Nov | 2015
posted in Body Contouring, Coolsculpting by Dan Voltz

Summary: CoolSculpting is one of those procedures that is up and coming. It’s still a pretty novel procedure, so patients aren’t always sure how to plan for it. When should you get CoolSculpting if you want to be beach-ready for example? While this is a non-invasive procedure, it can take some time for the optimal results to become apparent.

Freezing the Fat Away

When it comes to non surgical methods of body contouring, CoolSculpting is one of the most popular ways to get the job done. And it’s popular for a reason. When you think about what is involved with a typical liposuction procedure—surgery, recovery, waiting, pain, and so on—it’s easy to see the appeal of a procedure that bypasses all of that even if the results aren’t quite as dramatic. CoolSculpting can make your fat, basically, disappear, and the procedure is both noninvasive and minimally painful.

This leads many to assume that summer is the best time to get CoolSculpting. The thinking goes like this: I want to be ready for the beach, and I go to the beach in the summer. Also, it’s kind of like drinking a cold beverage. When you see a procedure with the word “cool” in it, the logic seems to imply that the best time to do that procedure would be when the weather is in an opposite state—that is, hot. And, of course, summer is hot. However, it turns out that the peak of summer may not be the best time to get your CoolSculpting procedure.

Deciding When Should You Get CoolSculpting

Choosing the ideal time to get CoolSculpting is, first and foremost, a largely personal decision. It depends on your schedule, your desired results, how many sessions it may require to get those results and so on. It also depends on when the clinic can fit you in, to a lesser degree. But the other thing you’ll want to keep in mind is that CoolSculpting does not yield instant results. Indeed, you will have to wait several weeks for optimal results to show themselves. And, in some cases, it may be longer than weeks. It may be a couple of months before you see the best results possible. This means that if you want to be bikini ready for summer, you should start a little sooner.

In fact, winter is often the ideal time to get your CoolSculpting done. We promise, it’s not like eating an ice cream cone in the freezer. Although, yes, you may want to bring a blanket to your procedure (no matter what season you’re getting it in). But having your procedure performing in winter is a good thing, as it gives your body time to start showcasing the results of your CoolSculpting procedure. This means you’ll be bikini ready at the same time the beach is.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

CoolSculpting is a relatively novel cosmetic surgery procedure, so it’s definitely worth explaining the basics behind it. This procedure takes advantage of the fact that your skin is much more resistant to cold than fat is. In fact, fat doesn’t really handle cold very well at all. The CoolSculpting procedure involves using a hand unit that combines suction and cold—the suction pulls the fat closer to the skin and the cold effectively neutralizes the fat, causing it to break down. This break down doesn’t show instantly, of course—it takes a while to manifest in the shape of your body.

That helps explain the lag time between your CoolSculpting procedure and your results. According to the website of the New York CoolSculpting experts at the New York Cosmetic , Skin, and Laser Surgery Center, it may also take several CoolSculpting sessions in order to get the results you want. That said, this is an exceptionally popular procedure, due to the fact that patients will often get excellent results without any need for surgery. Additionally, the cold that is vital to the procedure also effectively numbs the treated and effected areas.

Start Planning Your Results Today

Just as liposuction can be used on many parts of the body, so too can CoolSculpting be used in just about any area that has a concentrated deposit of fat. This makes CoolSculpting great for slimming the waist, grappling with gynecomastia, or just giving yourself a more slender, more youthful appearance overall. How and when you show off those results are, of course, completely up to you. But planning ahead to help ensure that the results are ready when you want them to be ready can help you feel more confident about the results.

If you’re thinking about your own CoolSculpting procedure, talk to your cosmetic surgeon to see if the procedure is a good fit for your desired needs. Then you can get started on your transformation.

4 responses to “When Should You Get CoolSculpting?”

  1. nick says:

    I’m curious to know if there has been any other liposuction alternatives that would be similar to CoolSculpting and if so what are they and how much does it cots?

    • Dan Voltz says:

      There are some alternatives to liposuction, but none of them are quite as powerful or versatile as CoolSculpting is right now. However, one of the most intriguing developments in non surgical fat mitigation is an injectable called Kybella. Kybella injections can actually eliminate some submental fat–that is, it can help diminish a double chin.
      The costs of CoolSculpting or Kybella can vary from practice to practice, but one thing’s for certain–these costs are a fraction of the costs of liposuction. Not to say that liposuction is unwarranted–just something to keep in mind.

  2. Susan says:

    I had a tummy tuck in the last 2 years and it was a wonderful experience but I wonder about these new non-surgical procedures to help maintain my figure. Of course I continue to “try” and keep my diet healthy and exercise as much as possible but would it make sense to use CoolSculpting or Kaybella even after a tummy tuck? I’m hoping Dr. Rokshar might give me some input.

  3. Dr. Rokhsar says:

    There are numerous non surgical fat reduction procedures that are available. Coolsculpting works be freezing the fat and injuring the fat cells. Some of the injured fat cells get absorbed by the body. Liposonix works by injuring the fat cells through ultrasound damage. Again some of the injured fat cells get cleared by the body. These are all meant for patients who have pockets of fat and is not meant for weight loss. These are all nice options to maintain your problem areas or to tweak them. Kybella is a very new exciting procedure that gives great results after a few tiny injections. Currently, the are we use it for is only submental fat or neck fat. this is purely due to cost considerations as the drug is somewhat costly. Hope this helps….Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

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perfect results

Most patients begin to see optimal results after about 60 days, though those results can last 6 months.


weeks apart

Patients are usually advised to schedule CoolSculpting treatments so they take place at least four weeks apart.


fatty reduction

Most patients are able to achieve a reduction of the fatty layer around 20-25% with each CoolSculpting session.



Cameron Rokhsar, MD

As one of New York's premiere cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Rokhsar is a highly sough after laser and energy treatment specialist. Dr. Rokhsar uses CoolSculpting to help his patients achieve the best possible body contouring results.

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