Will Coolsculpting on my Admonen in Any Way Affect my Fertility?

I would like to have coolsculpting done on my abdomen, mostly my stomach. I have not had children yet and would like to in the next few years. Will this procedure affect my fertility, ovarian reserve, or any of my reproductive organs? Seeing this is a relatively new procedure with no long term studies completed, we might not know what, if any, are the long term effects. Any help appreciated. Thanks, Kerri

Doctor Answers 9

CoolSculpting Will Not Affect Fertility

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CoolSculpting's cryolipolysis only destroys fat just below the skin, not surrounding or deeper tissues. The CoolSculpting procedure only affects the outermost layers of skin and fat. It does not reach the depth of organs, such as where the ovaries are situated. CoolSculpting is a way to eliminate fat simply with cold temperature. It is not a dangerous radiation that would have long-term consequences to your health or your future children. There have been no reported cases of delayed health issues with CoolSculpting in the over 10 years since it has been utilized in patients. Of course, during pregnancy or while nursing, it is not advisable to have any unnecessary medical procedures. If you are starting a family later in a few years, I see no risk to your undergoing CoolSculpting treatment now. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist to see if you are a candidate for CoolSculpting.

San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting Won't Affect Fertility

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One of the reasons that CoolSculpting is such a successful and safe treatment is that it only targets fat cells. It does not lower the temperature of skin or surrounding tissues sufficiently to have any effect on them aside from some possible short-term bruising, redness or soreness of the skin immediately after treatment. CoolSculpting does not reach below the fat level and cannot affect any organs – including the ovaries. Many of my patients have become pregnant after CoolSculpting. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist to see if you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting.

Melda A. Isaac, MD
Washington DC Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews


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CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that targets and freezes fat cells in the skin, without damaging surrounding tissue or internal organs. CoolSculpting does not reach beyond fat cells in the skin, so it should not have any effect on a person’s fertility. That being said, we do not recommend CoolSculpting or any other fat reduction procedure be done if actively trying to become pregnant.

Karen Beasley, MD
Baltimore Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

CoolSculpting and Fertility

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You should rest assured that CoolSculpting does not affect any internal organs whatsoever, and cannot affect fertility, including your internal organs. The chill that is part of the therapeutic effect simply does not reach any of the internal organs.

I wish you well in becoming a parent: being a mother is the most important and rewarding of all of life's events!

Sheryl D. Clark, MD
New York Dermatologist
4.7 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Coolsculpting does not affect ovaries during fat loss

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The CoolSculpting device does not freeze organs behind the abdominal muscle wall such as the ovaries. On the other hand, it has been well documented in the medical literature that some very thin women have had infertility difficulty related to a signficant loss of body fat. Such a small percent of fat could not be caused by just having CoolSculpting alone, but it wouldn't be recommended in a thin woman who already is having difficulty becoming pregnant without consulting one's gynecologist.

The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice.  The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

CoolSculpting and Fertility

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CoolSculpting is FDA cleared to eliminate fat by freezing it without damaging the surounding tissue. There is no reason to believe that CoolSculpting will have any effect on fertility.

In my practice, we state that women electing to have Coolsculpting treatments not be pregnant, lactating, or trying to become pregnant

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 123 reviews

Coolsculpting will not affect fertility

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Hi Kerri! Coolsculpting will not affect your fertility or any of your internal organs. It is only treating the outer layer of fat even if you are thin. It is "freezing" at a temperature that is specific for the fat molecules in the fat cells. If it was used incorrectly then there is a risk of frostbite to the skin but still no risk of damaging your internal organs. Good luck!

Daniel P. Markmann, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

Too new to gauge long-term implications; thus highlighting importance of experienced provider

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Hi Ker0303,
CoolSculpting® is an FDA-cleared non-surgical fat reduction treatment for the abdomen and flanks; thus the Food and Drug Administration has deemed it a safe treatment for these areas if the manufacturer’s instructions are carefully followed and the technology is used as intended.  While this technology has not been available to consumers long enough to gauge any long-term complications in relation to fertility, the fact that the treatment only affects subcutaneous fat makes these suspicions dubious.  It is important, however, to only pursue CoolSculpting® treatment from an experienced provider as equipment misuse can produce other unwanted side effects.

C. Edwin Pittman, MD
Athens Plastic Surgeon

Coolsculpting and Fertility

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There is no evidence that Coolsculpting will have any effect on Fertility. It is an excellent treatment but you should consult with your physician to insure you are a candidate.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.