What to Expect Before, During & After Your First CoolSculpting® Treatment

A woman completes core exercises after getting a CoolSculpting treatment in Tucson, AZ.

Many people dream of trimming away stubborn fat and enjoying a toned, contoured body. However, a traditional surgery like liposuction may feel intimidating, and you might prefer a gentler approach. Often, CoolSculpting® is the go-to fat reduction treatment for our Tucson and Saddlebrooke patients who prefer nonsurgical options. CoolScupting’s FDA-approved technology literally freezes away fat cells—all without any anesthesia, incisions, or stitches. 

CoolSculpting is a great body contouring options for cosmetic treatment beginners and veterans alike. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your first CoolSculpting treatment. 


The first step to take in your CoolSculpting journey is to schedule a consultation. You can do this by calling the practice office or requesting an appointment online. During this private meeting, you’ll be able to open up with your doctor and learn more details about treatment. It is the perfect opportunity to discuss your goals and ask any lingering questions you may have about the procedure. 

After carefully analyzing your body, your doctor will help you determine if your trouble spots could benefit from CoolSculpting. They will then help you schedule a customized treatment plan and suggest when your session can take place. 


On the day of your appointment, show up a few minutes early to ask questions and finish any final paperwork. Once you’re all set, you will be lead into the treatment room where you can relax on a comfortable reclining seat. Your provider will place a handheld applicator that uses suction to hold fatty tissue in place on your treatment area. The area is then exposed to carefully controlled cool temperatures. Your skin may tingle and feel numb during this process. 

A CoolSculpting session typically lasts around 35 to 60 minutes. The time may vary depending on the number of areas you’re having treated. 


CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical procedure and requires no dedicated downtime. You can return to work or home immediately afterward and drive yourself home from treatment. You may experience some tenderness or swelling around the target area after treatment, but this is common. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication and a bit of rest. 

You won’t see your CoolSculpting results right away, but remember to stay patient. Your body will gradually shed the dead fat cells that were frozen during treatment. Experiences vary, but most patients see noticeable changes after 2 to 3 months. If you’re seeking a more dramatic look, you can come in later for an additional touch-up session.

CoolSculpting can create beautiful body contouring results without the need for surgery. Browse our before-and-after gallery to see real examples from patients at our practice. 

If you would like to learn more about CoolSculpting here in Tucson, request a consultation online. You can also contact our helpful office staff by phone at (520) 731-1110.

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