What Preparations Are Required Before a Coolsculpting Procedure?

Is it best to maintain your weight to within 5 pounds before Coolsculpting procedure? Are there other things like food or drink that should be avoided before a procedure?

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Preparation for CoolSculpting

There is no preparation needed before CoolSculpting. Patients should be within 10 to 15 pounds of  their ideal weight range and already be maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen. To minimize bruising it is recommended to avoid any supplements that may thin the blood such as vitamin E, fish oil and any aspirin or Ibuprofen. 

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpt preparations...

A customized treatment plan is created but no other prep is needed for the procedure itself.
You would not want to be sunburned as it could be uncomfortable, but there is no reason not to tan prior to the procedure. Arnica and Advil (and other NSAIDs) can act as blood thinning agents and cause more bruising. Good Luck.

Steven Gabel, MD, FACS
Portland Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Preparation before Coolsculpting Procedure

There is no preparation needed before CoolSculpting.  Patients should be in good physical health and in their optimal weight.  Patients should already be maintaing a healthy diet and exercising.  I always advise patients to eat before any cosmetic procedure so as to reduce the chance of being vasovagal.  You should definitely be within five pounds of your desired weight - or close to your optimal weight.  CoolSculpting is designed to freeze/decrease a bulge - and that it does effectively.  Most of my patients have been so happy that they have returned for a second treatment in a different area.  Find a dermatologist in your area with a lot of experience with Coolsculpting for your treatments.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Preparing for CoolSculpting

No preparation needs to be done before a CoolSculpting procedure. As long as you are a good candidate, that is all that is needed for a successful treatment. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese, or a substitute for surgical methods such as liposuction. Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. Your doctor will determine if treatment is right for you during a one-on-one consultation.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Ideal body weight is best

The truth is the closer toy our ideal body weight the better, but not everyone is!  There is no special prep like fasting or blood tests.  It is an outpatient office based procedure that you can walk out and drive yourself home from.

Eric Chang, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Preparation before Coolsculpting

There is no preparation needed prior to Coolsculpting. The best candidates are chosen after careful evaluation by the physician. After that neither diet nor exercise routine is needed prior to treatment. Results are excellent, consistent and safe.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Cool sculpting Preparation?

There is no specific preparation necessary prior to cool sculpting procedures.

Similar to liposuction surgery,  it is best for patients undergoing the cool sculpting procedure to be close to their long-term stable weight. The treatment is designed for isolated diet and exercise resistant adipose tissue “pockets”. Again, similar to liposuction  patients,  it is best for patients to maintain their weight after the cool sculpting procedure.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Minimal preparation and minimal to no downtime

Coolsculpting is a very well tolerated procedure. I would bring some music or a book to enjoy during the procedure. The amount of time you spend with Coolsculpting depends on the number of treatment areas (1 hour per treatment area). If you are planning multiple treatments, then plan to spend several hours for the treatment. On occasion, some patients have requested an anxiolytic prior to the treatment because the first 10 minutes of the treatment is moderately uncomfortable.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Preparation for Coolsculpting


It is ideal to be close to your goal weight both before and after your Coolsculpting procedure. (Most certainly after)  Though a certain portion of the fat in a given area is treated and there is volume loss and contour change, that can change back if you don't maintain your weight after the procedure.  Weight gain has to go somewhere. Prior to the procedure, if you are trying to minimize any potential bruising, it would helpful to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, aleve, fish oil, vitamin E, ginkgo and alcohol.

Good luck~

Dr. Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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No necessary preparation

There isn't any preparation necessary for having the CoolSculpting procedure, you should just have an inch to a softball size of fat to pinch. The areas that can be treated include; abdomen, flanks, arms, buttock crease, medial thighs, back and male gynecomastia. You have an opportunity to lose about 20-40% in fat reduction of the area that has the procedure.  The best thing to do is to come in for a consultation and be evaluated for the procedure to make sure that you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting.

                                                                                       All the best "Dr Joe" Gryskiewicz

Joe Gryskiewicz, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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