Does cool sculpture really work

I was wondering if it was really worth getting cool sculpting done. Were does the fat go does it really leave the body. How many treatments before you see results.

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Does CoolSculpting work?

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 Find a board certified plastic surgeon in your area who offers not only CoolSculpting but also other treatments. This will allow you to have options. Some patients are not a good candidate for CoolSculpting and Liposuction may be a better alternative for some patients. We have seen great CoolSculpting results however I also recommend the appropriate treatment plans.

Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting is an excellent form of non-invasive  fat reduction for the right patient. Some applicators take 1 or 2 hours but the new advantage applicators take only 35 minutes and have significantly less risk for delayed onset pain (especially in the abdomen). Results are seen at 2 months and typically 1-3 treatments will be necessary on each area to achieve ideal results. The number of treatments depends on the amount of fat there and the patient's goals.  There is not downtime and the results can be impressive in the right patient.  We also use the Zimmer Z-wave for improved patient comfort and added results. The best candidates are those who are in pretty good shape with areas of stubborn fat that won't go away no matter what.

My best,

Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Does CoolSculpting Really Work?

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Yes, CoolSculpting does work.  If you are having doubts, it is best to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who offers CoolSculpting along with liposuction and other treatments.  This way you can find out which treatment plan is best for you.  Not everyone is a CoolSculpting candidate, so it is best to learn about your different options.  Each CoolSculpting treatment reduces the fat cells by about 25%, so many people opt to do multiple treatments to reach their optimal results.  CoolSculpting is great for individuals who do not want any downtime or surgery.  

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Thank you for your question. Yes Coolsculpting works. A treatment typically eliminates at least 20% of the fat cells in the area treated for good. The amount of treatments recommended is based on individual need but on average 2 treatments 4 weeks apart. I would recommend an in person exam to determine candidacy.

Dr. Kathleen Morno

Kathleen Morno, MD
Highland Park Physician
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Coolsculpting and Results versus Hi Definiton Liposuction

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CoolSculpting is a fat-freezing procedure that is used to target stubborn areas of fat on the body. Cool sculpting improves the fat but 20% per treatment, and often requires multiple applicators to be used to get contouring and a few treatments. You could have pain and swelling with bruising that can last a few weeks. If you are unhappy with your results consider a vaser hi definition procedure which gives much more contouring and shaping. I suggest a formal consultation with an expert. Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 207 reviews


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Yes Coolsculpting does work and quite well. It may be upwards of 20-25% of an improvement in the selected area to be treated. Not all areas are the same and  some areas are better treated with other modalities such as liposuction. The best advice is to see a  board certified Plastic Surgeon for an evaluation and consult. There are too many practitioners that have the equipment and won't be as selective as a Plastic Surgeon. Choosing a Plastic Surgeon allows you to have options that may or may not include Coolsculpting. 

Coolsculpting really does work

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Coolsculpting really does work but not everyone is a good candidate.  The best way to determine if you are a candidate fro Coolsculpting is by having a face to face consultation with an experienced provider. The number of treatments and the ideal placement of applicators will be determined when you have a consultation. Though you can see results after one treatment, most patients need two treatments in any one area, approximately 6-8 weeks apart, for optimal results. The fat cells that are treated during the procedure die and are expelled by the body and do not regrow.  Our patients have been VERY pleased with their results.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 152 reviews

Yes, Coolsculpting works

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Coolsculpting can permanently reduce the amount of fat in the treatment area, and should give most patients a nice visible improvement. We typically recommend two treatment cycles spaced about one month apart for most individuals. This double treatment will give them the "wow" improvement and give them a better value for the money spent.

Andrew Campbell, M.D.
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Andrew Campbell, MD
Milwaukee Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

CoolSculpting and its effectiveness

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 CoolScupting is a very nice way of approaching patients that fit the criteria for its use and predictability.
 However, the process varies in different patients.  I have had some patients get NO results from the process and some with WOW results.  It is important for patients to realize the variability before investing time/money in this approach.
 Sometimes it is good to just try the process to see if you are a responder.  If you are, you will rush back to CoolSculpt to get further results if you need it.  If you do not respond, it is discouraging but you will need to talk this over with your doctor to determine what to do next.
 It should be noted that I have found that some areas like the lower abdomen and the love handles respond nicely, whereas, areas like the saddlebags and the upper back tissue does not respond as well and as such are less predictable in the discussions with the patient.
 The "stunned" fat cells begin to dissolve and are excreted by the body.
 Having said all of this, most patients will respond and be happy that they did the treatments.  It is really quite remarkable sometimes but when you consider the process of freezing fat, it gives you an option to try if you are trying to avoid the traditional liposuction.


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Yes, coolsculpting works for most patients. Usually, they see a 20-25% reduction of fat in the treated area. You should see some results with only one treatment. If you get more than one treatment the results should be additive. The fat is naturally broken down and excreted by your body. 

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