Does coolsculpting treatment have any side effects and how long it lasts?

Dose cool sculpting really works?

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CoolSculpting Is Permanent

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Once you have eliminated fat from your body with CoolSculpting's patented cryolipolysis technology, it will not come back. CoolSculpting can eliminate up to 20% to 30% of fat cells in small, stubborn areas of fat, such as the love handles and muffin tops. Side effects may include some bruising, swelling and numbness that should subside within a couple of days. It will take up to three to four months before your final results are visible because your body needs time to process and eliminate the components of the destroyed cells. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist who can resculpt your body with CoolSculpting.

Baltimore Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hi , Coolsculpting works, it removes 20 % of your fat cells in the area treated .

Now everybody is different , and will react  in a different way to the treatment .

Side effects are redness , swelling , discomfort , bruising , and numbing . They can last up to 1-2 weeks depending on the area  done and each individual. There is no downtime with the treatment. Multiple treatments needs to be done in order to achieve the goal of the person.


Joseph Doumit, MD
Montreal Dermatologist

Side Effects With CoolSculpting

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Thank you for your question. The most common side effects associated with Coolsculpting include numbness and bruising. This typically resolves in a few days to a few weeks. In rare cases some patients experience a sharp pain in the abdomen. This can be treated with topical numbing creams or oral medications

Hardik Soni, MD (not currently practicing)
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician

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CoolSculpting Results

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CoolSculpting is a great non-invasive solution for patients wanting to reduce pinchable fat in typical problem areas, such as the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, and underneath the chin (submental). After treatment with CoolSculpting, patients can experience bruising, swelling, and redness in the treatment areas. Some patients can also experience a tingling sensation, and this can be alleviated with medication if uncomfortable. There is no downtime with this procedure, and fat can be reduced up to 25% with each treatment. Results are long-lasting as the fat is crystallized and filtered from the body permanently. Most patients notice their transformation after 3-4 months as it takes some time to completely rid the body of the frozen fat cells. Consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation on whether CoolSculpting can help you to meet your goals. Good luck!

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San Jose Plastic Surgeon
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Few Side Effects With CoolSculpting

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Everybody is different, but most patients have very few to no side effects with CoolSculpting. Some may feel an intense sensation of cold for the first few moments after the applicator is placed on the skin. This should subside within a couple of minutes. After the procedure, you may have some bruising or swelling that should resolve within a few days to a couple of weeks. Some may have a lingering numbness for up to a month or two. The results are permanent. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist to find out if you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting.

William Groff, DO
San Diego Dermatologist
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Coolsculpting is safe and effective

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Coolsculpting safely and effectively, permanently eliminates fat cells from specific, targeted areas of the body. Once fat cells are removed or destroyed, they do not grow back.  Coolsculpting does not however render you immune from weight gain and if you gain weight in will go somewhere. Side effects are minimal and consist mainly of very transient pinkness or mild bruising, mild swelling and soreness in the treated area lasting a few days...Nothing that requires recovery. 

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Do CoolSculpting treatments have any side effects and how long do they last?

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CoolSculpting may have minor side effects that typically last 7-10 days. Most common side effects may include swelling, bruising, tingling or a burning sensation. This varies for every patient but in my experience these are not common. 

Michael Temkin, DO
San Ramon Physician

It really works!

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Coolsculpting results in permanent fat reduction in the area of treatment. Each treatment reduces fat in that area by 20%.  The side effects most commonly seen are bruising swelling, tenderness, and numbness. In order to get more specific information I would recommend an in person evaluation.  Good luck with your transformation.

Does Coolsculpting work

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Coolsculpting absolutely works!  The most common side effects are temporary numbness and mild swelling. Other rare side effects are often discussed in person and depend on the applicator used. Without seeing you in person, it's impossible to give you an accurate estimate on a treatment that is designed to sculpt your body in a very customized manner. Please see a Coolsculpting Certified provider in your area. We are proud to have certified Coolsculpting staff that have attended Coolsculpting University (an advanced Coolsculpting course), a physician on site, and the newest Coolsculpting Advantage applicators, which offer treatment in half the time with a larger area treated for better results. I would seek those things out in a treatment center. 

Parker A. Velargo, MD
New Orleans Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting Combination with Radiofrequency, Thermage, Vanquish, Venus Legacy, Exilis Ultra

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Coolsculpting is non-invasive. There may be some numbness, redness, bruising and slight discomfort which will resolve. Results With Coolsculpting are permanent for most people.  With Coolsculpting, I recommend adding a combination of radiofrequency treatments like Vanquish, Venus Legacy, Exilis Ultra for skin tightening and with Z wave/Cellutone for skin smoothing in order to get the best results. VASER Hi Def with ThermiRF, ultrasound and fat grafting are also options, if you're a candidate. See an expert for a formal evaluation. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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