Debunking Popular Myths That Are Related to CoolSculpting

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CoolSculpting is a medical procedure that’s nonsurgical, noninvasive, and serves to remove fat cells from under the skin. As a treatment that’s not invasive, it is much preferred compared to other fat removal procedures that are surgical and traditional. 

The procedure was approved by the Food and Drug Administration back in 2010; a short three years later, the treatments increased by a whopping 823%.

It makes use of cryolipolysis, a procedure that involves sandwiching a roll of fat between two panels that cool it until it’s freezing. Common treatment areas include the belly, lower back and thighs.

Owing perhaps to how popular it has become, there are numerous CoolSculpting myths that are currently circulating. Unfortunately, many patients have been led to believe certain things that are nothing more than mere misconceptions. In this blog, we’re going to explore some of the most common CoolSculpting myths and the facts behind them.

Myth #1: CoolSculpting Is an Alternative to Weight Loss

People may not be aware that fat reduction and weight loss are two different things, as follows:

  • Fat Reduction – This is what occurs when CoolSculpting and similar methods are employed for the fat cells in an area to be eliminated completely. In turn, fewer cells are eliminated for good.
  • Weight Loss – This leads to the shrinkage of fat cells due to a balance between calories burned with activity and calories the body takes in. While the volume decreases, the number of cells does not. Fluid loss and a loss in muscle are also triggers of weight loss.

Myth #2: CoolSculpting Is Only Meant for the Stomach

This misconception is most likely the direct result of the first-ever FDA-approved CoolSculpting device being used for the stomach area. In today’s modern times, CoolSculpting is able to treat several areas, such as:

  • Arms
  • Buttocks
  • Chest
  • Chin
  • Flanks
  • Inner thighs
  • Knees
  • Lower back
  • Outer thighs
  • Stomach
  • Upper back

Myth #3: CoolSculpting Does Not Do Anything about Sagging Skin  

Primarily meant for fat reduction, CoolSculpting targets the fat cells found under the skin. That means the top layer is not affected in turn. This makes it the wrong course of action to take with regard to skin laxity improvement.

In truth, a person who has good elasticity will not need to fret about skin tightening. At that rate, skin tightens on its own according to the body’s new shape.

Myth #4: With CoolSculpting, Weight Can Be Shed by the Pounds

A key CoolSculpting myth is that the weight loss it affords is dramatic. The truth is, CoolSculpting should not be exclusively regarded as a weight-loss treatment. It is a non-surgical fat reduction procedure that treats fat that’s resistant to exercise and dieting.

A single session will be able to reduce around 20 to 25% of the fat in a single area. That equates to a pound or two. What CoolSculpting does well is bring a toned, contoured body and a reduction in certain measurements, such as one’s waistline.


CoolSculpting is a medical procedure that’s noninvasive and nonsurgical. It became instantly popular since it was FDA-approved in 2010. Popular myths surrounding the procedure include it being an alternative to weight loss and that it helps with saggy skin.

Planning to get CoolSculpting, microneedling and similar treatments? Book an appointment at Cleo Clinic today! We have a wide range of aesthetic treatments, including dermatology/body treatments such as fat-freezing cryolipolysis, hair rejuvenation, and so much more.