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6 Doctor Answers | Asked by Marietta9255 in Marietta, GA
CoolSculpting works by killing fat cells in grown adults. Once these fat cells are killed off - they are gone permanently in adults because after puberty, we are unable to produce additional fat cells. The fat cells that adults have expand and contract depending on caloric intake and expenditure. In developing children/young teens, the results would not be permanent - they would be able to produce new fat cells because their body is still able to make fat...
Dear Marietta, Before reaching adulthood, your fat cells will continue to undergo the appropriate changes that will fit your body and its needs. As a maturing teen, you need to let nature take its course according to its laws and regulation within a healthy margin. If you were to remove the undesired fat cells at the age of 13, in best case scenario more will grow and will tend to replace the ones you have lost; it is possible that some fat cells would grow replacing...
Adolescents should mature physically prior to having body contouring treatments. There can be exercise and dietary influences that will help reduce fat bulges before CoolSculpting would be entertained. The adolescent's perception of their body image is important to understand prior to peforming such a treatment.
Thank you for your question. This procedure has been tested for adults and therefore, I would not recommend using it on anyone under 18 years old. We need to allow for complete growth and maturation before deciding if this procedure would be appropriate for a patient. Best Wishes!
Hi, I think Dr. Stevens answered the physiology of adolescent fat perfectly. To add another point to this question is that I think that adolescents many times have body images problems and a lot of social pressures to be thin. I think that to perform Coolsculpting on them may not only work but also feeds the self esteem issues with teens. Best, Dr. Liu
I would not recommend Coolsculpting procedures for any patient less than eighteen years of age. It has not been tested on these patients.