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Does CoolSculpting Work on Arms? [A Deeper Look]

CoolSculpting has become a recent proven trend in the beauty industry. Proven to be a safe and effective way to help reduce fat cells in areas of the body, CoolSculpting may be what you are looking for when it comes to getting the toned look you want without having a surgical procedure.

When it comes to problem areas, arm fat seems to be one of the hardest areas to eliminate fat. So to answer the big question: Does CoolSculpting work on arms? The short answer is yes, it does.

To help expand upon that answer, let’s go deeper and talk about:

  • CoolSculpting vs. liposuction of arms

  • Before and after CoolSculpting arms

  • Procedure details

  • Recovery from CoolSculpting

What is CoolSculpting?

Before talking about the specifics of CoolSculpting upper arms, the concept of coolsculpting should be addressed first. So, what exactly is CoolSculpting and is CoolSculpting effective on arms? This practice was first introduced in the early 2000s by Zeltiq and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012.

CoolSculpting uses freezing temperatures to freeze and destroy fat cells in problem areas, such as upper arms. Fat freezing arms has become a popular option for individuals looking for tighter, healthier looking arms.

CoolSculpting Arms Preparation

Before making the decision to have your upper arms undergo a CoolSculpting procedure, Marigold specialists may ask you to consider:

  • Current health

  • Ideal weight match

  • Possible risks

This procedure often doesn’t require a significant amount of preparation, but should be taken into careful consideration. Always speak to your primary care doctor prior to undergoing CoolSculpting or other fat reduction procedures.

Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting Upper Arms

As two of the more common fat reduction procedures, liposuction and CoolSculpting can leave you wondering which option is right for you—especially when choosing how to remove fat from your arms.

The big difference between liposuction and CoolSculpting? One involves surgery. Liposuction of unwanted arm fat requires a medical professional to surgically remove the fat. This procedure often produces faster results, but does require an immediate lifestyle change to maintain the results from the surgery.

CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is:

  • Non-surgical

  • Painless

  • Fast and effective treatment

All clients who are looking to get rid of unwanted upper arm fat, can choose either of these procedures and expect results with a continued healthy lifestyle. Results may vary for each individual and may not happen all at once, but both CoolSculpting and liposuction are effective.

The CoolSculpting Upper Arms Procedure

If CoolSculpting is the route you’ve decided to take, you may be wondering what the procedure will be like. Many women wonder if CoolSculpting will give them an immediate change when comparing their coolsculpting “before” and “after” arms, but it’s important to remember that results will vary from each person and CoolSculpting tends to be more effective and noticeable to those who are healthy and maintain their ideal weight.

So what can you expect during a CoolSculpting procedure? Here are some quick facts:

  • Some pinching and pulling on the arms is common

  • It typically takes 45 minutes per arm

  • An applicator is used to apply the controlled cooling to the skin

Many men and women who have CoolSculpting done at The Marigold Spa to their upper arms read or listen to music during the procedure. Remember, it is not a surgical procedure, so it can be done in an office setting without anesthesia or surgery.

CoolSculpting Upper Arms: Side Effects

As with any other form of medical procedure, CoolSculpting arms has risks and side effects. This is why it is always important to speak with a licensed care provider before undergoing any type of medical procedure.

Because CoolSculpting is FDA-approved, it is non-invasive and doesn’t produce any sort of significant damage or harm to a patient. Many clients who have had CoolSculpting done to their arms report the following side effects:

  • Aches

  • Numbness

  • Stinging

  • Swelling of upper arms

All of these symptoms are common as the skin begins to warm back up from the fat freezing which took place in your upper arms. Think about when your hands become so cold that you can’t feel them anymore, then when you begin to warm them up, you may feel similar side effects.

Over the next few days following your CoolSculpting procedure, you may have other symptoms of:

  • Swelling

  • Bruising

  • Tenderness

  • Aching

These symptoms are common among upper arm CoolSculpting patients, but if your symptoms last longer than a few days or you have concerns, speak with your Marigold specialist. A helpful reminder: If you are sensitive to the cold or have Raynaud’s disease, you may want to consider if the procedure is right for you.

CoolSculpting upper arm fat is a great and effective way to get rid of that unwanted sag on your upper arms. Speak with a Marigold specialist before making the decision to have CoolSculpting done. If you’re ready to take the plunge and go for the deep freeze, literally, book a complimentary consult with us at The Marigold Spa.

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This sounds like a good alternative to surgery. What other area's can you treat with Coolsculpting?


Amy Fiedler
Amy Fiedler
Oct 13, 2023

That is really interesting! Thanks for sharing the information

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