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Does fat freezing really hurt

Does fat freezing hurt?

Considering fat freezing but concerned about possible pain and discomfort?

There is no straight forward answer to the question "does fat freezing hurt", as each person is different, and different areas of the body respond differently. The level of discomfort also depends on the equipment used.

So lets break it down. The below process is applicable to the treatment from Fat Freezing Manchester using the premium Quattro Pro equipment from Sculpt Pro.

When it comes to fat freezing, the first minutes of the treatment is generally the most uncomfortable part of the treatment. Once the applicators are fitted the treatment becomes comfortable and relaxing for most.


The fat freezing treatment process

What to expect from your treatment 

We start by placing an anti freeze membrane on the skin, which feels cold and wet. Then we start the treatment by placing the fat freezing applicator on the treatment area and press start. This is where most feel some level of discomfort and hurt.


The reason for the discomfort is the suction. The fat freezing applicator suctions the target fat into the applicator head. Its like someone tugs at your fatty bits to the point where it feels very tight, and for some this hurts. The level of discomfort from the applicator suction depends on the person and the treatment area. Fat freezing looser areas tend to hurt less than areas that are tight.

For example,

Imagine if someone tugs on the fat in the middle of the tummy. Because most of our tums are a bit squashy it won't hurt as much as the outer thighs where the fat may be a lot tighter. On the tighter areas the fat freezing applicator pulls harder to fill the application cup. Other areas are more delicate and therefore can be more painful. More delicate areas include the chin and inner thighs.

Fat freezing applicators can fit on the chin, male chest, arms, stomach, back, flanks, thighs, hips and calves.

Good news though...

For almost everyone undergoing fat freezing treatment the tugging feeling stops hurting within minutes! Even where the fat freezing treatment started off hurting, after 10 minutes you likely will feel quite relaxed. 

What to expect from your fat freezing treatment

Does the freezing hurt? 


After 3 minutes the applicator temperature drops to freezing temperatures and that can also feel  uncomfortable, and for some this may even hurt. For other people this part of the fat freezing process doesn't hurt at all. For most people the freezing part of the treatment is less uncomfortable in comparison to the tugging, so once the tugging is done, the freezing will often be easy. 

Same as with the tugging feeling, any hurt or discomfort from the temperature drop and freezing doesn't last. 

Does fat freezing hurt afterwards?


Most people only experience minor discomfort following fat freezing treatment. The skin might feel a bit sensitive, a bit tingly or a bit numb in the hours or days following treatment. The area may also feel a bit hard or even lumpy, but this is rare, and when it does it doesn't tend to last long. 

It is not common or normal for fat freezing to cause hurt after treatment.

In the very rare case that the area does hurt after the treatment you will notice an improvement within 1 to 2 weeks. You can continue all your normal activities immediately following your treatment, including going to the gym, eating and drinking.

Does fat freezing hurt?

Does fat freezing hurt? In summary...

Discomfort from fat freezing applicators

Fat freezing treatment may hurt. However, if it does hurt it very likely will only be for a matter of minutes.


Where it does hurt or feel uncomfortable we will do what we can to improve your experience. We can reduce the vacuum suction and build it up slowly, move applicators and make other adjustments to help you.


You are in full control of your treatment, you can stop and start again at any stage. If you feel discomfort, you don't tough it out, tell us and we will adjust the treatment to help you get the best results in the most comfortable way. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Book your next fat freezing treatment

Booking in for your next treatment is easy. Use the button below and book your appointment online or contact us by phone or email. 

Consultations are optional. You do not need a separate appointment for your consultation as this can take place on the same day. However, if you have questions or are worried about the treatment discomfort and you would like to speak to us before booking in you can either book a phone or in-person consultation.

Consultations are recommended if you have any medical conditions as in some cases treatment may not be appropriate. For a full list of contra-indications (medical exclusions) please visit our suitability page.

Fat freezing pricing

Fat freezing pricing is calculated by the amount of applicators used. Pricing starts at £90 for the chin treatment and £110 for body treatments. When booking multiple applicators the price per applicator reduces. Full pricing details can be found here.

Treatment reviews

"Very accommodating. Sophie explained everything to me and was clear and honest about everything. I was very happy and comfortable with the whole experience and would happily use again and recommend to anyone else who required any of the services offered 😃"

Dan, August 2023

"I have been going to Sophies clinic for the past few months now and since the beginning, the quality of her service has been nothing short of phenomenal. Every time I go there, she always explains the treatments provided to make sure I knew what I was getting into before we started.
I recommend her services to everyone I'm amazed with these result 10/10 👏"

Claudia, July 2023

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