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

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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.

Manhattan Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Coolscuplting takes only one hour to reduce your fat bulge

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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 permanently removes fat in one hour

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

CoolSculpting Can Be Permanent

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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
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Coolsculpting procedure

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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
4.5 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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

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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.

CoolSculpting Results: How Long Do They Last?

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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

How long does Cool Sculpting last?

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Cool Sculpting treatments take approximately 1 hour per treatment to complete. The fat cells that are removed by the non-invasive procedure do not return.  If you gain weight after the treatment, the other cells in the area may get larger.  

Cool Sculpting requires multiple treatments to achieve the best results.  A consultation with an experienced physician or technician is required to estimate how many treatments you can expect to achieve your goals.  

Trey Aquadro, M.D.
Auburn, AL

Most treatments are one hour and number of treatments depends on the patient

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Each Coolsculpting cycle takes one hour for the CoolCurve+, CoolCore, and CoolMax applicators. The CoolSmooth applicator takes two hours per cycle since it is not suction assisted. Also be sure to leave time for your general assessment, markings, photos, and post treatment massage. Most of my patients are with me for half of the day in order to maximize results. The number of treatments depends on the patients desired results and amount of starting fat. I typically re evaluate the area 6-8 weeks post treatment to determine if one more treatment is necessary.

Michael E. Ciaravino, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Frozen fat cells go away ... Forever

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Coolsculpting works by controlled cooling of the adipocytes whereby your own body's immune system targets the damaged cells for permanent removal.  I find best results require two cycles of treatment in a given location.  

It should be noted that even though fat cells are lost in this process, the body's leptin hormonal system continues to regulate overall body weight, so coolsculpting is best for your "trouble spots" that do not respond to diet or exercise. Overeating will continue to cause enlargement of residual adipocytes and make your results appear to go away. 

Michael Howard Swann, MD
Springfield Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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