Are There Any Adverse Affects for Treating the Inner Thighs/ Outer Thighs with Coolsculpting?

The inner and outer thighs are not a uniform procedure when it comes to coolsculpting. Do these areas come with more chances of adverse results? with the inner thighs, being closer to nerves etc. what are the cautions of this particular treatment? what can go wrong?

Doctor Answers 9

CoolSculpting by Zeltiq in NYC offers off-label sites for fat reduction

Although the current FDA clearance allows the company to sell the device with an indication for stomach and love handles, the physician can discuss with the patient that if a currect applicator fits the outer or inner thigh, the device may provide good improvement with fat reduction.  In general, even with stomach and love handles, there are risks of bruising, nerve sensitivity, nerve numbness, skin tenderness, and there is no claim that it will help cellulite, in fact, there can be a chance that the CoolSculpting could make cellulite worse. Numbness, bruising that's temporary, sensitivity and surface irregularities can occur.


Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Coolsculpting of thighs

Coolsculpting does work for thigh fat. The parent company has explained that there is a applicator soon to be released specifically for the thighs. The currentl applicators work on selected patients. This procedure is tolerated well but proper patient selection is critical.My suggestion for most patients has been to wait for the thigh applicators.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

CoolSculpting Works on Inner and Outer Thighs

CoolSculpting by Zeltiq now offers several different applicators that can safely and effectively treat a variety of different areas of the body, including inner and outer thighs. Depending on your fat composition, the inner and outer thighs might best be treated with the CoolSmooth applicator, which does not require the amount of fat to be “pinchable.”

While the thighs can be more challenging than the lower abdomen, I have had phenomenal results in this area with CoolSculpting. It is important to choose an experienced provider with an experienced team of medical assistants for proper marking and placement, which is a little trickier in this area. We also sometimes adjust the vacuum suction into the applicator for the inner thighs to avoid irregularities. You don't have to worry about serious nerve damage there – or in any area that CoolSculpting treats. The cryolipolysis technique will lower the temperature of fat sufficiently to freeze and destroy it, but will not have any major adverse effects on other tissues or nerves. It is common to have temporary numbness after CoolSculpting, but this resolves itself within weeks. Please see a board-certified dermatologist who has been certified by Zeltiq to perform CoolSculpting to find out if you are a candidate for this highly effective, nonsurgical fat-loss removal technique.  

Kimberly Butterwick, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Coolsculpting thighs

Coolsculpting is a great option for the inner thighs.  I even like it more that liposuction sometimes because the fat reduction is slower and allows time for the skin to retract.  The outer thighs are more resistant and usually require more treatments.

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

Inner and Outer Thighs with Coolsculpting

The inner and outer thighs each have a special applicator that uniformly treats these areas with excellent results.  In fact, these are the simplest areas to treat with excellent results.  Please consult a board certified dermatologist with expertise at coolsculpting for the best cosmetic results.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 71 reviews

Inner Thighs/ Outer Thighs with Coolsculpting

The FDA has approved coolsculpting for the inner and outer thighs, and the results can be excellent with proper technique. Patient selection is key. Consult with a board certified physician who can provide both surgical options and coolsculpting to determine the best option for you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

CoolSculpting of the thighs

I have treated these areas without incident, and with good results. Since the treated skin is lofted up and away from any underlying tissues, there should not be an issue with damage to anything under the skin and fat layer.

The pitential side effects are the same as with other areas.

Sheryl D. Clark, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

CoolSculpting Not Cleared for Thighs

Thank you for your question. CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared for the flanks (love handles) and abdomen and is proven to be a safe and effective treatment. It is not currently cleared for use on the thighs. 

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 106 reviews

CoolSculpting for inner / outer thighs

Thank you for your question.

At this time, patient selection for thigh CoolSculpting is critical because the area being treated needs to fit into the applicator.  There is talk about a new applicator that will wrap around the arm and/or leg for better coverage.  After examination, if the treated doctor thinks that he/she can get a good fit with the applicator, you are fine to go ahead with the treatment.

Best Wishes!

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,448 reviews

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