Coolsculpting is an amazing procedure to reduce fat but by your description of the arms as "flabby" it looks that you have a problem with skin laxity. In this case a procedure called Thermage would be better option for you. I would consult with a dermatologist to see if you are a candidate for it.
Can upper arm "flabby" fat be reduced or eliminated with Cool Sculpting?
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Does CoolSculpting work on The Upper Arms?
This is a great question. And the answer is a resounding, YES! Of course it does depend on the individual client and the amount of volume they have in this area. Our results have been truly stunning when using CoolSculpting on the upper arms. The best results are always found in areas where the fat being treated is more jiggly and fluffy. Most patients who are interested in treating this area, have exactly this type of fat, and it really gets dramatic results. The new CoolAdvantage applicators only take 35 minutes to do this treatment, and it is more comfortable than ever. I think it is just incredible that something non-invasive, like Coolsculpting can now give such astonishing results in a small amount of treatment time.
Some Flabby Arm Fat Responds to CoolSculpting
It really depends on what you mean by flabby. If the flab is caused mostly by excessive fat, then I would say yes. I have had excellent results to permanently remove arm fat, even on myself! If the flab is caused partly by fat and partly by skin, combining CoolSculpting with ThermiTight might do the trick, as long as the skin is resilient. Thermi does an excellent job of contouring the body and tightening skin. If the flab is composed mostly of lax skin, then CoolSculpting will not work for you, but tightening devices such as Thermi Tight, Ulthera or Thermage would be more appropriate. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist with a number of devices who can pick and choose the best options to give you the best results for your type of arms.
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Yes, the upper arm can be treated with CoolSculpting but it does depend on the amount of volume and the laxity of the skin to determine if you are a candidate or not.
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.
Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM
Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon