Is CoolSculpting Safe?

Is coolSculpting a safe procedure for fat reduction?

CoolSculpting, a non-invasive fat reduction procedure, has gained significant popularity as a safe and effective alternative to surgical liposuction. It utilizes controlled cooling technology to target and eliminate stubborn fat cells, helping individuals achieve their desired body contours. Let’s look at the safety aspects of CoolSculpting, and explore its FDA approval, potential side effects, and considerations to ensure a safe and successful treatment experience.

Is CoolSculpting Safe?

CoolSculpting FDA Approval & Clinical Studies

CoolSculpting, developed by Zeltiq Aesthetics obtained FDA clearance in 2010 for the treatment of fat reduction in specific areas of the body. This clearance indicates that the procedure has undergone rigorous testing and has demonstrated safety and efficacy in clinical studies.

Over 100 clinical trials and studies have been conducted to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of CoolSculpting. These studies have shown positive outcomes with minimal adverse events, supporting the overall safety profile of the procedure.

Over the last 13+ years since the original FDA clearance was obtained, the company has continued to support clinical research and development of the technology and procedure to advance and improve the way the procedure is performed and the results achieved, all while maintaining the highest standards of safety.

This procedure is performed all across the world and with over 13 million procedures performed since 2010, the safety of CoolSculpting remains high.

Safety of CoolSculpting Treatment

1. Non-Invasive Nature: One of the primary advantages of CoolSculpting is its non-invasive nature. Unlike surgical procedures, CoolSculpting does not require incisions, anesthesia, or extensive recovery time, reducing the associated risks.

2. Controlled Cooling: CoolSculpting utilizes controlled cooling to freeze and destroy fat cells without damaging surrounding tissues. The technology is designed to target fat cells specifically while leaving the skin and other structures unharmed.

3. Common Side Effects: Although CoolSculpting is generally considered safe, there are some potential side effects to be aware of. These include temporary redness, bruising, swelling, numbness, and mild discomfort in the treated area. These effects are typically mild and subside on their own within a few days to weeks.

4. Rare Complications: Severe complications with CoolSculpting are rare. However, in rare cases, some individuals may experience paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, a condition where the treated area develops an abnormal increase in size and density.

This is a highly uncommon occurrence, but if it happens, further treatment or intervention may be required. This is the most concerning of all side effects because after treatment you get just the opposite result from the one you wanted. In 2020, Allergan the current “owner” of CoolSculpting updated the technology for a 2nd time since its original release in 2010. The update to CoolSculpting ELITE has further reduced the incidence of this rare side effect. In 2022, they voluntarily recalled the original treatment applicators that were still being used in some offices because of the higher incidence of adipose hyperplasia. The newest technology definitely makes a difference in outcomes and has now proven to be even safer.

There are other very rare side effects with CoolSculpting which are reviewed during a consultation. It is important to undergo a thorough consultation with a CoolSculpting certified aesthetic specialist before undergoing CoolSculpting. They will assess your medical history, examine the targeted areas, and determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Open communication and following pre- and post-treatment instructions are key to ensuring a safe and successful outcome.

So is CoolSculpting really safe?

CoolSculpting has established itself as a safe and effective non-invasive fat reduction procedure, backed by FDA approval and clinical studies. Its controlled cooling technology offers targeted fat reduction without the risks and downtime associated with surgery. While mild side effects may occur, they are generally temporary and self-resolving. Severe complications are extremely rare. To ensure a safe treatment experience, it is essential to consult with a qualified CoolSculpting medspa with experienced staff performing your procedure who can assess your candidacy, address any concerns, and provide personalized guidance. With the appropriate precautions and professional guidance, CoolSculpting can help you achieve your desired body contours with minimal risk and maximum satisfaction.

Which CoolSculpting Provider Should you choose?

CoolSculpting is available at many locations including dermatology offices, plastic surgery offices and MedSpas. Choosing the best place to have your CoolSculpting procedure is important to get the best results.  Experience matters for the best CoolSculpting results. Sculpted Contours has performed over 12,000 CoolSculpting treatments since we opened our doors in 2014.  Our team is led by a former CoolSculpting trainer who provides ongoing clinical training to our team of medical professionals every day.  She also performs our CoolSculpting assessments and develops each customized treatment plan so you see the best results that look natural on your body.


CoolSculpting Prices vary and your final price depends on how many areas you are treating.  Our volume discount begins with just one treatment at 25% off the base price and just gets better from there depending on the number of areas you are treating.  To get an estimate of your price of CoolSculpting treatment, you can review our treatment plan examples and then when you are ready, schedule a consultation to get your final price.  

Schedule Your CoolSculpting Consultation with us

During your consultation appointment we will review your medical history to make sure that CoolSculpting is safe for you. There are some medical conditions that exclude you from being a candidate for CoolSculpting!  Don’t worry, we have other options in case this is you.  

Then you can show us the areas on your body you would like to slim down with CoolSculpting fat reduction treatments.  We will measure each area and determine which combination of CoolSculpting treatment applicators will best fit and give you natural contours that fit your body.  It’s not a one size fits all approach, but a custom treatment plan just for your body.  

Before you know it you’ll be sitting in our luxury CoolSculpting treatment room being pampered while those pesky fat cells are frozen.  In just a few short weeks later, you’ll begin to notice a slimmer shape of the areas you’ve treated. Full results take 3 months and sometimes it takes a 2nd treatment to get those final slim contoured results you want to see.  

Call us at 404-872-8578

You can call our luxury Alpharetta MedSpa and schedule your consultation appointment or complete the online consultation request form at the bottom of this page and we’ll get your appointment set.  

You are one step closer to a slimmer you with CoolSculpting at Sculpted Contours Luxury Medical Aesthetics and we can’t wait to see your final results!  



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