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 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.  


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
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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 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.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologist
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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 much time to Coolsculpt?

The time the Coolsculpting procedure takes depends on two things; the number of Coolsculpting machines the provider has, and the number of areas to be treated.  We have 2 machines, so procedures at our facility can be performed in half the time, this procedure is called Dualsculpting.
It also depends on how many areas will be treated. For example, if you are treating arms, that will require 2 applicators (one applicator per machine). If you have two machines, the treatment will take one hour.  If you only have one machine, only one arm can be treated at a time, so the procedure will take 2 hours. Our patients like the timesaving that is provided with Dualsculpting. 

Duration of coolsculpting results

Coolsculpting is a novel approach to the treatment of fat.  It works by freezing the fat cells which then caused them to die without leaving any scarring.  They can be done in the office with no down time.  The results are permanent by decreasing the total number of fat cells in that area.  t does not mean that she cannot gain weight in that area but rather a more proportional weight would be gained.

Coolsculpting is Permanent and it Depends...

Coolsculpting permanently reduces the number of fat cells you have in the area being treated.  Each treatment reduces the fat in that area by 20-25%.  The number treatments depends on how much fat you are wanting to reduce.  Best of luck.

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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