Coolsculpting FAQs

Web Masthead - MaryYou probably first heard about Coolsculpting from the media, either by way of advertisements or seeing the technology demonstrated on TV shows like Dr. Oz or The Doctors.   Because of this exposure Coolsculpting continues to receive, many people naturally want to know more about the procedure.

I know this fact because lately I have fielded some very good questions about the therapy.  From a combination of our limited advertising of Coolsculpting, the first batch of phone inquiries, consultations, and treatments, I have assembled some of the most common questions I have received about it so far.

I will answer many of these questions in the next several blog posts.  Here are some of the most commonly asked questions I have gotten so far:

What happens during the consultations?

doctor_consultAt the time of the consultation, we at Maine Laser Skin Care will obtain some very basic medical information to determine whether or not you are an appropriate candidate for Coolsculpting.  You will meet with my aesthetician, Denise Gidney, who will weigh you and take photographs of the body areas you wish to have treated the most.

Denise will also palpate the fat areas and be able to tell you if Coolsculpting will work for those particular areas.  She will draw up a treatment plan, known as the “Treatment to Transformation”, that will include your ultimate goals for your body sculpting.

How much will Coolsculpting cost?

This is a very common question, and the answer depends on a number of factors which vary with each individual and their needs.  Such factors include the body areas of concern, the number of treatments needed to treat those areas adequately (as some areas may require more than one treatment), and your ultimate goals.

At the end of the consultation (which, I should remind you, is absolutely free), you will receive a confidential and customized plan that can be adjusted for your body, your goals and your budget.  If you do sign on for a plan that involves multiple treatment areas, some discounts can be available that will lower the cost per treatment.

Also, while we are on that subject, in addition to the usual payment methods (e.g. cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, etc.), we now accept CareCredit.   As I announced in a blog post from last week, CareCredit is a credit payment program specifically oriented to aesthetic, dental and veterinary needs.

What does the treatment feel like?

rsz_coolsculpting_in_actionAt the start of the treatment, a gel pad, which feels quite cold, is applied to the fat target area.  Then an applicator is applied which draws the tissue up using a vacuum, and has been described as a pulling and tugging sensation with transient mild pinching.

After the tissue is in place within the applicator, a controlled cooling solution is delivered to treat the area of targeted fat.  Most patients have described a feeling of initial intense cold for about 10 minutes, followed by a numbness in that area.

After this phase, most people feel very comfortable and spend the time reading, or checking emails and Facebook on their smartphones or tablets.  Some have even been known to fall asleep.

What happens after the treatment is done?

rsz_coolsculpting_readingWhen the treatment period is over, which is usually about an hour, the applicator is removed and you will see that the treated area will look like a “stick of frozen butter”.  The treating aesthetician will massage the area, which will smooth the “frozen butter” look although it will still appear red from the exposure to the cold solution during the treatment.  However, you may get up after the treatment, get dressed and resume all of your normal activities without restriction.

What happens to the fat?

During the treatment, the fat within the fat cells of the treated area will crystallize as it freezes.  These fat crystals actually pierce the lining of the fat cells, consequently killing these cells.

As with any tissue within the body that dies, your body will naturally commission living cells that will eliminate the dead and damaged material.  This combination of damaged fat and dead fat cells will eventually be processed through the liver and eliminated from the body entirely.

There is one major point in this process.  Once the fat and fat cells are gone, they will gone for good!

This sounds great, but does it really work?

CoolSculpting_B&A-Bowes-AB-2Set-8wk-HiResI waited for a number of years before bringing a new body sculpting technology to Maine Laser Skin Care to make sure that efficacy was proven.  I have many colleagues in many parts of the country who have used Coolsculpting in their offices, and they praised it highly.

Since its first introduction, Coolsculpting has had a 95% patient satisfaction rate in multiple surveys.  The most important factor is the customized treatment plan and understanding of the ultimate goals of the treatment.

As noted previously, some people notice a loosening of the clothes in the area of treatment as soon as 3 weeks after treatment.  However, full results are usually seen in a 1-3 month time period.


These were the most common questions and answers we have received so far in our initial rollout of this exciting procedure.  As more questions come up, I will post them in this blog and on our website page devoted to Coolsculpting.

If you have any questions not addressed here, please do not hesitate to call us at (207) 873-2158 and ask us.  You may also call us to set up a free and confidential consultation.

Eliminate stubborn fat without surgery, anesthesia or downtime.  Just remember the Coolsculpting motto: Fear No Mirror.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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