How long before results with Coolsculpting?
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Coolsculpting can take anywhere from 8 - 12 weeks to see the results. Sometimes, these results are more gradual, thus, you may notice not them as they are occurring. We have patients return 8 weeks after their last treatment and use a 3D camera to show results because we can see the treatment area from every angle and compare before and after. You should schedule a follow up with your physician 8 weeks after treatment to determine the next course of action.
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.
Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM
Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
CoolSculpting technology involves crystallizing fat cells so that they can be naturally filtered from your body for good. Most patients see results after 1-3 months, but it does take the body 3-4 months to completely eliminate the treated fat cells. As CoolSculpting reduces fat in treated areas by 25% incrementally, multiple sessions are sometimes needed for a patient to achieve their personal aesthetic goal. In the next couple months, you should see a gradual reduction in thickness of your upper arms and even more with additional cycles. Consult your board-certified plastic surgeon and CoolSculpting provider regarding any questions or concerns following your procedure. Good luck!
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A: Some people will see results as soon as 3 weeks, but most people will not see the full benefits until 3 months. If more than one treatment cycle is needed, you would need to wait 3 months after that one as well. If you know you will need more than one cycle for the area, retreating at 2 months can help speed things up! Hang in there.