Does Coolsculpting Work on Inner Sides of Knees?

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Coolsculpting on inner sides of knees

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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. 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.

Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting for inner knees

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Coolsculpting works great in properly selected patients. Keep in mind the inner knee or inner thigh area is an off label use of Coolsculpting and there are risks so I would recommend that you consult with a Certified Coolsculpting physician and understand risks and realistic expectations.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

Coolsculpting on Inner Sides of Knees

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The FDA has not approved coolsculpting for the knees. Consult with a board certified physician who can provide surgical options and coolsculpting to determine the best treatment plan for you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

CoolSculpting For Knee Area

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CoolSculpting can be done on many areas. The areas have to be pliable in order to be pulled by the suction of the applicator. The knees would be a difficult area to treat since there is not an applicator that can fit correctly over this area. It is always best to have a consultation with a provider to see if you are a candidate for this treatment. If they do decide that this area can be treated, it is considered off-label.

CoolSculpting is not yet designed for inner knee fat reduction

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Although some doctors have used CoolSculpting to provide fat reduction on the thighs as an off-label procedure, the inner knee is replete with bony prominences and being a small area, would not hold the applicator well to the skin and suction wouldn't be maintained. Even the flat applicator is too big for the medial knee.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting for the knees

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Currently, the handpieces available for CoolSculpting are too large for the knees of most people. It is important for the handpiece to fit very securely on the area to be treated in order to achieve desired results.  However, Zeltiq, the company that makes CoolSculpting is developing smaller handpieces that will offer more options. Look for a physician you trust and respect performing CoolSculpting in your area. They will keep you informed about new developments with CoolSculpting including new, smaller handpieces. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting for Inner Knees

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Thank you for your question.

I would suggest that you visit with a physician to be examined for the Coolsculpting treatment.  To be able to be treated in this area, the handpiece will have to be able to suction onto the area.  You should also know that this would be an "off lable" treatment.

Best Wishes.


Zeltiq CoolSculpting for the Knees?

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Although CoolSculpting is not FDA approved for use on the knees, it can be used to treat the inner knees in the right patient.  Not all patients will have enough fat on the area to fill in the applicator (which is necessary for treatment), but those that are appropriate candidates may benefit from CoolSculpting for the inner knees.  Your dermatologist will help you to determine whether you are a good candidate for this treatment.

Eric Schweiger, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

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