Hi How Long Does It Last the Fat Being Frozen? Thanks C.

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CoolSculpting Time

Each cycle freezes the area for 1 hour (the new CoolSmooth applicator takes 1 hour and 15 minutes). The results are permanent fat reduction in the area treated.

Coolsculpting and length of time

Coolsculpting is a great procedure for reducing the fat in a given area.  The abdominal, flanks, inner thighs, and love handles all take one hour to be completed on each side.  The new cool smooth adaptor for outer thighs makes two hours on each side.  For the best cosmetic results please consult a board certified dermatologist with a great deal of experience with Coolsculpting.

The freezing lasts an hour

The fat "freezing" is performed in just one hour. A vacuum application device is attached to the treatment area and then the freezing process begins. After 5 minutes the patient is numb. The last 5 minutes of the treatment provides massage and then the applicator is taken off. Once removed the warming process begins and your provider will massage the area to provide maximum fat reduction.

Top providers of CoolSculpting Complete are able to offer buy one area and get a second free. Visit a CoolSculpting website in order to find the top providers.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Lasting effects of Fat Freezing

We have been performing Coolsculpting since it has been FDA approved 3 years ago. The fat loss seen with Coolsculpting is theoretically a permanent loss.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

CoolSculpting Fat Freezing

CoolSculpt was developed by Harvard Scientists and is a clinically proven procedure with thousands of happy patients that involves freezing fat cells without damage to your skin. A Vacuum pressure is used to pull targeted areas between cooling plates that over a period of an hour cause fat cells to begin a process called cryolipolysis. The fat is therefore being frozen for the one hour treatment. This breakdown of the fat cells is complete over a period of 2 to 4 months.

'Frozen' Fat after CoolSculpting lasts for approximately 5 minutes.

After the 1-hour CoolSculpting treatment is complete, the treated area of excess fat appears hard and 'frozen', like a stick of butter. This, however, goes away completely after 5 minutes and the skin looks perfectly normal, but it may remain feeling cold for several minutes after that. This controlled cooling exposure triggers the process of selective cell death of the fatty tissue, and the gradual removal of the dead cells by the macrophages (cleanup cells of the immune system). After three months, a significant reduction of the fatty layer can be noted.

CoolSculpting fat loss by freezing the fat and killing the cells

CoolSculpting freezes the fat for a one hour treatment. Usually, the "slab of butter", referring to a solid bar of butter type of contour and how the skin and fat feel immediately after the CoolSculpting, thaws and flattens out in about 10 minutes after the procedure. Massaging hastens this, and has been stated that it might even help the result. After the fat thaws, the skin still feels cold for another 10 to 20 minutes or more.

The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice.  The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

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