Exercise After CoolSculpting®: What Patients Should Know By on July 03, 2017

A woman's stomach and torsoGetting rid of unwanted body fat can be a challenge. This is especially true when the last bits of body fat will not respond to proper diet and regular exercise. Thankfully there are many options for fat reduction and removal. One of these is known as CoolSculpting®, which has become quite popular at our practice serving the Minneapolis area. CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical fat reduction option, and it's proven quite effective for many patients.

Let's take a moment to cover some of the basics about CoolSculpting®. We'll then consider how exercise plays into the recovery process and maintaining the fat reduction results for the long run.

About CoolSculpting®

CoolSculpting® is a state-of-the-art alternative to traditional liposuction, able to remove unwanted fat cells without the need for surgery. Using a special process known as cryolipolysis™, CoolSculpting® exposes select fat cells to very cold temperatures. Fat is more sensitive to cold than other tissues of the body, meaning that the target fat are the only tissues affected by this cold technology. The targeted fat cells will be frozen away and flushed out of the body harmlessly over the next few weeks.

CoolSculpting® is not intended for weight loss per se, but rather the carefully targeted elimination of a little unwanted body fat. Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting® are usually within 20 pounds of their ideal BMI body mass.

CoolSculpting® Recovery Time

One of the best things about CoolSculpting® is that there is virtually no downtime. Patients can return to normal daily activities. That means you won't need to take time off from work to heal, and you won't need to interrupt your usual routine. This is why it's become such a popular option for cosmetic fat reduction and body contouring.

Can I Exercise After CoolSculpting® Treatment?


Since CoolSculpting® is non-surgical, patients will be able to continue exercising just as they normally would. What's more, after undergoing CoolSculpting®, you won't need to gradually return to the same level of intensity with your workouts. Instead of starting slow and working for weeks to get back to the same level of activity, you can immediately get back on the treadmill or hit the weights just like you did earlier in the week.

This is one of the many reasons why people consider CoolSculpting® instead of liposuction. While liposuction is great for many patients, sometimes being able to reduce body fat without slowing you down is an ideal option to consider.

Maintaining CoolSculpting® Results with Diet and Exercise

While the fat loss from CoolSculpting® will be apparent in the two to three months after the procedure, it's important for patients to consider ways of ensuring the long-term results of CoolSculpting®.

The best way of making sure the fat stays off is to continue exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet. Burning excess calories is a sure way to stay thin and trim for as long as possible. Be sure to avoid junk food and excessive sugar, watch your carb intake, and to be active everyday.

During the consultation process, we can discuss various exercise options to help maintain the results of CoolSculpting® treatment. The best results involve looking ahead, planning right, and answer questions.

Contact Mesna Plastic Surgery

To learn more about CoolSculpting® and how it can help you look your very best, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery center today. The team at our practice will work closely with you to ensure you look your very best.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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