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As we age, looking slim and toned can become a challenge, because stubborn fat stands in the way of achieving your desired physique. Those persistent bulges that resist traditional methods like diet and exercise can be a source of frustration. At Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, CoolSculpting can help you achieve the slimmer look you desire.

In the world of body contouring, CoolSculpting offers dramatic results without surgery, needles or downtime. 

What is Non-Surgical Body Contouring?

What is Non-Surgical Body Contouring?

Non-surgical body contouring is a treatment that requires no surgical incisions, no anesthesia, no pain medications and no recovery time. This technologically advanced procedure reduces or removes stubborn pockets of fat to shape and contour the body.

Over the years, non-surgical body contouring has become more effective and more sought-after due to the terrific results and the ease of the procedures themselves. There are a variety of body contouring treatments on the market and one of the most notable is CoolSculpting.

What is CoolSculpting?

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a body contouring treatment that uses a process called cryolipolysis to treat stubborn fat. It was first FDA-cleared in 2009. CoolSculpting relies on controlled cooling technology that targets, cools and eliminates localized fat cells through a gradual process.

The treatment almost “freezes” fatty tissue and breaks it down without damaging the surrounding tissue and skin. Over time, treated areas will look more toned due to the reduction of fat.

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How Does CoolSculpting Work?

Once the target areas are identified, a gel pad and applicator are placed on the skin surface. The applicator delivers controlled cooling to the targeted fat, bringing it to a temperature that induces a natural and controlled elimination of fat cells.
Cryolipolysis, or “cold-induced fat breakdown,” is the core mechanism of CoolSculpting. Fat cells are more sensitive to cold than surrounding tissues, so the controlled cooling process selectively targets and freezes fat cells without damaging the skin or other structures.
Over the following weeks after treatment, the crystallized fat cells undergo apoptosis, a natural cell death process. In this case, the fat cells undergo apoptosis without causing damage to the skin, muscles, or nerves.
After apoptosis, the body’s natural metabolic processes gradually eliminate the dead fat cells. As the body begins to eliminate those fat cells, the treated area experiences a reduction in fat volume, leading to a more contoured and sculpted appearance.

Common Treatment Areas

When it comes to body contouring with CoolSculpting, these areas can safely be treated, many of which are resistant to diet and exercise alone.


The abdominal area often accumulates stubborn fat due to factors like genetics, hormonal changes, and aging.


“Love handles” or flanks can be resistant to traditional weight loss efforts and tend to persist even with exercise. CoolSculpting addresses fat deposits on the sides of the waist.


Inner and outer thighs may store stubborn fat, influenced by factors like genetics and lifestyle. CoolSculpting can reduce fat, but it may not eliminate the look of cellulite on the inner or outer thighs.

Upper Arms

The upper arms can accumulate fat due to aging, genetics and loss of skin elasticity.

Double Chin

Submental fat is often resistant to diet and exercise, leading to the appearance of a double chin. CoolSculpting is designed to reduce fat under the chin for a more defined jawline.

Under the Buttocks

The area under the buttock, or the “banana roll” area, can store persistent fat, impacting the contour of the buttocks and thighs.

Good Candidates for Body Contouring

Good Candidates for Body Contouring

Before undergoing CoolSculpting, it’s important to understand if you are the right candidate for this procedure. Ideal candidates should have specific goals and areas of concern that align with the capabilities of CoolSculpting.

Whether it’s love handles, abdominal fat or pesky bulges, CoolSculpting can be remarkably effective in addressing localized fat deposits.

Maximizing Your CoolSculpting Results

While CoolSculpting permanently reduces fat cells, weight fluctuations can impact the overall appearance. At Valley Dermatology, we encourage clients to maximize their CoolSculpting results by being mindful of their lifestyle choices after treatments.

Following a balanced diet and regular exercise routine is essential for lasting results. Strength training exercises help build muscle tone to further enhance the overall appearance of treated areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment; it's designed for targeted fat reduction. While individual results vary, it can typically remove 20-25% of fat in the treated area.

CoolSculpting is primarily focused on eliminating fat, and it is not intended to address loose skin. If loose skin is a concern, that is something we will address during our initial consultation.

Results from CoolSculpting are not immediate, but most people begin to notice changes as early as three weeks after the procedure, with the most dramatic results typically observed around two to three months post-treatment.

Why Choose Valley Dermatology for CoolSculpting?

Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is your premier destination for comprehensive and compassionate dermatological care in the Pacific Northwest. Led by Dr. Scott Smith, our skilled team is dedicated to delivering top-notch medical services and ensuring an optimal patient experience. We prioritize attentive listening, addressing concerns, and crafting personalized skin treatment plans.

  Specializing in skin cancer treatments, including Mohs micrographic surgery, as well as cosmetic services, our experts are here to assist with concerns ranging from acne to fine lines and wrinkles, as well as skin disorders. Trust us for unparalleled service on your journey to healthier, beautiful skin. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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