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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 provider qualifications

I was the first plastic surgeon in the Houston area to bring on Coolsculpting. I would say with any device, there is a learning curve. Both in terms of knowing what the limitations of the device is, and gaining experience if this is something that can be delegated within a physician practice.
I have found in my own practice that when I delegated completely, the results were more inconsistent. Today I am involved in every consult and draw out the treatment plan for every patient prior to their treatment. I still do many of the treatments myself depending on my schedule, but I do have a team that supports me.
I would be weary of going to place where you don't see a physician or where the surgeon is not an expert in body contouring.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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5061 FM 2920
Spring, TX 77388

Cool Sculpting

The devices are sold top medical practices.

Body reshaping can be performed with a cannula that removes fat via liposuction or with noninvasive technology like Cool Sculpting. With Cool Sculpting there is no cannula inserted into your body. All treatments are performed on the surface from the outside in using technology that freezes the fat. Don’t hesitate to give us a call in Austin regarding a Body Reshaping Consult at the Upper Room. On our Facebook Page there is an Interview I recently did with KVUE, a local news station in Austin, that was picked by affiliates around the United States, including Miami. During the Interview we discussed the technology of Cool Sculpting as well as it application process.

The discomfort from treatment does resolve. Taking over the counter tylenol or naproxen resolves this in the majority of cases. If you have swelling that is persistent then a waist binder is helpful.

Robert Whitfield, MD, FACS
Austin Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

1510 W. 34th Street
Austin, TX 78703

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. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

10941 Raven Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27614

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 115 reviews

5410 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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 Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

317 East 34th St
New York, NY 10016

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
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,052 reviews

8851 Center Drive
San Diego, CA 91942

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.



Dr. Liu

Grace Liu, MD
Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

3991 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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