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Does Coolsculpting Work on Inner Thighs?

I want more sculpted inner thighs as I have fat on the inner thigh but not on the outer thigh

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CoolSculpting on Inner and Outer Thighs


Both inner and outer thighs are very common areas for CoolSculpting.  The depending factor is whether or not there is enough tissue for the applicator to hold on to.  You need to have approx 2 inches of tissue that you can physically grab.   During your consultation, the Doctor you meet with will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate or not.   We have been seeing great, consistant results w/ Zeltiq use on the inner and outer thighs. 


Dr. Grant Stevens


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Coolsculpting for thighs


Coolsculpting will work for thighs however it all depends upon how well the chamber connects to your thighs. There may be a chamber in the future that fits thighs better than what is currently available.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Coolsculpting can be used for inner thighs on some people


The limiting factor is the handpiece attachment.  If it can attach, then Coolsculpting can be used for this area.  Another alternative for helping inner thighs without a lot of downtime is the Body-Jet, Water Assisted Liposuction.  The Body-Jet will remove the fat faster and more aggressively than Coolsculpting.  I've heard thru the grapevine that there is a Coolsculpting handpiece in the works specifically to be used for the thighs, but I don't know if this is true or when it should be coming.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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Coolsculpting on Inner Thighs

The FDA has approved coolsculpting for the inner thighs, and the results can be excellent with proper technique. Patient selection is key. Consult with a board certified physician who can provide both surgical options and coolsculpting to determine the best option for you.

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Coolsculpting works on inner thighs

CoolSculpting does work on the inner thighs. And the machine does have a specific hand piece for this purpose. During your consultation your doctor will be able to evaluate your need and develop a therapeutic plan.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
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Cool Sculpting of the inner thighs

Yes you can treat the inner thighs.  The area has to be prominent enough to fit in the applicator.  For the outer thighs there is a new applicator called the Cool Smooth which treats the saddle bag area or outer thigh.  This requires a two hour treatment but we have two machines at our office in Austin so we can treat both thighs at the same time.

Robert Whitfield, MD, FACS
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Yes it should work if you have enough fat to pinch!

Coolsculpting works great to reduce stubborn fat on inner thighs. In order to determine if you are a good candidate you need to schedule a consultation to assess the area and see how many applicators you will need on each leg. For inner thighs we normally use the CoolFit applicator but some patients might need two applicators on each side depending on the fat distribution. The second applicator will be placed usually toward the back of the inner thigh to give more contour all over. For the best results we always recommend to retreat the same area in a month.

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting on the inner thighs

There is an applicator now that works very well on most patients who are interested in treating the inner thighs. It is called CoolFit, and some practices have purchased it.

You sound as though you may be a very good candidate, especially because you do not have excess fat on the outer thighs. 

I hope you find a practitioner with the CoolFit applicator and have a consultation.

Sheryl D. Clark, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Inner Thigh CoolSculpting


Coolsculpting represents a significant advance in the management of localized fat collections. The success of the procedure depends on a variety of factors. One of the most important factors is the location of the fat collections.

                  In many cases of inner thigh coolsculpting, the results are excellent and patients report high levels of satisfaction. Unfortunately, there are several potential problems with inner thigh coolsculpting.

                  Excess fat in the inner thigh can be difficult to treat because it’s often associated with loose skin. Loose skin can be made worse, when subcutaneous fat is removed with coolsculpting. Under these circumstances, coolsculpting not only removes excess fat, but can accentuate loose saggy upper inner thigh skin as well.

                  In addition, it can be difficult to apply the applicator to the inner thighs in some cases. This can adversely impact the result and lead to treatment failure.

                  Because of these issues, patient selection is extremely important. When patients have loose skin, results are less than optimal and other types of treatment should be considered. It’s important to discuss these issues with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to help you choose the procedure that’s best for you.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
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Inner Thigh Fat Reduction Using CoolSculpting by Zeltiq

Fat deposits in the inner thighs are a very common, especially for women.  Many of my CoolSculpting patients are active, healthy individuals who live a healthy lifestyle but cannot lose that stubborn fat on the upper part of the inner thigh.  Patients such as this are ideal candidates for the CoolSculpting fat reduction treatment.  There is no down time with CoolSculpting so my patients are able to continue their exercise routine after treatment.  We have seen excellent results on the inner thighs after CoolSculpting treatments.  Some patients will need more than one treatment in an area to achieve optimal results.

It is most important to have a personal consultation with a trusted CoolSculpting provider.  The provider will review your medical history, explain the treatment in detail, and assess your body to determine if this is the right treatment for you.  The top CoolSculpting providers are listed on the CoolSculpting website and they may be able to offer special pricing because of their status.  My practice offers Instant Rebates for patients to receive a free CoolSculpting treatment with a treatment paid for.  This can be used for one area or for multiple areas (thighs and love handles.) 

CoolSculpting results are usually seen after three months.  You and your provider may determine that additional treatments on the same area are needed to achieve your desired results.  A customized treatment plan is essential with CoolSculpting, as every body is different. 

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Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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