Will the New Zeltiq Head Piece Work for Buffalo Hump?

just wondering if zeltiq will work for the buffalo hump at all??

Doctor Answers 7

Zeltiq for Buffalo Hump

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The new CoolSmooth applicator may be an option to treat this area. The previous applicators, as stated in other responses, would not work well due the inability to suction the dense, thick tissue into the applicator. The CoolSmooth sits flat on the skin and may be able to address your area of concern. It is always best to have a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for treatment and find out if the CoolSmooth applicator will be able to give you results.

Coolsculpting Buffalo Hump

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It is unlikely that Coolsculpting will work for Buffalo Hump as the fat is more visceral  and dense. Coolsculpting works excellent but in the right areas for the right patients. The fat should be soft and pull away from the body easily when the physician performs a pinch test.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

CoolSculpting from Zeltiq helps reduce fat without surgery, but not expected to help Madelung's

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Buffalo hump and Madelung's disease of the back of the neck consists of a dense fatty tissue, different from the abdomen.  The applicator of Zeltiq will not fit well and if there is no full suction, it won't be effective. The extra amount of collagen in this fat will make the freezing not as effective compared to less collagenous fatty tissue.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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What will CoolSculpting by Zeltiq work on?

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I agree with the other physicians that CoolSculpting is not the answer for buffalo hump.  The applicator will probably not be able to "grab" that area.  Suction is used to keep the treated tissue in the applicator and it must be able to squeeze the fat within the hand piece.  You might want to speak with a physician experienced in performing liposuction, perhaps that might help.  Good luck.

Lorrie Klein, MD
Laguna Niguel Dermatologic Surgeon
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Can Coolsculpting help buffalo hump?

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It's unlikely that CoolSculpting will help your buffalo hump. The tissue in a buffalo hump is more of a fibrous nature rather than fat and the tissue is not pliable enough to be drawn up inside the applicator.

Ted Brezel, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon

Zeltiq (coolsculpting) unlikely to work for buffalo hump

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Unfortunately, Zeltiq is unlikely to work for the buffalo hump.  Remember that zeltiq works best in an area of pinchable fat.  Buffalo humps tend to be quite firm so the fat is unlikely to go into the probe. 

By the way, buffalo humps can be caused by several things: 1) obesity 2) certain medications, 3) steroids, 4) cushing's disease.  If you've not already been evaluated by a primary care doctor, it would probably be worthwhile to do so.

Zeltiq (Cool sculpting) for Buffalo Hump?

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Thank you for the question.

The skin/adipose tissue of the “buffalo hump” area tends to be firm/fibrous in nature. I think you will have a hard time getting the suction applicator to fit appropriately over this area. in other words, the tissues may not be pliable/mobile enough to fit into the suction applicator appropriately.

In-person examination will provide you the best opportunity for precise advice.

Best wishes.

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