Does CoolSculpting Really Work?

And how long do you wait between procedures?

Doctor Answers 63

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
4.8 out of 5 stars 123 reviews

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 124 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. 

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

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
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

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.

CoolSculpting Does Work

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CoolSculpting is a permanent solution for fat reduction for the ideal candidate who maintains a healthy lifestyle. Most patients will start to see results as early as 3-4 weeks but typically get peak results, 20-25% fat reduction at 8 weeks. At our practice we suggest waiting 8 weeks between treatments.

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

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 for the appropriate candidate

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With any treatment, some people are better candidates than others. CoolSculpting results can vary, however since starting in 2011, we have seen many clients get great results! CoolSculpting is an FDA cleared treatment and has shown to be effective in permanently removing fat cells through apoptosis (naturally induced fat cell death). With new protocols, training, and equipment, as well as 6+ years of clinical experience, we have seen great results. When appropriate, we refer clients who would be better suited with surgery. We absolutely want our clients to get the results they are looking for and will refer to our local plastic surgeons. A consultation and physical exam is necessary to determine if someone is a candidate for the treatment. 

Hope that helps!

Yes, for the correct candidate!

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Great question! It depends on the person.

CoolSculpting WORKS WELL for those with stubborn fat, despite proper diet and exercise. Isolated fat under the chin or arms, around the belly or back, is perfect for CoolSculpting, a targeted cooling that kills fat cells.

CoolSculpting does NOT work well for someone with too little or too much fat. Someone with so little fat as to not completely fill the CoolSculpt probe, will see limited benefit. CoolSculpting is not designed for someone with excessive fat all over his or her body. Rather, medically supervised weight loss (nutrition and medications) would be more effective for someone who is very overweight. If this person has stubborn fat AFTER losing weight, he or she would be a great CoolSculpting candidate!

At OmniAestheticMD we combine medical weight loss with fat reduction technology to produce optimal results .. so you can live your best life!

Joseph A. Eviatar, MD, FACS
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

CoolSculpting Timeline

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CoolSculpting is a very individualized procedure. It starts with an appropriate assessment by your provider. After a CoolSculpting treatment, the average amount of fat reduction in the treated area is 20-25%. Some people experience greater reduction and can see up to a 40% decrease in fat, and some people experience less reduction and may only see a 5-10% reduction. Your results are affected by the handpiece that is used, the placement on the area to be treated, and the individual. We recommend being re-evaluated 10-12 weeks after your first treatment. The treated area may be significantly smaller or you may only notice minor change; at that point, we can assess whether or not you may want an additional treatment. Some people are happy with the small changes, since they notice that their clothes start to fit better. If you desire additional treatments, we would assess the area again so that we are sure to use the appropriate applicator for the treatment area. 

Stanley Kovak, MD
Oak Brook Physician
4.3 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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