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It’s no secret that CoolSculpting has quickly become the best non-surgical way to reduce those pesky bulges of fat that won’t go away with diet or exercise alone. Much like any cosmetic treatment that produces real, consistent results the cost of the procedure is not cheap. This has led many people to try imitation fat freezing techniques at home to get the same results that a CoolSculpting treatment provides. While we would all like cheap and convenient options to lose fat, these at home do-it-yourself fat freezing treatments don’t work and can actually be very dangerous. Here’s why you should never try CoolSculpting at home:


CoolSculpting is the only FDA-approved fat reduction treatment that uses the fat freezing (Cryolipolysis) technology. Being FDA-approved means that there have been clinical studies which have established both its effectiveness and its safety for use. At home fat freezing treatments have not undergone these studies and, therefore, their safety and effectiveness can’t be guaranteed.

Controlled Temperatures

In order for fat cells to die and be eliminated from your body they need to be maintained at a certain temperature for a specific period of time. The CoolSculpting machines use advanced technology and sensors to ensure that these temperatures are reached safely and maintained at a precise level for the duration of your treatment. If you search on YouTube you will find hundreds of videos where people try to accomplish this by foolishly strapping ice packs to their bellies or sitting in a tub of ice for an hour. These do-it-yourself methods will never be able to maintain a controlled freezing temperature for fat. In fact, these methods can cause serious harm by inducing frost-bite type burns and skin damage.

Skin Protection

Before we begin a CoolSculpting treatment we apply a gelpad to the treatment area. This gelpad is made of a special formula that protects the skin from damage during the procedure. Without using this gelpad the skin can be damaged and even undergo necrosis (death of the skin cells).

These are just a few of the many reasons why trying to freeze your fat at home is not a good idea. At Z Center for Cosmetic Health we perform amongst the most CoolSculpting treatments in the Los Angeles area. All of our treatments are under the direct supervision of our board-certified surgeon and founder Dr. Michael Zadeh. If you’re considering a non-surgical procedure to get rid of your fat in a safe and effective manner feel free to give us a call and find out if CoolSculpting is right for you. Dr. Zadeh will see if you’re a good candidate for CoolSculpting and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.