How many inches can I expect to lose with one treatment of CoolSculpting?

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CoolSculpting Removes Up to 30% of Fat Per Session

CoolSculpting is a body sculpting process that eliminates anywhere from 20% to 30% of fat in a treated area per session. It is not a weight-loss technique. We measure results by the amount of fat that has been eliminated, rather than inches or pounds. Most patients will need at least two to three sessions before achieving optimal results. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist to see if you are a candidate for CoolSculpting.

San Diego Dermatologist
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The results from Coolsculpting vary between patient to patient and depends on the amount of fat each area had that was treated.  The procedure is used for body sculpting and is normally not measured by the inches lost on the patient. Most patients have seen and can lose approximately 20% of fat in the area being treated after the first treatment.  Please consult with a physician who is certified in Coolsculpting for the best results. Best, Dr. Green

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 78 reviews

Inches Lost after Cool Sculpting

Remember based on clinical evidence a cool sculpting treatment can reduct an area on average about 22 %. Therefore, some clients get less and some get more. It truly depends on the tissue and if it's pliable enough to pull in to the cup during treatment is true adipose tissue and not just loose skin. Make sure you seek a consultation in your area who have great experience, are overseen by a BC PS or Derm and have excellent RN's running the program. We do our best to set clients up for success, not everyone is a candidate for cool sculpting and should not be. Make sure your goals match the expectations of a noninvasive device. Best of Luck. 

Robert Heck, MD, FACS
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

How many inches can be lost with Coolsculpting?

Thank you for your question, however results will vary from one individual to the next depending on the amount of fat in each area treated. Coolsculpting is used for body sculpting, in our office we do not measure patients to show the inches lost. However, most patients have seen about a 20% reduction in fat in the area treated  after the 1st treatment.

Steven H. Dayan, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Treatment expectations

Individual results may vary. Each treatment can be expected to reduce fat present at the time by 20-25%. It takes several months to see the full effect of a treatment and may take a few treatments depending on your individual goals.  Good luck with moving forward with your treatments.

Michelle Ellern, DO
Livingston Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

CoolSculpting Results

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive solution for patients who want to reduce fat in typical problem areas, such as the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, and underneath the chin. Treatment with CoolSculpting allows patients to reduce fat up to 25% with each cycle. Some patients can benefit from multiple cycles depending on their individual goals. Patients interested in CoolSculpting should seek out a provider supervised by a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Tom S. Liu, MD, MBA
Los Gatos Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review


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 best candidates are those who are in pretty good shape with areas of stubborn fat that won't go away no matter what. Coolsculpting helps contour the body.  It does not always translate into losing inches.

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

Loosing inches with Coolsculpting?

It is hard to say because individual results vary. An MRI study showed about 3-4 mm difference in the fat layer of the abdomen. This is not a circumferential measurement though. Circumferential loss are seem more with the larger treatment areas such as with the Vanquish. Better results are seen with Cooladvantage and Z wave.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

How many inches can be lost with one CoolSculpting treatment?

I would consider CoolSculpting to produce improvement in body contour rather than necessarily losing inches.  Results can vary by individual as well, so some people will notice more of a difference than others after one treatment.  Some people will require more than one treatment to obtain the desired result.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Getting the Best Results with Coolsculpting, Vanquish, Venus Legacy, Exilis Ultra

This is really variable from person to person.  With Coolsculpting,  I do  recommend adding a combination with radiofrequency treatments such as Vanquish, Venus Legacy, Exilis Ultra with Z wave/Cellutone in order to get the best results. VASER Hi Def with ThermiRF, ultrasound and fat grafting are also options, if you're a candidate. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 196 reviews

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