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Do You Have to Have Zeltiq (Cool Sculpt) Done More Than Once?

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Number of treatments needed

Coolsculpting has been shown to effectively reduce fat by 20-25% per area in a single one hour treatment. However, if the patient wants to reduce beyond that amount, after waiting 10-12 weeks, additional treatments can be performed, thereby reducing the fat in the area even more. 

Coolsculpting more than once

Strictly speaking, no you don’t have to, but the answer to this question depends entirely upon your needs. Some patients get a great result with one treatment and do not need more than one. Other patients need more than one treatment to get the results they desire.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Coolsculpting will give you a reduction every time

This is a good question, and is one that my patients frequently ask when they come to my practice for Coolsculpting. No one "needs" to have Coolsculpting done more than once- each time you are treated you can expect a 20-25% reduction in the treated area. However, many patients are looking for a larger reduction and therefore they repeat the treatment 2-3 times to give a larger reduction. How many times you have the procedure done is really determined by what your goals are. I recommend you visit with a certified Coolsculpting provider who might be able to tell you how many treatments you can expect to have to meet your goals. Best of luck. 

David Rapaport, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Repeating Coolsculpting

While Coolsculpting does not need to be repeated. Generally, one cycle of coolsculpting will eliminate about 20% of the fat cells in the treated area. You may wish to have coolsculpting repeated in an area depending on your goals and objectives for transformation. Consult with a board certified physician who offers both surgical and coolsculpting options to determine which option is best for you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Coo Sculpting can be done more than once

You can definitely see results after 1 treatment but typically two cycles on the area is required.  You can also stack procedure which means repeating the cycle on that same areas.

Often times one session of CoolSculpting may be sufficient for successful fat removal.

Dear writer, Often times one session of CoolSculpting may be sufficient for successful fat removal. Some patients, however, may have larger bulges of fat, and will consequently need more than one session if they so desire, in order to achieve even greater fat reduction. In the pictures we have provided in this link, you can see very nice results of CoolSculpting on the back only two weeks after just one treatment session per area of the back. The results get progressively better over the following two, sometimes three months. It is, therefore, often advisable to wait at least one or two months before undergoing a second CoolSculpting treatment in any given area. 

Patients May Require Multiple CoolSculpting Treatments

                  It’s not unusual for patients undergoing coolsculpting to require multiple treatment sessions. It’s important to remember that this procedure will remove 20-25% of the fat at each session. For many patients this isn’t enough to reach their desired aesthetic goals and for this reason additional treatments are necessary.

                  When patients have small fat collections most surgeons will perform a single coolsculpting procedure and wait 3-4 months to measure the response to treatment. If additional treatments are necessary, they will be performed after three months.

                  When patients have more significant fat collections, multiple sessions may be performed at one month intervals. This may amplify the response to coolsculpting and ultimately provide better results.

                  In many patients a single treatment may be adequate to obtain an excellent result. Your aesthetic goals and unique anatomy will determine how many sessions are ultimately necessary to obtain the best possible result for you. 

Multiple Zeltiq Cool Sculpt treatments

Cool Sculpting requires one treatment to reduce the fat in a targeted area. Additional treatments for the same area may be done if the patient qualifies. In order to qualify for multiple treatments in the same area, you must have enough pliable fat to effectively draw into the Cool Sculpt device.

Pamela Gallagher, MD
Long Island Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

CoolSculpting in Raleigh NC

CoolSculpting can provide results after just one session, however, only one side (love handle) can be treated at a time if a physician's office has only one CoolSculpting system.  In order to provide elimination of fat as quickly as possible we do offer CoolSculpting Complete. This includes two systems, for twice the fat elimination in a one hour period. Vibrational therapy increases circulation and lymphatic drainage which my help waste, including damaged fat cells be eliminated with the body more efficiently. Finally, al of our patients receive a compression garment to help with skin quality and comfort.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

CoolSculpting Multiple Treatments

The number of treatments required with CoolSculpting depends largely on the area the patient wants treated, and how significant a reduction they are looking for from their treatment.  A patient may opt to have the same area treated more than once if they wish to see more reduction in volume in that area, however we have many patients who have been very happy with only one treatment to their problem area.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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