Stomach CoolSculpting

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CoolSculpting of the Stomach – Abdomen Fat Freezing

Many people fear the dreaded “spare tire” or “muffin top,” yet so many struggle to reduce their waistlines to their desired size. In large part, this has to do with how our bodies choose to store fat — and unfortunately, we don’t have a say in the matter. As a result, the abdomen is one of the most popular body areas we treat at DaVinci Body Sculpting.

Clients who come in asking for CoolSculpting on their stomachs often say they’re sick of their belly hanging over their pants. They say they just want their pants to fit better — not even necessarily that they want to lose a bunch of weight (which is good, because CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure). Many say that having a smoother stomach would make them feel more confident.

CoolSculpting can remove some of those stubborn fat cells covering the stomach, helping to reduce the bulge that’s kept your favorite pants stored in the back of your closet.

Am I a Candidate For Stomach CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting has proven to be very effective for every FDA-cleared body area, but it’s important to understand that not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. This is the exact reason we ask potential clients to make an appointment for a consultation — we don’t know if you’re a good candidate until we see you and discuss your goals.

The ideal candidate for any CoolSculpting procedure is someone who is near their ideal body weight, but is struggling to get rid of stubborn fat. Candidates should already live a healthy lifestyle complete with regular exercise and a sensible diet. They should also see this as a consistent, ongoing lifestyle — not as something that they’re doing temporarily to lose weight.

Each treatment area presents different criteria, based on that specific area’s idiosyncrasies. What we’re looking for in a CoolSculpting stomach candidate is “pinchable” fat in the abdominal region — like the way a personal trainer or fitness consultant measures their clients with calipers to determine an overall body fat percentage.

If you have fat you can physically pinch between your fingers, you may have the type of fat on your stomach that CoolSculpting is effective at reducing. If the fat on your stomach is harder and doesn’t move around easily, you aren’t likely a good candidate for the abdominal treatment area.

To understand why this distinction is important, one must see the difference between the two major types of fat in the body: subcutaneous and visceral.

Subcutaneous vs. Visceral Fat

Visceral fat lies deep in the body and is woven around internal organs. It’s considered the most dangerous type of fat a person can have — and specifically when it’s on your abdominal region, it drives up your risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and dementia. This type of fat is harder and typically forms (at least in part) the famous “beer gut.”

By contrast, subcutaneous fat is just below the surface of the skin. It’s pliable and “pinchable” and it’s the only type of fat the CoolSculpting procedure is effective at reducing.

Other Factors in CoolSculpting for the Stomach

For women, the other main factor is the issue of diastasis recti, which means there is a gap between the abdominal muscles in the middle of the stomach. This typically occurs after pregnancy (though men can also have this condition, often from yo-yo dieting), and results in a belly “pooch.”


The issue here is that diastasis recti is not a problem CoolSculpting on the stomach can fix because it’s not a “fat problem.” It’s a muscle problem.


This doesn’t mean women with diastasis recti can never undergo CoolSculpting on their abdomens, but they’re really better candidates for a tummy tuck because the muscles need to be repaired before the “pooch” can go away.

Another possible post-pregnancy issue that would make someone an unsuitable candidate for stomach CoolSculpting is excess skin laxity. Sometimes, the muscles go back into the correct position and exercise helps tone them back up, but loose skin remains. Again, a tummy tuck is recommended for this condition.

And finally, if the pinchable fat layer is measured at more than three inches, CoolSculpting won’t produce the desired results. In this case, we’d typically recommend weight loss or liposuction.

Why Excess Stomach Fat is Considered More Dangerous

Our bodies store fat however they want to, but not all fat is created equal.

Most doctors agree that excess abdominal fat is the some of the most unhealthy fat because of the increased risks associated with it. Typically, waistlines larger than 35 inches for women, and 40 inches for men are considered to be a factor that increases a person’s risk for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Traditionally, subcutaneous fat (the kind CoolSculpting can freeze) has been viewed as less dangerous than visceral fat, but it seems as though medical opinions may be changing on that front.

According to Dr. Susan Fried, Director of the Boston Nutrition and Obesity Research Center at Boston University, there’s “emerging evidence” that subcutaneous fat cells on the abdomen, specifically, present as much danger as visceral fat cells.

While CoolSculpting can’t help you reduce your visceral fat cells, diet and exercise can.

By living a healthy lifestyle, you can help those abdominal fat cells shrink, taking your waistline with it and lowering your health risks.

CoolSculpting can freeze and kill the subcutaneous fat cells on your abdomen, but it won’t cause the remaining cells to stop growing, nor the visceral fat underneath from expanding — and unfortunately, CoolSculpting isn’t likely to kill all subcutaneous fat cells. There will always be some left behind.

Once again, it’s important for all CoolSculpting candidates to maintain a healthy lifestyle — we advocate for a low-calorie diet and consistent exercise (whatever kind you find most enjoyable). This will help clients continue to see the results of their CoolSculpting procedure.

Consultation: CoolSculpting the Abdomen

During your consultation, we’ll assess your abdominal area to determine whether you are dealing with visceral or subcutaneous fat, in addition to the condition of your abdominal muscles (whether or not there is a gap to indicate diastasis recti).

We’ll also discuss your goals and what you’re hoping to accomplish with CoolSculpting on your stomach. Based on your goals and what CoolSculpting can do for you, we’ll come up with a treatment plan we feel will deliver the best results for you.

Depending on how much fat you’re trying to get rid of, we may recommend multiple treatments, but we’ll never try to sell you on treatments you don’t need. (Really, we’ve turned customers away before who aren’t good candidates!)

We’ll make sure you’re completely comfortable with your treatment plan and then get you scheduled. And before you start your treatments, we’ll take “before” photos so we have a visual record of the progress you’re making — everyone loves to hate that camera, but it’s the best way to see the difference in your body.

CoolSculpting Stomach Before and After Photos

Here are some images of clients’ abdomens before and after CoolSculpting treatments. It’s important to remember that results may vary from client to client, and not all results are typical.

CoolSculpting Stomach Cost/Price

The cost of CoolSculpting the stomach is the biggest question on our potential clients’ minds, and we certainly understand why. Choosing to undergo the CoolSculpting procedure isn’t as simple as wanting a flatter stomach — for many, the cost is a major factor in their decision-making process.

Because of the number of variables discussed above, it’s impossible to give an accurate estimate for CoolSculpting the abdomen over the phone. Each client will have a different set of circumstances that we can’t assess unless we’re in the same room, looking at the treatment area and discussing how much fat you’re interested in freezing.

In addition to the thickness of the fat layer, the cost of CoolSculpting the stomach depends on how many applicators we’ll need to use to cover the area and the size of the applicators required.

We often offer monthly specials, multi-applicator, or multi-sessions discounts, as well as holding special pricing events for those who attend our informational sessions. We frequently recommend multiple sessions to achieve maximum results.

Not giving prices over the phone (or on our website) isn’t a ploy to get you to come in for a consultation so we can strong-arm you into buying our services. We simply want to provide you with the closest estimate possible so you know what to expect.

The bottom line is that it doesn’t reflect well upon our business to give you inaccurate information. And again, if we feel you’re not a good candidate, we’ll tell you so.

CoolSculpting Stomach Reviews

CoolSculpting treatment for the abdomen comes with very mild side effects (if any) and results in little-to-no downtime. Most of our clients who’ve undergone treatments have highly recommended it to friends and family. You can read real client reviews on our Reviews page.