Is it possible that I'm already seeing coolsculpting results after 1 week?!

I had coolsculpting done on my lower abdomen last week with two medium sized applicators. The pain has been absolutely minimal -- Ive even felt comfortable lying on my stomach the whole time. It's definitely swollen but the swelling gets better every day. I think my stomach already looks smaller... is that humanly possible? Then again... maybe it's just not as swollen anymore and that's why it looks smaller to me. What do you all think?

Doctor Answers 16

CoolSculpting Results

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It would be difficult to determine any visible results only 1 week after a CoolSculpting treatment, as what you are seeing may just be a reduction in any swelling that may have occurred. Many patients notice a difference just three weeks after their treatment, with optimal results becoming visible after 2 months. It may be best to wait a few more weeks and follow up with your treatment provider before judging the results of your treatment. 

Baltimore Dermatologic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting results after 1 week

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There is some anecdotal patient evidence to suggest that results can be seen in 1 week. However, we typically don't hear about patients seeing results for at least 1 month. This doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy the results you are seeing! Congrats! 

Fat Layer Reduction

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Normally, patients will start to notice results at about three weeks. However, the most dramatic results can be seen from 1 to 3 months. At three days post-procedure, studies found that fat cells are starting to undergo the inflammatory response, and macrophages are coming in to engulf the damaged cells. This process continues for weeks to months following the procedure. Therefore, it is possible to see results earlier than three weeks post-procedure.

Coolsculpting results after 1 week

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Thanks for your question! Results of Coolsculpting will be seen on a gradual basis as the body clears out these CoolSculpted fat cells. On average, you'll see a 20% reduction of fat in the treated area after one visit. Results are typically seen over a period of two to four months, so it is quite possible that your stomach looks smaller due to the reduction in swelling. Areas can be retreated as soon as 2 months after your treatment. Our office specializes in Coolsculpting and we would be happy to assist you.

Ariel Ostad, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Are CoolSculpting Results Possible After 1 Week?

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Based on our experience, ideal candidates for the CoolSculpting treatment see results in as little as 3-4 weeks. We have had some exceptional responders which have started to show results in 2 weeks after the treatment (myself included). It's possible that what you are seeing 1 week after treatment is a reduction in the swelling. Although, most people do not experience significant swelling after the procedure. Make sure you follow up with your treatment provider to check out your before and after pics. Best of luck to you!

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

CoolSculpting results after one week

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As a high volume provider of CoolSculpting, we have seen patients state they have results even before the one week mark.  In general, this is very uncommon and most results are not usually seen until the 3 week mark and many people can take 3-4 months.  

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

CoolSculpting Results

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Thank you for your question. Generally it takes up to 2 weeks for swelling, bruising and itching to resolve and several weeks for the fat cells to dissolve before seeing the final results. However, many patients have seen outstanding results within 2 weeks’ time. Best of Luck!

Hardik Soni, MD (not currently practicing)
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician

S it possible that I'm already seeing coolsculpting results after 1 week?!

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It is possible, but not likely, that you will see significant change one week after the procedure. Generally, it will take a few weeks to start to see a change and two to three months before you see the full effect. Best wishes for an outcome that you will be very pleased with.


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Coolsculpting is best when performed on an area that has an excess number of fat cells.  For example, women say, "When I gain weight, it goes straight to my belly."  That means that you were born with more fat cells in your abdominal area.  It would be great to perform coolsculpting in that area to reduce the number of fat cells there and make that are more proportional with the rest of your body.  Then, if you gain weight, it will be more evenly distributed over your body.  It won't just "go straight" to one area.      

The fat loss is permanent after Coolsculpting.  You typically lose 20-25% of the fat in the area treated, each time you treat it.  I have done it to myself and my staff.  It is truly effective and has no down time.The results can be seen from 1 to 3 months.

Best of Luck, Sheila Nazarian

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

Coolsculpting and Cosmetic Results

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Coolsculpting is a great mechanism for freezing the fat.  In general it takes several weeks for the fat cells to dissolve.  However, I have had a few patients who have seen great results within two weeks and have had amazing results.  Congrats that you are already having great success!

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