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 57 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. Coolsculpting relies on Cryolipolysis due to the fact that fat cells are more sensitive to cold than are other tissues. We utilize the new Cool Advantage applicators which are much more comfortable and reduce treatment time to 35 minutes.  We currently have 4 Coolsculpting machines and can offer "Dual Sculpting" which further reduces the treatment time.  It can be used safely for off-label treatment of the upper arms, inner/outer thighs, bra-strap area, chin, 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 generally takes more than one treatment to achieve optimal results. A second treatment is general scheduled 30 to 45 days after the initial treatment. 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 Lyos MD FACS

Andrew T. Lyos, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

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 23 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
4.6 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Cool sculpting time update...

Thank you for your question.  With the new CoolAdvantage applicators treatment time is almost cut in half to 35 minutes per cycle which is very similar to Sculpsure's 25 minute treatment time.  As well there is a 45% increase in comfort during the procedure with the new applicators.  Regards, Dr. Matt Elias

Matthew Elias, DO, FAAD
Fort Lauderdale Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 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. 

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
4.6 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

How long does the procedure last?

The duration of treatment generally depends on the area being treated and how many areas are included in your Treatment to Transformation. In general the following treatment times apply:  Abdomen - 60 min, Love handles, Bra and Back Fat - 60 min, Submental - 45 min, Outer thigh 75 min.  However, there are the new Cool Advantage applicators that now cut the time of treatment in half. We anticipate incorporating these applicators very soon.  Also, some offices offer something called Dualsculpting where they utilize 2 machines on two different areas to cut treatment time down. Unfortunately there are limitation to the dualsculpting process. Two areas opposite each other (ie two abdomen/ abs and flanks) cannot be done together. 

Maiysha Clairborne, MD
Atlanta Family Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

1 Hour for Long-Term Fat Reduction

The CoolSculpting treatment itself lasts for about 1 hour, after which there's no downtime or recuperation necessary. While some patients are satisfied with their results after a single treatment, others are better served by a series of 2 or 3 treatments. It really depends on the amount of fat you'd like to treat. You can maintain your results indefinitely by keeping a steady weight and adhering to a healthy lifestyle. 

Mark E. Freeman, MD
Idaho Falls Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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