Is CoolSculpting Effective For Obese People?

Does This Procedure --freezing Fat Cells Work with Obese People? I Have back problems which prevents walking and standing


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Coolsculpting for obesity

Unfortunately, Coolsculpting is not the best option to treat obesity.  I would recommend visiting with a board certified obesity management specialist in your area to start a weight management program.  Once you achieve your goal weight, then Coolsculpting or other body contouring procedures can help you achieve the shape that you want.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting For Obese People

Thank you for your question. CoolSculpting is for treating pockets of unwanted fat, it is not meant for weight loss. I suggest seeing a certified obesity management specialist for you to be able to start a weight management program. Once you’ve reached your ideal weight then you may have Coolsculpting or other body contouring procedures. Best of Luck!

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

CoolSculpting isn’t a weight loss procedure.

CoolSculpting isn’t a weight loss procedure. It works the best for localized pockets of fat that are sized to fit the various applicators we use during treatment. CoolSculpting is a great solution for stubborn fat that hasn’t responded to a diet and exercise plan. I recommend you consult a board-certified dermatologist if you want additional information on the procedure.

William Kwan, MD, FAAD
San Francisco Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Coolsculpting and Obese prople

Coolsculpting is not a weight loss procedure. For optimal results you should be within a reasonable range from your long term stable weight. Some providers will indicate that is within 30 pounds of your target weight while some would indicate 20 pounds. Consult with a board certified physician who offers both surgical and coolsculpting options to determine the best option for you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

CoolSculpting Not For Obese Patients

CoolSculpting is not designed to be a weight loss treatment and its not recommended for patients who are obese. It works best for stubborn areas of fat for people who are somewhat close to their ideal weight and have pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. While CoolSculpting may work for freezing small areas of fat in general, it will not likely treat your back problems. It is best to consult with a physician to address your concerns.

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

Who is a good candidate for CoolSculpting

Some people are ideal candidates for CoolSculpting. But, it is not an ideal treatment for everyone.  The following are some reasons that would prohibit a person from experiencing CoolSculpting in my ofice

) Pregnant, breast feeding or trying to become pregnant
2) Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or currently suffering from any other auto-immune disorder that causes excessive pain, weakness or discomfort
3) Hernia or history of hernia in the area to be treated
4) A BMI of 34 or more (Bodybuilders or individuals with extremely muscular physiques could possibly be an exception
5) Any person currently suffering from chronic pain
6) Any person who has had body contouring surgery within the last 12 months without written consent from your physician
7) Any person who has a health condition or injury that prevents them from walking 1 mile each day
8) Individuals with a history of anorexia or bulimia in the last twelve months
9) Any person under the age of 19
10) Individuals with lymphedema or other conditions effecting the lymphatic system

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

Zeltiq CoolSculpting is not indicated for obesity, just localized fat deposits

The fat that is stored in the abdomen, behind the muscle wall, is not treatable by Zeltiq's CoolSculpting, nor liposuction. If fat has accumulated in a generalized distribution around the waist, stomach, flanks, arms, thighs, etc, and there are no focal areas that can be isolated, then Zeltiq would not work well and it would be extremely costly to treat such a surface area.  It is unfortunate with many patients who are afflicted with chronic pain and disabilities, that they are no longer able to exercise as they used to.  If swimming is possible, it may help provide some exericse while making the body buoyant and there is less pressure on certain body parts. Regardless of exercise, if you're obese, then you should see a nutritionist to help you severely cut your calories each day that you consume, but ensure that you are eating the right types of calories and nutrition. The weight you lose may help lessen the back pain too. Best Wishes.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

The Ideal CoolSculpting Candidate

For someone considering CoolSculpting, you should be in good health in fairly normal weight, and simply have areas of fat that have proven hard to get rid of. Many CoolSculpting patients find that their results have given them incentive to begin new habits with diet and exercise that have resulted in further weight loss and enhanced self esteem.

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

CoolSculpting not suggested for obese patients

Hello,  CoolSculpting is ideal for patients that have diet and exercise resistant fat - a few inches.  However, CoolSculpting will freeze off fat cells the same either a slim patient or heavier.  I hope this helps.  Dr. G

Mitchell F. Grasseschi, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Coolsculpting and overweight persons

Coolsculpting is for fit individuals whom have that stubborn area which is not reactive to excercise and dieting.  It is not intended for overweight or obese individuals.

Ariel Ostad, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

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