What Are the Benefits of Coolsculpting Re-treatment at the 4-6 Week Mark?

According to my research, some physicians recommend re-treating an area with Zeltiq 4-6 weeks after the first treatment. My question is: are the benefits of re-treating at the 4-6 week mark more about the speed of the result, or the OVERALL amount of fat lost in the long run? Thank you!

Doctor Answers 11

Advantages Of Coolsculpting

With Coolsculpting, you can reasonably expect:

• No downtime

• Permanent Results

• Treat 1 Areas in 1 Hour

• Very Safe Procedure

• Kills Fat Cells Only

• Best Results Shown at 4-6 Months

Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

The benefits of re-treatment at 4-6 weeks

This is an excellent question.  When the machine first came out the company recommended waiting 4 months to re-treat.  Now, after additional studies, they recommend  re-treating 4 weeks later.  This accomplishes both more fat reduced and in a shorter amount of time.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Retreating in 4-6 weeks

We tell our patients that they can retreat as early as one month if  during the initial consultation more treatments was recommended to reach the patient's goals. Sometimes at the one month follow up, patients are satisfied and so they decide not to do the second treatment.  It is not about speeding up the process but the overall amount in the long run.

Robert G. Aycock, MD, FACS
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Second coolsculpting for fat loss at four to six weeks may provide a better result than waiting four months for a 2nd session

Three years ago we were waiting for a second CoolSculpting in our NYC practice but in the last year, after conversations with my colleagues who also perform CoolSculpting, we started doing the second treatment at the four to six week follow up period. The final results at four to six months after the treatment seems to show that the retreatment at four to six weeks is better than the retreatment at four months.

Our results however are not part of any scientific method of exploring this hypothesis. It is a clinical evaluation of our patients' improvement from having coolSculpting.

The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice.  The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Build on your results by stacking CoolSculpting treatments

You can absolutely do additional treatments.  You can space these a couple of months apart, but you can also do two treatments to the same area in the same session.  The results will be additive.  There is not an increased incidence of unwanted side effects, but the results are more dramatic at the eight-week mark.

Melissa Chiang, MD, FAAD
Houston Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Second Coolsculpting Treatment

Typically we do not perform the second treatment to the same area until two months have passed as this gives us adequate time to assess the majority of result seen by then.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Optimal timing is still being worked on

your question is a good one.  the idea is ultimately to improve the long term result rather than the actual speed of treatment effect.  retreating at the 4-6 week mark can lead to an additive effect of positive tissue injury.  most patients do benefit from more than one treatment.

Eric Chang, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

CoolSculpting Freeze that fat with multiple treatments

Many people will require 2 treatments of CoolSculpting for optimal results. Your technician can help you determine what is best for you during a consultation.

Many people start seeing a change within a few weeks, but it may take as long as 4 months to see a full change. This is why it is not advisable to treat a single area with CoolSculpting more than two times within a 90 day period - there may be too much fat loss in an area that could result in irregular contours. the advantage of having a CoolSculpting treatment at a 4- 6 week mark is simply seeing faster results

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 118 reviews

Benefits of Retreating with CoolSculpting

Thank you for your question regarding secondary treatment with Coolsculpting after 4-6 weeks.  The amount of fat lost during each CoolSculpting is around 20-22% of the fat in the treatment area.  It typically takes about 2-3 months for full results of CoolSculpting to be realized.  I think it makes sense to wait until you see the full results of the initial treatment before deciding on a secondary procedure and decide whether it is worth it to you or not.  It takes some time, depending on the individual, for the body to rid itself of the destroyed fat cells and there isn't anything that is going to speed up that process. That said, you can get subsequent treatments in the same area if more fat reduction is desired, but it will take an additional few months for those fat cells to be eliminated by the body as well.  I hope this helps. 

Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

What are the benefits of Coolsculpting Re-treatment?

Thank you for your question.  I have found that when my patients re-treat the same area with CoolSculpting the overall result significantly improves.  I have also found that when my patients begin or continue their exercise regimen, the results occur faster.  However, the speed of the result varies from patient to patient.  Some of my patients begin to see the results after the first month while most begin to notice the largest difference between the second and third month.  I typically will re-treat the same area after two months.  I want the patient to be able to see the visible results from the first treatment before I begin the re-treatment.  I hope this helps.  Best wishes!

William J. Vinyard, MD, FACS
Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

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