My coolsculpting session was cut short 3 minutes before the 1 hour session ended. Will this affect my results?

When the technician accidentally knocked the applicator from my flank, my coolsculpting session ended 3 minutes too early, before the full hour was completed. Will this affect my results? Thank you

Doctor Answers 13

Your CoolSculpting® results should not be affected.

CoolSculpting® uses a precise regimen of controlled cooling to target fat while preserving surrounding tissue, and each 60-minute session is divided into therapeutic time and massage time. During the first 50 minutes of your CoolSculpting® session, fat cells are crystallized as the applicator passes over the treatment area. The cooling technology stops after 50 minutes. The last 10 minutes of the session are devoted to massaging the treatment area. In your case, you lost 3 minutes of massage time, which should not impact your CoolSculpting® results.

Folsom Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

My coolsculpting session was cut short 3 minutes before the 1 hour session ended. Will this affect my results?

Thank you for your question. Three minutes should not make a difference. If you are concerned, please speak with your chosen provider. 


Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 457 reviews

Shortened cycle of CoolSculpting

Hello and thank you for reaching out. Shortening the CoolSculpting cycle by 3 minutes should not harm any of your results from your treatments. As long as there is 50 minutes worth of treatment to the area, your results should remain unharmed. Best Wishes. 

CoolSculpting Time

Ending the treatment 3 minutes early should not affect your results.  As long as you finished 50 minutes of the 60 minute cycle, you have nothing to worry about.  

Jeffrey Hartog, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

CS treatment still effective

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Hi mjanna.  Based on the mechanism of action, 3 minutes short out of 60 min is not enough to lead to a significant limitation in your outcome.  There are now faster 35 minute applicators, and a treatment interruption or limitation of any sort would likely cause an issue.  Hope you like your results!

Vaishali B. Doolabh, MD, FACS
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Accidental stop of treatment 3 min before Coolsculpting was done


The good news is that with the older one hour cycle, the last five minutes were only massage which you should get manually for 2 minutes by a technician after your treatment.  With the new cooladvantage 35min treatment, there is no massage but finishing 3 minutes early  definitely will not affect your result!


Dr. Liu

Grace Liu, MD
Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 50 reviews


Stopping your coolsculpting treatment 3 minutes before the end of the cycle will not effect your results.  The first 50 minutes of your treatment is the therapeutic part of Coolsculpting.  Hope this helps.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

CoolSculpting Treatment Cut Short

Hello mjanna. With the older CoolSculpting applicators the treatment is one hour long. 50 minutes is actually freezing time and the last 10 minutes are massage time done by the machine. Your treatment ended during the massage segment and this should not affect your results. The new CoolAdvantage applicator cuts the treatment time down to 35 minutes without any massage time. Hope this helps answer your question.

Michael A. Zadeh, MD, FACS
Sherman Oaks General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews


The 3 minutes too early will be ok. It will not affect your results. The results are not immediate and you will take within 1-3 months to notice. 

Robert G. Aycock, MD, FACS
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 14 reviews


Coolsculpting is an excellent form of non-invasive  fat reduction for the right patient. Some applicators take 1 or 2 hours but the new advantage applicators take only 35 minutes and have significantly less risk for delayed onset pain (especially in the abdomen). Results are seen at 2 months and typically 1-3 treatments will be necessary on each area to achieve ideal results. The number of treatments depends on the amount of fat there and the patient's goals.  There is not downtime and the results can be impressive in the right patient.  We also use the Zimmer Z-wave for improved patient comfort and added results. 

The applicator being cut off 3 minutes early will not affect your results.

My best,

Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

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