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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.  Coolsculpting was designed for "problem areas" in patients who diet and exercise and are at a good personal weight.

New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

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.

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Omaha Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

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.

Miami Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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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Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

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. 

Irvine Dermatologic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting Does Not Remove Cellulite


                  Coolsculpting represents a significant advance in the treatment of problem fat collections. The technique has been clinically proven and has FDA approval.

                  Despite this success, the procedure has limitations including an inability to remove cellulite.  Contrary to popular belief, cellulite is not a material but a structural abnormality that results from fibrous bands beneath the skin that cause dimpling of the skin. Coolsculpting has no impact on these fibrous septae and for this reason has no effect on cellulite.

                  At this point in time, there‚Äôs no effective treatment for cellulite. This is more than made up for, by the large number of gimmicks that are currently being promoted. 

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

CoolSculpting not designed to treat Cellulite


Unfortunately, CoolSculpting is not effective at treating cellulite. It is a great treatment for fat reduction. CoolSculpt works to selectively freeze fat cells and program cell death. The fat cells then are eliminated from your body over the next few months. Cellulite is something that is very difficult to treat because it is caused by fibrous connective tissue in between the fat layers that manifests as dimpling on the surface of the skin.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

CoolSculpting & Cellulite


CoolSculpting is an effective technique for reducing isolated fat deposits. Patients should plan on two and possibly three treatments in order to achieve satisfactory results. Although there are reported cases of skin tightening, the procedure itself is designed only for fat reduction. Some of the irregularities associated with cellulite may or may not be improved. If you are considering CoolSculpting, your goal should be reduction of isolated fat deposits. You should not expect smoothing out of the usual surface irregularities associated with cellulite.

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

CoolSculpiting -Not Effective for Cellulite Reduction


Thank you for your question.  Even very thin women can be bothered by cellulite. It can be caused by several factors; genetics, weight loss or gain, thickness of the skin, and vertical fibrous bands that allow the fat to push upward and become visible on the surface of the skin. CoolSculpting is great for reducing isolated areas of fat for those who are in great shape, as it sounds like you are, but it won't effect the cellulite. Cellulaze is the best long-term solution for reducing cellulite.  All other treatments are temporary and need to be repeated to remain effective.  Cellulaze breaks up those fibrous bands that push the fat up, helps thicken the skin and is able to help smooth the surface of the skin.  I hope this helps.


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Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

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