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Coolsculpting Licensing Since It’s Noninvasive. Can Anyone Provide This Service?

Since Zeltic coolsculpting is a non-invasive technology can the equipment only be used under the supervision of a medical doctor/physician/plastic surgeon or can any beautician/beauty treatment facility provide this service by purchasing a machine?

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CoolSculpting Technicians


CoolSculpting devices are sold exclusively to physicians. The CoolSculpting device is FDA approved for the elimination of fat. It is a class II medical device. It does not need to be performed by the physician. Practitioners in a physicians office receive thorough training and will be supervised by a physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. 

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Physicians Should Perform CoolSculpting


Thank you for your question. CoolSculpting should only be performed by a licensed, certified physician. This will ensure the best and safest treatment. 

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

CoolSculpting by Zeltiq may be easy but a doctor should evaluate who is a candidate and what exact location needs to be treated


CoolSculpting feezes fat cells which kills them. The area of lipid abundancy is treated for one hour while our patients watch NetFlix or use their IPADs, kindles, iphones, or listen to music or watch TV. Over four months, the average patient derives 20% reduction of fat volume There can be significant fat volume loss with a few treatments.  The success of this treatment is that it works better than Zerona, and without surgery can provide good results, especially if retreated every two months for 3 treatments compared to more aggressive SmartLipo, Vaser, Ultrasonic and tumescent liposuction.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologist
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Who Can Provide Coolsculpting Treatments?


Thank you for your question.

At this time, Zeltiq Corporation is selling this machine only to licensed physicians who have to undergo a training period for themselves as well as their staff.  There is a certification process and after this is completed, the physician and/or his/her staff can perform this procedure.   This way, they can ensure that the patients have the best possible outcome and follow up after the treatment.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Can anyone buy a Coolsculpting Machine?



Zeltiq, the manufacturers of Coolsculpting, will only sell to physicians who are willing to be compliant with training and monitoring of the treatment.  They recommend all physicians who own a machine to undergo several months of  certification process so that treatments and follow up with patients is consistent and regulated.  The company is to be applauded for its adherence to medical ethics for the benefit of the patients.



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Grace Liu, MD
Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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