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!

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 58 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

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.

Christopher L. Hess, MD
Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

See coolsculpting results in 3 months

While you can start to see results as early as 1 month, it takes 3 months to see full results from a given treatment session.  Depending on your goals for the treatment, your physician may recommend returning for additional treatment cycles of the areas previously treated and/or other areas.  For my own coolsculpting treatments, my goal was to be able to give up wearing spanx.  I got visible improvement with my first cycles, but still needed the spanx until I repeated them.  Now Im happily spanxless!

I hope this helped answer your question.  Best wishes.

Heidi A. Waldorf, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 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
4.8 out of 5 stars 190 reviews

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
4.6 out of 5 stars 48 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 44 reviews

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
4.5 out of 5 stars 39 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.

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

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