What to Expect From a BodySculpting Treatment


Body contouring or body sculpting treatments help you achieve the shape you want by targeting stubborn fat in specific areas. Most of them don’t require any surgery or downtime and are especially effective when paired with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

At BodySculpt by Tess, for example, I treat my patients with Coolsculpting, a body sculpting treatment that uses one-of-a-kind technology that literally freezes and kills stubborn fat cells. The body then naturally gets rid of them in about 1-3 months (up to 6 months) – resulting in up to 20-25% reduction of fat in the treated area.  Many of my patients see visible results in 4-8 weeks.

But what does the treatment look like in action? If you’ve never tried a body sculpting or body contouring treatment, what can you expect at your first CoolSculpting session?

How It Works: What to Expect from Your First Body Sculpting Session with CoolSculpting

Consultation + Customized Treatment

At BodySculpt by Tess, I start off each patient with a consultation so we can discuss your treatment goals and lifestyle. Body contouring treatments like CoolSculpting work best for people who are typically within 15-20 pounds of their ideal weight and have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or below and simply want to target specific areas.

Thus, each treatment program is unique and is specially designed to help give you the shape you want.

Treatment Proper

Our cutting-edge technology ensures minimal pain and maximum comfort throughout the treatment. 

First, I’ll map out the treatment area with a pen and apply a clear gel pad to create a protective barrier between the cooling panel and your skin.

Next, I’ll attach the applicator to the area of concern. You may feel a slight sucking sensation while the skin and fat are gently suctioned into the paddle.

Once the treatment begins, you may experience any or a combination of the following sensations around the treatment site:

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  • Tugging
  • Mild pinching
  • Intense cold
  • Tingling/stinging
  • Cramping

Fortunately, these will eventually subside as the area goes numb. You can answer emails, scroll through your social media feed, or watch movies while you wait for the treatment to end.


At the end of your treatment, I’ll massage the area briefly to break up the fat cells and speed up the fat reduction process. 

And then, you’ll be free to go on your way! Some patients report slight bruising or the treated area being a little red, sore, and numb but there’s generally no downtime required afterward.

It usually takes a few sessions to get the desired results, but many of my clients feel or notice an improvement even after the first session. The number of sessions needed to achieve a certain look also depends on the size of the area being treated and your individualized treatment goals

Lastly, do bear in mind that people carry fat in different areas. Fortunately, our CoolSculpting body contouring treatment is FDA-cleared to target stubborn fat in 9 different locations, from double chins to back fat.

To get the look you want, you should consult a qualified treatment provider. At Bodysculpt by Tess, I rely on my expertise and training as one of the certified Master CoolSculpting experts in Arizona to develop a fully-customized treatment plan to target your specific areas of concern and help you get the results you want and deserve.

Call my spa today to book a consultation and get started.