I had a consultation where I was told that Zeltig now recommending second treatment on same areas after 30 days from first treatment for more effectiveness? Is this accurate? I've seen everywhere else that doctors recommend 3-4 months later. Thanks.
When is Best Time to Get Second Coolsculpting Treatment to Same Areas?
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Second treatment of Coolsculpting
It has become quite common to retreat Coolsculpting areas after 4-6 weeks rather than 3-4 months. There is no benefit to waiting 3-4 months and patients are happy they can get to their end results and better contours sooner than before. As with all technologies, the longer they are in use the more we find out and the more effectively we are able to treat patients. Though treating sooner may not effect efficacy it speeds up the process.
Second treatment with CoolSculpting to lose fat
Physicians initially waited about four months after CoolSculpting to do another treatment as there was close to the maximum volume of fat lost by that time (around 20%). About a year ago we had been receiving reports from some physicians that second treatments at four to six weeks after the first treatment might have a better end result. Theoretically this makes sense when understanding that the fat cells that were damaged by the freezing but didn't die from the first treatment might be more sensitive to refreezing before they have more time to heal and this could make the second treatment even more successful. Unfortunately, I am not aware of any clincial studies that measured this scientifically but we certainly have seen this in our NYC practice and routinely retreat with CoolSculpting at one month. I am aware of other doctors stacking treatment and reapply the applicator immediately after the first treatment is over. This is the newest of the three protocols to have been presented but I am waiting for more data to be presented about stacking in terms of its safety and effectiveness.
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Second Coolsculpting Treatment
We have been performing Coolsculpting since it was FDA approved three years ago. I generally will not perform a second treatment to the same area for at least 2 months.
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CoolSculpting is performed in "cycles" with each cycle taking an hour and covers one area. 60 minutes is required for the tissue to reach the correct temperature to cause the fat to shrink. Typically, separate cycles are needed for the upper and lower abdomen (each an hour), and each flank requires separate hour cycles. You can expect to see the full results in about 4 months, as the body's process of removing the fat is gradual and accomplished over time, so the complete changes aren't immediate. Estimates are that the CoolSculpting effects should last between 10-15 years, especially in those patients who maintain normal weight levels.
Second round of Coolsculpting
In my practice, we do a second round of coolsculpting 2 months after the first session if needed. In our initial consultation, we assess each patient and give an estimate of the number of treatments that will be needed to reach their goal. We also try to give a time line for end results.
Top providers of CoolSculpting Complete are able to provide rebates for buy one area and get a second free. These providers also have two systems to provide the maximum amount of fat reduction in the least amount of time.
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