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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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

Idaho Falls Plastic Surgeon
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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.  

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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How soon will results be seen after CoolSculpting

Sometimes results can be seen as early as 4 weeks after your procedure, but full results can take up to 12 weeks. The procedure causes fat cell death and it takes your body some time to dispose of those fat cells gradually.

Multiple treatments can also be required in one area to see a more noticeable result. About 20-25% of fat cells are reduced with one treatment normally.

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.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting Results

You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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How Long to See CoolSculpting Results

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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