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Arms CoolSculpting – Is It Right For You?

Posted by Nima | December 2, 2021

It’s tough to get rid of abdominal fat with a restricted diet or exercise.

Thankfully, the upper arm is the most recent body region to be approved for CoolSculpting by the FDA. Many individuals have embraced the opportunity to reduce their arms without surgery with this non-invasive treatment.

Learn everything you need to know about Arms CoolSculpting treatment in this section.

What Is Arms CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction technique that uses controlled cooling to freeze and destroy fat cells. Fatty acids that accumulate in the skin and can’t be burned are eliminated through the lymphatic system.

The FDA has given CoolSculpting the go-ahead for treating nine specific regions, including the abdomen, chin, flanks (love handles), inner and outer thighs, and upper arms. It’s an excellent option for people who are at their ideal weight but still have stubborn deposits of fat to reduce.

How Does Arms CoolSculpting Work?

The first step is to schedule an appointment with a CoolSculpting-certified medical professional. They’ll talk with you about your medical history, check out your upper arm fat, and go over your expectations. Before the procedure, your practitioner will advise you to stop taking certain blood-thinning medicines if you’re a candidate for the Arms CoolSculpting.

The contour of the upper arm is treated with a specially designed CoolSculpting applicator, which is custom-made for that purpose. Different-sized applicator plates are utilized depending on the size of the afflicted region.

The applicators provide suction and precision cooling to the treated region. The ideal temperature for apoptosis (fat cell death) is 39 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit. The subcutaneous fat layer of the upper arm is chilled to the point that fat cells begin to perish. The process does not harm nearby nerves, skin, or muscles.

How Many Arm CoolSculpting Treatments Are Required?

Arms CoolSculpting is a non-surgical technique that freezes fat cells, causing them to die. Patients must receive between one and three treatments in order to see results. The number of treatments required varies based on the patient’s response to the treatment. It also depends on how much better the patient wishes to get.

Before applying a second Arms CoolSculpting treatment, many cosmetic surgeons recommend giving the patient a “wait and see” approach.

Are You a Good Candidate for Arms CoolSculpting?

For people with firm, toned skin, CoolSculpting for the arms delivers optimal outcomes.

It is not advised for individuals who:

  • Cold-induced medical conditions such as cryoglobulinemia, cold urticaria, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria can affect you.
  • Patients with a substantial volume of adipose (fat) tissue have a lot of it. These individuals may benefit from liposculpture or an arm lift, depending on their needs.
  • In their upper arms, people with significant skin laxity

Arms CoolSculpting should only be performed on patients who are at, or near to, their desired weight and can keep it.

What to Expect During Treatment

The doctor determines the number of applicators that will be required during treatment. Many patients only require one big applicator, whereas others may find two little ones more useful. The doctor places a gel pad and the applicator(s) on the arms after that.

A post-treatment massage may enhance the effects of an Arms CoolSculpting by removing any frozen deep tissue that has been trapped.


Although most people experience little to no discomfort during the therapy, some patients may feel mild pain after the treatment.


The Arms CoolSculpting treatment time is 35 minutes per arm. Two CoolSculpting systems can be used together to treat both arms at the same time, speeding up the procedure.


After four weeks, patients typically notice a reduction in their upper arms after the swelling has completely gone. The final results are generally evident three months after treatment, although fat cell elimination can take up to six months.


Follow these suggestions for minimizing the risk of post-treatment adverse effects:

  • For a several days, avoid sugar and coffee.
  • For several days, avoid alcohol and cigarettes.
  • If you experience discomfort or pain, gently massage the affected location.
  • Take a pain reliever, according to your doctor’s instructions.

Risks and Side Effects

CoolSculpting is a medical device that has received Food and Drug Administration approval. When performed by a CoolSculpting-certified medical professional, it’s considered safe. Some side effects are typical following the treatment and for some time afterward.

Potential Side Effects During the CoolSculpting Procedure:

  • Pulling
  • Tugging
  • Pinching
  • Intense cold
  • Tingling
  • Stinging
  • Cramping
  • Aching

Potential Side Effects After CoolSculpting:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Tingling
  • Stinging
  • Cramping
  • Aching
  • Itching

Rare Side Effects:

Paradoxical hyperplasia, which is extremely uncommon, may occur in a few patients at the treatment site. It appears in about five months after the treatment. It may be treated by surgery.

If you have any adverse reaction that doesn’t go away after two weeks, contact your doctor.


People who have fat on their arms are often self-conscious and wear long-sleeved clothing even in the heat. Arms CoolSculpting can solve this problem. After several (or a single) painless treatments, your well-defined, thinner arms will be free to wear sleeveless tops.

If you’re interested in Arms CoolSculpting, reach out to NIMA for a free consultation and see if it’s right for you. Learn why CoolSculpting doesn’t work for everyone.