I am under the steroid therapy for my thyroid ophthalmopathy. Is it possible for me to try zeltiq coolsculpting?

I have a hyperthyroidism and I am under the steriod treatment for my Graves' eye disease (also known as Graves' eye disease) for now. I am getting an IV (steroid shot 500ml) once a week (total 12 times for 12 weeks). But I want to try zeltiq coolsculpting for my upcoming summer vacation. Is it possible for me to try zeltiq coolsculpting during my steroid treatment? Is it okay for hyperthyroidism patients like me? Thank you very much!!

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I am under the steroid therapy for my thyroid ophthalmopathy. Is it possible for me to try zeltiq coolsculpting?

Thank you for your question. Because steroid treatments can cause weight gain, it may be best to wait until your body weight stabilizes. I would also mention it to your CoolSculpting physician. If  you are looking to have CoolSculpting done for your upcoming summer vacation, please keep in mind that you can experience swelling and bruising for 2-3 weeks after the treatment and the results can take 9-12 weeks to show. Regards,


Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting with Steroid Treatment

There is no reason why you could not safely be CoolSculpted while on steroid therapy, however there may be some reasons for waiting.  Weight gain is common and almost expected after weeks of steroid therapy, so if you are not yet through your full course, you may want to wait to see where your body weight stabilizes before having your local CoolSculpting expert decide if you are a good candidate.  In addition, the inflammation that is produced by the CoolSculpting treatment is thought to likely contribute to the final cosmetic result by destroying the most fat cells possible and also by tightening the skin through production of new collagen and elastin fibers.  There is a theoretical possibility that artificially reducing this inflammation with potent IV steroids may limit your overall result.  In the 21st century, is patience still a virtue?  Good luck!  Best, Dr. Shafran

Kerry M. Shafran, MD
Charlotte Dermatologist
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Steroids are not a contraindication,  combined coolsculpting with other treatments like vanquish and cellutone to get better results.  Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Steroids and Coolsculpting

There should be no contraindication with your thyroid disease and steroids for Coolsculpting.  I would always check with your treating physician for contraindications.  Best, Dr. Green

CoolSculpting and steroid therapy

CoolSculpting should be a very safe treatment for you while undergoing steroid therapy for Grave's disease.  It's a well-tolerated, effective procedure to decrease fat volume, especially around the abdomen.  Keep in mind, though, that weight gain is a common side effect of steroid therapy, so it is possible that your results could be short-lived due to the injections for your hyperthyroidism.

Jill C. Fichtel, MD
Columbus Dermatologic Surgeon
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Hyperthyrodism and coolsculpting

Coolsculpting hasn't been directly studied with hyperthyroidism but theoretically it should have no effect.  However, it is extremely important to discuss all your medical history and medication with your physician.  Coolsculpting results can take 3-4 months for full effect, so the results may not be apparent prior to your vacation.  Keep in mind that steroid preparations can sometimes be associated with weight gain; if you decide to proceed with coolsculpting treatments keep a close watch on your diet and weight.

Kyle Coleman, MD
New Orleans Dermatologic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting and steroids

There is no contraindication to doing Coolsculpting while you are under going treatment for your Grave's but check with your endocrinologist first to see if he/she may have any reasons for you not to do it.   Remember it can take up to 3 months (though you may start to see them as soon as 3 weeks) to see the final results from Coolsculpting so changes may not start to happen before your summer vacation.  Good luck!

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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