Does Coolsculpting Work on Back Fat?

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Cool sculpting treatments lead to permanent fat loss of the back fat!

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 for back fat

CoolSculpting can definitely be effective for back fat. It may require 2-4 applicators depending on the area and amount of fat, but as long as the fat can be suctioned into the applicator in order to be treated properly, then you should be a good candidate. Each applicator usually reduces about 20-25% of the fat in the area. It is best to get a consultation in order to assess if CoolSculpting is the right choice for you.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

CoolSculpting for Back Fat

CoolSculpting is great for back fat, bit the lower (love handle) back fat and higher (bra strap area) back fat.  back fat requires the use of the smaller handpiece, one on each side.

In order to provide elimination of fat as quickly as possible we do offer CoolSculpting Complete. This includes two systems, for twice the fat elimination in a one hour period. Vibrational therapy increases circulation and lymphatic drainage which my help waste, including damaged fat cells be eliminated with the body more efficiently. Finally, al of our patients receive a compression garment to help with skin quality and comfort.


Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 118 reviews

CoolSculpting for Back Fat

Our practice has seen amazing results on back fat! We have found this particular treatable area of the body seems to respond the quickest to CoolSculpting. Upper back fat, bra strap area, and the typical 'love handles' are able to be treated thanks to the different applicators and attachments that CoolSculpting provides. Our practice has two machines and the newer 35 minute Cool Advantage applicators...therefore, the treatment can be extremely time efficient when 'dual-sculpting'. After 3 months, our patients have been extremely happy with the smoother look they achieve, especially in tighter, fitted clothing. 

Pierre R. Michaud, MD
Warwick Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Yes, CoolSculpting Works for Back Fat

Upper and lower back fat can be frustrating and prevent you from having the toned body you want. CoolSculpting is an effective treatment for both areas, but multiple treatments may be needed. This is an "off-label" use because it has not been specifically cleared by the FDA, but it is effective. In some cases, I may recommend a liposuction technique such as Smartlipo, which is a laser-assisted procedure that removes fat and tightens the skin. Schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers CoolSculpting and who can conduct a physical examination. Keep in mind that CoolSculpting reduces fat in the treatment area by about 20 to 25%, but does not require downtime. Liposuction gets more dramatic results, but you will need to take time to recover.

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

CoolSculpting can work well on back fat in the right candidate.

 CoolSculpting can work well on back fat in the right candidate. Typically, the best CoolSculpting candidates are those who are at or near their goal weight with small areas of unwanted, stubborn fat that they can’t seem to get rid of. The areas of fat must be “pinchable” in order to fit into the machine. I recommend visiting a board-certified dermatologist for a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for the treatment. 

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

Coolsculpting is effective for back fat

Coolsculpting can be used effectively for fat on certain areas of the back.  The most commonly treated areas are the areas of the lower back that extend from the love handles, and the mid back fat bellow the braline.  Typically, the smaller applicators are used to treat these localized areas.  These are also great locations to have Dual Coolsculpting done, wherein treatment centers that have two machines can treat 2 areas at the same time, reducing treatment time by half.

Narin (Joe) Apisarnthanarax, MD
Houston Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Yes it works on the back!

Coolsculpting can be done for abdomen, flanks, back and thighs. As long as you can pinch an inch and a half of fat we can attach an applicator. The back of the bra area or the love handles are perfect examples of stubborn areas of fat that respond great to the treatment. Patients lose about 20-25% of fat after each treatment and for the best results you should retreat the area in 2-3 months.

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

Dependent on Area of Back to Be Treated

Hi Staunton87, CoolSculpting® is FDA-cleared for non-surgical fat reduction of the hips, abdomen, and flanks.  Depending on which area of the back to which you’re referring and how much excess fat you have, CoolSculpting® may be a good option.  Most CoolSculpting® patients report a 20% fat reduction of the treatment area with one session.

C. Edwin Pittman, MD
Athens Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

CoolSculpting for Back Fat

Thank you for your question. If you have stubborn bulges of back fat, CoolSculpting is an excellent option for reducing this. Typically, each CoolSculpting treatment results in a noticeable reduction of fat in the treated area. After the initial treatment is complete, you can attain further reductions with additional treatments, resulting in even more fat loss. Some patients find that just one treatment fully addresses their goals. You and your doctor will discuss and design a plan that suits you best.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

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