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


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Multiple Zeltiq Cool Sculpt treatments

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.


Long Island Plastic Surgeon
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Once May Be Enough

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.

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
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The number of CoolSculpting treatments required varies depending on the individual patient.

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
4.2 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Number of CoolSculpting treatments depends on goals

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 65 reviews

Coolsculpting and multiple treatments

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.  

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

Thanks for your question. Coolsculpting kills around 20-25% of the fat in an area each treatment. Depending on how much excess fat you are treating will determine how many treatments you will need. Patients with a small pocket of fat may only need one treatment but most patients see the "WOW" factor after 2-3 treatments. Best of luck.  

Brian C. Reuben, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Achieving your Ultimate Goals with CoolSculpting

Each patient is different in the goals that they want to achieve. Depending upon your Treatment to Transformation Goals  you may need 1 treatment to the area to achieve your goal or you may need 2-3 treatments to the area to achieve your goals. In order to determine how many treatments you may need to reach your ultimate goal, contact your local practice and make a CoolSculpting consultation. The Physician or Physician Assistants will create a customized treatment plan  to help you achieve your ultimate goals.

Mark Pinsky, MD
Palm Beach Gardens Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Number of treatments needed

Coolsculpting has been shown to effectively reduce fat by 20-25% per area in a single one hour treatment. However, if the patient wants to reduce beyond that amount, after waiting 10-12 weeks, additional treatments can be performed, thereby reducing the fat in the area even more. 

Coolsculpting more than once

Strictly speaking, no you don’t have to, but the answer to this question depends entirely upon your needs. Some patients get a great result with one treatment and do not need more than one. Other patients need more than one treatment to get the results they desire.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Coolsculpting will give you a reduction every time

This is a good question, and is one that my patients frequently ask when they come to my practice for Coolsculpting. No one "needs" to have Coolsculpting done more than once- each time you are treated you can expect a 20-25% reduction in the treated area. However, many patients are looking for a larger reduction and therefore they repeat the treatment 2-3 times to give a larger reduction. How many times you have the procedure done is really determined by what your goals are. I recommend you visit with a certified Coolsculpting provider who might be able to tell you how many treatments you can expect to have to meet your goals. Best of luck. 

David P. Rapaport, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

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