Does CoolSculpting Really Work?

And how long do you wait between procedures?

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CoolSculpting Does Work - but NOT for everyone

CoolSculpting DOES work.  But, I wold strongly disagree with the dermatologist who started her answer with "CoolSculpting works for everyone" It does not.   Most healthy people with areas of stubborn, unwanted fat can achieve wonderful results with CoolSculpting

 

  Some people simply do not have enough body fat for Coolsculpting to work effectively. There are areas where a person may have unwanted small bulges, but if the handpiece doesn't fit securely, the patient will not see results.  Even people with large bellies, but very firm fat may not be ideal candidates if the handp[iece does not fit securely over the skin and fat .  Additionally people who are obese, and looking for weight loss vs. reduction or elimination of stubborn areas of excess fat are not ideal candidates.

Yes, CoolSculpting works. It works for most people, but not for everyone. Please take your time and ask a lot of questions before and during your consultation. if you feel any pressure during a consultation, do not procedure with a treatment at that time.

We have had people disappointed to learn they are not ideal candidates for CoolSculpting in my practice. But, being turned away with an explanation is far less disappointing than having someone take your money and time for a procedure that may not be ideal for you.

 


Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 120 reviews

Coolsculpting is Effective

For an appropriate candidate, coolsculpting works great. Patients with tight skin, with a BMI lower than 30 may a candidate for coolsculpting. Patients with a BMI between 20 and 30 may be a better candidate for liposuction. Consult in person with an experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeon who has a Certified Coolsculpting Center to understand your options. 

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

CoolSculpting Works

CoolSculpting is an extremely effective treatment for the reduction of fat. It is an FDA cleared procedure that is noninvasive with no downtime. The treatment utilizes controlled cooling to damage and kill the fat cells and over time your body eliminates those dead fat cells. You will generally see about 20-25% reduction of fat in a treated area. Some patients start seeing results as soon as 3-4 weeks after treatment and it can take up to 3 months for the full result to be visible. It is recommended to wait until you see your results and if you want to do an additional treatment, then you may do so after about 2-3 months.

John Diaz, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

FDA Clearance & Clinical Trials Confirm Its Effectiveness

Gaining FDA clearance for fat reduction is a rigorous process that required CoolSculpting manufacturer ZELTIQ to prove results via clinical trials. Its intended use is specific: fatty bulges in areas that have been resistant to diet and exercise. Common examples include the abdomen, inner and outer thighs, and flanks (or "love handles"). Waiting time between treatment sessions will vary from patient to patient depending on the area being treated, but we generally recommend a minimum of 4 weeks. Results from a session will not be fully visible until about 8 weeks, because the body is gradually removing the destroyed fat cells in the interim. I hope this answer is helpful to you.

Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

CoolScuplting Effectiveness

CoolSculpting has not proven nearly effective as SculpSure. SculpSure takes 25 minutes while CoolSculpting takes 60-90 minutes. CoolSculpting can be painful and leave you with prolonged numbness, while SculpSure is painless and provides a warming feeling for relaxation.

SculpSure has consistently beaten CoolSculpting in head-to-head studies providing our staff here at Clevens Center to prefer SculpSure. SculpSure is a non-invasive lipolysis device that leverages controlled and targeted hyperthermic laser. The technique dives past your dermis for minimal absorption and then penetrates deeply to destroy subcutaneous fat.

I suggest you consult a board certified facial plastic surgeon to receive the highest quality knowledge, treatment, care and skill available.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 121 reviews

Cool sculpting results are improved with post procedure massage

Results can be seen in 4 weeks or up to 12 weeks.

Body reshaping can be performed with a cannula that removes fat via liposuction or with noninvasive technology like Cool Sculpting. With Cool Sculpting there is no cannula inserted into your body. All treatments are performed on the surface from the outside in using technology that freezes the fat. Don’t hesitate to give us a call in Austin regarding a Body Reshaping Consult at the Upper Room. On our Facebook Page there is an Interview I recently did with KVUE, a local news station in Austin, that was picked by affiliates around the United States, including Miami. During the Interview we discussed the technology of Cool Sculpting as well as it application process.

The discomfort from treatment does resolve. Taking over the counter tylenol or naproxen resolves this in the majority of cases. If you have swelling that is persistent then a waist binder is helpful.

Does CoolSculpting really work?

Yes, it really works.  As a high volume provider of CoolSculpting treatments, we find selecting the right patient is the best way to get a great result.  Patients who have fat that is resistant to diet and exercise seem to do the best though even those who diet and exercise occasionally have had good results.  Seeing a coolsculpting provider who has performed at least a thousand procedures and has also been trained by CoolSculpting University is the best place to start so you can get a full treatment plan to give you the most contoured appearance. 

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

CoolSculpting is safe and effective

CoolSculpting has been approved by the FDA for fat reduction.  This means that the parent company, Zeltiq, has submitted scientific evidence that proves the efficacy of the procedure. In my experience, it works VERY WELL for the right patient.  Not all patients are good CoolSculpt candidates.  Some don't have enough fat and some have too much.  A personalized consultation will help you determine if this procedure is right for you.  

Julie A. Maughan, MD
Ogden Dermatologist

Does Coolsculpting really work?

Hello michelle0x0x,

Coolsculpting is FDA approved and has been proven to reduce fat by 25% in appropriate treatment areas. Fat treated with Coolsculpting must be easily "pinchable". Depending on the treatment plan, treatments can be done back to back, or a waiting period may be recommended to determine if and where additional treatment cycles would be placed. To ensure you get the best results with Coolsculpting it is important to have your treatment completed with an experienced provider.

Best of luck,

Dr. Thomas E. Kaniff



Thomas E. Kaniff, MD, FACS
Sacramento Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

CoolSculpting Really Does Work

The key to success is having a comprehensive evaluation by a well-trained practitioner who has trained through the CoolSculpt University and understands each applicator and it's appropriate area of use.  The placement of each applicator and amount of overlap of the applicators and number of cycles to optimize results is what can lead to  smooth "liposuction" results.  We understand a lot more now than we did when the device first came out.  There have been significant advancements in the types and shapes of applicators.  Using the wrong applicator for an area can lead to "shark bites".  The comprehensive evaluation and consultation should include the number of anticipated cycles per area and the cost of "treatment to transfirmation". 

John Grasso, MD
Upland Physician

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