You will initially be given an in-depth explanation of the CoolSculpting procedure. Once you fully understand the nature of the procedure and have decided on your flanks (also known as love handles) as a target area for the treatment, your doctor will perform an assessment to ensure that the fat in this area is soft and pinchable, which is ideal for the CoolSculpting system applicator. Photos will then be taken focusing on the flanks prior to treatment.
The precise target location will be marked to enable correct placement of the CoolSculpting applicator. A gel pad will then be applied to your flank followed by the CoolSculpting suction cup that draws up the targeted tissue into the applicator and controlled cooling is delivered to freeze the fat. You may feel intense cold along with a pulling sensation for the first 5-10 minutes after which the area goes numb and you will have minimal or no discomfort. Each area requires about an hour of treatment. Both the right and left flanks can be treated simultaneously if more than one CoolSculpting applicator is available. During this time, many people check their messages, send email, or even take a nap.
After the procedure, you may experience temporary redness, bruising, sensitivity and firmness of the targeted area. These are temporary side effects, which resolve on their own within 1-2 weeks. After about 3 weeks, you will notice reduction in the size of your love handles with full benefit of the procedure becoming apparent within 3 months.