CoolSculpting® Procedure


CoolSculpting eliminates stubborn fat safely and effectively, without surgery or downtime. This fat freezing reduction treatment is the only FDA-cleared procedure to use controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate diet- and exercise-resistant fat. CoolSculpting results are proven, noticeable, and lasting, so you’ll look and feel great from every angle. If you’re in the market for CoolSculpting in San Francisco, Dr. Matarasso is the specialist to contact.

B&A-Fasano-FL-2Set-16wk-HiResB&A-Burns-SM-pt012F-2set-18wk2_LEFTIs fat freezing possible? It comes down to science. Fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than surrounding tissues. CoolSculpting is a type of fat freezing technology that safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), and then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.

You can reshape your body! We will develop a customized CoolSculpting treatment plan that addresses your problem areas. Additional sessions may further enhance your results. Your individualized treatment plan will be tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.

It’s easy to sit back, relax and say goodbye to stubborn fat. After we select the area(s) to be treated, the device is positioned on your body and controlled cooling is applied. During your procedure, you may choose to read, check email, or even take a nap.

Coolsculpting by San Francisco’s Dr. Matarasso

Dr. Matarasso has been performing tumescent liposuction for body contouring in the San Francisco area for over 20 years. As technology changes, we have expanded our field of expertise in body contouring to include non-surgical options to better fit our busy lifestyles. CoolSculpting requires zero downtime and can be done in an hour- while you surf the net, watch a movie or even conduct a conference call.

CoolSculpting is a type of fat freezing that is completely non-surgical, so you can typically return to work and normal activities immediately.

Our Coolsculpting San Francisco patients always end up with the results they love. We assure you that you too will like what you see. In the weeks and months following your procedure, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.

See our CoolSculpting before and after images on this page. Results and patient experience may vary.

Frequently Asked Questions About CoolSculpting in the Bay Area

1. Am I a good candidate?

Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is specifically designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese. It is, however a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Request a one-on-one consultation with us to determine if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.

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2. How much does CoolSculpting cost?

The CoolSculpting cost varies depending on your areas of concern, the number of sessions needed, and your ultimate goals. We will help create a customized treatment plan, in person, that’s tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.

3. How long is each session? How many sessions will I need?

We will help you create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your CoolSculpting session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. We may schedule additional sessions in order to meet your goals.

4. Where does the fat go? Are the results permanent?

Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), your body processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.

5. What does Coolsculpting feel like?

As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you will feel pressure and intense cold. This soon dissipates. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their treatment.

6. Is CoolSculpting safe?

CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared for the flank (love handles), abdomen, and thigh. With over one million CoolSculpting treatments performed worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for non-surgical fat reduction.

7. Are there any side effects?

During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain. Rare side effects may also occur. CoolSculpting is not for everyone. You should not undergo CoolSculpting if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. Additionally, CoolSculpting is not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, ask us if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.

8. Can I return to normal activities after my CoolSculpting treatment?

Yes, you can. CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Often times, patients return to work after their CoolSculpting session is over.

9. When will I see results?B&A-Dawes-AR-pt01F-2Set-10wks-Left-HiRes

You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.

10. Do I need to take special supplements or follow a strict diet and exercise program?

No supplements or pills are required and you do not have to adopt a new diet and exercise habit. Many patients feel more motivated to take care of themselves after their CoolSculpting treatment. It is as if they get a second lease on their body and want to start anew again by taking even better care of themselves.

11. What happens if I gain weight down the road?

Many people, after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting procedure, take even better care of themselves. However, if you do gain weight, you may gain it evenly all over your body, not just in the treated areas.

12. What’s the difference between CoolSculpting and liposuction?

Both CoolSculpting and liposuction share the same goal of removing fat from targeted trouble zones such as the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, buttocks, and “love handles.” The chief distinction with CoolSculpting is that it is entirely non-surgical and is a much less aggressive treatment.

13. Can I combine CoolSculpting with other procedures?

Because we want you to look and feel your best from head to toe, we encourage you to explore the other minimally invasive cosmetic options that Dr. Matarasso offers, including Ultherapy, IPL, microdermabrasion, and injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm.

14. Where’s the best place to get CoolSculpting in the Bay Area?

For your safety, you should only trust experienced medical professionals to provide treatments like CoolSculpting. As a clinical professor of dermatology and a nationally recognized expert in his field, Dr. Matarasso is one of the leading providers of CoolSculpting in San Francisco.

When you choose to get CoolSculpting, you won’t have to worry about scars, stitches, or post-surgical downtime. There are no specific aftercare instructions to follow, and there’s no risk of infection or complications that might result from anesthesia. CoolSculpting is an excellent option for anyone who is unwilling to commit to surgery because of their busy lifestyle, or who is not a good candidate for a surgical procedure due to medical concerns.


Since the results of CoolSculpting appear gradually, it’s also an ideal solution for anyone who prefers to keep their cosmetic treatments more discreet.

Contact our CoolSculpting San Francisco Office

Are you ready to love every view of you? The sooner you set up your consultation, the sooner you’ll see results in the mirror—long-term results in those areas that have resisted all efforts through diet and exercise. Contact our San Francisco office today to find out if CoolSculpting is right for you.