Zeltiq CoolSculpting and Pregnancy

 I Would Like to Get Zeltiq on my Abs and Flanks but Plan to Get Pregnant Again. Concerns? Will this affect my future pregnancy?

Doctor Answers 10

Coolsculpting and pregnancy

There is no concern about getting pregnant after having a Coolsculpting treatment.  I would however, refrain from seeking treatment if you are actively trying to get pregnant.  I also generally caution my patients to refrain from any body contouring procedure if they are planning to get pregnant within six months and consider waiting until after pregnancy to undergo any body contouring procedure.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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CoolSculpting and Pregnancy

While a patient should wait if pregnant to have a coolsculpting treatment, coolsculpting should not affect future pregnancy.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Cool sculpting will not effect you down the road

It causes permanent fat loss.

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 effects on pregnancy

CoolSculpting treatments should not affect future pregnancies. It specifically targets the fat layer and does not penetrate the deeper organs. While it its not recommended during pregnancy, you can receive the treatments when you are not pregnant. Always consult with a provider so they can determine if you are a candidate for treatment.

Steven H. Williams, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

CoolSculpting and pregnancy

CoolSculpting, like most aesthetic devices have not been tested on pregnant women. In my practice, women trying to conceive are not good candidates for CoolSculpting by Zeltiq

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 118 reviews

CoolSculpting can be done prior to conception

As long as you have not had difficulty having children previously, then CoolSculpting can be done prior to you conceiving. Elective cosmetic treatment, including CoolSculpting, is generally not done during pregnancy. If however, a patient has not been able to conceive easily and has very little body fat, which has been shown to interfere with conception, then CoolSculpting should be avoided preceding the attempt to conceive and wait until after delivery and nursing.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Coolsculpting before pregnancy

Coolsculpting affects the fat not the organs beneath. It should not be peformed during or immediately after pregnancy.

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

Zeltiq and pregnancy

Thank you for your question.

You can absolutely have the CoolSculpting procedure now and it will not effect future pregnancies.  

Best Wishes!

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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No Effect on Pregnancy

I would NOT recommend Zeltiq if you are pregnant.  But, to treat areas after pregnancy is not a problem.  The fat removal is permanent regardless if you become pregnant again.  There have been no studies that show the effect of Zeltiq on an unborn fetus, therefore I would not undergo Zeltiq if you thought or knew you were pregnant.

David Finkle, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

Zeltiq Coolsculpting and future pregnancy


Zeltiq is definitely a safe treatment and should have no effect on future pregnancy.  If your abdomen and flanks are where you may have noticed more weight gain in previous pregnancies and you have these areas treated you may notice more weight gain in areas that may not have been effected in the past.  Zeltiq has been excellent for our patients after pregnancy for the stubborn areas of fat that don't seem to improve with diet and exercise.

Good luck

Dr. Grant Stevens   

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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