Glacier View Plastic Surgery
60 Four Mile Drive #10
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 756-2241
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.


Many patients at our Kalispell, Montana, practice have isolated areas where stubborn pockets of fat detract from their appearance. CoolSculpting, a breakthrough nonsurgical fat reduction treatment, tones the targeted area by using cold temperatures to destroy fat cells. Glacier View Plastic Surgery is the only aesthetic practice in Kalispell, Whitefish, and the rest of Flathead Valley where CoolSculpting is performed by a physician’s assistant with the oversight of a plastic surgeon.

CoolSculpting Before-and-After Photos

CoolSculpting® Before and After photos

Photos courtesy of Allergan

Good CoolSculpting Candidates

You may benefit from CoolSculpting if you’re in good physical condition but have trouble spots where excess fat remains, despite regular exercise and healthy eating habits. We treat men and women who want to reduce fat in specific areas. These include:

  • Mid-section, including abdomen and flanks
  • Back
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Beneath the chin (to reduce a “double chin”)

CoolSculpting isn’t a weight loss procedure. For some patients who want to avoid surgery, CoolSculpting can be an alternative to power-assisted liposuction.

process of CoolSculpting® Illustration Chart

How CoolSculpting Works

The science behind CoolSculpting is a process called Cryolipolysis® — targeting fat cells with controlled cooling that doesn’t damage the skin or surrounding tissue. A pair of Harvard scientists who noticed that children sucking popsicles got dimpled cheeks developed that process.

Fat cells are vulnerable to temperatures that don’t pose a danger to other tissue, and this is the key to CoolSculpting. The cells crystalize and die, and the body gradually removes them through its normal metabolic process.

Your Procedure

Our physician assistant, Kristy, performs most of the CoolSculpting treatments at Glacier View Plastic Surgery. She customizes the procedure based on the specific concerns you describe during a consultation. No anesthetic is necessary, and patients remain comfortable during the procedure.

The treatment begins with Kristy or one of our surgeons applying a gel pad and specially designed applicator to the treatment area. Expect to feel some intense cooling during the initial few minutes of the procedure, but the cold temperature will soon numb the area, and you can read, browse your smart phone or tablet, or even take a nap.

Because we have multiple CoolSculpting machines, we’re pleased to also offer DualSculpting™ to our patients. With DualSculpting, you can have 2 areas treated at once, saving you time and allowing you to see your results even sooner.

Recovery & Results

CoolSculpting doesn’t require any downtime, and patients can return to work or their other normal activities immediately after leaving our office. You may experience some soreness and redness in the treatment area, but that normally resolves within a day. Because the treatment gradually destroys fat cells, results emerge over time. Some patients may see changes as soon as 3 weeks after the procedure, but expect to see the most dramatic results after 2 months. You may still notice changes 4 to 6 months later. Most patients benefit from a follow-up procedure, scheduled at least a month after the initial treatment, to get the optimal results.

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