CoolSculpting for Belly & Stomach Fat: Procedure, Cost, Side Effects, and Photos

If you’re anything like us, when someone mentions the word “fat,” your hand subconsciously travels to your gut. There always seems to be a little bit of fat there, right? That’s perfectly natural—it’s your body’s way of storing energy for later, and the tummy area is one of fat’s favorite places to get cozy. 

Make you feel better? Yeah, us neither.

We want our clients to feel empowered in whatever size suits them best. We think you’re absolutely gorgeous. However, it’s important to note that excessive belly fat can be genuinely harmful. It can bring health risks such as:

  • Insulin resistance.
  • Increased chance of type 2 diabetes.
  • Cardiovascular disease.
  • High blood pressure.

A little tummy fat is no real cause for concern, but it may be getting in the way of your physique goals of having that perfectly toned and flat belly (or not—you do you, and we mean that). That’s where CoolSculpting can help.

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What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a revolutionary procedure in fat reduction that takes out the need for any surgery. Instead, it uses controlled cold temperatures to freeze belly fat directly under the skin. The process, also known as cryolipolysis, kills fat cells which then slowly disappear, as they are gradually processed through your liver over the next few months. 

Does CoolSculpting Work on Belly Fat?

Yes! Not only does CoolSculpting work on belly fat, but CoolSculpting is great for stubborn belly fat. Say goodbye to those love handles, muffin tops, and the extra belly flap, and hello to a flat and trim stomach. And maybe even that new bikini you’ve had your eye on…

How Many Treatments Would I Need?

The number of treatments you’d require completely depends on how much belly fat you currently have. Fat cells that are hidden underneath other fat cells may not be fully exposed to the freezing effects, meaning they’ll manage to survive and stick around. A second treatment will usually solve this issue. 

A good rule of thumb is that for more dramatic transformations, more treatments will be necessary. That’s a question we can help answer more accurately with a free consultation

Who Is a Candidate for CoolSculpting?

Anyone who is looking to trim down their midsection, work on the arms, or any other part of their body, can get CoolSculpting. However, your current weight and BMI can be a contributing factor to help us determine how successful the procedure will be.

CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure and should not be used as a quick method to shed some extra pounds. We wish it worked like that! We believe in loving your body no matter what, but we definitely want you to be as healthy as possible.

Actually, the ideal candidate is someone who is in shape and has already reached their ideal weight. If you’re already consistent with your exercise and have a balanced diet, your results from CoolSculpting will last much longer.

With that in mind, it’s worth it to try and understand what the cause of your belly fat might be. Knowing the causes can help you change your lifestyle, get in better shape, and become a perfect CoolSculpting candidate!

  1. Avoid Drinking Too Much Alcohol

Excess calories consumed from alcoholic beverages can lead to a shapely tummy area. It’s why the world calls them “beer bellies.” Some studies suggest that alcohol suppresses the fat-burning process. Fat is also metabolized through the liver, but drinking alcohol causes the liver to burn the alcohol off instead of fat. 

Both processes cause your body to be more susceptible to storing fat rather than using it. The good news is that alcohol in moderation won’t have a drastic effect on your midsection. The bad news is that society still isn’t giving “mom bods” the love it gives to “dad bods”—but that’s not something we can really do much about.

2. Keep Away From Sugary Foods and Drinks

No one is really surprised that sugary treats contribute to weight gain and excess fat in the body. But most people would probably be surprised by the amount of sugar they actually consume every day. 

While there are the obvious culprits of high sugar intake, like soda, candy, and sweet treats, there are less obvious sources of sugar-filled foods such as breakfast muffins, yogurt, breakfast cereals, protein bars, and fruit juice. Fruit juice especially is a killer; drinkable sugar just makes it easier to consume more sugar quicker.

So it’s not so much that we want to take away your chocolate. It’s more about opening our eyes up to all the lesser treats that deliver as much sugar as chocolate without the decadent payoff.

The key is to avoid foods with added sugar. Don’t stress out when you read that your favorite fruits and vegetables have natural sugar in them. Natural sugar is backed up with all kinds of healthy vitamins, fibers, and other nutrients that help your body function properly.

3. Trans Fat Is a Big No

Artificial trans fats, which are vegetable fats combined with hydrogen, are in a lot of foods these days. There’s a lot of use for them, as they prolong the shelf life of some foods and make the existing fats a little more stable and solid.

Trans fats can do a number to your physique if you’re not careful; even with uniform calorie restrictions, diets that are higher in artificial trans fats can still lead to a higher body weight, with a lot of the weight going straight to the gut. 

And no, it’s not fair. But neither are periods, the fact that only women can bear children, or the fact that it’s not us starring on Outlander

4. Eat Nutritiously 

Diets that starve you of important nutrients, particularly fiber and protein, can cause more belly fat. Getting enough fiber and protein in your diet helps you feel full and improves your metabolism, as well as reducing the amount of calories you absorb from foods. One of the best ways to ensure a nutritionally balanced diet is to check all of the labels for the food you eat. Knowing what you’re putting into your body will put you back in control of your weight loss.

5. Get Plenty of Sleep

Getting your beauty rest is important for your emotional, mental, and physical well-being. Getting enough sleep not only allows you to recharge for the next day, but it also limits the amount of abdominal fat you gain.

It can also become a downward spiral, as gaining extra pounds can make you more prone to sleep apnea, which can lead to even more weight gain. That being said, if anyone can rock that CPAP mask, it’s you, queen that you are. Don’t worry though, giving yourself plenty of time to relax and unwind before you go to bed can help put you at ease so you can fall asleep quicker.

6. Stay Active

With so many of us regulated to office drones these days—although, if you happen to be a well-toned, well-mannered construction worker who gets sweaty and takes off his shirt, give us a call—it’s become increasingly more common to be less active. But it isn’t really a new development; since the 1990s, there’s been a steady trend of increased belly fat in American adults due to inactivity.

A sedentary lifestyle keeps you from burning calories, so it’s important to get up and get moving with any activity that keeps your heart rate up. What’s really important is that you choose an activity that you enjoy; being active just for the sake of activity will make it harder to find the motivation. Try out new things until you find something that really suits you.

And just so we’re clear: Yes, we’re asking you to go dancing. Pick you up at 8? 

7. Blame It On Your Parents

And you thought you’d be blaming your body issues on your kids. Well, they might be part of it. But obesity and fat distribution to the stomach may just run in the family. 

While the effect of genetics on weight varies from person to person, you can usually tell if you’re genetically disposed to weight gain if you have been overweight for most of your life and have always had trouble shedding the extra pounds. But genes aren’t in total control of your body; healthy amounts of portion control and exercise combined with genuine effort can transform anyone.

But what if you’ve tried all of this? Even some of the healthiest people have trouble getting rid of stubborn belly fat. For these situations, it may be time for CoolSculpting.

The Procedure for CoolSculpting Belly Fat

Don’t let the word “procedure” scare you away. A licensed medical professional will be there every step of the way to make sure everything is working properly. 

  1. To start, a gel pad is placed over the target area on your stomach in order to protect the skin from the intense cold. 
  2. The cooling device will then be placed to apply suction and cooling properties to kill the fat cells.
  3. Afterward, the medical professional will often massage the area to break up the frozen tissue and get the area back to a normal temperature.
  4. Hold on—you can’t zone out just because we said massage. We’re still explaining things.

During the procedure, it’s common to feel pinching and pulling around the target area. These feelings usually dissipate when the area becomes numb as a natural response to the intense cold.

The amount of time the procedure takes depends on the number of areas you want to target. Each area takes about 35 minutes to treat and is treated one at a time. So if you’re looking to treat your belly and both of your sides, it will take a little under two hours.

Recovery Time

Because the procedure is noninvasive and doesn’t require any drugs to administer, patients can go right back to their normal life. After all, you’ve got slaying to do. We won’t keep you from it.


The results from CoolSculpting your stomach will not be immediate. It takes time for the body to naturally process out the dead fat cells. While you may start to see a difference after a few weeks, the most noticeable difference will come two or three months after the procedure.

If you don’t see the results you’re looking for after a single treatment, that’s okay. Many variables, including your body’s natural resilience or fat cells not being fully frozen may cause some of the fat to stick around. That’s why we recommend having a healthy nutrition and exercise plan to go with CoolSculpting your belly. 

What Does CoolSculpting Cost?

The cost of CoolSculpting your belly will vary depending on the size of the area you’re hoping to target. While many treatment facilities charge anywhere between $2,000 to $4,000, CoolSculpting with Elase Medical Spa is usually priced around $1,500 per treatment. 

Side Effects

Side effects are usually pretty minimal for CoolSculpting stomachs. Due to the extreme temperatures the target area endures, some skin irritation is natural. The applicator does a good job of only targeting fat, leaving muscles and skin unharmed. 

Though they’re not severe and usually resolve themselves within a few days, there are some side effects around the treated area such as:

  • Temporary redness.
  • Swelling.
  • Bruising.
  • Skin sensitivity.

More extreme side effects that may require seeking medical advice include:

  • Severe numbing of the skin.
  • Extreme pain around the affected area.

Though it’s extremely rare, some patients develop paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. This condition not only causes the frozen fat cells to redevelop over time, but they also grow larger. While it’s purely a cosmetic side-effect, it can be incredibly frustrating.

We’re proud to say that at Elase, we’ve never once set off an eternal winter, and we’ve only created one or two Batman villains. Incidentally, Harley Quinn is a queen and Joker never deserved her. 

Before and After Pictures of CoolSculpting Belly & Stomach

Here are some before and after pictures of clients who have done CoolSculpting with Elase to help give you a better idea of what it can do for you.

Get Your Free Consultation

This guide should answer all of your questions about CoolSculpting’s effectiveness on belly fat and give you a more holistic view of what your options are. At Elase Medical Spa, we want you to feel empowered in yourself and feel that you’ve left with rejuvenation. We want to be sure you get what you’re looking for, which is why we’re offering a free consultation to determine how CoolSculpting your stomach can benefit you.

So what are you waiting for? Contact us today to get your free consultation—where we can give you an idea of the cost for CoolSculpting your stomach—and start your journey toward taking control over your body today.