Is It Safe to Do Zeltiq During Breastfeeding?

Is It Safe to Do Zeltiq During Breastfeeding?

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Coolsculpting and Breastfeeding

Although it is unlikely that the two have anything to do with the other, I would not treat a patient while breast feeding. There may be an issue with the triggered hormonal changes that occur with breastfeeding that do not regularly need to be considered and how they impact skin. I would advise this patient to wait if they can.

West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting and Breastfeeding

Thank you for your question. There are no studies that show a negative correlation. However, I would not seek treatment if you are breastfeeding or trying to get pregnant. It is advisable to wait till you are done with breastfeeding to seek treatment. Best of Luck!

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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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. There has not been any studies regarding coolsculpting and breastfeeding and for that reason it is best not to perform the treatment.

My best,

Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting and Breast Feeding

Coolsculpting is best not performed for patients while breast feeding. Moreover, pregnant women are best not to have coolsculpting.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Not Safe to Do Zeltiq During Breastfeeding

Pregnant and breast-feeding women are not considered candidates for CoolSculpting. Although there are no studies that show a negative correlation, it is best to err on the side of caution. Wait until you are done breast-feeding to receive the treatment. 

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Zeltiq not appripriate when breast feeding.

Unf Unfortunately Zeltiq is not appropriate for those who are pregnant or currently breast feeding, but is an option if the patient is a good candidate after they stop breast feeding. Although there is no evidence that it can harm breast milk, there is no evidence that it is safe so we err on the side of caution.



Amy Forman Taub, MD
Chicago Dermatologic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting while breast feeding

Thank you for your question.

I do not think that there have been any studies performed in regards to nursing moms and Coolsculpting.  Ideally, I would ask that you wait until you are done breast feeding and have lost as much baby weight as possible prior to having the procedure.  Better to be on the safer side.

Hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting and breast feeding

I am not aware of any report of an interaction or safety issue with breast feeding and CoolSculpting. However, the Zeltiq company certainly didn't take volunteers who were pregnant or breast feeding to test the results and submit the data to the FDA.  During the analyses  of the results they did have, there was no issue of concern of fat levels in the blood.  You might want to ask your pediatrician who could consult with the company to ask their opinion.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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