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If a Person is Obese, Does Coolsculpting Help with Weight Loss?

Is there a BMI requirement in order to use coolsculpting? Is this primarily used for final shaping after a person has already lost a good deal of weight?

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CoolSculpting not a weight loss treatment

CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment or program.  CoolSculpting treats fatty areas that do not respond to diet and exercies.  A patient can expect to lose 20 - 23% fat in the treated area after one treatment.  This is not a replacement for surgery or a diet.

CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is not indicated for fat reduction in obesity

As there is only 20% reduction of fat in the average CoolSculpting Zeltiq treatment, it would not provide any appreciable improvement in shape or weight reduction.  The CoolSculpting treatment is only indicated for certain areas of the body and wouldn't cause a generalized fat reduction.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting and Weight Loss

Thank you for the question.

No, cool sculpting will not help with weight loss. Similar to liposuction surgery, although less effective,  cool sculpting is meant to treat diet and exercise resistant adipose tissue.

Best wishes.

CoolSculpting is not weight loss

Ideal candidates for the CoolSculpting procedure are men and women close to their ideal weight who find that they have stubborn pockets of fat that don't respond to diet or exercise. If a person is obese, this is not the right treatment for them. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment but rather a tool to sculpt the body to improve areas of stubborn fat.

Steven Gabel, MD, FACS
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting is Not a Weight Loss Treatment

If a person is obese, this is not the right procedure for them. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment but rather a tool to sculpt the body to improve areas of stubborn fat that don't respond to diet or exercise. A good candidate for CoolSculpting is someone who is otherwise very near their healthy goal weight. While this is not a good option for an obese patient, there are several other options available for an obese person both in terms of assisting with weight loss and in terms of body contouring after significant weight loss is achieved. An in-person consultation with a board certified surgeon might be a good place to get started.

Coolsculpting and Weight Loss

Coolsculpting is not a weight loss procedure. It is an effective procedure for nonsurgical fat reduction. To determine if you are a candidate for coolsculpting, consult in person with a board certified physician who provide both surgical and coolsculpting options to determine which option is best for you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Cool Sculpting treatments lead to permanent fat loss but is not for weight loss!



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

CoolSculpting not for weight loss

The ideal candidate for CoolSculpting is someone who has stubborn areas of fat bulges despite working out and eating a healthy diet. Each cycle of CoolSculpting can reduce about 20-25% of the fat cells in an area. CoolSculpting is not meant to be used as a weight loss treatment in obese patients.

CoolSculpting is not a weight loss device

CoolSculpting is a great method of reducing a bulge in a certain area.  It is not a weight loss device.  You still need to diet and exercise.  CoolSculpting is designed just for certain hard to reduce areas that you are trying to reduce in combination with balanced nutrition and exercise.  You will lost 20% of the fat in the given area that you get treated with CoolSculpting and may go down a pant size in your waist.  However, you will not "lose weight" from this treatment.  Please find a dermatologist experienced with this treatment for your procedure for the best results.

Ideal CoolSculpting Candidate

CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese, or a substitute for surgical methods such as liposuction. Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. Your doctor will determine if treatment is right for you during a one-on-one consultation.

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