Can CoolSculpting Be Done on the Flanks and Abdomen Simultaneously? If So, How Long Would This Take?

BMI 22-23, fit muscular, with a slightly flabby belly and flanks--always been that way.

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DualSculpting Treats Two Areas Simultaneously

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At our center, we offer DualSculpting, which allows us to treat two different areas of the body simultaneously. This can halve the treatment time – normally about 2 hours to treat two areas with a single applicator – to about one hour.

We also offer the CoolAdvantage applicator, which by itself halves treatment time to about 35 minutes. Therefore, if you have two areas treated with CoolAdvantage, it will only take about 35 minutes for both of them simultaneously.

In your case, however, you need treatment on at least three different areas. Also, depending on your size and the geography of your fat, each section may require more than one applicator. The only way you will really know how long your treatment will take – besides using the guesstimates provided here – is to consult in person with a board-certified dermatologist who has been certified by Zeltiq as a CoolSculpting practitioner. At our center, we have reached Crystal Status with Zeltiq owing to our extensive experience with CoolSculpting. We can also increase the comfort of the procedure and improve your results by up to 45% by administering Zimmer Z-Wave radial pulsed therapy after your CoolSculpting session. 

San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Yes, CoolSculpting is Usually Done on Areas Simultaneously

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Treating someone's flanks and abdomen is what CoolSculpting has been FDA cleared to do, localized fat reduction.  The applicator head is applied to each area and runs for a one hour cycle time.  Treating a pair of love handles and two areas on the tummy would take about 4-5 hours.  However, tummy treatments often include 4 individual areas, which would entail additional time.  Flank sculpting may at times take 4 individual areas. 

As many as 6 can be done in the same day.  You would need an in-person assessment by your physician.  Keep in mind that they may recommend that you need 2 sets of treatments 2+ months apart to give the best contour change.

Your description sounds like you could be an excellent candidate for CoolSculpting.

Sutton Graham II, MD
Greenville Plastic Surgeon

Treatment time for CoolSculpting fat loss depends on the number of applicators

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Every patient's build is different. Variables include:

  • the patient's shape
  • the amount of fat
  • the bony framework

Some abdomens are treated in my NYC practice with one applicator whereas others have needed seven applicators to sculpt the best shape. Love handles can take one to three each depending on the amount of fat extending from the back around to the front.

Each applicator takes one hour for treatment. Some practices have more than one device and can treat two areas at the same time provided that there isn't an obstruction provided by one applicator on the other's positioning.

The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice.  The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Multiple treatments on the same day

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Yes, multiple areas can be treated with CoolSculpting on the same day - either one area ( =1 hour) at a time, or if the office has multiple machines, it can be done simultaneously.

CoolSculpting Multiple areas treated at once?

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In offices with 2 CoolSculpting machines it is possible to treat both love handles or flanks at once. Patients prefer this as there is double the result in the same amount of time.  This also makes treatment for affordable for the patient because physicians can provide a reduced price on a second area being treated. After all, if a doctor can perform double the amount of treatments in a day it allows the practice the opportunity to share a reduced fee with patients.

We are considering adding more CoolSculpting systems to the practice. It would be very challenging, if not impossible to treat more than two areas at a time, even if an office had 3 or more units. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 123 reviews

Multiple Treatment Areas with Coolsculpting

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Thank you for your question.

Coolsculpting of those areas could be performed on the same day but not simultaneously (at the same time).  Most offices will treat one area at a time and therefore it will take 3 hours for your treatment (1 hour per area treated).

Visit with a doctor close to you to discuss further.


Flanks and Abdomen treatment with Coolsculpting

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Treatment of different areas can be done on the same visit but not at the same time. So, treatment of the abdoment would be one hour and then treatment of each flank will be an additional one hour for each flank. Total treatment time would be 3 hours. You cannot treat all hours at one time.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

CoolSculpting more than one area at the same time impractical

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There are likely few clinics that have more than one CoolSculpting system. That might be the biggest hurdle for you.

From a logistics point of view, you have to angle your body somewhat to get the firm suction on your flanks, so likely that would make a simultaneous treatment elsewhere difficult if not impossible.  If you moved, one applicator could easily become dislodged and that would require the use of a new "card" with extra costs.

Each area only takes one hour, so a good book, an mp3 player or an ipad can keep you occupied.


CoolSculpting can treat multiple areas

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I would not advise to perform cool sculpting on two areas at the same time. It might overwhelm the patient. However, we frequently perform the treatment on both the abdomen and flanks sequentially. Most patients find it quite easy to do. Each application takes approximately 1 hour. So for both flanks and the abdomen it would require approximately 3 hours. Our patients have been very happy with the results. Good luck.

Can CoolSculpting be performed on more than one area at a time?

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It is possible to perform CoolSculpting on more than one area at a time but it require the use of more than one CoolSculpting device. The more common way we treat multiple areas during the same visit is to attach the applicator to one area and when the treatment of this area is done we would then move the applicator to the next one.

Ted Brezel, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.