Because of its popularity, you probably already know a great deal about CoolSculpting and its remarkable results. However, even with all the positive praise, it’s important to do plenty of research before deciding to try it. So, we tapped a top dermatologist for the four most important facts to know about CoolSculpting before you try it.

1. CoolSculpting is not a fat loss procedure.
“[This works] for anyone looking for a better shape and contour without having any downtime or recovery,” explains San Diego dermatologist Eugene Nowak, MD. “If anyone is looking for more dramatic results, they’ll need more than CoolSculpting.” Translation: CoolSculpting does not replace liposuction; it simply diminishes fat cells in a targeted area.