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How Long Does the Coolsculpting Procedure Last and How Many Treatments Are Needed?

How Long Does the Coolsculpting Procedure Last and How Many Treatments Are Needed?

If you have unwelcome pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise, you can trim them away with Coolsculpting. The procedure is FDA cleared, and proven to help people who want to slim down their figure in selected areas. But how long does the Coolsculpting procedure last, and how many treatments are needed.


Coolsculpting is a non-surgical body contouring technique that reduces fat through the use of technology known as Cryolipolysis. Cryolipolysis is essentially a process that freezes fat cells for fat reduction, without damaging other tissue. The technology was developed by dermatologists at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Controlled cooling is used to target and crystallize fat cells in specific areas of the body.  The fat cells that are frozen quickly shrink and die out in the following weeks and months, before being eventually eliminated by the body. After treatment there is an overall decrease in the fat layer, and this creates a measurable reduction in fat bulges in the targeted areas.

Since the body needs time to break down the fat, the results from Coolsculpting are not immediate, but can be seen in about 4 weeks. Full results can take up to 4 months.

There is zero downtime with Coolsculpting, so it’s possible to resume normal activities immediately afterwards. Most importantly, there are none of the risks associated with surgery. There may be some redness, firmness, tingling, bruising, or pain after treatment, but these symptoms are temporary, and usually resolve completely. Side-effects are rare.

How Long Does the Coolsculpting Procedure Last?

It typically takes about 1 hour to treat one area with the Coolsculpting machine. However, the duration of the procedure will vary based on the number of areas being treated. For example, if you are treating love handles, each side is considered a treatment area; therefore the procedure would take about 2 hours.

Some medical facilities are equipped with multiple Coolsculpting devices, and this makes it possible to treat several areas in a single session. As a result, clients can experience significant time saving by choosing a facility that has two or more machines.

How Many Coolsculpting Treatments do you Need?

The number of treatments required will depend on your specific aesthetic goals, and the type of outcome you desire. Most people experience a 20-25% reduction in fat after a single Coolsculpting treatment. If you want to achieve a greater level of fat reduction, another session may be required.  It is best to wait a few months for the final results to show, before scheduling any additional sessions with your doctor.

What to Expect

Clients should have reasonable expectations about Coolsculpting, because not everyone is going to end up with a bikini body after treatment.  However, you are sure to fit into some clothes a lot better than you did before. The results of Coolsculpting will last a long time, as the fat cells that are destroyed are gone for good.

Coolsculpting gives subtle, natural looking results. Many people are so happy with the results after Coolsculpting that they opt for a healthy lifestyle, to keep their new body in tip top shape. If there is significant weight gain, the fat cells that remain will grow, but the weight will be less noticeable in the areas treated.

What Areas can be Treated?

Coolsculpting works best on areas such as the upper and lower abdomen, love handles, back fat, upper arms, and the male chest.

Is it Painful?

Most clients report feeling intense cold at the start of the procedure, but this quickly eases as treatment progresses. After that the procedure becomes very comfortable.

Who is a Good Candidate?

The best candidates are individuals close to their ideal body weight, who still have some annoying fat bulges that they can’t seem to shake. It is most suitable for people with mild to moderate pockets of fat.

If you are ready to get rid of that stubborn fat and lose inches without surgery, Coolsculpting may be the right procedure for you. Clients in Guilford, Connecticut can contact Robert Langdon, MD, at the Langdon Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. Call 844-551-9880 to find out more.

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3 thoughts on “How Long Does the Coolsculpting Procedure Last and How Many Treatments Are Needed?

  • Hi Jennifer,

    For specific questions such as this, I would recommend consulting a plastic surgeon in your area. You can find a doctor here:

    Thanks for your comment!


    Hi, I’m Jennifer and I was wondering if Cool Sculpting works on areas over the ribs behind the breast area, 1-11/2 in. below the arm pit? Also, Could you give me an idea how much that would cost for both sides?Thanks for your time,Jennifer


    Thanks for pointing out that most people experience a 20-25% reduction in fat after a single coolsculpting treatment. Coolsculpting is something my wife an I have been talking about, and I think it will be something we do. I find it interesting that after the initial cold at the start of the procedure, it becomes very comfortable. 

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