Does Coolsculpting Work on Inner Thighs?

I want more sculpted inner thighs as I have fat on the inner thigh but not on the outer thigh

Doctor Answers 54

Coolsculpting can be used for inner thighs on some people

The limiting factor is the handpiece attachment.  If it can attach, then Coolsculpting can be used for this area.  Another alternative for helping inner thighs without a lot of downtime is the Body-Jet, Water Assisted Liposuction.  The Body-Jet will remove the fat faster and more aggressively than Coolsculpting.  I've heard thru the grapevine that there is a Coolsculpting handpiece in the works specifically to be used for the thighs, but I don't know if this is true or when it should be coming.

Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting for Inner Thighs

CoolSculpting (cryolipolysis) is a recent form of non-invasive fat reduction. In 2012, the FDA approved CoolSculpting for the abdomen and flanks (love-handles). More recently, in 2014, it was approved for treatment of the inner and outer thigh. So yes, CoolSculpting is both FDA approved and effective for fat reduction of the inner thighs.

John Diaz, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Inner thighs

The CoolSculpting technique works in selected areas. One of these areas is the inner thighs. A clinical exam by a Physician to determine if your tissue and fat are candidates for the procedure is performed first.
Photos are recorded in a standardized fashion to establish your starting point. 
The specially designed applicators are placed over the inner thighs and the procedure takes one hour per side.
Just in case you are someone who has fat on the outer thighs, there is an applicator for this location as well.

R. Brannon Claytor, MD, FACS
Bryn Mawr Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Inner thigh Coolsculpting

Coolsculpting can certainly be used for the inner thigh fat. I would recommend visiting with a board certified plastic surgeon as there are several effective options to address this area including liposuction, short scar thigh lift, traditional thigh lift and Coolsculpting. We were the first plastic surgery practice in Houston to adopt Coolsculpting and I can confidently say that Coolsculpting works for the right individual, but many would benefit from other forms of thigh contouring, particularly if there is excess skin laxity that is contributing to the overall concern with the thighs.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

CoolSculpting the Thighs

It is certainly possible that you may be a candidate for treatment of the inner thighs. In our experience patient selection is very important in order to ensure treatment success with this area as the size and shape of your inner thigh can really impact results. For many of the patients that we have treated in this area we have used the Cool Fit applicator but we have found that if your thighs do not conform to a certain pre-treatment shape that you may not be an ideal candidate for this particular treatment area. My best recommendation would be that you schedule a consultation with a registered CoolSculpting provider whose technicians have attended CoolSculpting University so that you can you have a customized consultation and form a treatment plan for treatment to transformation.

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Coolsculpting works on inner thighs

CoolSculpting does work on the inner thighs. And the machine does have a specific hand piece for this purpose. During your consultation your doctor will be able to evaluate your need and develop a therapeutic plan.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Cool Sculpting of the inner thighs

Yes you can treat the inner thighs.  The area has to be prominent enough to fit in the applicator.  For the outer thighs there is a new applicator called the Cool Smooth which treats the saddle bag area or outer thigh.  This requires a two hour treatment but we have two machines at our office in Austin so we can treat both thighs at the same time.

Yes it should work if you have enough fat to pinch!

Coolsculpting works great to reduce stubborn fat on inner thighs. In order to determine if you are a good candidate you need to schedule a consultation to assess the area and see how many applicators you will need on each leg. For inner thighs we normally use the CoolFit applicator but some patients might need two applicators on each side depending on the fat distribution. The second applicator will be placed usually toward the back of the inner thigh to give more contour all over. For the best results we always recommend to retreat the same area in a month.

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

Inner Thigh CoolSculpting

Coolsculpting represents a significant advance in the management of localized fat collections. The success of the procedure depends on a variety of factors. One of the most important factors is the location of the fat collections.

                  In many cases of inner thigh coolsculpting, the results are excellent and patients report high levels of satisfaction. Unfortunately, there are several potential problems with inner thigh coolsculpting.

                  Excess fat in the inner thigh can be difficult to treat because it’s often associated with loose skin. Loose skin can be made worse, when subcutaneous fat is removed with coolsculpting. Under these circumstances, coolsculpting not only removes excess fat, but can accentuate loose saggy upper inner thigh skin as well.

                  In addition, it can be difficult to apply the applicator to the inner thighs in some cases. This can adversely impact the result and lead to treatment failure.

                  Because of these issues, patient selection is extremely important. When patients have loose skin, results are less than optimal and other types of treatment should be considered. It’s important to discuss these issues with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to help you choose the procedure that’s best for you.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Coolsculpting for the Inner Thighs

Yes, Coolsculpting works well on the inner thighs.  The results are not seen immediately, but in approximately 4-8 weeks, you will see a 20-25% reduction in fat tissue.  The Coolsculpting device was initially cleared for abdominal and flank fat reduction, but has proven itself extremely beneficial on many areas of the body.  I have had excellent patient results with Coolsculpting on the soft, pinchable skin of the inner thighs.  Coolsculpting can provide a thinner, toner, and more sculpted look for your thighs, best of all there is little to no down time with the treatment. 


The most important key to a successful procedure: a good physical exam by your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon, who will make sure you have enough fat in this area for the Coolsculpting hand piece to grab hold of.  The hand piece must have a tight grip and good suction for the Coolsculpting treatment to work; otherwise, your results will be less than optimal. 

Narin (Joe) Apisarnthanarax, MD
Houston Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

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