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CoolSculpting for Men: Does It Work?

Kristina Cadwell  
May 25, 2023  

In recent years, med spas and clinics have been seeing more men interested in cosmetic treatments. Men are increasingly concerned with their body image and looking for solutions for excess fat that exercise can’t remove. That’s where CoolSculpting comes in.

This article explains how CoolSculpting can help men look slimmer and what to expect from the procedure.

Coolsculpting for men

Does CoolSculpting Work for Men?

CoolSculpting is an effective fat reduction treatment for people of any gender, age, and ethnicity. Men are increasingly seeking CoolSculpting for the removal of stubborn fat in areas that are difficult to tone with exercise and diet alone. The treatment removes 20-25% of fat cells in the targeted area, providing more muscle definition.

The Ideal Candidate for CoolSculpting for Men

The ideal male candidate for CoolSculpting is a healthy, average-weight man who follows a healthy diet and exercise routine and has no more than 20 pounds of extra weight.

Some medical conditions, such as abnormal sensitivity to cold, skin injuries, and varicose veins may prevent you from undergoing the treatment. The medical provider determines if you are a suitable CoolSculpting candidate during the initial consultation.

Target Areas of CoolSculpting for Men

CoolSculpting for men removes excess abdominal fat, double chin, love handles, and chest fat.

However, CoolSculpting can help men sculpt their bodies and remove fat from any of the nine areas approved by the FDA:

The results vary depending on the size of the fat bulge and the patient’s expectations.

Note: Double chin removal with Kybella is another popular method. Learn more about this permanent treatment.

Benefits of CoolSculpting for Men

CoolSculpting provides several benefits:

  • Nonsurgical, non-invasive, safe treatment
  • Targets difficult-to-remove fat
  • No downtime
  • Quick procedure (30-60 minutes)
  • Leaner and fitter-looking body
  • Eliminated fat cells don’t return

CoolSculpting for Men – The Procedure

CoolSculpting for men: The procedure

If you are considering a CoolSculpting treatment, here is what the procedure looks like:

1. First, the medical provider marks the area(s) for fat reduction.

2. They apply gel pads and put pressure on the treatment area with a hand-held cooling applicator. The applicator size varies depending on the size of the target area. The device sucks in the skin with excess fat like a vacuum and starts freezing the fat cells. The fat cells crystallize and perish. The ideal temperature for fat freezing is 39-41°F. The device monitors your body’s reaction and may raise or lower the temperature as needed.

3. You may feel slight discomfort during the first 5 to 10 minutes. After that, the treated area becomes numb, and you shouldn’t feel pain or cold.

4. After 30-60 minutes, the medical provider takes off the applicator(s) and massages the treated area. The massage helps rewarm the area and enhance the fat cell elimination.

5. The body expels the excess fat through natural processes over the course of several months.

The Results of CoolSculpting for Men

The initial results of CoolSculpting are visible 10-20 days after the treatment. As the body flushes out frozen fat cells, which may last up to six months, the treated area becomes slimmer and firmer. Patients typically see the full effects 2 to 3 months after the treatment.

Men can repeat the treatment 4 to 6 weeks after their initial CoolSculpting session for additional fat reduction.

How Long Do Results of CoolSculpting for Men Last?

The results of CoolSculpting are permanent. The frozen and eliminated fat cells don’t reappear. However, patients need to maintain the results with a balanced diet and regular exercise, because weight gain may cause the remaining fat cells in the treatment area to expand.

Note: For more information on how long does CoolSculpting last, read our article and find out.

Will CoolSculpting for Men Help You Lose Weight?

Weight loss is the process of shrinking fat cells, while CoolSculpting eliminates fat cells altogether. CoolSculpting is a body contouring procedure, and it is not recommended for the purpose of weight loss. It only works for patients who are close to their optimal weight range. It may indirectly help stimulate weight loss because patients need to watch their diet to maintain the fat-removal results.

Are There Any Side Effects After CoolSculpting for Men?

CoolSculpting is a safe procedure in the hands of an experienced medical provider who monitors the patient throughout the procedure. However, mild side effects are common after a Coolsculpting session.

Patients may experience mild to moderate swelling, itching, redness, bruising, and numbness for several days after the treatment. The severity of the side effects varies from patient to patient.

Paradox adipose hyperplasia (PAH) is a more severe side effect, with an incidence rate of 0,0051%, which is slightly higher in men than in women. PAH is a condition in which the patient experiences the opposite of the desired CoolSculpting effects – instead of freezing, the fat cells in the treatment area become larger.

Note: If you are experiencing swelling after coolsculpting find out what can you do about it and what are the essential CoolSculpting aftercare tips to apply for the best results.

CoolSculpting for Men - Cost

At Vibrant Skin Bar, one CoolSculpting session costs $900. The total cost may range between several hundred and a few thousand dollars, depending on the size of the treatment area, how many areas you want to treat, and the number of required sessions.


Many men struggle to get rid of love handles, double chin, chest fat, and belly fat. They opt for CoolSculpting because it does what exercise can’t: remove stubborn fat. In addition, the procedure is safe, quick, and relatively painless. Check out our article on what to do if you experience pain after the CoolSculpting treatment.

Considering all the benefits, it seems likely that men will continue to use technologies like CoolSculpting to enhance their looks.

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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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