Coolsculpting for "flabby" arms.
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.
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
Flabby arm fat and CoolSculpting
Thank you for your question. It is hard to say much without photos or an exam. To answer your question, we have had a very good experience with CoolSculpting in this area. It is a very nice way to get rid of the fat in that particular area of the body. We have not had an issue with extra hanging skin afterward. I would suggest that you see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon as he/she can best speak if you are a candidate for CoolSculpting vs. Brachioplasty, (arm lift).
Cool sculpting is a highly effective method of fat reduction.
sculpting is a highly effective method of fat reduction.It is a non-invasive procedure with no down
time and reduces the amount of subcutaneous fat taken up into the cool sculpt
head by at least 20%. Some skin tightening can be achieved with the device as
well. Results for each person will vary, but overall most people achieve the results they are looking for.
CoolSculpting for the arms is an off label use. This is FDA approved for fat reduction of the abdomen and flanks, but many offices do offer treatment of the arms. My main concern with this, is that it is possible to get an uneven result because the applicator does not always cover the entire treatment area as needed. I usually prefer Exilis or SmartLipo for this area, since the results are more consistent and predictable. I hope this is helpful.
Can upper arm "flabby" fat be reduced or eliminated with Cool Sculpting?
Yes, CoolSculpting can be used successfully for fat reduction in the arms. Generally about 25% of the fat will be reduced after 1 treatment. Subsequent treatments may be required to get the desired effect. If you have a large amount of loose skin, surgery may be a better option.
This area can be addressed, of course, an exam is extremely important as well as a medical history. The results expected would require at least 2 treatments and expect a 20-40% reduction in some cases.
CoolSculpting and Bat Wings
CoolSculpting for use on the arms is an off label use. It is FDA approved for fat reduction of the abdomen and flanks and as topical anesthetic. We have been using CoolSculpting at our San Antonio office since March 2010 with great success on the arms. I actually prefer it to liposuction in this area.
CoolSculpting for Flabby Arm Fat
CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is FDA approved for fat reduction of the belly and love handles. It can, however be used off label for areas such as the arms, back, bra fat, inner thighs, etc. As far as the arms go, the flabbiness can be caused either by fat, loose skin, or loose muscle. If your flabby arms are because of excess arm fat then CoolSculpting can be used to treat the area. The results of CoolSculpting to the arms is not as drastic as the abdomen or love handles, but it can provide a nice contour to the shape of your arms. It's important that you get a CoolSculpting consultation from someone experienced in treating the arms to see if you are a candidate.
CoolSculpting works extremely well to reduce fat. On the arms, this may not give the result you are looking for. "Flabby arms" can often be the result of skin laxity in addition to excess fat. This can be addressed with a heat based technique such as Velashape. The two techniques can also be combined for optimal results.