Do You Have to Have Zeltiq (Cool Sculpt) Done More Than Once?

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Multiple Zeltiq Cool Sculpt treatments

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Cool Sculpting requires one treatment to reduce the fat in a targeted area. Additional treatments for the same area may be done if the patient qualifies. In order to qualify for multiple treatments in the same area, you must have enough pliable fat to effectively draw into the Cool Sculpt device.

CoolSculpting Treatment Times

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Cool Sculpting can provide 20-25% reduction In the fat per round of treatment.  When our patients come in for a consult we examine the area(s) of concern and then customize a treatment plan to suit their needs.  Most patients would benefit from 2 rounds of treatment (and be more satisfied) then only having 1 treatment.

CoolSculpting Usually Takes 2 to 3 Sessions

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CoolSculpting can eliminate from 25% to 40% of fat in a targeted area during one treatment session. For some people, that may be sufficient for the results they desire. However, most patients want a more dramatic change and thus return for further treatment after about two weeks. It can take up to 12 weeks for the body to completely eliminate the dead fat cells and for your optimal results to be visible. Consulting with a board-certified dermatologist will allow you to get a better idea of how many sessions will give you the shape you want.

Melda A. Isaac, MD
Washington DC Dermatologic Surgeon
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Thank you for your question. Re-treatment for CoolSculpting is determined on a case by case bases. When you meet with your physician they should create a customized treatment plan. This should include how many cycles you need for a complete treatment, as well as if they think you will need another round of cycles after your 3 month evaluation. They may not be in the exact areas of the first treatment, but they may be needed to complete the transformation. Good luck!

Multiple Sessions Can Optimize CoolSculpting Results

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The answer to this question depends on how much and what kind of fat you are seeking to eliminate. If you have a small amount of stubborn fat, it could be that one CoolSculpting session would be sufficient. For larger amounts of fat, you may need multiple sessions. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist to find out how CoolSculpting can work for you.

Kimberly Butterwick, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Do You Have to Have Zeltiq (Cool Sculpt) Done More Than Once

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Coolsculpting requires only one treatment to reduce fat in the treated area. If patients qualify additional treatments can be done for the same area. If more than one treatment is done they must be scheduled one month apart.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Once May Be Enough

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The number of CoolSculpting treatments needed varies from patient to patient. Whether you have 1 or more treatments in the same area depends on your cosmetic goals. With each treatment, about 20 to 25% of fat in the area is removed. For some patients, a single treatment is all they desire. If you do need more than 1 treatment to achieve your goals, the second procedure should be scheduled at least a month after the first session.

The number of CoolSculpting treatments required varies depending on the individual patient.

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The number of CoolSculpting treatments required varies depending on the individual patient. CoolSculpting reduces fat by around 20% after a single treatment, and while some patients feel that this is enough, others want more treatments done for further results. The goal is to treat to completion for maximal results, and often a second treatment is needed. I recommend visiting a board-certified dermatologist for a consultation to see if you are a candidate for CoolSculpting, and to see how many treatments you would need to achieve your desired goals.

Mary E. Hurley, MD
Dallas Dermatologist

Number of CoolSculpting treatments depends on goals

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How many CoolSculpting treatments required depends on the patient’s desired goals. Each treatment reduces around 20-30% of the targeted fat in appropriate candidates. Some people find that one treatment is enough, whereas others will want to have more. On average, people tend to have 1-2 treatments for best results. 

Sabrina Fabi, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 87 reviews

Coolsculpting and multiple treatments

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Coolsculpting is effective and you should see a change with a single treatment.  However, if during a consultation I determine that a second treatment would better help you to achieve your goals, then you may want to plan for two treatments.  In addition, overlapping treatment areas can also help further enhance your results.  

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.