How long do the results from tummy coolsculpting last?

Once a person has achieved desired results, for how long does the results last?

Doctor Answers 18

How long do the results from tummy Coolsculpting last?

CoolSculpting is a permanent solution to eliminating fat cells. Those stubborn fat cells that are removed from the treatment are not replaced by new fat cells. However, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle as the remaining fat cells potentially can expand with weight gain. 

Portland Physician
4.8 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

CoolSculpting Results

After Coolsculpting, the number of cells destroyed and removed from the body remains permanent. However, when you gain weight, your fat cells expand. Gaining weight after Coolsculpting could still mean an increase in the size of the remaining fat cells. I advise that you focus on maintaining your ideal weight following the procedure.

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

How long do the results from coolsculpting last?

Thank you for your question. CoolSculpting permanently destroys fat cells. These fat cells do not come back, however, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle as these fat cells can still expand. Regards,

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 457 reviews

CoolSculpting Results Are Long-Lasting

Thank you for reaching out to this forum. CoolSculpting produces long-lasting results because the fat cells themselves are eliminated and flushed from the body naturally over time. Fat cells removed from the body aren't replaced by new cells. In that sense, the procedure is permanent. It's important to understand, however, that exercising and eating a healthy diet is important to maintaining the results, because significant weight gain will cause the remaining fat cells to expand, diminishing the results.

Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

#CoolSculpting results are permanent

Dear akaurr:

If you have a treatment that eliminates fat cells, those cells will die and not return. When you gain weight, all the fat cells of your body get larger because they need to store more fat, and when you lose weight, they all get smaller. Without any treatment, you have a given number of fat cells at birth, and that number does not change throughout your lifetime (with the exception of someone who is severely obese, in which case the cells can increase in number), but with treatment, the number of cells in the treated area is permanently reduced. Those cells will not be replaced with new cells, and you will reduce the volume of fat in the area you treat. And you will put less fat on in the treated area with weight gain than you would have had you never had the treatment. Relative to the rest of your body, you will always have less fat in the treated area than you did before.

This of course assumes that you have a treatment that allows the cells to enter apoptosis and die. There are treatments out there that only injure the cells or empty them of their fat, but when they recover they will take on fat again, and the fat reduction will only be temporary. #CoolSculpting does kill the fat cells, as does #Kybella.

All the best,
Dr. Clark

Sheryl D. Clark, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

How long do the results from tummy coolsculpting last?

Thank you for your question. In general post Coolsculpting the results are permanent as long as you maintain your weight. It vital to be enrolled in a good fitness program and healthy eating. This will allow you to maintain your results. Good luck.

Himansu Shah, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Tummy coolsculpting results can be permanent under certain conditions.

The fat cells that have been destroyed by the Cryolipolysis process, (Coolsculpting) are gone forever. The result that you see 2-3 months after your tummy treatment depends on what was left in your tummy after the treatment. Coolsculpting or any form of fat reduction does not destroy or remove 100% of the tummy fat cells. The key to maintain the result you get from Coolsculpting depends on your ability to maintain that same level of fat cells that are filled with fluid. The issue is Coolsculpting will destroy fat cells and the result you will see lasts as long as you can maintain your body fat percentage by having a healthy diet and exercise plan. Be sure your board certified Plastic surgeon reviews your present diet and exercise to insure you have the necessary habits to maintain your result.

Laurie A. Casas, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Coolsculpting and Results versus Hi Definiton Liposuction

Results should be permanent but you are only going to see a 20% improvement and if you gain weight it can occur from the other fat cells in that same area.  Liposuction permanently removes cells and contours.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 190 reviews

CoolSculpting Results are Permanent

CoolSculpting results are permanent if you stay the same weight. CoolSculpting freezes fat cells and they are gone forever.

However, if you gain a large amount of weight, the fat cells that are still present can enlarge and you may not see any improvement. We only ask that patients maintain their weight at the time of treatment. 

Shareef Jandali, MD
Fairfield Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

The fat cells destroyed during CoolSculpting treatment are gone forever. You can maintain results forever!

Thank you for asking this question- every patient we see wants to know the answer to this question!

What I tell everyone who chooses CoolSculpting treatment, is that every fat cells we destroy during treatment will be destroyed and gone forever.
When we treat the tummy (or any area) with CoolSculpting, the fat cells are destroyed during the time you’re in the office attached to the applicator. It takes several weeks following treatment for your body to process and eliminate those dead cells. Traditionally, the greatest results are visible around 12-16 weeks after treatment because the body has rid itself of the destroyed cells. And that exciting result is hopefully your motivation for staying true to your healthy diet so you can enjoy the results the longest.

If you should gain weight after treatment, you may not appreciate or notice the great results you achieved initially; however the fat cells we removed during CoolSculpting treatment will still be gone.

I wish you the best of luck with your CoolSculpting treatment and results.
Jenn Harrington, MD

Jennifer Harrington, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

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