I wish to decrease inches on my arms. They are not super flabby or fat in one area (no real chicken wings), it is just a layer of fat all over the upper arm. If there is not a huge flap of back arm fat to grip and target with the machine, is it impossible to treat the entire circumference of the upper arm with the cool sculpting applicator?
Am I a Candidate for Arm Coolscultping? (photo)
Doctor Answers 4
Tough to tell from the photos. It looks like you may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting. 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. We have had good experience with the skin snapping back. Each individual is different. We usually see about a 25% reduction with CoolSculpting. Liposuction gives more dramatic results, but is more invasive. See an experienced CoolSculpting practice, they will determine if you are a candidate. Moreover, would also consider seeing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who can give advice on both CoolSculpting and Liposuction.
Off-label uses for coolsculpting including upper arm fat
the off-label uses of coolsculpting may provide some patients with good results. However, some patients with upper arm fat may not derive the best results. numbness and irregularities can occur. A big concern isnerve sensitivity or numbness after treatment which is a possibility and no one can be guaranteed it won't occur.
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I would not recommend Coolscuplting for your arms... I would suggest arm exercises instead for optimal results.
Dr. Grant Stevens Marina Plastic Surgery Associates Marina del Rey, CA
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I think that given the small amount of fat you have on your arms and the fact that you prefer circumferential treatment would make it difficult to do with Coolsculpting technically. In my office, I would treat you with Exilis which would allow us to do the entire circumference of the arm without any problems. Exilis is a radiofrequency device and is moved in a continuous fashion over the surface of the skin. It does not require the attachment to the skin the Coolsculpting does. Good luck in your quest.
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