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. 

How much time to Coolsculpt?

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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.  

CoolSculpting permanently removes fat in one hour

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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.  

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.


Best regards,


Andrew Lyos MD FACS

CoolSculpting permanently reduces the number of fat cells

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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.


Best regards,


Andrew Lyos MD FACS

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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Coolscupting Treatment

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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.
- Dr P

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
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

CoolSculpting Procedure

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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

Coolsculpting Treatment Time

Thank you for your question. With new CoolAdvantage applicators treatment time has been cut down from 60 minutes to 35 minutes for the body and 45 minutes for the submental area commonly referred to as the double chin. This non-invasive procedure eliminates fat cells permanently with Cryolipolysis technology or freezing of the fat cells. Often patients benefit from more then 1 treatment. A recommended number of treatments can be provided at an in person consultation.  

Coolsculpting Treatment Time

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Thank you for your question. With new CoolAdvantage applicators treatment time has been cut down from 60 minutes to 35 minutes for the body and 45 minutes for the submental area commonly referred to as the double chin. This non-invasive procedure eliminates fat cells permanently with Cryolipolysis technology or freezing of the fat cells. Often patients benefit from more then 1 treatment. A recommended number of treatments can be provided at an in person consultation.  

Coolsculpting

I think you meant how long the effect last. The way coolsculpting works it "kills" the fat cells. As in an adult the number of fat cells will not increase as they die you will have less fat cells so it is permanent. However there is one caveat ... if you gain wait the remaining fat cells can become larger in size. So as long as you don't gain weight you can think that your effect will last. Each case normally takes half a day to do though. Most people do two treatment 2 months apart but I have seen one or three treatments as well.  

Parham Gharagozlou, MD, FACP
Walnut Creek Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Coolsculpting

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I think you meant how long the effect last. The way coolsculpting works it "kills" the fat cells. As in an adult the number of fat cells will not increase as they die you will have less fat cells so it is permanent. However there is one caveat ... if you gain wait the remaining fat cells can become larger in size. So as long as you don't gain weight you can think that your effect will last. Each case normally takes half a day to do though. Most people do two treatment 2 months apart but I have seen one or three treatments as well.  

Parham Gharagozlou, MD, FACP
Walnut Creek Physician

How Long Does Coolsculpting Last; How many treatments.

This is a great question!  After so many years of lackluster results from other platforms, many are wary of Coolsculpting results. While not a remedy for weight loss, nor a prevention for future weight gain, Coolsculpting targets and kills a fraction of the fat in the treated area. Coolsculpting results are permanent. 

Areas stubborn to your diet and exercise can finally be targeted for real results.  As for how many treatments, that completely depends on the size and density of the fat being treated.  While some may need just one session, some may need multiple and some may not be a great candidate for Coolsculpting. You should always consult with a skilled practitioner of Coolsculpting to determine whether you are a good candidate, and more importantly, if the kind of results you are looking for, are possible to achieve. 

Edward Stokes, MD
West Hollywood Physician
4.9 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

How Long Does Coolsculpting Last; How many treatments.

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This is a great question!  After so many years of lackluster results from other platforms, many are wary of Coolsculpting results. While not a remedy for weight loss, nor a prevention for future weight gain, Coolsculpting targets and kills a fraction of the fat in the treated area. Coolsculpting results are permanent. 

Areas stubborn to your diet and exercise can finally be targeted for real results.  As for how many treatments, that completely depends on the size and density of the fat being treated.  While some may need just one session, some may need multiple and some may not be a great candidate for Coolsculpting. You should always consult with a skilled practitioner of Coolsculpting to determine whether you are a good candidate, and more importantly, if the kind of results you are looking for, are possible to achieve. 

Edward Stokes, MD
West Hollywood Physician

Coolsculpting vs CoolAdvantage - faster and newer

Coolsculpting removes about 20% of fat that has been treated. The fat is permanently removed by the body. As an adult, one doesn't have the ability to reproduce fat cells. However if one gains weight after the treatment, then each remaining fat cells will get bigger and thus the Coolsculpting results might be diminished. If one maintains the same diet and exercise regimen, Coolsculpting results shall be long lasting. One typically requires 2-6 Coolsculpting treatment areas to cover the abdomen. We can do the abdomen area in one setting. With the new Cooladvantage (new Coolsculpting treatments which were released by Zeltiq a couple of months ago), one can finish one treatment area in 35 minutes (vs. 60 minutes in the past). Please be sure to inquire if the practice is doing their Coolsculpting treatment with Cooladvantage, as it not only saves time, also enhance patient comfort and results. 

Coolsculpting vs CoolAdvantage - faster and newer

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Coolsculpting removes about 20% of fat that has been treated. The fat is permanently removed by the body. As an adult, one doesn't have the ability to reproduce fat cells. However if one gains weight after the treatment, then each remaining fat cells will get bigger and thus the Coolsculpting results might be diminished. If one maintains the same diet and exercise regimen, Coolsculpting results shall be long lasting. One typically requires 2-6 Coolsculpting treatment areas to cover the abdomen. We can do the abdomen area in one setting. With the new Cooladvantage (new Coolsculpting treatments which were released by Zeltiq a couple of months ago), one can finish one treatment area in 35 minutes (vs. 60 minutes in the past). Please be sure to inquire if the practice is doing their Coolsculpting treatment with Cooladvantage, as it not only saves time, also enhance patient comfort and results. 

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

Cool sculpting time update...

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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

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