Before deciding if CoolSculpting® non-surgical body contouring could be right for you, you probably want to know what kinds of results you can expect, how long those results will last and how many treatments you’ll need to get those results.
Take a look at the answers to these common CoolSculpting questions to help you decide if non-surgical body contouring could be a good fit for your needs.
How Long Do CoolSculpting Results Last?
You can enjoy long-lasting CoolSculpting results when paired with healthy eating and exercise habits.
CoolSculpting results can be very long-lasting, as the process of cryolipolysis — or fat freezing — eliminates targeted fat cells for good.
However, the longevity of your results will depend on lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, and stress management. As with liposuction, it is still possible to gain weight in the existing fat cells of the treated area after getting CoolSculpting.
How Many CoolSculpting Treatments Do You Need?
Many people see excellent results after a single CoolSculpting treatment per area, although two or three treatments may be ideal in some cases.
Generally speaking, it is recommended to wait 1 to 4 months in between each CoolSculpting session if your provider feels that you could benefit from more than one treatment.
The exact number of CoolSculpting treatments that you will need will depend on several factors, including the size and locations of the areas to be treated and how well your body responds to the initial treatment. At your consultation, your CoolSculpting provider should be able to give you a more accurate estimation of how many treatments you may need.
How Long Does CoolSculpting Take?
On average, CoolSculpting takes 1 to 2 hours to complete, though this time can vary greatly depending on the size of the treatment area and whether or not multiple areas are being treated simultaneously.
If you are thinking about getting CoolSculpting in multiple areas, consider choosing a provider who offers DualSculpting®. Using more than one CoolSculpting device allows multiple areas to be treated at the same time, essentially cutting your treatment time in half.
How Long Is Recovery after CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure, so there is no downtime or recovery period needed after your treatment. While you may experience some tenderness, swelling or bruising in the treated area, these effects are typically mild and shouldn’t keep you from going about your daily routine.
How Soon Will You See CoolSculpting Results?
You may start to notice an improvement in the contours of your body within 3 to 4 weeks after your CoolSculpting procedure. However, it can take 10 to 12 weeks for your final CoolSculpting results to develop after completing your full round of treatment sessions. You should notice a gradual development of your results over this timeframe.
If you think you may need additional CoolSculpting treatment, wait at least 30 days to see how your initial results are developing.
Ultimately, everyone’s CoolSculpting timeline will look a little different, so work closely with your provider to develop a customized treatment plan that works best for you.
Dr. David Kaufman earned a bachelor of science degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating with distinction, the highest academic honor. As an active duty naval special warfare officer, he served our nation for four years, including duty in Operation Desert Storm. He then attended Harvard Medical School, receiving his medical doctor degree in 1996. From there, he entered and completed postdoctoral surgical training in a combined general and plastic surgery residency at Stanford University Medical Center.
A board-certified plastic surgeon and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Kaufman’s diverse surgical experience and skill enables him to choose procedures and techniques to best suit each patient. Consider him and his practice, Kaufman Plastic Surgery, if you are looking for a plastic surgeon in the Sacramento area.