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Is CoolSculpting Effective For Obese People?

Does This Procedure --freezing Fat Cells Work with Obese People? I Have back problems which prevents walking and standing

 

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Coolsculpting and Obese prople

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Coolsculpting is not a weight loss procedure. For optimal results you should be within a reasonable range from your long term stable weight. Some providers will indicate that is within 30 pounds of your target weight while some would indicate 20 pounds. Consult with a board certified physician who offers both surgical and coolsculpting options to determine the best option for you.


West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting Not For Obese Patients

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CoolSculpting is not designed to be a weight loss treatment and its not recommended for patients who are obese. It works best for stubborn areas of fat for people who are somewhat close to their ideal weight and have pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. While CoolSculpting may work for freezing small areas of fat in general, it will not likely treat your back problems. It is best to consult with a physician to address your concerns.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Who is a good candidate for CoolSculpting

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Some people are ideal candidates for CoolSculpting. But, it is not an ideal treatment for everyone.  The following are some reasons that would prohibit a person from experiencing CoolSculpting in my ofice

) Pregnant, breast feeding or trying to become pregnant
2) Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or currently suffering from any other auto-immune disorder that causes excessive pain, weakness or discomfort
3) Hernia or history of hernia in the area to be treated
4) A BMI of 34 or more (Bodybuilders or individuals with extremely muscular physiques could possibly be an exception
5) Any person currently suffering from chronic pain
6) Any person who has had body contouring surgery within the last 12 months without written consent from your physician
7) Any person who has a health condition or injury that prevents them from walking 1 mile each day
8) Individuals with a history of anorexia or bulimia in the last twelve months
9) Any person under the age of 19
10) Individuals with lymphedema or other conditions effecting the lymphatic system

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

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Zeltiq CoolSculpting is not indicated for obesity, just localized fat deposits

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The fat that is stored in the abdomen, behind the muscle wall, is not treatable by Zeltiq's CoolSculpting, nor liposuction. If fat has accumulated in a generalized distribution around the waist, stomach, flanks, arms, thighs, etc, and there are no focal areas that can be isolated, then Zeltiq would not work well and it would be extremely costly to treat such a surface area.  It is unfortunate with many patients who are afflicted with chronic pain and disabilities, that they are no longer able to exercise as they used to.  If swimming is possible, it may help provide some exericse while making the body buoyant and there is less pressure on certain body parts. Regardless of exercise, if you're obese, then you should see a nutritionist to help you severely cut your calories each day that you consume, but ensure that you are eating the right types of calories and nutrition. The weight you lose may help lessen the back pain too. Best Wishes.

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The Ideal CoolSculpting Candidate

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For someone considering CoolSculpting, you should be in good health in fairly normal weight, and simply have areas of fat that have proven hard to get rid of. Many CoolSculpting patients find that their results have given them incentive to begin new habits with diet and exercise that have resulted in further weight loss and enhanced self esteem.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
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CoolSculpting not suggested for obese patients

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Hello,  CoolSculpting is ideal for patients that have diet and exercise resistant fat - a few inches.  However, CoolSculpting will freeze off fat cells the same either a slim patient or heavier.  I hope this helps.  Dr. G

Mitchell F. Grasseschi, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting and overweight persons

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Coolsculpting is for fit individuals whom have that stubborn area which is not reactive to excercise and dieting.  It is not intended for overweight or obese individuals.

Ariel Ostad, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Is CoolSculpting for Obese patients

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CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment.  It is a body sculpting treatment for exercise or diet resistant bulges. The ideal candidate is the one who is close (within 10-15 pounds) of their ideal weight. 

Ted Brezel, MD
Long Island Dermatologist
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Cool sculpting if Overweight?

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Thank you for the question.

No, I would not recommend cool sculpting to treat patients who are overweight. As with any “body contouring” procedure,  surgical or nonsurgical, it is best to have these procedures done when patients have achieved a long-term stable weight.  Cool sculpting, like liposuction surgery, is indicated for patients with diet and exercise resistant adipose tissue (with acceptable overlying skin elasticity attributes).

Generally speaking, patients who are overweight are better off seeking consultation with  medical practitioners expert in weight loss, personal trainers, nutritionists etc.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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