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 Provides Improvement in Body Contour That lasts!

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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


Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Final Results Take Time

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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
4.9 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

How Long to See CoolSculpting Results

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CoolSculpting is the greatest advance in fat removal since the advent of tumescent liposuction.  I really love the machine and the results that can be achieved.  With that said really the only downside is the length of time it takes to see 100% of the results.  I don't mind saying that I used the machine on my abdomen and flanks.  I didn't notice anything until about 3-4 weeks. 

It took about 3 1/2 weeks to see the entire result.  Although the initial laboratory results demonstrated 100% reduction by 3 months it seems that, clinically, we are seeing results out to 4 months in some patients.  So continue on your diet and exercise program.  This is important because weight gain can diminish the result if you gain weight in the area you had CoolSculpted.

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When can I expect to see results post Coolsculpting

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Coolsculpting results can be seen in as early as 3 weeks and will continue to improve for up to 16 weeks.  Most people see a peak in reduction at the 8 week mark (with a continued improvement for up to 16 weeks) but some are early to respond while others are slower in this process.  It is impossible to guarantee when measurable results will occur since this process depends on the individuals ability to metabolize and remove cell debris.

Marcia Fleming, MD
Vancouver Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

CoolSculpting results noticeable after 6-8 weeks

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CoolSculpting fat reduction results are seen after a series of treatments scheduled 4-6 weeks apart. Most patients begin noticing changes after 4-6 weeks, but thebest results are seen after 3-4 months since it takes time for fat cells to die and be flushed out of the body by the lymphatic system.

When Exactly Can You Expect to See Your CoolSculpting Results...

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It can take a full three months to see the best results from your treatment. CoolSculpting utilizes a process known as Cryolipolisis, where the fat is frozen and then the body works to clear the destroyed fat cells from the body. This process seems to average about 3 months to complete.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Coolsculpting Results - How long do they take?

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The initial results can be seen as early as 2 to 4 weeks and in our experience this does happen, however Coolsculpting works by cooling the fat to a critical temperature that causes the fat cell to die and then it needs to be eliminated by the body through the lymphatic system.  This takes up to 3 or 4 months, so the final result of the Coolsculpting process will not be seen for at least 3 and possibly 4 months in some cases.  It is beneficial to use an RF device (like Venus Legacy) that will heat and manipulate the tissue post Coolsculpting to help assist the body in the process of eliminating the fat more effectively and efficiently.  It also gives a skin tightening effect which is beneficial in getting the best results possible. 

Hope that helps.

Thank you for the question,

Dr. Flashner

Paul Flashner, MD
Boston Physician
4.9 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

CoolSculpting Results

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Hello and thank you for your question!  Results can be seen as early as 3 weeks with optimal results in 1-3 months.  We find most patients see their best results between 8-12 weeks.  Hope this helps and best of luck to you!

Jon Paul Trevisani, MD, FACS
Maitland Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Results after CoolSculpting

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After CoolSculpting the fat cells gradually die and are removed by the body. Most will begin to note results by 3 weeks post treatment. Final results may take 3-4 months.  Best Wishes, Maurice Vick MD

See results in 3/4 weeks

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With Coolsculpting it is possible to see results within three to four weeks. However, we do encourage all of our patients to wait the full 10 - 12 weeks for final results and a second treatment of the same area for optimal results. Good luck! 

Gideon Kwok, DO
Rancho Cucamonga Physician
4.9 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

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