How much time before CoolSculpting results are noticeable?

Is it typical to notice results right away, or do they take some time? I want CoolSculpting on my stomach and love handles, and it seems like most people are happy with their results, but I’ve read mixed things about how long it takes to actually see them.

Gingeria

F, 35, Utah

Consensus

  • CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, body-contouring procedure.
  • Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting are close to their ideal body weight but seek treatment on stubborn fat deposits which haven't responded to traditional weight loss efforts.
  • In most cases, initial results from the procedure are visible within one month.
  • Final results from the procedure are usually visible within three to four months.
  • Most patients require between one and three procedures for optimal results.
  • Follow-up procedures should be given at a minimum of three month intervals.
  • CoolSculpting has no recovery period, and most patients can resume their daily routine immediately following the procedure.

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We are a certified Coolscupting practice and have found that with the newest CoolSculpting technology, results are usually noticed in about 4 weeks. We have had some patients who see noticeable results after only two weeks, with continued improvement for up to 2-3 months. The newer CoolSculpting technology has made vast improvements. Treatment times are shorter, far less painful, and we feel more effective. Some patients get good result after a single treatment, but we usually recommend two treatments to complete an area. CoolSculpting offers a variety of treatment heads that can successfully debulk the lower abs and lovehandles with great results.

Robert N. Young has 1 CoolSculpting before & after:

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Without an in-person examination, I can't tell you what kind of results you can expect from CoolSculpting. If you are a good candidate for the procedure, initial results should be visible within a month. Final results should be visible within three months.

Keep in mind however, that not everyone is a good candidate for CoolSculpting fat removal. CoolSculpting is intended for patients who are already close to their optimal weight but want to manage visible fat bulges which haven't responded to conventional weight loss techniques.

If your BMI is above 30% you may not be a good candidate for the procedure.

Following the procedure you can resume your normal daily routine right away, but it's normal to have some swelling and redness around the treatment area for a few days. Over the course of the next three to four months you will see the amount of fat gradually melt away in your love handles, upper arms, double chin, or whichever parts of the body received the cryolipolysis treatment.

In most cases we can expect a total fat loss of approximately 30%. We advise our patients to plan on one to three treatment sessions, separated by three to four months.

If you're close to your ideal body weight and interested in CoolSculpting for the treatment of stubborn fat deposits, I encourage you to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon for CoolSculpting treatment. The process is easy, relatively painless, and has no downtime.

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction technology which uses ultra cold temperatures to freeze fat cells.

There is no easy/precise answer for how quickly the cryolipolysis system works in every patient. In most cases full results take up to three or four months to be visible. You may see some initial results during the first month, but the full fat removal results usually take much longer to see.

In most cases, you will be able to resume your normal activities immediately post-treatment. During the weeks and months following the CoolSculpting procedure, you will begin to shed stubborn fat little by little as your body naturally removes the dead fat cells from the treated areas.

Always consult with a board-certified dermatologist for the best CoolSculpting results and clinical practices.

How long it takes to see CoolSculpting results depends on the individual and the specific area that was treated. Generally speaking, patients will see noticeable fat reduction around the treatment area by the fourth week after the CoolSculpting treatment. In some cases, patients may see results in just a week or two -- but that's rare.

A lot of our patients are satisfied with their body contouring after just one treatment, but not always. Keep in mind that CoolSculpting is often more than just a one-time procedure. Because every patient is different, we advise patients to plan for the possibility of additional sessions. Most patients receive between one and three CoolSculpting treatments.

If additional treatments are required we advise a three month waiting period between treatments to allow for the breakdown of fat and for your body's natural removal of dead fat cells from the prior treatment. Between CoolSculpting sessions it's also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to maintain consistent eating habits.

CoolSculpting is an excellent way to remove unwanted fat without the need for invasive weight loss surgery, but it's important to be realistic about one's expectations. In most cases, CoolSculpting will remove approximately 30% of the fat from the treatment area, and the patient may require a series of treatments to achieve optimal results.  

It is also important to note that the patient should be carefully evaluated for liposuction first, as it may be a more reliable - though more invasive - procedure.

At our center we have been using the latest non-invasive form of fat reduction- Sculpsure. This is less painful than Coolsculpt and a session lasts only 25 minutes instead of 50 minutes with Coolsculpt. Results are beginning to be noticed after 6 weeks with maximum result seen after 12 weeks. Usually 2 seesions are needed spaced 6 weeks apart to get significant improvement . 

Hi Gingeria:

You can start to see results with CoolSculpting in as few as three weeks.  It will generally keep improving up to three months when you should have your optimal results.


Dr. Ken Stein