Does Fat Freezing Hurt?

a woman has a slim figure and wears active wear. she has her hands on her hips.

CoolSculpting or ‘fat freezing’ is a popular, non-invasive treatment that can noticeably reduce those areas of stubborn fat that seem immune to diet and exercise.

CoolSculpting targets and treats fat cells by delivering controlled cooling to specific areas. The surrounding tissues and skin are preserved, and there’s no need for surgery or needles. Khloe Kardashian, Kristin Davis and Jennifer Aniston are among Coolsculpting’s celebrity fans.


Does Coolsculpting hurt? 

Many of our clients at Azure want to know what fat freezing feels like. It’s natural to have some minor discomfort during your CoolSculpting treatment. The most obvious sensation is coldness! The cold may feel intense at first, but this feeling should lessen once the targeted area starts to become numb.

You may also feel some mild pinching, tugging and / or pulling during the treatment. This is because the applicator works like a vacuum, drawing fatty tissue into the applicator cup. This is very normal and shouldn’t last more than 5-10 minutes.


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Get rid of stubborn fat with CoolSculpting at Azure Medical + Cosmetics.


What are the side effects of fat freezing?

The side effects of CoolSculpting can include redness, blanching, swelling, firmness, bruising, stinging, tingling, cramping, tenderness, itching, skin sensitivity and aching. Numbness may also be experienced for several weeks. 

If your CoolSculpting treatment targeted the submental/chin area, you might notice a feeling of fullness in the back of your throat once the treatment is complete.

The side effects of fat freezing shouldn’t be disruptive to your life. Most of our patients are able to go back to their regular activities straight after their CoolSculpting treatment, such as returning to work or having lunch with friends.

In rare instances, side effects can be more severe. These include hyperpigmentation, hernia, subcutaneous induration (hardened tissue), late onset pain / severe pain, paradoxical hyperplasia (where the treated area gradually enlarges), freeze burn and vasovagal symptoms (such as sweating, dizziness, paleness, nausea, fast or slow heart rate). 


Is CoolSculpting safe?

 CoolSculpting has a well-established safety profile. The technology was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012 and is available across 74 countries. 11 million treatment cycles have been performed to date.

CoolSculpting has a built-in safety measure called the Freeze Detect® system. This system automatically kicks in when a treatment begins. If the treated area gets too cold, the system will automatically stop the treatment.

If you are severely sensitive to cold temperatures or have a history of Raynaud’s disease, CoolSculpting may not be right for you.



CoolSculpting in Perth is available at Azure.

Our CoolSculpting specialist can determine if CoolSculpting is suitable for you through a comprehensive one-on-one consultation.

We’ll assess the uniqueness of your body and talk about how to best utilise the treatment for you. With your permission, we’ll also take photos so there is a record of your progress. 

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