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Does CoolSculpting for Back Fat Work?

Kristina Cadwell  
February 2, 2022  

The problem with fat is that it accumulates unevenly, and in some places it is often difficult to get rid of with diet and exercise. For example, there are no targeted exercises for back fat which accumulates due to a high-calory diet, hormonal changes, or muscle weakness caused by a sedentary lifestyle or aging. Fat in this area makes it challenging to find clothes that hide the bulges, and may cause low self-esteem.

Thankfully, modern innovations in aesthetic medicine enable people to lose fat quickly without struggling with a rigorous dietary regime for months or years. CoolSculpting is the most effective cosmetic solution for stubborn fat because it safely and permanently freezes fat cells without risk and downtime.

Here we explain how CoolSculpting for back fat works and what results to expect.

CoolSculpting for back fat

CoolSculpting for Back Fat: How Does It Work?

CoolSculpting involves using cryolipolysis (fat-freezing) technology to destroy fat cells in the treatment area. The CoolSculpting device consists of a temperature-regulating part and a hand-held applicator that looks like a vacuum cleaner.

Your medical provider first applies a gel pad on the treatment area to act as a barrier between the skin and the cooling applicator. Then, the provider uses one of several available CoolSculpting applicators, depending on the amount and type of fat and the shape of the treatment area. The applicator sucks in the roll of fat, freezing the fat cells through the skin. The body metabolizes the dead cells in the weeks following the treatment.

You may feel discomfort during the first five minutes of the treatment, after which most patients become numb to the intense cold. The procedure lasts between 35 minutes and one hour, depending on the amount of fat.

Skin experts at the Vibrant Skin Bar use the new CoolSculpting device model with two applicators, decreasing the procedure time. For example, if you have fat in the lower back between the love handles, our medical provider will use the applicators on the fat bulges on both sides at the same time.

What Areas of the Back Can Be Treated?

Fat typically accumulates in three back regions:

  • Lower back between the flanks
  • Mid-back
  • Bra area

CoolSculpting providers typically use smaller applicators such as the CoolMini or CoolPetite for smaller pockets of fat in the bra fat area and the bigger CoolAdvantage for larger bulges in the lower or mid-back area.

What Results Can You Expect from CoolSculpting Back Fat?

Before and after image for CoolSculpting back fat

CoolSculpting provides gradual results because it takes time to flush out the frozen fat cells from the body. Patients typically see improvement in the treated area about three weeks after the treatment. The body metabolizes the destroyed fat cells for up to six months following the treatment, and that’s when the full results show. The effects of the treatment can be as much as a 25% reduction in fat in the treated area.

You can maintain the results indefinitely by following a healthy diet and regular workout regime.

Note: Make sure to read our article and find out more on how long does CoolSculpting last.

How Much Does CoolSculpting Back Fat Cost?

At Vibrant Skin Bar, one CoolSculpting session costs $900. If you buy a package of six sessions, you can save $300 per session!

The number of required sessions and the final cost depend on the amount of fat in the treatment area and your desired goals.

Note: Learn more about CoolSculpting prices in our article where we break down how much CoolSculpting costs.


CoolSculpting is the cosmetic industry’s gold standard for fat reduction. You can combine it with other treatments such as CoolTone or QWO cellulite treatment for maximum body contouring results. Make sure you choose an experienced CoolSculpting provider who will ensure a safe and comfortable experience and help you reach your body image goals.

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Kristina Cadwell
PA Kristina Cadwell graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then completed the Physician Assistant program at A.T. Still University graduating with a Masters of Medical Science degree. Kristina has been working in the Aesthetic Medical field for over 10 years. She is certified in neurotoxin cosmetic injection, dermal fillers, Plasma Pen skin tightening, chemical peels, and laser therapy. She is known for producing natural results and has extensive knowledge in diet and exercise allowing her to help you achieve vibrant skin from the inside out.
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