Metro Laser Philadelphia CoolSculpting FAQ

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CoolSculpting FAQs

Who Is A Candidate For CoolSculpting?

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.

Is CoolSculpting Dangerous?

No. The treatment is FDA approved 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.

Does CoolSculpting Have Any Side Effects?

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.

Does CoolSculpting Hurt?

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.

Is CoolSculpting Permanent?

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.

Can You Do CoolSculpting At Home?

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.

How Long Does CoolSculpting Take?

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! 

How Long Does CoolSculpting Take To Work?

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.

What Happens If I Gain Weight After My Treatment?

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. However, if you do gain weight, you may gain it evenly all over your body, not just in the treated areas.

How much does CoolSculpting cost?

CoolSculpting can cost between $600 and $900 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. 

Is CoolSculpting Covered By Insurance?

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.

How Does CoolSculpting Compare to Liposuction?

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.

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