I'm considering Coolsculpting on my stomach.

I have Raynauds (two finger tips). Can you please tell me what the dangers would be for me to have this procedure. Many thanks.

Doctor Answers 6

#CoolSculpting with #Raynauds

Raynaud's is no longer a contraindication for the CoolSculpting procedure. Individuals with this condition constrict their blood vessels when exposed to cold. This might make the procedure more painful in a patient with a history of severe Raynaud's, but we have treated many patients with Raynaud's without any significant side effects.


New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Coolsculpting and Raynaud's

Coolsculpting is a fabulous procedure for reducing the bulge non-surgically in the abdomen, flanks, and thighs.  However, if you have a history of Raynaud's I would consult your internist if your underlying condition would preclude you from this procedure.  For the best results please consult a board certified dermatologist with a great deal of experience with Coolsculpting.

Consider Radiofrequency or UltraShape Because of Raynaud's

CoolSculpting is a great treatment for most anyone with the adage: if you can grab it, we can treat it. However, there are some conditions that one might have that preclude its use — and one of them is Raynaud's Phenomenon or Disease. You already have a vascular compromise in your vessels and this procedure does similar things so we don't want to mix and match. A board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon will be able to come up with an alternative treatment plan, perhaps one of the skin-tightening RF devices or UltraShape, which in this case is best to consider.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

CoolSculpting is contra-indicated with Raynauds

Dear spearman:

Raynaud's syndrome is typically described when the finger tips become blanched due to cold or stress exposure. This is due to an over active spasm of the blood vessels causing vaso-constriction and when mixed with prolonged cold may lead to ulceration and gangrene. 

The CoolSculpting applicator is created to vacuum a bulge of skin  to concentrate the cooling effects on the fat. If the skin were to unnaturally vaso-constrict, it will lose the protective advantage that it has over fat and freeze. Frozen skin is called frostbite.

Raynaud's syndrome and other vaso-constrictive auto-immune or collagen vascular diseases such as lupus are contra-indications to the use of this cooling device. 

You may consider:
  1. lifestyle changes including diet and exercise, and 
  2. surgical liposuction. 
Please consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to evaluate your desires and review your options. 

All the best!

Dean P. Kane, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 70 reviews

Raynaud's and Coolsculpting

Raynaud's is a contraindication to Coolsculpting but there are other options (surgical and non-surgical) that may be appropriate. Consult in person for the best advice. 

Francisco Canales, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Coolsculpting with Raynaud's

As it stands now, Raynauds is a contraindication for having a Zeltiq CoolSculpting treatment. Therefore, if you have Raynauds, I would advise against having this procedure done at this time. It is unlikely that you would tolerate the treatment.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

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