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.

Manhattan Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 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,

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

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.

Melissa Chiang, MD
Houston Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

How long does Coolsculpting last?

Hi, Cool sculpting is the only device that is FDA approved for permanent fat reduction that is non-invasive! I always tell patients that the number of treatments you will need is determined by how much fat you have which your doctor can help you decide when they measure you. Just remember that each treatment has been shown to get rid of 20-25% of the fat in the area permanently. Best, Dr. Liu

Grace Liu, MD
Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Zeltiq-cool sculpting is effective


A normal treatment with Zeltiq takes approximately one hour. It requires only the one treatment. however a patient may want more than the 20-25% improvement normally attained in one treatment and can therefore sign up for a second treatment. One doctor in our practice noticed a very dramatic improvement in only one treatment when applied to her.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

CoolSculpting Reduces Fat Permanently


Coolsculpting is a way to PERMANENTLY reduce fat - therefore whatever fat responded to the treatment is gone for good. (On average you can expect a 20-25% reduction of fat during any given treatment.  A second or third treatment in a particular area can have an additive effect and better results.  We always recommend 2-3 treatments for all of our Zeltiq patients. We have 4 machines and frequently run 2 or 3 at the same time.   We can do 4 cycles in one hour.  

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Coolsculpting Duration

The fat cells that are eliminated do no come back. Each treatment will remove approximately 20% of the fat in a given area so the number of treatments in a given treatment depends on the level of improvement a patient seeks.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

CoolSculpting Results

Most CoolSculpting treatments take one hour for each area treated.  The new CoolSmooth applicator requires a two hour treatment.  This new applicator can target the outer thighs and abdomen, areas that may not have been treatable previously with CoolSculpting.  Due to the flat design of the new applicator, the area treated is not drawn away from the underlying tissues.  These underlying tissues hold heat.  Due to the proximity of the treated area to the warm underlying tissues, a two hour treatment is required to achieve the temperatures to induce results.  With each CoolSculpting treatment, you can expect a 20-25% fat reduction.  Even better, this fat reduction is permanent!  The cold temperature of CoolSculpting induces a programmed cell death, apoptosis, of the treated fat cells.  Over the next two months, these fat cells are excreted from the body through the lymphatic and circulatory systems.  If you maintain your weight within a reasonable range, you can expect permanent results to the treated area.  Your CoolSculpting specialist can evaluate your needs and determine the best treatment plan for your body type.

Kent V. Hasen, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

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