Is CoolSculpting Permanent?

If you want to remove unwanted deposits of fat from your body permanently, you may be wondering if CoolSculpting is the right body sculpting treatment for you. The treatment is safe and quick without a long recovery time, but are the results permanent? At Kaniff Cosmetic Medical Center in Sacramento, CA, we are here to answer any questions you might have about this non-surgical body sculpting treatment.

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a safe and non-invasive body sculpting treatment for eliminating unwanted fat. The treatment was developed by Allergan and uses the process of Cryolipolysis to freeze fat cells. Body sculpting with this device does not harm the tissue or skin, as only the fat cells are targeted. Patients will not require anesthetic, and there is no downtime after the treatment. The treatment picks up where diet and exercise leave off to remove those last stubborn pockets of fat.

What to Expect From Treatment

Patients should expect a consultation with Dr. Thomas Kaniff to ensure that this treatment is the best option for them. The treatment can begin after it is determined that CoolSculpting is the right choice. Dr. Kaniff will use a handheld device that applies suction to the skin and freezes the fat cells. A single session takes less than an hour to perform, and patients will feel no pain during the treatment.

After the treatment session is over, patients can return to their normal routine without downtime. Results will not be immediate, but patients will see improvements in the weeks and months following the session. The body naturally removes the destroyed fat cells and expels it as waste. Patients will not notice the process as it occurs and will only see the results, which develop in a very natural way.

Are the Results Permanent?

The fat cells eliminated with body sculpting are removed from the body permanently, but the treatment does not result in permanent fat loss from the entire body. A majority of the fat cells are eliminated from the treated area of the body, so patients will not likely see fat growth in the treated area. Other parts of the body can still become fat if patients do not continue to practice healthy habits. Patients typically never need a touch-up or maintenance treatment.

Long-Lasting Treatment Results

Body sculpting results can be prolonged with proper diet and exercise. Fat cells can grow in untreated areas of the body, so it helps to keep fat from growing. It tends to be easier for patients to keep fat off after the treatment because there are fewer fat cells and the treatment results in a confidence boost that motivates many patients to stay in shape. Patients are less self-conscious about going to the gym after the treatment. It is not necessary to go through intense dieting and exercise, but eating light and getting moderate exercise will help patients’ results last longer.

When Will I See Results?

Patients will not likely see immediate results after the treatment. Body sculpting results will be most noticeable between one and three months. The fat cells are destroyed during the treatment, but the body needs time to remove the cells from the body naturally. Patients will see improvement after three months, and the final results of the treatment after as many as six months.

Natural Results

One advantage of the treatment over other body sculpting methods is that the treatment results appear over several months rather than immediately. This helps the treatment results appear to be natural. Patients will find that only family and close friends who know they went through treatment will know that the results are not due to natural weight loss. Most people will think patients have just had success with their diet and exercise.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Body sculpting can be completed in as little as one treatment session. During the consultation, patients will get a better idea of how many sessions they might need to achieve their results. Each session can remove up to 25% of fat cells from the treated area, and most patients finish treatment in only two sessions. Patients needing more than one session should return in one to two months for their follow-up treatment. During clinical studies of the treatment, 84% of patients saw noticeable improvement within four months after only one treatment session.

Each session will take approximately 35 minutes to complete, with longer sessions for multiple parts of the body. Patients can relax during the treatment session and read a book or browse the web on a mobile device.

What Do I Need to Do Before Treatment?

Before the treatment, patients do not need to commit to many changes, and the treatment device will do most of the work. Patients should be close to their ideal weight before treatment, and any fat that can be lost naturally will only make the treatment results that much better. Losing weight before seeking treatment can also result in fewer sessions to reach a goal.

Can the Treatment Be Used for Weight Loss?

Body sculpting is ideal for fat loss but not weight loss. Fat weighs less than muscle and other components that make up a person’s total body weight. Eliminating fat does not result in a great loss of weight. Body sculpting is also not a treatment for obesity. Patients who want to lose stubborn deposits of fat from their body will benefit most from the treatment. The treatment can result in inches lost from a patient’s waist and a better self-image, but it is unlikely that the patient’s weight will change dramatically. A patient should be close to their ideal weight before they seek body sculpting treatment.

What Happens If I Gain Weight After Treatment?

After a body sculpting treatment is complete, a patient may still gain weight and fat, but it will not show as much. The patient will not become fat in the treated area, because there are few fat cells left behind. Patients who experience weight gain will spoil the results of the treatment, so it is best to avoid gaining weight by living a healthy lifestyle.

Pregnancy after treatment can also result in a loss of results. It is safe to become pregnant after the treatment, but the results will be lost due to the weight gain associated with pregnancy. Patients should wait until they no longer plan to have children to undergo treatment for long-lasting results.

Areas to Treat

CoolSculpting is FDA cleared for the safe elimination of fat from nine areas of the body. Body sculpting helps patients remove fat that is difficult to eliminate through diet and exercise. The treatment can eliminate fat from common areas where stubborn fat tends to build up like the flanks or “love handles”.

Body sculpting is a solution for removing unwanted fat from the abdomen, back, and bra strap area. It can also be used to treat the upper arms and the inner and outer thighs. The “banana roll” that forms under the buttocks can be treated, and it is safe enough to treat “double chin” or submental fat along the jawline. Patients can expect their clothing to fit looser and may even go down a dress or pants size. One treatment session can remove between 20% and 25% of fat from a target area.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate?

An ideal body sculpting patient can be any age, gender, and skin tone. Patients who are healthy and close to their ideal weight can safely enjoy the treatment. The treatment can be a good alternative for patients who want to avoid surgery and patients who have a busy schedule because treatment can be completed during a lunch break and the patient can immediately return to work. Patients can resume their normal routine immediately after treatment with very few changes.

Who May Not Benefit From Treatment?

Dr. Kaniff will ensure that it is safe to proceed with the treatment during the consultation, but some patients are not recommended to go through with this treatment. Patients who have a condition that causes sensitivity to cold, like cold agglutinin disease or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, should not undergo treatment. The treatment is also not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing. Patients should talk to Dr. Kaniff about any recent surgeries, hernias, or allergies that might interfere in safe treatment.

How Does It Compare to Other Types of Body Sculpting?


Liposuction is a body sculpting procedure that requires surgery. Some patients may be reluctant to choose liposuction to eliminate fat because of the downtime and recovery needed. The procedure takes approximately three hours to complete and will require an overnight stay for recovery. CoolSculpting requires no downtime and recovery. The treatment session takes only 35 minutes to complete, and for patients looking to lose a small amount of fat, the results are comparable. The loss of fat also appears more natural as the fat leaves the body gradually.


Kybella can provide comparable results but is generally only used to treat submental fat that causes “double chin.” The treatment uses an injection of deoxycholic acid to metabolize unwanted fat. Kybella is quickly performed but requires several sessions for results that last several years. CoolSculpting provides much longer-lasting results in one or two treatment sessions.

How Safe Is the Treatment?

CoolSculpting is FDA cleared and involves no invasive surgery, liposuction, or anesthetic. The treatment is completed in our Sacramento cosmetic center and requires no overnight stay or additional care. Patients can enjoy a pain-free treatment and minimal recovery.

Inexpensive and Effective Body Sculpting

Body sculpting can range in price depending on the location where it is being performed and the number of sessions required. The treatment is less expensive than surgery or liposuction and requires no time off of work. It can also be less expensive than other body sculpting treatments that require numerous sessions and touch-up treatments.

Contact Kaniff Cosmetic Medical Center for more information on our rates. The treatment may not be covered by most health insurance providers because it is a voluntary cosmetic treatment. Patients can find out what is covered under their insurance benefits by contacting their health insurance provider.

Ready for Your Permanent Body Transformation?

Body sculpting may not be permanent for everyone, but it can be a long-lasting solution for body fat elimination for those willing to commit to a healthy lifestyle. If you are ready to experience a body transformation, visit Kaniff Cosmetic Medical Center in Sacramento, CA for an initial consultation and see if this treatment is the right solution for you. We offer a variety of cosmetic solutions for patients looking for surgical and non-surgical treatments.

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