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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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.  


West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Coolsculpting results measured after 3 months -- Add Vanquish, Exilis, Venus Legacy, Cellutone For More

Coolsculpting is a fat-freezing method that uses controlled cooling to get rid of stubborn fat. You will see results after about 3 months. Everyone's body is different so results may vary depending on age, size, gender, etc. It is FDA approved and non surgical.  you can add Vanquish and cellutone to get more improvement -- we call this "fire and ice."


Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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When are Coolsculpting results seen?

Coolsculpting treats the fat under the skin and causes the fat to resorb over time.  Most people begin to see results at 3 weeks though they continue for 10-16 weeks.  

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

How Long Till You See Results

Some patients start seeing results as early as 3 weeks. The best results are shown at 4-6 months.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Coolsculpting Provides Improvement in Body Contour That lasts!

Hello and thank-you for your question.Coolsculpting works on the basis that fat cells are more sensitive to cold than are surrounding tissues of the skin. During the Coolsculpting treatment the fat is cooled to cause cryolipolyis while carefully monitoring the tempature of the skin surface. The fat cells release their fat and shrink.  Unlike liposuction where the fat is removed, the released fat is metabolized and eliminated by your body.  The improvement can generally be seen at 3 weeks, but it typically takes 3 months to see the final result.  Most people require more than one treatment depending on degree of improvement needed and expectations. We utilize the new Cool Advantage applicators which are much more comfortable and reduce treatment time to 35 minutes.  We currently have 4 Coolsculpting machines and can offer "Dual Sculpting" which further reduces the treatment time.  I recommend scheduling a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon well versed in all options for body contouring to determine if you an ideal candidate for Coolsculpting. Best wishes

Andrew T. Lyos, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Final Results Take Time

Unlike liposuction, which physically removes fat from the body and therefore creates a more or less immediate result, CoolSculpting freezes fat cells, stimulating them to die on their own and be carried out of the body via the kidneys. This process takes time to complete, and it happens gradually. This is why patients see preliminary results after about 3 weeks and more significant results after a few months. Most patients find that the results are well worth the wait

Mark E. Freeman, MD
Idaho Falls Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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
4.6 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

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