Ask a doctor

Fat Freezing before hip surgery: does it intefere with the recovery process?

I had fat freezing done on my abdomen and love handles recently. I have to go for a hip replacement in August and was told that you can't have fat freezing done 3 months prior or after surgery as it interferes with the recovery process. Can you please give me more details? Nobody can give me an answer.

Doctor Answers (3)

Coolsculpting and Hip Surgery

+1
I would have the hip surgery performed first, and let that surgeon guide you on when he or she feels that you are ready to have the coolsculpting.


West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Fat freezing in the area of surgery

+1
To my knowledge, there are no specific studies on this topic.  Having said that, fat freezing has real effects on the fatty tissue under the skin.  Therefore, given that it's an elective procedure and not an emergency, it would be a good idea not to freeze fat in the location that another operation needs to be done.  Since cryolipolysis (fat freezing) takes about 3 months to complete, it's makes sense not to have it for the 3 months BEFORE your surgery.  Also, since most surgical areas take 3 months to heal completely, it's a good idea not to have fat freezing within the 3 months AFTER surgery.

Reza Momeni, MD
Summit Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Fat Freezing and Recovery

+1
I have had many patients who have had Coolsculpting and then have had other procedures done.  There is no down time and only perhaps some minimal bruising or soreness from the procedure.  I would consult with your orthopedic surgeon as to how many months after your surgery you can have Coolsculpting performed.  Coolsculpting is a great non-invasive procedure with excellent results.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.