Manhattan Dermatology Specialists
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  • UPPER EAST SIDE 983 PARK AVE, STE 1D1 New York, NY 10028
  • UNION SQUARE 55 W. 17TH ST STE 103 New York, NY 10011


CoolSculpting has helped more than four million people worldwide reach their body contouring goals. The safety and lack of significant side effects make this a superb non-surgical alternative to liposuction. The process targets the fat cells underneath the skin without harming the skin. It works because fat cells crystallize faster than other types of tissue.

You may be a good candidate for this procedure if you are within 10 to 20 pounds of your ideal weight. CoolSculpting is perfect for you if you have areas of your body that diet and exercise can’t touch those areas with resistant fat that need sculpting. This is not a weight-reduction method for those who are obese.

An Introduction to CoolSculpting

The difference between CoolSculpting before and after can be dramatic. The process cools and crystallizes fat cells so that your body recognizes them as waste, breaks them down, and reabsorbs them. The remaining fat layer thins. Your Manhattan dermatology specialists can help you determine the most beneficial areas that will exhibit the best CoolSculpting before and after results.

This technique is meant for specific areas of your body. It’s ideal for muffin tops, love handles, inner and outer thighs, and your upper arms. You may even be a good candidate to target double chins if they are an isolated condition and not caused by general obesity. CoolSculpting before and after photos are striking, revealing toned, sculpted areas that you may not have seen for some time.

The Benefits of the Procedure

CoolSculpting works without breaking your skin. If you’re a good candidate for the procedure, you get to enjoy the benefits without any downside. In fact, the extraordinary lack of significant side effects is one of the greatest perks of this procedure. The procedure involves:

  • No surgery;
  • No anesthesia;
  • No invasive techniques;
  • No needles;
  • No incisions;
  • No downtime.

The Process Explained

CoolSculpting was developed for those areas of stubborn, diet-proof, and exercise-resistant bulges that you want to eliminate. The first step is to meet with a specially trained and licensed NYC CoolSculpting specialist to discuss your areas of concern. Most dermatologists who are trained in this technique employ a holistic approach when recommending the procedure, meaning they look at your overall body shape.

Once you and your specialist have decided to move forward, you’re made comfortable while a gel pad and applicator are positioned over the targeted area. Many patients initially experience some intense cold, but this feeling usually fades within five to ten minutes as the area becomes numb. Some people may also experience a slight pulling, tugging, or pinching from the vacuum assisted applicator cup.

During the procedure, most people read, check emails, listen to music, or even nap. The entire process can take one to three hours to complete, depending on the number of areas treated, and is virtually pain-free. You need no downtime, and you should be able to return to work right after the treatment with minimal discomfort.

Side Effects of Treatment

During the procedure, you may notice a cold, tugging, pinching, or pulling sensation, but it quickly passes. After the treatment, CoolSculpting side effects are minimal but may include:

  • Temporary redness;
  • Slight swelling;
  • Blanching at the target site;
  • Some bruising;
  • Firmness to the touch;
  • Tingling sensations;
  • Stinging;
  • Tenderness at the treated site;
  • Mild cramping;
  • Temporary aching;
  • Itching;
  • Skin sensitivity.

Most of these effects are very mild and resolve themselves within a few days or weeks at the most. You get all the benefits of body contouring without any lasting side effects.

Who Can’t Use CoolSculpting

If you’re an active adult who’s conscious of your diet and exercise regimen, you’re likely a good candidate for this procedure. There are, however, some people for whom CoolSculpting is not a good alternative. If you have any of the following conditions, you should not be treated:

  • Cryoglobulinemia;
  • Cold agglutinin disease;
  • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria;
  • Fibromyalgia;
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome;
  • Chronic pain syndrome;
  • Lymphedema or any other condition affecting the lymphatic system;
  • An auto-immune disorder that causes excessive pain, discomfort, or weakness;
  • A health condition or injury that prevents you from walking one mile per day;
  • A BMI of more than 34;
  • Under the age of 19;
  • Pregnant or trying to become pregnant;
  • Currently breastfeeding.
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Expected Results

You usually see changes in your body in as little as four weeks. The most dramatic effects show up around the three-month mark, with continued improvement for up to four to six months after the last treatment. The targeted area of your body will look increasingly toned as the crystallized fat cells continue to be eliminated through your lymphatic system. The gradual reduction of fat allows time for your skin to naturally react.

As a result, this procedure reduces the sagging that’s sometimes associated with surgical or quick-loss reductions. And you’ll have no scars. Many participants see a 20 percent reduction in fat in the targeted area with each treatment. Treating your abdomen and flank twice typically reduces your dress or pants size by two to four sizes in the two-to-six-month timeframe.

Final Notes About the Process

The number of treatments you need is determined by you and your Manhattan dermatology specialist. And since this procedure is targeted to the fat cells only, other tissues are not compromised. This is not necessarily true of other treatments that use sonic waves, lasers, or surgery. Those methods can damage surrounding tissue. As long as your weight remains stable, the effects are permanent. Many patients are able to see noticeable effects in just one visit. This contouring method which uses the Cryolipolysis freezing technology, is a great tune-up procedure.Remember, this procedure is not for weight loss.

Best results come from a combination of CoolSculpting, a healthy diet, and regular exercise. Sculpting, toning, and finding the firmness you once had are the expected results this process delivers.

Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not definitive medical advice. Please consult dermatologist NYC about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced board-certified dermatology doctor or pediatric dermatologist could determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Updated on Mar 7, 2023 by Dr. Susan Bard (Dermatologist), Manhattan Dermatology Specialists Locations: Manhattan Dermatology (Upper East Side) 983 Park Ave, Ste 1D1, NY 10028
(212) 427-8750
Manhattan Dermatology (Midtown) 56 W 45th St, Ste 819, NY 10036
(212) 889-2402
Manhattan Dermatology (Union Square) 55 W 17th St, Ste 103, NY 10011
(212) 378-9984
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