How Soon After Having Coolsculpting Are Measurable Results Seen?

Could the full results take as long as 4 months to see? Why?

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Results after CoolSculpting

The earliest you may start to see results after CoolSculpting would be 3-4 weeks, though it takes a full 3-4 months to see the final result. We always recommend at least 2-3 treatments, 1-2 months apart for best results.

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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8 weeks for sure

While some people claim to see results in as soon as 3 weeks, it normally takes eight weeks to see measurable results.

Melissa Lazarus, MD
Miami Dermatologic Surgeon
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CoollSculpting by Zeltiq results can take a few months

The freezing induced fat cell death of CoolSculpting  induces the body's inflammatory response to metabolize the cells. This takes time. In addition, there is an increased collagen production in the subcutaneous layer that causes retraction (shrinkage) of these tissues after the fat cells go away. All of this starts to be seen around three to four months, but some see improvement already at one month.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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How Soon After Having Coolsculpting Would I See Measurable Results?

Thanks for your question. Most patients start seeing results around 4-6 weeks with final results at 16 weeks. Best wishes. 

Brian C. Reuben, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
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Measurable Results

You will first begin to see results as early as 3-4 weeks and then continually out 3-4 months after treatment.  The process takes time due to the nature in which CoolSculpting works.  Once your fat cells are frozen (dead)  they are excreted through your lymphatic system. This is a natural process and your body is already fully equipped to handle the destroyed fat cells and remove them.

Coolsculpting and Measurable Results

Typically, some patients will start to see results as soon as 3 weeks. With the majority seeing results 4 to 6 weeks post treatment. Full results (approximately 20% of the fat cells in the treated area eliminated) are seen 12 to 18 weeks post treatment.  

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Cool Sculpting results in as lithe as 4 weeks

You can see results in as little as 4 weeks but may take as long as 12 weeks.  It is important to try and keep your normal routine.  Keep your weight stable.

Typically 2-3 months

Some patients see improvement in about 2-3 weeks, but for the best results it may take 2-3 months. We normally recommend to repeat the treatment in 3 months for better fat reduction in the same area. Coolsculpting is not a weight loss solution and works the best on stubborn fat on stomach or flanks that will not go away with diet and exercise. With each treatment patients lose 25% of the fat permanently, resulting on smoother, firmer and more contoured body.

Final Results for CoolSculpting: Wait 3-4 Months

When patients undergo coolsculpting it may take several months to see a result. Most patients are able to see their final results in about 3 to 4 months after the procedure. Following the procedure cells respond slowly to injury and gradually undergo cryolipolysis. This accounts for the delayed clinical response to coolsculpting.

                  Patient selection also plays a role in the post-operative response to coolsculpting. When patients have small localized fat collections, responses tend to be more noticeable then when patients have large amounts of fat.

                  It’s important to be patient following coolsculpting. Given adequate time most patients are very happy with the results from this procedure. 

How long will it take to see results?

In properly selected patients, the CoolSculpting procedure results in a noticeable, measurable reduction in fat bulges in two to four months. Some patients have appreciated changes beginning as early as 3 weeks after a procedure. What are the results? -----"Clinical studies demonstrate that the Zeltiq Procedure provides noticeable, measurable fat reduction in properly selected patients over the course of two to four months after the procedure. Additional Zeltiq Procedures may be administered two to four months after the initial procedure to achieve more fat reduction. "

Jay Burns, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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