CoolSculpting is based on a method called selective cryolipolysis. The principal behind the method is simple. All cells can be damaged and destroyed through exposure to cold temperatures. However, the cells in fat tissue (known as adipose tissue) are particularly vulnerable to freezing temperatures. This is good news because it means that with a controlled application of targeted cold temperatures, fat cells can be destroyed without harming other cell types such as skin or muscle. By controlling the targeting and application, rate of freeze, and duration, it is possible to kill fat cells with temperatures that have no effect on other cell types. 

A study that appeared in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal called, “Broad Overview of a Clinical and Commercial Experience with CoolSculpting” showed that the technique employed by CoolSculpting could effectively reduce subcutaneous fat volume. Even more compelling, a researcher in the study likened the results delivered by the treatment to be comparable to liposuction when compared to a multi-session course of treatment. 

Unlike liposuction, CoolSculpting requires no invasive surgical procedures. Treatment applicators are cup shaped with a suction that draws folds of fat into the applicator so that the controlled freeze can be applied to both sides. There is no pain and no anesthesia needed. Slight temporary numbness from the cold device may occur but the skin is never “burned” or affected in any adverse way. 

Within two to four months, the fat cells that were destroyed in the treatment will have been assimilated by the body. When those dead subcutaneous layers of fat have been absorbed, then next layers will become more susceptible to targeting from targeted cell “freezing”. Therefore, the average patient will require several treatments with about six to eight weeks between applications. Each individual will require a different treatment plan in order to achieve visible results that you can be proud of. At Metro Laser, we’ll help you plan your treatment duration and discuss expectations based on your unique situation. 

How Does Coolsculpting Work?

How Does Coolsculpting Work? 

Microscopic graphic of fat cells before coolsculpting treatment.

Many of us have stubborn fat despite diet and exercise.

microscopic graphic of fat cells being frozen with coolsculpting.

CoolSculpting® effectively target fat cells underneath the skin without damage to the skin or surrounding tissues. Treated fat cells are frozen and then die.

Microscopic graphic of fat cells that have been reduced after natural release after coolsculpting treatment.

In the weeks that follow, the body naturally processes and eliminates these dead fat cells. Treated fat cells are gone for good!*

Coolsculpting Before And After*

Coolsculpting Before And After* 

CoolSculpting Treatment Areas

CoolSculpting Treatment Areas 

CoolSculpting can be used on any area that a patient wants to reduce fat, provided there is sufficient fat in the area for the applicator to attach to through suction. The most common areas in which patients benefit are:

Man and woman pose together in bathing suits with CoolSculpting treatment areas that are possible at Metro Laser in Philadelphia, PA.

Abdominal fat or belly fat is the most common application for CoolSculpting. Even patients who exercise regularly struggle with belly fat. Our treatments can give you a powerful advantage in fat reduction around the belly even if diet and exercise don’t give you the results you are after. Abdominal treatments may be done with a single application or up to 3 applications where the device is used on two sides of the belly and then the center. We will be able to recommend how many applications you should have during your consultation.

For many, a double chin can appear through heredity, even if they are not overweight. Like abdominal fat applications, treatment cycles for the chin can be done in sessions consisting of one to three applications. A single application takes about 35 minutes.

Saddlebags are the fat bulges in the hip, thigh, and buttocks. Some patients are pre-disposed to accumulating fat in these areas and may struggle to reduce it through exercise alone. CoolSculpting effectively reduces fat that causes saddlebags with results visually apparent with as little as two treatment sessions.

Love handles, the pockets of fat on the sides of the abdomen above the hips, can occur due to many factors. Even with a relatively healthy diet and regular exercise, love handles may develop with stress-induced increases in cortisol, metabolism slowing due to age, sleep deprivation, and many other factors. CoolSculpting can dramatically reduce or even eliminate the appearance of love handles with just a few sessions.

Back fat can also translate into “bra fat” for women. For men, back fat can obscure muscle tone that they’ve worked hard to achieve. Building muscle does not automatically mean fat loss or visible definition. CoolSculpting can help you to achieve a defined back and reduce or eliminate back rolls.

Gynecomastia, sometimes referred to as having “man boobs” is not just a condition caused by excess fat. Hormone imbalances, anti-androgen medications, some antidepressants and anxiety medications, some antibiotics, steroid use, heart medications, and even alcohol can cause issues connected with gynecomastia. Liver and kidney problems connected with hormonal changes can also contribute to gynecomastia as well. Some men have to maintain body fat percentages well below average to avoid noticeable breast development. CoolSculpting is highly effective at mitigating the appearance of gynecomastia by significantly reducing fat deposits in the chest.

Some patients experience unwanted fat in their thighs even when other areas such as the belly look relatively slim. For some, thigh fat can cause real discomfort due to inner thigh rubbing while walking. For some, this can make leading a more active lifestyle difficult. CoolSculpting can help create “thigh gap” to prevent inner thigh rubbing.

Ready To Make A Change? What To Expect 

Ready To Make A Change? What To Expect

You’re going to love how you look and feel! In the weeks and months following your procedure, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.

Are you ready to love every view of you? We offer CoolSculpting in all three of our Pennsylvania locations – Philadelphia, Exton, and Plymouth Meeting.

The cost of CoolSculpting varies from person to person and depends on your fat loss goals. In order to get an estimate on the cost of a treatment course, it is necessary to have a CoolSculpting consultation with a qualified professional. This can be done at any of our locations, and sometimes even over the phone.

The sooner you set up your free consultation, the sooner you’ll see results in the mirror—long-term results in those areas that have resisted all efforts through diet and exercise. Contact us today to find out our fat freezing procedure is right for you.



A fat-reduction procedure is specially designed for people with stubborn pockets of fat in specific areas. Unlike weight-loss surgery (e.g., gastric bypass), CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss solution for people who are obese or severely overweight.

Good candidates for the procedure have noticeable fat in certain areas they’d like to get rid of, such as the lower belly bulge, the double-chin, or the “love-handles”. This is a great non-surgical alternative to liposuction.

Your certified specialist will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your treatment will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. At Metro Laser, we use the latest applicator technology which allows us to treat a patient in as little as 35-60 minutes. Most patients treat multiple areas during the same appointment. During your treatments you can read, check email, or even take a nap!

No. The treatment is FDA cleared and is shown to be a safe fat reduction treatment. Whereas liposuction involves invasive surgical procedures, CoolSculpting reduces fat without any incision or surgery. While this process is overwhelmingly safe, the treatment must be administered under the supervision of a medical director by trained and qualified medical staff.

You may start to see changes as early as 3 weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after about 2 to 3 months. Your body will continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after your treatment.

During your treatment, you may experience sensations of pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, and cramping at the treatment site. These sensations subside as the area becomes numb. After the procedure, side effects may include temporary redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity. Sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental area treatment may occur. These effects are temporary and generally resolve within days or weeks. Though rare, some additional side effects may occur. As with any medical procedure, ask your physician if the procedure is right for you.

Even though your treatment cycles physically destroy fat cells, it is possible to regain fatty tissue since, of course, not all fat cells are eliminated (nor would you want them to be). The good news is that it is perfectly fine to re-treat the affected area so that you can get back on track with your goals. After seeing the results from their procedure, many people feel even more motivated to stay close to their ideal weight.

CoolSculpting can cost between per area and session. However, Metro Laser offers promotional pricing to new patients as well as affordable packages and payment plans through our easy qualify finance partners.

Just as every body is different, every treatment plan is different too! During your free consultation, our specialists will assess your desired areas to determine whether or not you are a candidate. From there, they will come up with a customized treatment plan to achieve your fat-reduction goals. Because of this, the cost will vary from person to person.

Generally, no. However, as a powerful fat reduction technique, depending on the area, it is possible to experience soreness and tenderness during the weeks following your treatment.
During the first few minutes as the cooling begins, you will typically feel intense cold. This soon dissipates. With some applicators, you will feel some light pulling as suction is applied. The area generally goes numb within 5 to 10 minutes and remains numb for the rest of the treatment. After the treatment, you may feel some tingling as the area is massaged for 2-3 minutes. Patients are usually able to return to their daily routine immediately after treatment.

Yes. However, that does not mean that unwanted weight can not return to the treated area if your lifestyle and diet is not kept in check. Patients who experience the most success are those who control their food, sugar, and alcohol intake as well as continue to stay active. The body has a finite number of fat cells. Additional gains in fat mean that the fat cells have expanded, not that additional fat cells have accumulated. CoolSculpting is one of the few non-invasive treatments that can reduce the number of fat cells by destroying them. Once destroyed, the body will not replace them.

No. CoolSculpting is an aesthetic and elective procedure and as such, insurance carriers do not pay for it. However, we do offer easy to qualify for finance and payment plans.

No. CoolSculpting uses precise methods to deliver a specific temperature to the fat cells and reduce the temperature of those cells to the precise point that causes the cells to break down. The vacuum action of the applicator is also a critical component in making cryolipolysis work successfully. The treatment took many years and clinical trials to perfect. Simply applying freezing temperatures to the body will not destroy fat cells and may even cause skin and nerve damaged if done in a prolonged manor.

Both Liposuction and CoolSculpting are body contouring and shaping treatments. However, that is where the similarity ends. Liposuction is a form of surgery. As such, it requires anesthesia or full sedation. CoolSculpting is not a form of surgery and does not require anesthesia. Further, unlike a surgical procedure, CoolSculpting can be performed in short sessions of as little as 35 minutes. CoolSculpting is typically less expensive than liposuction but this is dependent on the amount of fat that is needing to be reduced. For most of our patients, the procedure is recommended to be done over 3 or 4 “cycles” (visits) with several weeks between treatments. For these individuals, CoolSculpting tends to be the more affordable option when compared to liposuction although comparable results will take longer to achieve.


Real People, Real Results

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Jeff F.


No pain, little downtime, amazing results!

I learned this year that turning 50, being a fit guy that goes to the gym 5xs a week it had become hard to get rid of those little love handles I had developed! I decided to go for a CoolSculpting consultation at Metro Laser from a recommendation from a friend !
What an amazing experience!
From the moment I walked into the office and was greeted by the receptionist I knew I was in the right place.
The atmosphere was very friendly comfortable and inviting. After a very thorough consultation explaining the CoolSculpting process, I decided to make an appointment for the procedure.
I was told it would take 12 weeks to see the complete results and it only been 8 weeks and I am so happy already!
I can believe the results I am getting from such a non-invasive procedure!
No pain little downtime amazing results !!
The staff and professionalism at Metro Laser was unbelievable !!
5 out of 5 stars !!

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Lauren P.


knowledgable and super sweet staff

I decided to try CoolSculpting for some trouble areas and decided to try Metro and I’m so glad I did! The staff is incredible. They’re all super sweet and accommodating and extremely knowledgeable. I was a bit nervous at first but they made me feel comfortable by explaining the process. I still have a few treatments to go but am already seeing amazing results. I can not recommend metro and their team enough!!!

Allee D.


knowledgable and extremely friendly staff

Fabulous experience. The office is clean, bright and organized just like their staff! In addition their staff was extremely friendly and knowledgable and exceeded my expectations. I could have had a million questions and they would have been able to provide a million answers. They also make the process as easy as possible, i find myself chit chatting and laughing with the tech while she’s lasering my pits!
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This place is amazing. Laser hair removal has changed my life. Metro laser offers great deals and very easy to make appointments. I have had bikini and upper arms done. All worth every penny spent. The staff is nice and office clean.

Allison C. S.



I’ve never been to a company where every single employee is just simply Devine. Following laser hair removal, I’ve had countless peels and facials, all with great results. And now I have been getting Coolsculpting for some unwanted fat on my body — and this has been a GAME CHANGER for me. The results I have accomplished are more so than I has ever dreamed for. Metrolaser has instilled a confidence in me that I never had, and made me the best version of myself. I’d also like to throw in, that I have been using the line of products they carry in-store (Glo) for 2 years now, and highly recommended them. I will never go anywhere else for laser hair removal, Coolsculpting, or any facial impurities, as Metrolaser is THE BEST OF THE BEST.

Wendy R.



I had the photofacial done by Nikka at the center city location and was amazed at how good my skin looked a week later. Nikka was knowledgeable and very professional as she walked me through the steps of the treatment and what to expect over the next few days and weeks. I highly recommend Metro Laser for medspa treatments.

A Doctor's Take On CoolSculpting 

A Doctor's Take On CoolSculpting

Metro Laser’s medical director talks about CoolSculpting, his personal story, and how Metro Laser became a top CoolSculpting provider in

“As a physician at Metro Laser, I was intrigued by the science behind CoolSculpting, which could help many of our clients look and feel much better in weeks without the use of anesthesia and little downtime. We took a look at the clinical research and impressive results. If you look at the science, it has been known for decades that cold-induced transformation of fat works.

The principal of Cryolipolysis (destruction of fat cells at lowered temperatures) has been understood for a long time.

Researchers and scientists figured out that cold exposure can lead to fat cell resorption or fat cell death after noticing a correlation that children who sucked on popsicles frequently had less cheek fat than other kids. Imagine making that correlation and being able to design science to apply extreme cold in a safe, concentrated fashion to problem body areas where fat accumulates, like your love handles or flanks, thighs, abs, chin fat!

Although the principles and research surrounding freezing fat were around for many years prior, developing a commercial treatment that could safely target fat without harming nerves or skin took a lot of development. Years later, the success stories number into the tens of thousands. The science is not new, it has just become more well known and more affordable to Americans in recent years.

My personal decision try this treatment for myself was related to my aging process, specifically with my slowing metabolism. I noticed this slowing initially in my mid-thirties and it really accelerated as I approached fifty. Being in the esthetic industry, I have always been active and I have taken care of myself, but I really developed a mid-section that I could not lose, despite working out and making dietary changes. I was fighting a losing battle. This wonderful technology has changed that to a battle won!

My treatments have given me back the body I had when I was in my twenties and thirties. In fact I have friends who see me at the beach and remark that I have “never looked better!”

I love CoolSculpting! It is a game changer and has helped me achieve the body that I am supposed to have! I feel smaller, look better in clothes and when I look in the mirror I cannot believe the changes that have occurred without the need for surgery or anything invasive. The fat has melted away. Who knew? And I owe this all to popsicles!

Metro Laser was established in 2004 and has grown to include three locations. Fat reduction without surgery is a natural complement to Metro Laser’s anti-aging and esthetic treatment options. For women, menopause can really affect the mid-section with changing hormones, which is why fat reduction treatments can provide relief and dramatic improvements on what naturally happens to a woman’s body. Good skin is important, but skin without a lot of underlying fat, is much better in my opinion! If you ask our clients and patients, they will also tell you of their wonderful success in their “treatment to transformation” journeys.

“CoolSculpting is amazing and I’m glad I chose Metro Laser. I can fit into dresses I thought I’d never be able to wear again. The staff is friendly and professional. Highly recommended.” – Dana W.
**CoolSculpting® is FDA-cleared to treat visible fat bulges in 9 areas of the body. Some common side effects include temporary numbness, discomfort, and swelling.

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