Is cryolipolysis a good treatment for excess fat above the knees, or thighs?

Is cryolipolysis the same as cool scultping? And is it an effective treatment for excess fat above knees or thighs.. Im generally slim and do lots of sports but i cannot seem to get rid of the little bulges above my knees, or on my hips.

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Treatment Areas

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Coolsculpting uses cryolipolysis to target unwanted fat cells.  By cooling the subcutaneous fat cells, Coolsculpting is able to to destroy the cells without damage to the skin.  

Though it is "off-label", we have seen success using the Cool Mini applicator to treat excess fat above the knees.  Coolsculpting is also successful for treating thighs and hips.  

Oak Brook Physician
4.2 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

CoolSculpting Above The Knees and Thighs

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Coolsculpting safely targets fat cells underneath the skin. The fat cells are frozen, then die. Over time the body naturally processes the fat and eliminates the dead cells. I recommend having a consultation with an expert to determine if you are a candidate for Coolsculpting. 

Hardik Soni, MD (not currently practicing)
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician

CoolSculpting - Treatment Areas

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CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis technology to eliminate fat cells from the body. With each CoolSculpting treatment, fat can be reduced up to 25%! The approved areas for this procedure include the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, and underneath the chin. CoolSculpting has been used for additional areas, such as the arms and above the knee, off-label. Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon near you to see what procedure is best for you to meet your aesthetic goal. Good luck!

Tom S. Liu, MD, MBA
Los Gatos Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

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Excess fat above the knees or thighs

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I'm in the US and the only cryolipolysis device I would trust is Zeltiq's Cool Sculpting. With that being said it's a nice option for fat reduction if you do not desire surgery but is not as good as surgery. There is an approved applicator for the inner thigh and the outer thigh. The cool mini is sometimes used around the knee area but honestly out results aren't optimal compared to liposuction. Best of Luck. 

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CoolSculpting, or Cryolipolysis, for Fat Elimination

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Thank you very much for your question. Yes, CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis to essentially ‘freeze’ away fat cells. The noninvasive technique can be used on almost any area of the body, including the inner and outer thighs, and above the knees. I suggest that you schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon, experienced in CoolSculpting. At this appointment, he/she will determine if CoolSculpting can provide your desired results.

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Thigh cryolipolysis

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Cryolipolysis sounds like a good option for you. Like all fat removing techniques, it is best for focal areas of fat excess where the skin is good and will retract nicely. It is usually simpler and less expensive than liposuction. Regards, Dr Steve Merten

Coolsculpting for thighs and above the knees

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Cryolipolysis is the same technology that is used in Coolsculpting treatments. Coolsculpting is a way for patients to reduce fat in a  non-surgical procedure. The most common areas that are treated are abdomen (upper/lower), flanks, inner/outer thighs, arms and chin. That being said, any area treated should be an area of pinchable fat. I would suggest having a consult with a certified Coolsculpting office to discuss your options.

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Treating the knees with Coolsculpting Versus VASER

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Yes, this is coolsculpting. This area is very difficult to treat with Coolsculpting because some of this may be loose skin that needs to be surgically removed.  However, VASER Liposuction with ThermiRF does a really good job to contour.  Kybella and Thermage/Ultherapy can also give good results.  Sculpsure is also an option.  See an expert.  Best, Dr. Emer.

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Thank you for your question. Cryolipolysis is the technology Coolsculpting uses. Coolsculpting is a very efficacious non surgical fat reduction treatment for unwanted pockets of fat. Common areas treated are abdomen, flanks, under the chin, inner and out thigh. I would recommend an in person consultation to determine candidacy. 

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CoolSculpting Results

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CoolSculpting is an effective FDA-Cleared treatment for the excess fat above the knees, the inner and outer thighs, and abdomen/flanks as well. Each area requires a different applicator to ensure the best results. CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis to destroy the subcutaneous fat cells and to sculpt the body.  It is best to have a consultation with a certified CoolSculpting specialist to see if you are a good candidate for this non-invasive procedure. 

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