If one suffers from diabetes type 2 , is it still safe to do this ? Does the frozen fat gradually go through the blood stream ?

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Coolsculpting is an excellent form of non-invasive  fat reduction for the right patient. Some applicators take 1 or 2 hours but the new advantage applicators take only 35 minutes and have significantly less risk for delayed onset pain (especially in the abdomen). Results are seen at 2 months and typically 1-3 treatments will be necessary on each area to achieve ideal results. The number of treatments depends on the amount of fat there and the patient's goals.  There is not downtime and the results can be impressive in the right patient.  We also use the Zimmer Z-wave for improved patient comfort and added results. The best candidates are those who are in pretty good shape with areas of stubborn fat that won't go away no matter what. This is a safe procedure for someone with diabetes.

My best,

Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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I appreciate your question.
coolscultping is safe with diabetes
the dead cells are broken down and gotten rid of safely

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

best of luck!

Dr Schwartz

Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

CoolSculpting and Diabetes

CoolSculpting is complete safe and effective for patients suffering from with Type 2 Diabetes. Because the body reabsorbs targeted fat cells very slowly over a period of weeks and even months, the amount of fat entering the bloodstream does not impact blood sugar levels or have any other health impacts.

Burton M. Sundin, MD
Richmond Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

CoolSculpting and Diabetes

CoolSculpting is absolutely safe for patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Your body processes and reabsorbs the damaged fat cells very slowly over a period of weeks and months. Therefore, the amount of fat being absorbed into the bloodstream at any one time is extremely minimal, and should not affect your health in any way.

Reps B. Sundin, MD
Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

CoolSculpting is safe for patients with diabetes

You should not have any trouble undergoing treatment so long as your diabetes is managed. It is however something that you should let your provider know about when you go in for a consultation. With regard to the disposal of the fat. The cryolipolysis process leads to apoptosis which means that the fat cells actually break down and self destruct over a two - three month period. As the cells break down they are removed from your body through your lymphatic system in a naturally occurring body process.

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

Diabetes and Coolsculpting

There is no reason you cannot do coolsculpting if you have diabetes.  I would ensure you have normal blood sugars and have good skin health to undergo any cosmetic treatment.  Otherwise, the blood doesnt get affected so you have nothing to worry about.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 190 reviews

Coolsculpting and diabetes.

Hello, and thank you for this question. Yes it is safe in type II diabetics to have cool sculpting. I would recommend you get a qualified board certified plastic surgeon with expertise both in this procedure in body contouring to discuss all of your options with you. This is a less invasive technique but it certainly provides more subtle results been traditional or ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Best of luck with this decision.

John J. O`Brien, Jr., MD
Saint Petersburg Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

CoolSculpting and Diabetes.

Thank you for your question. There are no contraindications for CoolSculpting and people with diabetes. It is safe. The treated fat is gradually broken down and excreted through normal body functions. During your CoolSculpting consultation the medical professional will best answer any further questions you may have. 

All the best,  

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 457 reviews

CoolSculpting If You Have Diabetes

CoolSculpting is safe in patients with Diabetes. The frozen fat is broken down and transported through the bloodstream where it is ultimately eliminated through the urine. This is a natural process that occurs to all of the dead cells in our bodies. Make sure you choose an experienced CoolSculpting physician.

Michael A. Zadeh, MD, FACS
Sherman Oaks General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews


coolsculpting selectively freezes fat cells to induce programmed cell death. The fat cells die and are cleared by other types of cells in your body. Your lipid profile is not altered significantly in this process.

Diabetes is not a contraindication to this procedure. Discuss your medical issues with your treating physician.

Suzanne Kim Doud Galli, MD, PhD, FACS
Washington Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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