Is Coolsculpting right for a 53 year old women going through the menopause squishy weight gain?

I'm a 53 year old women that is 5'2" weighing 130 lbs. My overall body has become exercise resistant in all the areas that Coolsculpting treats. I have maintained my weight for over two years and exercise a few times a week, but the squishy areas seem the same. I was thinking that I would like to to have all the areas that Coolsculpting treats done. Arms, inner thigh, abdomen, and flanks. Is this the right treatment for a squishy not fat older women?

Doctor Answers 8

CoolSculpting in a 53 y.o. menopausal woman

CoolSculpting has FDA approval for fat reduction since 2010. CoolSculpting freezes the fat cells. Fat cells are more susceptible to damage by freezing than the other cells, (nerve, vessel, bone, etc.), around them. The fat cells die via a process called apoptosis, (programmed cell death). The number of fat cells are therefore reduced. This happens over a period of time, so the body is not overwhelmed with dead fat cells. The body will take these cells up, process them and excrete them, just as any other cell. The remnants are filtered through the liver, and then excreted eventually via stool. CoolSculpting now has an applicator for thighs.  CoolSculpting had been used in this area with good results. See an experienced CoolSculpting practice, they will determine if you are a candidate.  Best to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.  They will be able to tell you of the different options, (CoolSculpting, Liposuction, Direct excision, etc.).


Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

VASER Hi Definition Liposuction / Body Contouring with Fat Grafting With or Without Tummy Tuck

If you are looking for a full body transformation, I suggest a more comprehensive option.  You need a combination approach with liposuction/body contouring and skin removal.  Coolsculpting and other non invasive fat reduction devices are great for fat removal in small areas but not great for overall full body contouring.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 196 reviews

Coolsculpting the squishy fat

Coolsculpting is great for people that are stable in their weight and have some stubborn areas that require some extra, targeted attention.  The 'squishy' fat that can unfortunately come with hormone changes and menopause is great for treatment with Coolsculpting.  Our patients have had excellent results.  The areas you mentioned are generally good, but you would need to be examined to determine if you are a good candidate in those areas.  Though Coolsculpting does tighten skin in the areas that are treated for fat reduction, if you have only loose skin and minimal to no fat, you may see little to no improvement. 

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 147 reviews

Coolsculpting and 50's

Coolsculpting in your 50's is the perfect time to be doing with procedure. Menopause makes it more difficult to lose weight and you would be able to take advantage of this technology to help with your desired results.  Please consult an expert for the best cosmetic results.  Best, Dr. Green

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 78 reviews

Coolsculpting for treatment of unwanted fat

Hi roxxie,

Coolsculpting can be a great way to treat unwanted fat! Without seeing you in person, it is difficult to say if it is the best treatment for you. It does not tighten the overlying skin, so your current skin elasticity needs to be assessed prior to treatment.

Best of luck!

Dr. Elizabeth Geddes

Elizabeth Geddes-Bruce, MD, MS
Austin Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

CoolSculpting causes permanent fat loss

Provided the skin in the area is not damaged then CoolSculpting would be a great non-invasive way to treat these areas.  Skin with stretch marks is more difficult to treat  and requires and exam as would any other area for treatment.

Possible CoolSculpting for 53 year old woman

CoolSculpting can be used to treat the abdomen, flanks, inner thighs and arms.  An exam would be needed to determine if you might be a good candidate for the treatment to any of these areas.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews


Thank you for your question, roxxie. SculpSure is the most effective treatment for vanquishing fat, and has routinely beat all its competitors in clinical head-to-head studies while being the only FDA-approved laser treatment for fat. If you are considering the arms, inner thigh, abdomen and flanks then I suggest you consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon about SculpSure which can melt up to 25% of your unwanted subcutaneous fat in those areas.

Best wishes,

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 120 reviews

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