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How Long Do Coolsculpting® Results Last?

Have you been eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly but still have a few areas of stubborn fat that won’t go away?  CoolSculpting is a great solution for reducing these problem areas.  CoolSculpting is a fat-freezing procedure that can trim away excess fat without surgery or downtime.  But how long do the results last?

Is CoolSculpting Right For You?

If you are considering CoolSculpting, it’s vital to have realistic expectations of the procedure.  CoolSculpting is not a weight loss tool but is designed to target localized fat deposits.  It is the ideal treatment for individuals who are at or near their goal weight but are bothered by stubborn fat in selected areas.  

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure that targets unwanted fat using proven science known as cryolipolysis.  

Cryolipolysis is a system that uses freezing temperatures to break down and destroy fat cells.  During CoolSculpting, the cold temperatures selectively target fat cells without harming surrounding skin, nerves, or tissue.  CoolSculpting reduces subcutaneous fat, which is fat just below the skin. 

Areas that are FDA approved for CoolSculpting include the abdomen, flanks, bra fat, back fat, below the chin, inner and outer thighs, and beneath the buttocks (banana roll).

If you’re interested in CoolSculpting, it’s best to consult with a board-certified dermatologist for a proper evaluation to determine if it is the right cosmetic treatment for you. 

What Results Can You Expect With CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting reduces the number of fat cells in the treated area by about 20-25%.  However, the results come on gradually in the weeks after treatment because the body takes time to process and remove the fat cells. 

Visible changes can be seen in as little as 3 weeks after CoolSculpting, but optimal results appear after about 2-3 months.  

There is no downtime after CoolSculpting, so patients can go back to their usual routine right away.

How Long Do CoolSculpting Results Last?

CoolSculpting freezes the fat cells in the targeted area.  The frozen fat cells eventually die and are naturally processed and flushed from the body.  This reduces the total number of fat cells in the treated area, resulting in a more contoured physique.  

The results of CoolSculpting are long-lasting because the fat cells that are treated are gone forever. However, patients are encouraged to follow a healthy diet to maintain the results.  

Patients who keep their weight in check and adopt healthy habits after undergoing CoolSculpting are generally able to enjoy their results for many years.  Doctors also recommend follow-up treatments as needed. 

What Happens If You Gain Weight After CoolSculpting?

If you gain weight after CoolSculpting the remaining fat cells will get bigger.  The weight gain will take place throughout the body, including the treated areas.  However, less fat will accumulate in the areas treated with CoolSculpting since there are fewer fat cells there than previously.   

Most patients are satisfied with the results of their CoolSculpting procedure and are motivated to pursue a healthier, more active lifestyle after treatment.  

How Many CoolSculpting Treatments Do You Need?

Most patients need only one CoolSculpting treatment to achieve their ideal outcome.  Some patients opt to undergo a second treatment, but doctors recommend waiting until the full benefits of the initial procedure are visible.  This usually takes about 3 months. 

CoolSculpting is an effective, low-risk procedure that can provide a long-term solution to the problem of isolated pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise.  

If you are ready to say goodbye to stubborn fat for good and sculpt a new body, CoolSculpting may be the right solution for you. 

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