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CoolSculpting (Zeltiq) for Cellulite Reduction

Does Zeltique work for mild cellulite reduction? I work out daily, am 5'4" and 110 lbs but still have some cellulite on back of thighs.

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Zeltiq not effecive for cellulite

Even patients who are thin may have cellulite.  Cellulite is caused by fibrous septa between fat lobules.  Zeltiq is not effective for cellulite

Charlotte Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Zeltiq is not designed for cellulite

Zeltiq is designed for discrete areas of fat.  It works very well for the areas that it was intended, primarily the abdomen and flanks.  There is no reliable treatment yet for cellulite reduction except for Thermage. Thermage is highly effective for treating cellulite.  I often combine treatments with coolsculpting - such as cool fit or cool smooth for the legs, followed by Thermage for skin tightening and cellulite a week later.  By doing both procedures close together, within a few months you will see excellent results.  

LPG For Cellulite

Zeltiq does not work for cellulite.  There are other non-surgical options that work quite well for cellulite though.  We use LPG or Endermologie, a non-surgical cellulite reduction method that uses suction and traction to help smooth the skin.  The session lasts 35 minutes and the entire body is treated.  It feels like a deep massage, a mechanical head with 2 rollers is attached to a powerful suction device and a trained technician glides the head over the area to be treated.  Most people need from 5-15 treatments.  Each session costs $90 or package deals can be obtained.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

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CoolSculpting by Zeltiq and Cellulite

CoolSculpting is not a treatment for cellulite. It is best to use one of the cellulite specific devices, like SmoothShapes, which offers two specific laser wavelengths, suction and massage to provide an improvement in the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite does not have a cure, and no device is 100% effective. Devices like the SmoothShapes may offer a nice improvement, but we always advise patients that due to the ongoing hormonal and biologic mechanism for cellulite, future treatments will always be recommended a few times per year in order to maintain the results.

Zeltiq is not a cure for Cellulite

Coolsculpting by Zeltiq is not a cure for Cellulite - there is no definitive procedure out there that permanently gets rid of Cellulite.  Coolsculpting is to reduce stubborn bulges of fat.  Theoretically, if fat is reduced in a particular area - cellulite might be improved.  We have been able to get the small and medium handpieces onto the inner, outer and posterior thighs on many patients who have had great results in regards to volume reduction. 


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Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting not recommended for cellulite

Zeltiq is not indicated for cellulite reduction, but for fat removal. By "lysing," or destroying fat cells, it can contour areas of the body and reduce areas of stubborn fat. Devices like Thermage [Solta] and VelaShape [Syneron] are more highly recommended in treating cellulite. Your habits make you an excellent candidate, so far, though a detailed consultation and history is always needed if you elect to pursue any of these procedures. 

Nissan Pilest, MD
Irvine Dermatologic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting (Zeltiq) for Cellulite Reduction

Thanks for your question. Coolsculpting is not a treatment for cellulite. It is a treatment that is used to reduce stubborn fat. 

Brian C. Reuben, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Coolsculpting and Cellulite

Although not marketed for the treatment of cellulite, we have seen remarkable improvement of cellulite in areas of the body treated with the Coolsculpting device. The cooling temperatures can permeate the fibrous tissues with contain cellulite and cause a smoothing effect. This has not been studied to determine if it is a permanent benefit of Coolsculpting, but it is a perk our patients have been able to enjoy  along with their 20-25% fat reduction which is in fact permanent. 


CoolSculpting is an extremely effective non-surgical treatment to reduce fatty cells/tissue in a concentrated area. Unfortunately it is not indicated to reduce or remove cellulite, however Dr. Sukkar performs a procedure called Cellulaze that reduces the appearance of unwanted Cellulite.

Sam M. Sukkar, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting for treating Cellulite

CoolSculpting is not a treatment for cellulite. CoolSculpting is a permanent solution for reducing specific bulges of fat. We can now treat the saddle bags(outer thigh) with the CoolSmooth applicator. 

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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