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How Long Does CoolSculpting Last?

Kristina Cadwell  
February 14, 2024  

Many healthy, average-weight men and women are turning to cosmetic treatments to further enhance their physique. CoolSculpting is one of the most popular body contouring treatments today because it precisely targets those fat areas that won’t go away with diet and exercise.

People choose CoolSculpting over liposuction and other alternatives because:

  • The procedure is quick.
  • There is no downtime.
  • The destroyed fat cells are permanently eliminated.

Let’s see how long it takes for CoolSculpting to take effect and how long you will enjoy the results of this treatment.

How long does CoolSculpting last?

How Long Does CoolSculpting Take?

One CoolSculpting session may take 35 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the treated area. For example, the area under the chin will take less time than upper or lower back fat.

The CoolSculpting device may treat up to two areas per session. If you want more than two areas treated, you will need more than one session, which adds to the total treatment time.

How Long Does CoolSculpting Take to Work?

The initial results of CoolSculpting will be seen 30-60 days after the procedure.

The number of CoolSculpting treatments needed for one area depends on your desired results and how your body reacts to the treatment. Based on clinical studies and patient reports, the average fat reduction is up to 20% after one CoolSculpting treatment. You need to wait about four to six weeks between treatments.

For further fat reduction in the treated area, you may opt for more treatments.

It takes time for the body to flush out frozen and destroyed fat cells, so you can expect to see the final results up to six months after the last treatment.

How Long Do CoolSculpting Results Last?

The effects of CoolSculpting are permanent. CoolSculpting freezes and kills fat cells in the targeted area, and the body naturally eliminates them as waste. Once the fat cells are gone, they don’t return.

However, CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment. If you overeat, you will gain weight in other parts of the body.  

Note: For a healthy, long-term solution, consider medical weight loss.

Can You Gain Fat Back After CoolSculpting?

Though CoolSculpting permanently destroys targeted fat cells, patients can still accumulate fat in the treated area. Excessive food intake and insufficient physical levels lead to weight gain, which results in the generation of new fat cells and the growth of the remaining fat cells in the treated area.


CoolSculpting is an innovative body contouring technique that helps you lose persistent fat and maintain a lean, sculpted figure. Much of the treatment’s popularity stems from the fact that it is safe, quick, and offers long-lasting results. These perks put CoolSculpting high on the list of beauty enhancement procedures in today’s aesthetic medicine.

If you plan to schedule a CoolSculpting treatment, check out our article on how to prepare for a CoolSculpting session.

To learn more about how CoolSculpting compares with other treatments, read our articles CoolSculpting vs. CoolTone and CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction.

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Kristina Cadwell
PA Kristina Cadwell graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then completed the Physician Assistant program at A.T. Still University graduating with a Masters of Medical Science degree. Kristina has been working in the Aesthetic Medical field for over 10 years. She is certified in neurotoxin cosmetic injection, dermal fillers, Plasma Pen skin tightening, chemical peels, and laser therapy. She is known for producing natural results and has extensive knowledge in diet and exercise allowing her to help you achieve vibrant skin from the inside out.
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