How Long Until Coolsculpting Can be Done to Thighs?

For us that have large thighs, how much longer will we have to wait for coolsculpting to come out with an applicator that is for the thighs?

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Coolsculpting For the Thighs?

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Coolsculpting for the thighs is considered an off label treatment area.   As far as the current applicators, the key is an appropriate consultation and evaluation prior to treatment.  Inner thighs often work well for many patients.  Outer thighs are a bit more difficult since there has to be enough fat to be pulled into the applicator for it to work and the outer thighs tend to be more fibrous.   For areas we are not sure if it will work on a patient, during the consultation, we will place the actual applicator on the desired area to see if we can create a vacuum.  If no vacuum can be created, no fat can get sucked in , therefore the procedure would not work.



Dr. Liiu

Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting the thighs

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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.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting for thighs

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The CoolFit applicator can be used for the inner thighs. There is now a CoolSmooth applicator that can be used for the outer thighs. The difference between the two is that the CoolFit applicator takes 1 hour per treatment and has suction to pull the fat closer to the cooling panels. The CoolSmooth is a flat applicator with no suction, so it requires 2 hours per treatment. They both offer noninvasive permanent fat reduction with no downtime. It is always best to have a consultation to see if you are a candidate for these treatments.

Fat reduction of the thighs has been done, off-label, with CoolSculpting

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Some doctors have used the 6.3 or 6.2 if it fits, usually slightly diagonally on the outer thigh with CoolSculpting.  The new flat applicator, the slim fit, can be used vertically. Again, this is not yet FDA cleared and every patient should check with their physician if they are a candidate for such treatment. There are risks which you need to discuss.

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
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CoolSculpting for Thighs

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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 there is not a specific date as to when it will become approved for the thigh area. 

CoolSculpting to thighs

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There are many offices that are using the current applicators for the inner thighs.  It may take more than one treatment often requiring a treatment at the top of the inner thigh and another treatment directly below but the inner thigh is being treated.  This is considered an “off label” use of the technology as it has not yet been FDA approved for us on the thighs. If it is the outer thigh/saddle bag area you would like to treat, there are some ways to help reduce the appearance but the current applicators are not able to directly fit/treat the outer thigh.

CoolSculpting for Thigh fat reduction

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Coolsculpting is currently FDA approved for the waistline in the United States. However, in other countries, Coolsculpt has been used in the outer thigh. Physicians in the Unites states can use Coolsculpting off-label for outer thigh here in the US. If you want coolsculpting on the thigh, make an appointment for an evaluation.

Stanley Okoro, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting on the thighs

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Thank you for your question.  

Coolsculpting can be performed off label on the outer thighs with the current handpieces and it would be important to visit with a doctor who can examine the area and make sure you are a good candidate for this procedure.

There has been a lot of talk about the new handpieces but they have not been released yet.  You may get more information on the coolsculpting website.

Best wishes.

Zeltiq Coolsculpting use on the thighs

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While Zeltiq had FDA clearance for flanks(love handles), it can be used off label in other areas of the body. We have successfully used in for the inner thighs, front of the thighs, outer thighs and calves. You need an evaluation by a provider that has experience with this. Look for Coolsculpting centers of excellence in your area. 

Kevin Tehrani, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 115 reviews

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.