Is There Any Weight or Size Limitation to Get Coolsculpting for Inner Thighs?

Is it possible for patients weighing more than 200 lbs participate in coolsculpting? Will it just take more session to see results?

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Yes. CoolSculpting Indicated for People Near their Ideal Weight

Yes there is a size/weight restriction, in a sense, but 200 lbs is not enough information to go off of. Whether that weight qualifies or disqualifies a person for CoolSculpting is relative on other metrics (i.e. height, BMI, fat distribution, etc.) But, typically, CoolSculpting is indicated for men or women who are near their ideal weight (typically no more than 20 to 30 lbs over weight) and struggle with fat deposits that resist diet and exercise. 

New York Dermatologist

Cool Sculpting treatments lead to permanent fat loss

Yes you can be treated.  You need to be seen and examined first of course!

Body reshaping can be performed with a cannula that removes fat via liposuction or with noninvasive technology like Cool Sculpting. With Cool Sculpting there is no cannula inserted into your body. All treatments are performed on the surface from the outside in using technology that freezes the fat. Don’t hesitate to give us a call in Austin regarding a Body Reshaping Consult at the Upper Room. On our Facebook Page there is an Interview I recently did with KVUE, a local news station in Austin, that was picked by affiliates around the United States, including Miami. During the Interview we discussed the technology of Cool Sculpting as well as it application process.

The discomfort from treatment does resolve. Taking over the counter tylenol or naproxen resolves this in the majority of cases. If you have swelling that is persistent then a waist binder is helpful.


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.

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Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Coolsculpting for the Inner Thighs

Coolsculpting works extremely well for the area of the inner thighs.  If you are overweight, the procedure may not show as much benefit as if you are within more of your ideal weight.  Please consult a board certified dermatologist who is an expert in coolsculpting for the best cosmetic advice.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 78 reviews

Coolsculpting for Inner Thighs

Coolsculpting is not weight loss procedure. For optimal results you should be within a reasonable range from your long term stable weight. Some providers will indicate that is within 30 pounds of your target weight while some would indicate 20 pounds. Consult with a board certified physician who offers both surgical and coolsculpting options to determine the best option for you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

CoolSculpting in an overweight patient

CoolSculpting is amazing technology when used properly.  It would take a consultation to determine whether you would benefit from inner thigh treatment.  The amount of fat, shape of fat distribution, and quality of the skin are factors that should be considered. 

Coolsculpting will reduce the fat in the small treatment areas only without any weight loss.  It is for bulges, not bulk.  With this expectation you may be very happy with the results even at a heavier weight if the bulges are disproportionate.

-York Yates MD, Utah.

York Jay Yates, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 182 reviews

CoolSculpting for Fat Loss

CoolSculpting works best in people close to their goal weight. It is not a weight loss procedure, but it can definitely reduce inches. coolsculpting works well for bumps and bulges but it is not a treatment for visceral fat. Contact a CoolSculpting provider near you for a consultation

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 120 reviews

CoolSculpting for pt more than 200 pounds

Thank you for your question.

CoolSculpting is a procedure for patients with isolated areas of fat that are diet / exercise resistant - not for patients who have to loose a significant amount of weight.  I wouldn't recommend this procedure for anyone who is over 200 pounds.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,498 reviews

Obesity does not respond well to Zeltiq CoolSculpting

Similar to liposuction, CoolSculpting is not indicated for the obese.  The ideal candidate is one who exercises and eats a healthy diet but can't lose a certain bulge.  CoolSculpting only removes about 20% of the volume of fat in one treatment so there would have to be too many treatments and you would still not get  a good result.  In addition, you can't treat all the areas of the body. So if you started to reduce one area in an obese patient, the adjoining areas might look strange.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Coolsculpting for over weight patients

Patient selection is critical to the success of Coolsculpting. The patients that get the best results are not obese and are not excessively overweight. Coolsculpting works great to reduce fat bulges but should be done on properly selected patients.

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

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