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Can Zeltiq Cool Sculpting Be Used for Upper Arm Fat?

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Upper Arms treated with CoolSculpting

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Yes, the upper arms can be treated with Coolsculpting BUT you have to be examined and make sure that you are a good candidate.  Sometimes the arms / inner thighs are difficult to treat due to the current applicators Zeltig depending on how much fat is in the area.  

Remember, best to be seen by a physician and examined to know if you are a good candidate for coolsculpting vs. surgery (depending on your exam and your goals).


San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,054 reviews

8851 Center Drive
San Diego, CA 91942

Zeltiq Coolsculpting on Arms

You can treat arm fat with Zeltiq - however, you have to be wise with patient selection.  The handpieces do not  easily attach to most people's arms.  With the smallest handpiece, you can treat some patients arms. You also don't want to get rid of the fat in the arms if there will be too much laxity in the skin once some of the fat is gone. 


There is a new handpiece that is currently being tested that will be much more adaptable to harder to treat areas such as arms and inner thighs - possibly even the neck. 


Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

4644 Lincoln Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Treating upper arms is on the horizon

Zeltiq is working on applicators to fit snugly around the arm to reduce unwanted arm fat.  The current applicator is designed for other areas and may not work on everyone.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

156 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

Zeltiq not yet effective for arm fat

With the current Zeltiq device adaptors, results are poor with upper arm fat.  It is an area of investigation currently being looked at.  The best adaptors are not yet available.

Patrick McElgunn, MD
Charlotte Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

5815 Blakeney Park Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277

Zeltiq shrinks upper arm fat

Zeltiq works very well for stubborn upper arm fat. Typically, about 20-25% of the fat that gets sucked into the applicator slowly disappears over several weeks to months. If the overlying skin is loose, however, laser liposuction might be a better alternative because it tightens the skin more than zeltiq can. Another alternative is an arm lift (brachioplasty), which gets rid of skin AND fat, but it leaves a scar. Ultimately, a consultation is the best way to know what procedure will best meet your goals in terms of outcome, downtime and cost.

Melissa Chiang, MD, FAAD
Houston Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

5061 FM 2920
Spring, TX 77388

Coolsculpting handpiece coming for upper arm fat

A special handpiece is being developed to treat this area.  However, if you have loose skin then i would suggest another procedure

Pramit Malhotra, MD
Ann Arbor Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

2300 Washtenaw
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Can Zeltiq Cool Sculpting Be Used for Upper Arm Fat?

There are several new CoolSculpting applicators available and more coming — the one for the upper arm is now available.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

2000 Richard Jones Rd.
Nashville, TN 37215

CoolSculpting of the upper arms is now available in some offices

With the new "CoolFit" applicator, cryolipolysis using CoolSculpting of the fat of the upper arms can now be done. This is one of my patients' favorite areas for treatment now. This applicator can also be used for the inner thighs.

Sheryl D. Clark, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

109 E 61st St
New York, NY 10065

Upper arms can be treated with CoolSculpting

Upper arms can definitely be treated with CoolSculpting but they really have to be large enough to fit into the applicator -so very short arms or very thin arms will not work. We have seen great results with CoolSculpting on the right arms!

Elizabeth F. Rostan, MD
Charlotte Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

130 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207

CoolSculpting for upper arm fat

CoolSculpting can occasionally be used on upper arm fat in the right candidate.  Currently CoolSculpting is working on a smaller handpiece that will be effective for more people. When those handpieces are available, Physician's offices with two CoolSculpting units will be able to provide results to both arms in just an hour.

Contact the local CoolSculpting provider of your choice to stay up to date about when the new, smaller handpieces will be available.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

10941 Raven Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27614

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