Breast Implants and Coolsculpting Risk?

Does cool sculpting harm breast implants if you do a treatment on the upper stomach area near your breasts? I'm thinking of doing a small area below but near the breasts (top part of rib cage) Will the freezing cause the implants to freeze and potentially weaken and rupture?

Doctor Answers 5

Coolsculpting and Breast Implants

Thank you for your question.

We have performed this treatment on many patients who have breast implants without a problem.  The applicator will not be directly on the breast implant so it shouldn't affect it.

Discuss your concerns with the treating doctor so that they can reassure you.

Best Wishes.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Coolsculptingis safe if you have breast implants

A Coolsculpting applicator can be placed on the upper abdomen if you have breast implants as long as it does not one in contact with the implants.

Laurie A. Casas, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting and breast implants

So as long as the implants are not in contact with or introduced to the applicator, there are no issues. We have performed Coolsculpting on patients with implants without a problem.

Kevin Tehrani, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting and breast implants

No, I don't think that there is any chance of a problem. I perform Coolsculpting. Only a relatively small fold of skin is sucked into the hand piece. it sounds like you are trying to treat the fullness below the breast over your lower ribs. it works well for that area.Simply avoid the breast itself and you should be fine.

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Risk of Breast Implant Rupture with CoolSculpting/Zeltiq

While there are no studies specifically looking at this question, there is a theoretical risk of distorting the tissue or the breast implant.  The CoolSculpting/Zeltiq works by pulling the skin into the mechanism and freezing.  The pull is very strong so there is potential for affect on the implants.  However, without seeing you in person or seeing pictures, there really is no way to give you specific advice.


Good luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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