CoolSculpting is a non-liposuction way to decrease unwanted body fat.  It uses a controlled cooling system to freeze away fat. The destroyed fat is carried away by your immune system over a period of two to four months.  CoolSculpting is highly effective for treating areas such as the abdomen, the flanks, the buttock area, inner and outer thighs as well as small areas such as under the chin.  I was the first specialist in Brisbane to obtain the first generation CoolSculpting  at Westside Dermatology. The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body is a dedicated clinic that performs non-invasive body contouring to the best possible standards, incorporating the very lastest Coolsulpting and CoolSculpting Mini devices together with other devices such as CoolTech, CoolAdvantage, SculpSure and Thermage.  The team at Fiori has performed just over 2500 procedures over this time. Book in for a free consult at either Chermside or Garden City, as we have over 18 applicator sizes to ensure a perfect fit for your body type.

Important facts on CoolSculpting fat removal

  • CoolSculpting was first introduced in 2010.  Since then, nearly three million procedures have been performed Worldwide
  • My Team at The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body have performed over 2500 procedures to date, more than any other clinic in Brisbane
  • We find that body contouring and body sculpting should be individualized according to the patient’s body type and downtime
  • CoolSculpting is excellent for both debulking fat but also contouring and sculpting intricate areas such as the pectoral areas, shoulder straps and even the knees.
  • Using a small applicator such as a CoolSculpting mini, I am able to decrease unwanted fat under the chin, reducing double chins
  • The best results from CoolSculpting is to combine this with the device called CoolTech.  This gives us a huge array of applicator sizes
  • It is choosing the correct applicator size for your body type that will give you the best results
  • Each treatment of CoolSculpting will take between 35 minutes for the newer generation CoolSculpting Advantage through to 60 minutes for older generation devices
  • Book in with the body contouring team at the Fiori Institute of Skin and Body for a FREE CONSULTATION

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is almost a household name in the United States, however, is relatively new in Australia having been in this country for only the past seven years.  This highly effective method of decreasing unwanted fat was developed by Harvard University.  CoolSculpting treats unwanted fat by destroying the adipose tissue (fat) with a cooling system.  This controlled cooling decreases the fat to between -7° to -11° celsius.  The computer controls the exact delivery time. This ranges between 35 minutes for the new cool advantage through to 60 minutes for large areas or using the generation one devices. At The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body we only use the latest generation of Coolsculpting devices.


What areas can be treated with CoolSculpting?

Coolsculpting Brisbane at The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body leads the way. This clinic has more applicator sizes together with many more devices compared to Westside Dermatology.  This means that almost any area can be treated due to the choice of applicator sizes.


CoolSculpting can treat the following:

  1. The abdominal area for decreasing abdominal circumference and fat reduction.
  2. The flanks to reduce love handles and the muffin top.
  3. The inner thighs.
  4. The outer thighs.
  5. Contouring using the mini sculpting can reduce fat around the shoulder blades.
  6. Cool mini applicators can decrease fat under the chin area.
  7. Unwanted knee fat can also be reduced using the CoolSculpting mini applicator.
  8. Small unwanted pockets of fat just about anywhere can be reduced using a combination of both CoolTech and CoolSculpting applicator.

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Is CoolSculpting treatment painful?

No.  For the first 10 minutes there will be a cold sensation.  However, once the area is frozen to between -7° to -11° celsius, no pain is felt.

During this first few minutes the patient may feel a slight discomfort due to the strong aspiration of vacuum in the area but thanks to the cold, this will be quickly diminished.  Tingling may be felt during this time.

How long does a CoolSculpting procedure take?

Depending on the area treated it can take between 35 minutes to 60 minutes.  At The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body we do have the Cool Advantage, which decrease the application to 35 minutes.  Additionally, we use the CoolTech device which is the newest generation in cryolipolysis.  This has dual applicators which cuts the treatment time in half.  We find that the CoolTech is extremely useful for treating flanks as both sides are treated at the same time.

At Westside Dermatology we do have the generation one CoolSculpting device, it is just as effective as the newer generation devices, however, the treatment time is quadruple due to the fact that it takes one hour for each flank and only one flank can be treated at a time, due to the applicator sizing.  If you do find it more convenient for treatment in the western suburbs, certainly my staff at Westside Dermatology will advise you accordingly. At Westside Dermatology we are limited by the number of devices and applicator sizes- this in turn may not give you optimal results because  your body type may suit our applicators. The Fiori Institute Of Skin and Body is a dedicated body contouring clinic with the latest applicator sizes and body contouring devices.

Are the results permanent following CoolSculpting?

Yes.  CoolSculpting and CoolTech work by a process known as cryolipolysis.  Once fat is frozen to a controlled temperature of -7° to  -11° over a specified period, the fat cells are indefinitely destroyed, much like liposuction where fat cells are completely removed. With Coolsculpting fat cells are then flushed out by your body’s immune system. Adiposites by nature do not regenerate over time.  Once they are gone, they are gone completely.  The flip side is that if you do gain weight over time you will gain weight in other areas.  CoolSculpting in the area treated gives you permanent results. Liposuction works in a very similar way – however with liposuction cells are destroyed within a few hours of treatment. Liposuction, Coolsculpting and SculpSure gives permanent fat reduction. The only difference is the time frame.


What is the recovery period following CoolSculpting?

For most patients we would advise rest for approximately 24 to 48 hours post-procedure.  There may be some slight tenderness and redness following massage of the area.  In some patients CoolSculpting had no adverse effects and they can continue with there daily activities.  Compared to SculpSure this has slightly longer recovery period for the treatment of unwanted body fat, however, in the scheme of procedures such as liposuction, downtime is negligible.

The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body provides Brisbane Coolsculpting, and Brisbane Sculpsure to the highest standards. 

How many treatments will I require to treat my unwanted fat?

Body fat can be reduced with CoolSculpting, CoolTech or with heating such as SculpSure.  The exact number of treatments will depend on your body type, your fat percentage and your expectations.  Unwanted body fat can be reduced by approximately 20% to 25% with each application.  Most patients are happy with one treatment to see a noticeable difference. If further reduction of body fat is needed then multiple Coolsculpting cycles can be safely used.

In fact, CoolSculpting can be used on multiple areas throughout the year, slowly sculpting and transforming one’s body.

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Who is an ideal candidate for body sculpting and CoolSculpting?

Patients who lead a healthy lifestyle, namely carry a BMI of less than 32 and a steady body weight would be ideal candidates.  We do not endorse this as a substitute for exercise or eating well, however, this can give patients the edge in regard to removal of unwanted fat in key areas.

What are the differences between CoolSculpting, CoolTech, SculpSure, Thermage and other therapies?

My team has performed noninvasive body contouring over the past six years. At The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body we have the largest collection of noninvasive body contouring devices ranging from Infini RF, CoolSculpting, SculpSure, CoolTech, EndyMed PRO shaper, Tripolar and many others.  The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body is dedicated to finding the best possible solution for your body type and downtime and not rely on just one machine. All our treatments are bespoke which means that we find the solution to give you the best outcomes.

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What are the advantages of Coolsculpting versus liposuction?

Firstly, if you have large amounts of fat that you need to get rid off in a hurry, then liposuction is the treatment of choice for you. Liposuction can easily remove 3 to 5 liters of fat in a matter of hours, and instantly reduce apidpose or fat cells permanently. This procedure however is invasive, carries risks, and significant costs- most Specialist charge between $9000- $20,000 for this procedure, depending on the areas treated. Most specialists perform this in a day hospital, so you do need to take into consideration day hospital fees. Recovery following liposuction is significant- between 3-7 days, with dressings needed post operatively. Pain following liposuction is universal, but can be managed with analgesia. Depending on the expertise of your surgeon, revision liposuction – namely another liposuction procedure is needed in 5-20% of cases. More experienced Specialist will have a lower rate of ‘revision liposuction’. This is because equal amount of fat need to be removed, and lumps and bumps kept to a minimum. Does liposuction remove cellulite? No, in fact in some cases it can make cellulite worse -all good liposuction surgeons will inform you that liposuction can worsen cellulite in some cases. This is because cellulite is due to septae and by removing the fat in between the septae or fibrous tissue, the indention and ‘pull’ of these bonds can make cellulite more obvious.


Coolsculpting on the other hand, is a no-liposuction technique that has little if any downtime. Coolsculpting treatments range from $700- $899 per area. Significantly less than liposuction. Additionally with the new Coolsculpting Advantage, treatment times are only 35 minutes, in comparison to staying the whole day in hospital. The risks of ‘revision liposculpture’ or uneven removal of fat is also lower with Coolsculpting- less than 3% in our hands. This means with the correct applicator size your area of unwanted fat can be effectively contoured and fat permanently removed. Now, the disadvantage of Coolsculpting over liposuction is that you need to be patient. This treatment does work, but it relies on your body’s immune system to remove the treated fat cells. Hence your best results are seen 2-4 months after the initial treatment. Coolsculpting does not replace liposuction but add another convenient, cost effective, safe and no down time procedure to sculpt the body and remove unwanted areas of fat- permanently. For a much more in-depth talk on the pros and cons of Coolsculpting versus Cooltech versus Sculpsure and liposuction, arrange for a one to one consultation with my specialist body contouring experts at The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body.

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Are there any risks associated with Coolsculpting?

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As with any procedure, there are risks, however these are minimal compared to liposuction.


  • Prolonged bruising may occur with Coolsculpting – especially the Cool Mini.


  • Prolonged pain – more commonly seen if large areas are treated, this is called neuropathic pain and is treated with pre-gabapentin for 6-8 weeks. Prolonged pain following Coolsculpting occurs in less than 1% of cases.


  • Paradoxical hyperplasia of fat following Coolsculpting is extremely rare, occurring in less than 0.01% of cases.


  • Dermarkation is not a side effect, but occurs because Coolsculpting works too well. This can be treated with further cycles or reduced with the Proshaper RF treatment. This is called ‘shelfing’ as the contours follows the application shape. Easy to treat and more commonly seen in the flanks.

Ensure that your Coolsculpting or body contouring clinic know how to prevent, recognize, and treat any potential side effects. As body contouring is not regulated in Brisbane, do some homework to ensure the clinic is overseen by Specialist Dermatologists or Plastic Surgeons. Coolsculpting Brisbane at the Fiori Institute provides treatments in a safe and medically supervised environment. 

How much does Coolsculpting cost?

Cost will depend on the areas treated, and the device we use. It is virtually impossible to give a quote as we do need to measure you up for treatment.

Book in for a FREE CONSULT with the experts at The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body today.

How to book in for a consultation?

Book in for a consultation at The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body.  This is due to the fact that with this practice you have access to all the body contouring devices from EndyMed Deep 3/PRO shaper all the way to CoolSculpting, SculpSure, Cool Advantage, CoolTech, Cool Mini, Thermage and many other body contouring and body shaping devices. This consultation is absolutely free.  The specialist body contouring team at Fiori will discuss your needs and expectations and will prescribe a treatment plan accordingly.

Dr Davin Lim on Coolsculpting and body contouring

Dr Davin Lim,
Specialist dermatologist
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As one of the first specialist to use Coolsculpting I have seen the non-invasive body contouring landscape develop over the past decade in Brisbane. Our first Coolsculpting device is still going strong, however since then we have added another 7 body contouring devices. The trick behind Gold Standard body contouring is the amount of applicator sizes one has in the clinic. This is because no-liposuction fat reduction can be performed on almost any area, including the flanks, muffin top, abdomen, inner and outer thighs, as well as contouring and finessing areas such as the double chin, inner arms, and even the pectoral region in men. The more applicator sizes the better the result. At The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body we take body contouring and non-surgical fat loss to another level, even looking at different depths within the one applicator. CoolSculpting is not the only method to decrease unwanted fat- we also incorporate laser diode devices like SculpSure for suitable patients who desire no downtime. After assessing each individuals body type, treatment goals and lifestyle, we then formulate a treatment plan, using state of the art devices like CoolSulpting, Thermage, SculpSure, CoolTech and ProShaper to come up with a solution. Remember no two body types are the same, and individualised treatments give the very best results. For a free consult, book in with the body contouring team at The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body