How Long Does the Coolsculpting Procedure Last and How Many Treatments Are Needed?

How long does the coolsculpting procedure last and how many treaments are needed??? I'm interested on having it done on my stomach. Thank you

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CoolSculpting treatments for fat reduction

The fat cells that are killed during the Zeltiq's CoolSculpting freezing do not grow back. But not all fat cells die and if you gain weight then the fat will have some place to go, both in the area treated and non-treated areas. But if you maintain a good exercise regimen and diet then the results should be long term.  Some people need only one treatment as they're happy with 20% fat reduction while others do three or more treatments that can be repeated every two months or less frequently.


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CoolSculpting permanently removes fat in one hour

One CoolSculpting treatment takes one hour per area treated.  One area is typically about the size of your hand. Therefore, each "love-handle" would be considered one area, and the lower abdomen is typically considered two areas.  You can treat more than one area at a single office visit, but only one area at a time.  To treat two areas takes just over two hours.  For many patients, a second treatment in the same area may be beneficial since CoolSculpting removes about 25% of the fat cells per treatment.  The fat cells that are damaged by the treatment are frozen and later absorbed by the body's own metabolic process and  are gone permanently.  Typical results take about 3-4 months to be fully realized, and therefore many patients schedule second treatments at that time. Results may vary from patient to patient, overall, my patients have been very happy with their results.  

Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting Can Be Permanent

Coolsculpting (Zeltiq) kills fat cells by selectively freezing the lipids that are found in fat cells. This results in gradual death of those cells and the fat they are carrying is absorbed and excreted. The procedure kills a layer of fat that is about ½ inch thickness at its maximum in the center of the bulge that is treated. Multiple areas can be treated, resulting in gradual reduction of a larger area . Once the fat cells are killed they are gone. The only reason they would re-appear is if you gained a large amount of weight and your body had to make some new fat cells in order to store the new fat. Otherwise, they are gone “forever.“

Richard Fitzpatrick, MD (in memoriam)
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting procedure

Each cycle of the machine takes one hour, and depending on what is being treated, you may have 2 - 4 cycles on the same day. The procedure usually results in a fat reduction of anywhere between 20-25% per treatment, so therefore, at 2-3 month intervals you may need another treatment. 

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting for Fat Loss

CoolSculpting takes approximately 1 hour per area. 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.  Find the top provider of CoolSculpting in your area. Some high volume practices can offer instant rebates of one area at no charge

Results can be seen after a single session, but some patients see an improvement but might desire an additional treatment for optimal results.

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 48 reviews

Coolscuplting takes only one hour to reduce your fat bulge

Zeltiq is a revolutionary procedure that freezes your fat in just one hour.  The results are great if you are at your ideal body weight and you have a certain problem area like your abdomen or flanks.  Typically one procedure is necessary and you can expect a 25 percent reduction in fat in two to four months after the treatment.  Some patients return a few months later for a second session because they can achieve even better results,

Coolsculpting - each cycle lasts 1 hour and you see results after each treatment

A coolsculpting treatment session lasts about 1 hour. One body part (eg upper abdomen or lower abdomen or one flank or one love handle) can be treated during each hour-long session. About 20-25% of the fat that gets sucked into the probe disappears within 2-4 months. A repeat session can enhance results on a body part that you have already done. This is safe, but I recommend waiting several months so that you first see the full effect of the prior treatment.

How Long Does Coolsculpting Last?

This is a great question. Cool sculpting works by selectively freezing fat cells which are destroyed and gradually removed by the body over the next several weeks to months. We do not make more fat cells so the results are permanent. However, it is still possible to gain or lose weight in areas treated by cool sculpting since fat cells remain. The aesthetic results are really dependent upon you and how you take care of yourself after the treatment sessions. See a board certified plastic surgeon for a consultation and treatment plan.

Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

CoolSculpting permanently reduces the number of fat cells present in your body

CoolSculpting utilizes Cryolipolysis, a technique using extreme cold temperatures to destroy the layers of fat cells. The surrounding, healthy tissues are unaffected during the treatment, remaining completely safe. Over the weeks following a CoolSculpting procedure, the body will naturally metabolize the lifeless cells. A 25-35% reduction in fatty tissue can be seen once the area has completely healed. Generally you would come in for a consultation in order to undergo a 360 degree evaluation and your provider will be able to make a quote for treatment to transformation. After your consultation if you decide to move forward you would be able to schedule the treatment in the next few days. 30 days after the first treatment we generally retreat the areas that you decide to move forward with at a significant discount to you in order to ensure that you get the best possible result. The full result can generally be seen around 3 months after the first treatment. The results last a lifetime as the total number of fat cells in the body is being reduced in a strategic way to create a sculpted look.

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

CoolSculpting Results: How Long Do They Last?

CoolSculpting is a unique treatment in that it reduces the number of fat cells in the treated area by freezing them to the point of elimination. So, as long as you maintain a healthy diet and an active lifestyle your CoolSculpting results will be permanent!

How many treatments you will need can be determined through an in-person evaluation with an experienced CoolSculpting provider. Some people can achieve their desired results with just one treatment, whereas others may need multiple treatments.

Michael A. Zadeh, MD, FACS
Sherman Oaks General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

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