Do I need to be at my goal weight before having cool sculpting done?

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At or Near Goal Weight is Best

es, the best candidates for a CoolSculpting — meaning patients who will benefit the most — are close to their goal weight. That's because CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment. Rather, as its name suggests, the procedure creates smoother contours by targeting localized pockets of fat in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, or flanks. Consult with a board-certified specialist to discuss your specific aesthetic concerns and determine if CoolSculpting is right for you.

Tucson Dermatologist
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You don’t have to be at your goal weight for CoolSculpting®.

While you don’t have to be at your exact goal weight to have CoolSculpting®, you’ll experience much more noticeable results if you are. CoolSculpting® is not a substitute for weight loss, but rather a non-surgical body contouring method to reduce problem fat that diet and exercise haven't helped. People who are close to or at their target weight often use CoolSculpting® to put the finishing touches on their figure and enjoy a significant improvement in the treated area(s). Given that CoolSculpting® is an investment of your time and money, you’ll likely get the most out of it when you’re close to your goal weight.

David L. Kaufman, MD
Folsom Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

Goal Weight Before Coolsculpting Treatment

You will have better results of Coolsculpting if you are within 15-20 pounds of your goal weight. Please discuss your concerns with your physician. 

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

CoolSculpting Candidate

It is suggested to be near your goal weight to have the best results with CoolSculpting.  There is no restriction of getting CoolSculpting if you are farther away from your goal weight, it just may cost a lot more since you may need multiple treatments to try to reach your ideal body goals.  

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


Thank you for your question. You do not need to be near your goal weight to have coolsculpting. If you were close to your goal weight Coolsculpting would likely enhance your physique more than if you were further away. Hope that helps. Good luck. 

Arun Rao, MD
Tucson Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Losing Weight Before CoolSculpting

Thank you very much for your question. Although you do not need to be at be at your goal weight before having CoolSculpting, keep in mind, the technique is only designed to address isolated areas of fat. The procedure cannot substitute for weight loss. To ensure you get the most out of your CoolSculpting treatment, you should be at a stable weight that is close to your goal, and looking to eliminate stubborn, solitary fatty deposits. My recommendation is that that you schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon, experienced in body sculpting procedures. He/she can perform an in-person examination and review your medical history, creating a body sculpting treatment plan that suits your individual needs.

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Goal weight and CoolSculpting

Most of my patients have better outcomes with CoolSculpting if they are within around 20 pounds of their goal weight.  It is important to discuss expectations of treatment prior to proceeding with CoolSclulpting to make sure you are happy with the outcomes.  

Jill C. Fichtel, MD
Columbus Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews


It is best to be near goal weight... around 15 pounds to goal is best.  I have found that Coolsculpting can help on your way to your weight loss goal because the changes you will see will make you feel like the sacrifices are worth it and you will keep going.

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

Coolsculpting/Sculpsure/Liposuction/Body Contouring/ High Definition Procedures

I appreciate your question.

Coolsculpting will remove cells in that treatment area.This does not correlate with weight loss but does give you a localized improvement. 
If you want a larger improvement, surgery such as liposuction will do this and shape larger areas.
The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz

Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Goal Weight for Cool Sculpting

Cool Sculpting can treat the fat that we can pinch and pull. Ideally you want to be close to your ideal weight because I would assume you want the best results for the least investment. Remember it takes an area down on average of 22% so the added volume will translate in to more treatments. So, an in person consultation would be best at a reputable location you trust to assess the areas you want improvement. Everyone's problem areas are different but in short, closer to healthy weight is best but not essential. Hope that helps. 

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

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