When you look at treatment reviews for any cosmetic treatment, it’s clear that a lot of people leaving negative reviews may not have had the most realistic expectations of their experience and outcome. CoolSculpting, a popular body contouring treatment that destroys fat cells by freezing them, is no exception.

In this blog post, we’re busting five of the most common CoolSculpting myths, so you’ll know better what to expect before you try it.

Myth No. 1: CoolSculpting helps you lose weight

As with all nonsurgical fat reduction treatments, CoolSculpting results probably won’t show up on your scale. But it can slim down stubborn areas of fat, like a muffin top, love handles, or a double chin. In fact, most successful patients are within 20–30 pounds of a healthy weight.

A lot of people actually turn to CoolSculpting after losing weight, to help get rid of the areas that are most resistant to diet and exercise.

If you gain weight after your treatment, it should be more evenly distributed, instead of collecting in what has traditionally been a problem area for you. That’s because the fat cells in the targeted area have been permanently destroyed and don’t regenerate. (Just be aware that the remaining fat cells in that area will expand in size if you gain weight.)

Myth No. 2: CoolSculpting is a cheaper version of liposuction

If you compare CoolSculpting to liposuction, you’re really comparing apples to oranges. Yes, both can help contour your body and get rid of stubborn fat, but that’s where the similarities end.

Liposuction will cost you more money—just over $6,000 on average, according to RealSelf members. CoolSculpting is cheaper—RealSelf members say the average cost is $2,400.

But you’ll see results more quickly with lipo than with CoolSculpting, which can take up to 3 months for your body to metabolize the dead fat cells and your results to be visible. You might also need two rounds of CoolSculpting to get the results you’re looking for.

Liposuction is surgery though, which means anesthesia, pain medication, and up to two weeks off work. The potential risks are also higher.

Myth No. 3: The treatments are really painful

CoolSculpting isn’t supposed to hurt. That said, we all tolerate discomfort differently, and some patients do have some discomfort during their treatment. Others are comfortable enough to read, watch a movie, or even nap while it’s happening.

Most people say they have some mild discomfort at the start of the treatment, before the area becomes numb and more comfortable.

Some people do have some after effects. This can range from tenderness, numbness, and tingling, to even sharp or shooting pains, starting about four days after their treatment, according to RealSelf member reviews. These sensations are temporary, and they typically indicate a successful treatment. If this bothers you, and over the counter pain meds aren’t doing the trick, your doctor could prescribe pain medication.

Myth No. 4: CoolSculpting only works on your stomach

While it’s a popular treatment for muffin tops, CoolSculpting can be done pretty much anywhere you have visible bulges of fat.

Doctors use different sized applicators to tackle different areas of the body. There’s even a small one called the CoolMini, used to reduce a double chin.

Myth No. 5: You’ll need a lot of downtime

CoolSculpting shouldn’t disrupt your routine. In fact, some people have a session during their lunch hour and head back to work afterwards.

That said, you might have some redness, swelling, bruising, tenderness, itching, or skin sensitivity for a few days or weeks after your treatment. 

To get the full lowdown on CoolSculpting, including what you can expect during a treatment, find out more on RealSelf.

This story was sponsored by CoolSculpting.