Does CoolSculpting Really Work?

And how long do you wait between procedures?

Doctor Answers 38

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 118 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 39 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 20 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 116 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.

Positive results

Coolsculpting is effective when done on an appropriate candidate, and proper applicator selection and placement.  Ask lots of questions during your custom patient consult, and read reviews of each office you go.  Look for a Certified Practicing professional.  Patients see typically about 20-22% fat reduction in treated areas in as little as 4 weeks.  There is only a waiting time between sessions when treating the SAME area, and that is minimally 30 days.  Doing multiple areas in the same day is very common for patients.  Dual sculpting now reduces the time frame needed for patients as well.  

Jennifer Cova, DO
Dayton OB/GYN

Coolsculpting Results

I have significant experience working with Coolsculpting and it is a safe and effective treatment when applied by a trained professional. While it takes about 6 weeks to see results, the results are long-lasting. Most clients need 1-2 treatments to see results, but some require more. While Coolsculpting might feel uncomfortable, there is very little pain involved. It is recommended to wait 3-4 months between sessions.

Justin Harper, MD
Columbus Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Yes! CoolSculpting Works!

Thank you for your question. CoolSculpting is an extremely effective and safe treatment for the reduction of fat. It is an FDA cleared treatment that is noninvasive with no down time. The treatment uses controlled cooling to damage and kill fat cells. Over time these fat cells are eliminated through your body. You can expect to see 20-25% fat reduction with each treatment. Some patients start to see results as soon as 3-4 weeks after treatment. However, it takes up to 3 months to see full results. I recommend having a consultation with expert to determine if you are a good candidate for treatment. Best of Luck!

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Yes. CoolSculpting Works.

Michelle,

CoolSculpting definitely works, but you have to be a good candidate for it.  Whether or not you are a good candidate depends on how pinchable the fat is.  You can have a lot of fat, but if it's not pinchable, then you won't really see the benefits of treatment.  We are selective about the patients we treat because we want clients to have the best results. This is why it's important to get a personal evaluation by an experienced CoolSculpting provider.

Garry K. Kim, MD
Pasadena Internist

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