Does CoolSculpting Really Work?

And how long do you wait between procedures?

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CoolSculpting Does Work - but NOT for everyone

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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
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CoolScuplting Effectiveness

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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 123 reviews

Coolsculpting is Effective

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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. 

CoolSculpting Works

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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
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FDA Clearance & Clinical Trials Confirm Its Effectiveness

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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.

Cool sculpting results are improved with post procedure massage

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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.

CoolSculpting Works

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Yes, it really does works!  As a CoolSculpting certified doctor who performs a high volume of CoolSculpting treatments,  I can tell you first hand that it works as long as the patient is an ideal candidate. The treatment is not for individuals who are using it as a means for weight loss. It will also not address skin laxity. Patients who are close to their ideal weight, and have fat that is resistant to their best diet and exercise efforts, typically see the best results. Approx. 20%-25% of fat cells are destroyed during a CoolSculpting treatment. This fat is naturally eliminated through the body and will never return. 

I recommend seeking out a CoolSculpting provider who performs many treatments each week and has been trained by the CoolSculpting University. 

Does CoolSculpting Work

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For the right candidate, CoolSculpting is a very effective treatment for fat reduction in stubborn areas such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, back fat, bra fat, under the chin, etc.  The treatment uses controlled cooling to kill fat cells in the targeted area. Over a period of weeks, the body eliminates the fat cells forever.  The average patient can expect to see a 20-25% reduction of fat in the treated area. Results can be seen as early as three weeks, but can take up to 3 months for the full result to be visible. Additional treatments can be performed if necessary to achieve the desired result.  It is best to wait a period of 3 months after your treatment to determine if another session is needed. 

Yes, Coolsculpting definitely works.

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Yes, Coolsculpting definitely works as long as the applicators are applied correctly. You can expect about 20% reduction of the fat in the treatment area. Usually a second treatment can be done around 3 months later. 

Coolsculpting

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Yes!  Coolsculpting does work, but not on all types of fat.  The fat that is amenable to treatment with Coolsculpting is called subcutaneous fat.  This is fat directly beneath the skin.  Visceral fat, or the fat that is deeper, and surrounds the organs, is not able to be treated with Coolsculpting.  The ideal type of  fat for treatment with Coolsculpting has to be pinchable, and essentially easy to grab and take hold of with the Coolsculpting applicator.  Your final result with a Coolsculpting technique won't appear for approximately three months after treatment. That being said, there is some evidence to suggest that the benefits of Coolsculpting treatment can be accentuated if your second treatment to the area occurs about a month after the first.  Thank you for your question!

Mariam Cappiello, MD
Chestnut Hill Anesthesiologist

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