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
Will Coolsculpting on my Admonen in Any Way Affect my Fertility?
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CoolSculpting Won't Affect Fertility
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.
CoolSculpting and Fertility
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Coolsculpting does not affect ovaries during fat loss
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.
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CoolSculpting and Fertility
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
Coolsculpting will not affect fertility
Too new to gauge long-term implications; thus highlighting importance of experienced provider
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.
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