How Long Does the Coolsculpting Procedure Last and How Many Treatments Are Needed?

How long does the coolsculpting procedure last and how many treaments are needed??? I'm interested on having it done on my stomach. Thank you

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How much time to Coolsculpt?

The time the Coolsculpting procedure takes depends on two things; the number of Coolsculpting machines the provider has, and the number of areas to be treated.  We have 2 machines, so procedures at our facility can be performed in half the time, this procedure is called Dualsculpting.
It also depends on how many areas will be treated. For example, if you are treating arms, that will require 2 applicators (one applicator per machine). If you have two machines, the treatment will take one hour.  If you only have one machine, only one arm can be treated at a time, so the procedure will take 2 hours. Our patients like the timesaving that is provided with Dualsculpting. 

CoolSculpting permanently removes fat in one hour

One CoolSculpting treatment takes one hour per area treated.  One area is typically about the size of your hand. Therefore, each "love-handle" would be considered one area, and the lower abdomen is typically considered two areas.  You can treat more than one area at a single office visit, but only one area at a time.  To treat two areas takes just over two hours.  For many patients, a second treatment in the same area may be beneficial since CoolSculpting removes about 25% of the fat cells per treatment.  The fat cells that are damaged by the treatment are frozen and later absorbed by the body's own metabolic process and  are gone permanently.  Typical results take about 3-4 months to be fully realized, and therefore many patients schedule second treatments at that time. Results may vary from patient to patient, overall, my patients have been very happy with their results.  

Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

CoolSculpting permanently reduces the number of fat cells

Hello and thank-you for your question

CoolSculpting is a great, FDA-approved treatment for fat reduction of the abdomen and flanks. It can be used safely for off-label treatment of the upper arms, inner/outer thighs, bra-strap area and above the knees. The advance cooling technology selectively targets and eliminates fat cells gently and gradually without affecting the surrounding tissue.Patients in our office have seen an average fat reduction of 20-25% with each treatment. Depending on the patient's body composition and outcome goals, it may take more than one treatment to achieve optimal results. It takes about 2-3 months to get a general idea of the final results. The results are long-lasting as long as you maintain a stable healthy lifestyle. I recommend scheduling a consultation to determine if your an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting.


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Andrew T. Lyos, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 53 reviews

How Long is Your Coolsculpting Procedure

Typical Coolsculpting procedures range from 2-5 hours depending on the areas of the body being treated. This is why it is so important to have your Coolsculpting treatment performed in a facility that is equipped with several devices, which can cut treatment time in half!

My practice is equipped with multiple devices, flat screen televisions with Netflix, open Wi-Fi, and catering services in all of our Cool Rooms. We make the time spent having this procedure done both enjoyable and relaxing. Patients will enjoy a 20-25% fat reduction in the area treated. Some of our patients go on to have secondary treatment to achieve upwards of 50% reduction in the area they are wanting corrected. 

Coolscupting Treatment

The Coolsculpting treatment times will vary depending on the areas being treated. For example: submental coolmini treatments are 45 minutes, but abdominal area will take 1 hour. The treatment is very comfortable, and patients often read or even nap during the session.
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Kaleroy Papantoniou, MD, FAAD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

CoolSculpting Procedure

The length of time you are in your doctor's office depends upon several factors.  First and foremost, we have to determine how many areas you are interested in having treated - as each area requires a separate applicator and therefore a separate machine.  Fortunately at our office we have multiple devices, so it is possible to treat more than one area at the same time.  Once the areas of interest are evaluated and assessed, the treatment time from the moment the applicator is applied is one hour for all areas except the lateral thighs which is seventy-five minutes.  Factor in a few additional minutes for proper positioning prior to application as well as massage upon completion, and the time is closer to ninety minutes for most applicators.   

How many sessions one requires also depends upon the individual.  What are your goals as far as circumference reduction?  If there is significant work to be done, you can expect multiple sessions, however if you have "just a little bit extra" that can't be shaken with a good diet and exercise routine, then one session is likely sufficient.

Above all else, a consultation with a trained physician with experience in this procedure is your first step to determining whether you are a candidate and what to expect as far as appropriate treatment options and expectations.

Jeremy A. Brauer, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

CoolSculpting Procedure and Time

Depending upon which area you are treating the treatment can last anywhere from 60 to 75 minutes per area. At our practice, we have two CoolSculpting Machines (DualSculpting) and are able to treat two areas at once. For example, if you were to treat your flanks it would take 1 hour as opposed to 2 hours for both sides.

It is hard to tell you how many treatments you will need without having a consultation. During your consultation the provider will weigh you, analyze your subcutaneous fat to determine whether or not you are a candidate for the treatment and write you a treatment plan that will describe how many sessions you will need to reach your ultimate goal.

Good Luck!

Mark Pinsky, MD
Palm Beach Gardens Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

CoolSculpting Takes About an Hour

A CoolSculpting procedure typically takes about 1 hour per area treated. If you are interested in reducing abdominal fat, the abdomen may be considered 2 areas, depending on your goals and body shape. Some CoolSculpting providers have 2 machines at their practices and can treat 2 areas at the same time (a process sometimes referred to as DualSculpting). The number of treatments needed will depend on your aesthetic goals. Each treatment reduces fat in the area by 20 to 25%. Many of my patients are happy with the results of 1 treatment, and it is also common to schedule multiple sessions. If you need more than 1 treatment for the same area, schedule the second treatment at least a month after the first one.

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

CoolSculpting Duration and Number of Necessary Treatments

Thank you for your question. We have many patients who come in for their consultation asking about the duration of CoolSculpting and the number of treatments needed. Each area of your body requires a one hour treatment session. Depending on the area of your abdomen you're looking to treat, you may require anywhere from one to four CoolSculpting treatments. Many see great results after one session, but you may need two or more to reach your desired look. Good luck!

Michael Chiaramonte, MD
Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

CoolSculpting Procedure Time

Each CoolSculpting treatment takes an hour.  Depending on which office you visit can determine the length of time for your total procedure.  Our office offers DualSculpting, which helps reduce the total length of time of the procedure.  We can treat two areas at once with DualSculpting.  Everyone has their own personalized treatment plan.  Since treatment plans vary from patient to patient, it is hard to determine the amount of treatments needed until you come in for a consultation.  At the consultation you will learn if you are a candidate for the treatment and how many treatments are recommended to see optimal results.  

Jeffrey Hartog, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

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