How is Coolsculpting for fat removal from knees/calves?

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CoolSmooth Applicator Great for Knees & Calves

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CoolSculpting is a great way to reduce fat non-surgically, which means no downtime! The latest applicator that was released is designed for use in "non-pinchable" fat areas, which includes the knees and calves. This applicator is called CoolSmooth, and it can be used in any area that you can not pinch 2 inches of fat and skin. Unlike the older applicators where each treatment takes 1 hour, because this does not pinch the fat and skin, each treatment takes 2 hours. Thanks for your question!

Coolsculpting for calves & knees

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While the coolsculpting technology certainly works, you have to be able to fit an applicator to the area in question.  Knees and calves are hard to fit - so, it might not be possible to treat you.  Best to go have a consult with a surgeon that offers Coolsculpting, and see if the applicators are compatible with your anatomic shape.

CoolSculpting for fat removal from knees and calves.

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CoolSculpting has FDA approval for fat reduction since 2010. CoolSculpting freezes the fat cells. Fat cells are more susceptible to damage by freezing than the other cells, (nerve, vessel, bone, etc.), around them. The fat cells die via a process called apoptosis, (programmed cell death). The number of fat cells are therefore reduced. This happens over a period of time, so the body is not overwhelmed with dead fat cells. The body will take these cells up, process them and excrete them, just as any other cell. The remnants are filtered through the liver, and then excreted eventually via stool. Knees can be a challenge with any modality. CoolSculpting has a specific applicator that has been used in this area with good results. Calves may be more difficult.   See an experienced CoolSculpting practice, they will determine if you are a candidate.  Would also consider seeing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who can give advice on both CoolSculpting and Liposuction.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting Knees/Calves

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Unfortunately, CoolSculpting cannot be done on these areas with the applicators currently available. The treatment area needs to have pinchable and pliable fat in order to fit into the applicator properly.

CoolSculpting for Calves

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Coolsculpting (Zeltiq) has very specific areas that the applicators work on, and knees/calves is not one of them.  You may want to consult in person with a Coolsculpting practice near you so you can find out what the actual options are. 

Francisco Canales, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Coolsculpting for knees and calves

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Coolsculpting has a new cool fit applicator which is approved for the inner thighs. There is no applicator that has been specifically designed for the knees or calves. The company is working on new adaptors so in the near future there may be one. For the best cosmetic results please consult a board certified dermatologist with experience in coolsculpting.

Coolsculpting for fat removal from knees/calves

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Coolsculpting is an excellent nonsurgical fat reduction treatment. However, knees and calves are areas that do not have FDA approval. Be cautious and be ensured to consult with an experienced physician who can offer you multiple options (both surgical and nonsurgical).

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

CoolSculpting knees and calves

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CoolSculpting is a fat reducing procedure specifically aimed at eliminating those unwanted fat pockets that resists diet and exercise. It is cleared by the FDA for noninvasive fat reduction in the abdomen, flank and thigh. There is a CoolSmooth applicator which features non-vacuum based cooling that easily treats non-pinchable fat bulges and a CoolFit applicator meant to treat longer fat bulges and hard to reach areas. Every practice will treat differently, therefore, it is recommended that you set up a one-on-one consultation with a physician to determine if the Coolsculpting procedure is right for you and get started on your Coolsculpting journey.

Cool sculpting treatments lead to permanent fat loss

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An in person exam is need but this is not an application that is normally used.  There must be an area of fat you can grasp in order for this area to be considered treatable.

Coolsculpting for fat removal from knees/calves?

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Coolsculpting is FDA approved for abdomen, back, inner thighs and outer thighs. It is not approved for knees and calves.  I have seen some photos from other providers that do not look pleasing if these areas are treated.

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