Mountain West Plastic Surgery
60 Four Mile Drive #11
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 609-0210
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.


Many people we see in Kalispell for CoolSculpting, who travel from Bozeman, Helena, Missoula, and Whitefish, MT, have isolated areas of stubborn fat that detract from their appearance. This breakthrough nonsurgical fat reduction treatment tones the targeted area by using cold temperatures to destroy fat cells. Mountain West Plastic Surgery is the only aesthetic practice in Flathead Valley where CoolSculpting is performed by a physician’s assistant with the oversight of a plastic surgeon.

To find out if CoolSculpting can help you put the finishing touch on your contours, request a consultation using the online form or call us in Kalispell at (406) 609-0210.

CoolSculpting Before-and-After Photos

CoolSculpting® Before and After photos

Photos courtesy of Allergan. Your results may vary.

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, which commonly 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 CoolSculpting Procedure

Our physician assistant, Kristy, performs most of the CoolSculpting treatments at Mountain West 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 smartphone or tablet, or even take a nap.

Why Is DualSculpting™ Better?

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.

How Long Is Recovery After CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting doesn’t require any downtime, so you can return to work and 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.

How Long Does It Take to See CoolSculpting Results?

Some patients may see slimming 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.

How Many CoolSculpting Treatments Do You Need to See Results?

For optimal results, most patients benefit from a follow-up procedure scheduled at least a month after the initial treatment.

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