How long do CoolSculpting results typically last?

I’m reading mixed reviews about how long CoolSculpting results could last. I want to get it on my love handles, but I don’t want to spend the money if it’s not going to give me lasting results.


M, 36, California

Fat cells which are frozen during the CoolSculpting procedure will die and will eventually be removed from the body via the lymphatic system. Because there's a time delay between the procedure itself and the time it takes for your body to excrete the destroyed cells, it can take up to 3 months to see CoolSculpting results.

A single treatment typically removes somewhere around 20% to 25% of the fat cells in the treatment area. Even after multiple treatments there will still be fat cells which remain. These remaining fat cells can expand if your diet changes or if you begin to put on weight.

CoolSculpting is best suited for patients who are already close to their ideal weight, but are having difficulty losing stubborn fat like belly fat or love handles. It's important to maintain a healthy diet and a consistent body weight after CoolSculpting to keep the bulges away and to preserve the body contouring effects. If you exercise regularly and don't put on the pounds, the effects of CoolSculpting can be permanent.

Be sure to visit an experienced board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for best results and best practices.

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CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment to permanently destroy fat cells. Following the procedure, dead fat cells are removed permanently by the body's natural processes. The amount of time it takes to see CoolSculpting results differs from patient to patient. You may see results in as little as two weeks. For other patients, final results may not be visible for up to six months.

Keep in mind that CoolSculpting is not a procedure intended for obese patients. The best candidates for cyrolipolysis are patients who are close to their ideal weight but still have some stubborn bulges where traditional weight loss techniques don't seem to be helping.

If you maintain a healthy lifestyle and maintain a consistent body weight following the procedure, the body contouring effects of CoolSculpting can be permanent. But for patients who put on pounds rapidly at a later date, it's possible that remaining fat deposits will swell -- or that new fat cells will form.

Always consult with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for best results.

The reason you get conflicting answers is that the results can vary from person to person. On a cellular level, the answer is clear: Fat cells destroyed during a CoolSculpting treatment don't come back.The CoolSculpting machine works by safely freezing fat cells at the treatment site. Over the course of multiple treatments, unwanted fat cells are eventually killed off and the dead cells are eventually cleared by the body via natural processes. Dead fat cells can't spring back to life. So from that perspective, CoolSculpting offers long-term body contouring results.

For many patients however, maintaining overall weight is a problem. If you're a "yoyo-dieter" and your overall body weight is inconsistent, you may find that the fat cells which still remain after a CoolSculpting treatment become enlarged during periods of weight gain. If you gain an excessive amount of weight following your procedure, it's possible that new fat cells will grow.

For this reason it's extremely important that patients maintain a healthy lifestyle and a relatively consistent body weight following the CoolSculpting procedure. For patients who maintain a steady body weight, the fat removal results of CoolSculpting can be permanent.

Also, keep in mind that our skin tends to loosen and lose elasticity as we age. While CoolSculpting is an excellent fat reduction procedure, it can't stave off the natural effects of aging like sagging skin.

CoolSculpting is an excellent procedure to reduce fat in areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. Once they are gone, they are gone. As long as you maintain your weight, the results will last.

CoolSculpting results last as long as you maintain your weight, since the fat destruction is permanent (the fat that is dead cannot come back to life).