Can Coolsculpting Be Used on Fat Above the Knee?

Hey there - I am 5 foot 5 and weigh about 115 lbs. No matter how low my weight goes, I can never get rid of the fat located right above my knees. Can Coolsculpting be used on that part of the body effectively at this time?

Doctor Answers 14

Cool Sculpting that treat other areas

You would need to be seen a examined to see if the area could be treated.

Body reshaping can be performed with a cannula that removes fat via liposuction or with noninvasive technology like Cool Sculpting. With Cool Sculpting there is no cannula inserted into your body. All treatments are performed on the surface from the outside in using technology that freezes the fat. Don’t hesitate to give us a call in Austin regarding a Body Reshaping Consult at the Upper Room. On our Facebook Page there is an Interview I recently did with KVUE, a local news station in Austin, that was picked by affiliates around the United States, including Miami. During the Interview we discussed the technology of Cool Sculpting as well as it application process.

CoolSculpting on fat above the knee

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. Knees can be a challenge with any modality. CoolSculpting had been used in this area with good results. See an experienced CoolSculpting practice, they will determine if you are a candidate.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Coolsculpting for above knee fat

I have successfully treated the fatty region in the inner knee/thigh region.  As long as the tissue can be drawn into the applicator, you should be able to get some contouring in this region.  When the tissue is not pinchable, then I would recommend liposuction.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Coolsculpting Fat Above the Knee

The FDA has not approved coolsculpting to be used on the fat above the knee. To understand your options, consult with a board certified physician who can provide both surgical options and coolsculpting.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

CoolSculpting at knees?

Unfortunately, the applicators that are utilized with the machine do not fit this area and therefore cannot treat the area above the knees. You may consider liposuction to the area, although it is more invasive. Your doctor should be able to advise you as to which alternative treatment would be recommended for your area of concern.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 48 reviews


CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared for the flanks (love handles) and abdomen and is proven to be a safe and effective treatment. Unfortunately, at this time it is not approved for fat above the knee. 

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 106 reviews

Coolsculpting for fat around the knees

There currently is no applicator to treat the fat in the knees. Coolsculpting has two applicators for the inner and outer thighs to treat stubborn fat in these area.  If the problem is loose skin then Thermage may work well for you to tighten this area. Thermage would be the best non-surgical alternative since it treats the sagging skin through radio frequency heat and no pain and no down time. I hav seen patients get liposuction and the loose skin afterwards looks worse than the fat. I am currently having excellent results with my patients in this area with Thermage.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 71 reviews

Fat above the knee and CoolSculpting

Currently there is no applicator that will fit that area well.  It is an area that liposuction has helped some and in others it can make more of a shelf if the skin sags further down after the fat removal.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Cool sculpting Knee Fat?

Thank you for the question.

Whether you will be a good candidate for the cool sculpting  technology will depend on if the area of concern will fit into the suction “cup” of the cool sculpting machine. If so you may have a reasonable result ( 20% reduction) with the treatment.

Otherwise, you may be an excellent candidate for liposuction of that area.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,449 reviews

CoolSculpting by Zeltiq for Fat Around Knee

Unfortunately at this time CoolSculpting is not ideal for the knee area.   The limitation of this technique is that the machine needs to have a suction appliance that contours exactly to the body area to be cooled.   Presently the device is optimal for the abdomen and the love handle areas.   It is likely that in the future,  the company will develop devices for other areas such as the arms and the knees.   Stay tuned and in the meantime,  standard liposuction to your knee area is very effective.

Carlin Vickery, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

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