Everything You Need to Know About CoolSculpting Part 1: What It Is and How It Works

Have you ever dreamt of simply freezing away unwanted fat and watching it disappear? At Resurrect Skin MD, that can become a reality with CoolSculpting Elite, an innovative body contouring device that uses cold temperatures to permanently get rid of stubborn fat cells. When no amount of diet or exercise seems to help reduce fat in key problem areas like the arms, back or abdomen, CoolSculpting steps in to help you achieve your fitness goals.

No incisions, no downtime and no gimmicks — just results that you’ll love. This isn’t magic; it’s science, and it’s the future of your body transformation journey. We’re here to guide you on that journey by helping you learn everything you need to know about CoolSculpting.


“CoolSculpting has been around for a long time, but that doesn’t mean something else might be better just because it’s newer. CoolSculpting Elite is still the best fat reduction device available — it’s number one, the most studied and the safest.”

– Dr. Burns


Meet Your CoolSculpting Expert, Dr. Jay Burns

Dr. Burns is recognized as an authority in nonsurgical fat reduction and has been involved with CoolSculpting for over 15 years — before the device even had a name. Today, he continues to play an important role in its use and development, serving as a member of the CoolSculpting Scientific Advisory Board. His unique insight and guidance help ensure the technology continues to improve. He is also the medical director of CoolSculpting University in Austin, Texas, where he leads comprehensive training programs for other providers.

As a result of Dr. Burns’ extensive knowledge and history with CoolSculpting, Resurrect Skin MD was the first practice in Texas and the greater Southwest to receive the new CoolSculpting Elite device. Here, we are always committed to providing patients with the best available technology, and CoolSculpting Elite is no exception. We rigorously test and vet each device so you don’t have to, and use only those that meet our high expectations. When you come in for your first appointment, you can rest assured that you’ll be treated with proven technology by some of the most educated CoolSculpting providers in the region.

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is kind of a big deal, but if you haven’t heard of it, that’s okay — we’ve got you covered. CoolSculpting is a patented, FDA-cleared, noninvasive fat reduction technique that harnesses the power of cold temperatures to freeze away stubborn fat. Unlike other fat reduction procedures, CoolSculpting helps you slim down without incisions, surgery or downtime. The results are proven and permanent with a healthy lifestyle.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

CoolSculpting works by targeting fat cells with controlled cooling technology. During treatment, special applicators are placed on the skin and deliver precisely calibrated low temperatures to fat cells in the area. This results in apoptosis, destroying treated fat cells while leaving the surrounding skin, nerves and other tissues unaffected. Once fat cells have died, they are naturally eliminated from the body over the following weeks or months.

CoolSculpting’s technology is based on the science of cryolipolysis, which exploits the cellular response to cold to break down fat cells. Unlike other types of cells, fat cells are particularly susceptible to the effects of low temperatures. This phenomenon was first discovered by two Harvard doctors, who noticed more prominent dimples and a loss of cheek fat in children who ate a lot of frozen popsicles. Today, the world of body contouring has been transformed by cryolipolysis and the development of CoolSculpting, giving patients an innovative way to lose fat in particularly stubborn areas with absolutely no surgery or downtime.

CoolSculpting Treatment Areas

CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared to eliminate fat in the following areas:

  • Abdomen: Say goodbye to stubborn belly fat. CoolSculpting can target the upper and lower abdomen for a flatter, smoother tummy.
  • Thighs: Whether it’s the outer thighs or inner thighs, CoolSculpting can contour your legs and give you the confidence to wear your favorite shorts, skirts or dresses.
  • Flanks: Also known as “love handles,” fat in this area can be particularly hard to lose, but CoolSculpting can target the flanks to create a more defined waistline.
  • Back: CoolSculpting can effectively reduce back fat, producing a leaner silhouette overall and getting rid of the dreaded “bra bulge.”
  • Buttocks: The area beneath the buttocks, also called the “banana roll,” can be treated with CoolSculpting to give your backside a more toned, lifted appearance.
  • Chin: A double chin can make you look older and heavier than you are, but CoolSculpting can reduce fat in this area to improve your facial profile.
  • Jawline: The same goes for under your jawline — smaller CoolSculpting applicators can be used here to give you a more chiseled facial appearance.
  • Arms: When excess fat accumulates in the arms, it’s often referred to as “bat wings.” CoolSculpting can be used to improve the tone and definition of your arms.
  • Knees: Fat above the knees can also be hard to reduce, even with diet and exercise. CoolSculpting can precisely target fat that builds up in this area.

At Resurrect Skin MD, we use CoolSculpting Elite, the most advanced CoolSculpting technology available. It comes with dual applicators that allow us to target more than one treatment area at once, helping you achieve your desired results much quicker.

CoolSculpting vs. CoolSculpting Elite

CoolSculpting has undergone some changes since its initial release. CoolSculpting Elite is the latest CoolSculpting technology that boasts significant improvements and takes nonsurgical fat reduction to the next level, featuring new applicators that have been redesigned to fit the body’s natural curves effortlessly and maintain better skin contact. This enhances the effectiveness of treatment and allows for an 18% larger cooling area than before. It also means less suction to increase the comfort of the CoolSculpting procedure.

At Resurrect Skin MD, we have two CoolSculpting Elite machines to supercharge your treatment plan. You can address up to four locations of stubborn fat at once to maximize your results and reduce the number of treatment sessions you’ll need, or transform your CoolSculpting session into a shared experience by undergoing a “couples” treatment with your best friend, spouse or significant other. This has become a popular trend and a unique way to support each other’s wellness journeys while enjoying the benefits of CoolSculpting.

Is CoolSculpting Really That Effective?

CoolSculpting is more than a buzzword in the medical aesthetics industry. This FDA-cleared technology is backed by years of science, research and clinical studies that demonstrate its safety and effectiveness. On average, patients experience a 20-25% reduction in treated fat cells with CoolSculpting Elite. These results are long-lasting, as the fat cells are permanently eliminated from the body. Once the fat cells are gone, they are gone for good, giving you long-term results that can be maintained with a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

CoolSculpting’s efficacy also lies in its precision. It allows for targeted fat reduction, meaning we can focus on your biggest problem areas and sculpt them to your desired shape. This is not a one-size-fits-all solution but a personalized approach to fat loss that takes into account your unique aesthetic goals and body type to help you achieve a leaner physique.

However, it’s important to remember that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment. It is a nonsurgical procedure designed to eliminate stubborn areas of fat that remain even after losing weight. Because of this, CoolSculpting Elite is the perfect adjunct to GLP-1 agonists like Ozempic, Mounjaro and Wegovy that are sweeping the nation. If you’re currently on a weight loss journey, CoolSculpting can help with stubborn areas throughout the process.


“CoolSculpting is the most proven way to get rid of fat nonsurgically. It actually freezes the fat, so it goes away in that location and it doesn’t come back. Even though I’m privy to a lot of body contouring devices out there, CoolSculpting Elite remains the best one available.”

– Dr. Burns


The CoolSculpting Treatment Process

Your CoolSculpting Elite journey begins with a personalized consultation at Resurrect Skin MD. Our experienced team will evaluate your goals and develop a treatment plan just for you. Then, all that’s left is for you to sit back, relax and let the device take care of the rest.

CoolSculpting treatments are quick, convenient and comfortable with no required downtime. As the applicators are placed on your skin, you’ll momentarily feel the effects of suction and intense cold, but this quickly subsides as the area becomes numb. CoolSculpting treatments are well-tolerated, with many patients able to read, work on their laptops or even nap during their sessions. The device takes about 35 minutes to treat each area, so your total treatment time will depend on how many areas are being targeted during your appointment.

Afterward, you’ll be able to return home and get back to your daily routine. No lengthy downtime makes CoolSculpting a convenient option for those who are looking for effective fat reduction without the hassle and recovery time associated with surgical procedures.

CoolSculpting Has a Proven Track Record of Safety

CoolSculpting is considered a safe and effective solution for nonsurgical fat reduction, but it’s important to be aware of potential risks and side effects before undergoing treatment. The most common side effects associated with CoolSculpting are residual swelling, redness and tenderness in treated areas. These are typically mild and temporary, and should subside within a day or two. Rarely, some patients may experience contour irregularities or more serious complications like paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), a condition that leads to the development of firm, painless masses of fat in treated areas.

While CoolSculpting and CoolSculpting Elite have extremely low complication rates, Dr. Burns and his team are equipped to handle any side effects that may arise. Dr. Burns has been involved with CoolSculpting for more than 15 years and serves on its Scientific Advisory Board. He is also the medical director for CoolSculpting University and educates providers from across the country on safety, techniques and protocol.

At Resurrect Skin MD, we prioritize the health and safety of our patients. During your initial consultation, our experienced team will discuss your medical history and review the potential risks and side effects of treatment to help determine if CoolSculpting is right for you. If you do experience any troubling side effects after undergoing treatment, we encourage you to contact our office so we can promptly address your questions or concerns.

Book Your CoolSculpting Appointment Today

Are you ready to take the first step toward a more confident and sculpted you? Let Resurrect Skin MD be your partner on this journey! Contact us today to schedule your personalized CoolSculpting Elite consultation with Dr. Jay Burns and our team of experienced providers. Click here or call our Dallas office at 219-754-6865 to book your appointment now.