I'm looking for non-surgical ways to get rid of small saddle bags and slim down thighs. I have had 2 children so I already have a little loose skin on the inner thigh, but not nearly enough for me to justify the down time or scarring to do a thigh lift. I am 34, 5'2" and weighing around 100lbs. I don't want to do anything that potentially leaves me with sagging skin....
Does Cool Sculpting Potentially Leave Saggy Skin, Like Liposuction Can?
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CoolSculpting and Excess Skin
CoolSculpting and Skin Tightening
Laser Skin Tightening is a series of laser treatments, using the Candela GentleYAG laser, designed to stimulate dermal collagen production and regeneration of damaged skin cells. The single-wavelength light energy produced by the GentleYAG targets fibroblasts in the dermis, which produce new collagen in response to laser energy. Increased turnover of skin cells is also stimulated, helping to regenerate and replace damaged cells.
My CoolSculpting patients have access to free CoolSculpting through Instant Rebates. This special pricing is available because of our status as top CoolSculpting provider in our region. Coolsculpting patients who desire laser skin tightening in the area of treatment are also given discount for that laser treatment series.
Skin tightening with Coolsculpting?
One of the perks of Coolsculpting is because it takes 90 days to get full results from the treatment if gives the skin time to "snap" back. Having said that this is obviously weight and age variant. If you do not have much laxity left in your skin your problem could seem worse as it will reduce the fat but not tighten the skin. If you are wanting skin tightening there are much better options out there for you then Coolsculpting.
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CoolSculpting for fat loss as an off-label procedure for the thighs
Irregularities after liposuction are not uncommon on the inner thighs. The fascial supporting structures may hold the tissues in this area differently than the outer thighs. Although the CoolSculpting technology by Zeltiq is not FDA cleared for thigh fat loss, physicians may use the technology as an off-label procedure. There seems to be a more even reduction of fat in the inner thigh with CoolSculpting as the tissues are evenly frozen unlike the cannula that is passed back and forth with liposuction creating a mechanical trauma, which could weaken the support.
There is no guarantee that dimpling, uneveness, asymmetry, and skin sagging wouldn't occur, but there is less of a chance in the inner thigh using the CoolFit flat applicator. Every patient needs to be evaluated and counseled individually about the risks vs. the benefits and to determine if they are a candidate for CoolSculpting fat loss by Zeltiq.
The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice. The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.
Skin after Coolsculpting
One of the benefits we have seen in patients after Coolsculpting is in fact skin tightening. If your primary concern is loose skin and not fat, perhaps you wouldn't get the tightening you are hoping for but Coolsculpting hasn't left any of our patients with any complaints of loose skin following treatment. The inner thighs are quite a common area to treat but the outer/lateral thigh saddlebag area is not quite as easy, especially if the area is small. For an area to be treated, we must be able to not only have the applicator attach but it needs to be able to draw in a certain amount of fat/tissue into the applicator itself so it can freeze those fat cells effectively and eliminate them. For the best answer for you, you would be best served by having an in person consultation with an office that is experienced with Coolsculpting. Good luck!