Center for Plastic Surgery
1945 Old Gallows Road, Suite 400
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
Phone: (703) 560-2850
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Center for Plastic Surgery
5550 Friendship Blvd, Suite 130
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 652-7700
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sculpting? Smoothing? Toning? Which “Cool” Procedure Is Best For You?

Woman enjoying the benefits of her "Cool" procedure in Annandale, VA & Chevy, MD.

After more than a year of lockdowns and disrupted routines, many people want to get back in shape and reclaim their bodies. Diet and exercise are great first steps for creating a toned physique, but sometimes your wellness plans need a little boost. 

If you’re looking for a nonsurgical way to break through a fitness plateau, our office offers many body contouring treatments from the CoolSculpting® line. At our Chevy Chase, MD, and Annandale, VA, locations, we offer a range of “Cool” options to help you craft the body of your dreams. Read on to learn more about them, and discover which might be right for you.

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical body contouring procedure that shrinks “pinchable” areas of fat. It is a great option for men and women who lead healthy lifestyles but find they can’t get rid of specific stubborn rolls and bulges. This versatile treatment can target several areas, including:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Thighs
  • Bra fat
  • Upper Arms
  • Outer Thighs
  • Chin

It is often used as an alternative to more invasive procedures such as liposuction.

CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss procedure, but it can improve the contours of your current body. It is best for patients who are near their ideal weight but are seeking more sculpted results.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

CoolSculpting works by lowering the temperature of fat cells until they are destroyed. The targeted fat is suctioned into a handheld applicator and surrounded by carefully controlled cooling. As the fat is exposed to the cold, the cells are frozen and naturally shed by the body. Any fat cells destroyed during treatment are permanently lost and will not grow back.

Most CoolSculpting treatment sessions take 35 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on the number of areas being treated. As a nonsurgical procedure, there is no required downtime and you can return to work or home immediately after your session. Results will become noticeable around 3 to 4 months after the procedure. You should continue to follow a healthy lifestyle to maintain your new look for as long as possible.

What Are the Other “Cool” Procedures?

CoolSculpting is one of the best-known body contouring procedures on the market, and now there are many iterations that help adapt it to your unique needs. Below are a few of the other “cool” treatments we offer that can sculpt, slim, and tone your trouble spots.


CoolTone uses the power of magnetic muscle stimulation (MMS) to tone and strengthen muscle groups. The treatments send pulses of electromagnetic energy into specific muscles, causing them to flex and contract rapidly. This motion is similar to how muscles move during traditional workouts. CoolTone replicates the results of sit-ups or squats, allowing patients to achieve a more sculpted look.

Which Is Right for Me?

Choosing the right “Cool” procedure depends on your specific needs. For example, if you’re seeking general fat reduction, CoolSculpting works well for removing fat cells. CoolTone often works well as a finishing touch by defining the muscle groups hidden beneath unwanted fat. 

Each of these treatments has its own unique strengths and can they can be used alongside one another. If you want to lose fat while also building muscle, you can combine CoolSculpting and CoolTone into a single treatment. After analyzing your body during your first consultation, our staff can help you create a customized treatment plan. Combining these complementary procedures can create more comprehensive, long-lasting results.

To learn more about all the variations of CoolSculpting, call our offices at (301) 652-7700 (Chevy Chase, MD) or (703) 560-2850 (Annandale, VA) to schedule an appointment today, or request a consultation using our online form.

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