Will Zeltiq Affect Tattoo? (photo)

Hi, I have a full back tattoo, and would like to know if zeltiq procedure will hurt the ink? Thank you, Cindy

Doctor Answers 7

Tattoos Not A Problem with CoolSculpting

Zeltiq's CoolSculpting applicators lower the temperature of fat cells sufficiently to kill them, but have no lasting negative effects on surrounding skin, whether tattooed or not. Neither the temperature change nor the process will damage or change the tattoo ink. If you lose a great deal of fat underneath the tattoo, the shape of the work may be slightly distorted, at least until the skin “snaps back.” That's another good reason why it's important to be at or near your ideal weight before undergoing CoolSculpting. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist to see if you are a candidate for CoolSculpting.

Baltimore Dermatologic Surgeon
3.7 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

CoolSculpting Does Not Affect Tattoos

CoolSculpting's cryolipolysis technology only targets fat cells. It will not disturb the skin – except for some temporary reddening and possible swelling or bruising – and will not interact with tattoo ink. Please see a board-certified dermatologist to find out how CoolSculpting can help you get the shape you desire.

William Groff, DO
San Diego Dermatologist
4.8 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Coolsculpting and tattoos

Great tattoo! CoolSculpting should not have any negative impact on the tatooed skin as the skin is protected with a gel pad during the treatment.

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

CoolSculpting by Zeltiq will not damage your tattoo

There is no possible damage theoretically possible from CoolSculpting's freezing of the fatty tissue, to your full back tattoo.  The Zeltiq's device draws in the skin and fat into the device's handpiece and freezes the fatty tissue which kills some of the fat cells. In four months there is a 20% fat reduction in the majority of paitents. The tattoo pigment lies in the dermis and is not destroyed by feezing.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Will CoolSculpting affect a tatoo?

Hi Cindy,  There should be no problem having CoolSculpting on areas which have a tatoo.  The CoolSculpting process carefully controls the cooling process so that the temperatures reached are so that the fat is affected but the skin is spared.

Ted Brezel, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Zeltiq and tattoos

Thank you for your question.

The Coolsculpting procedure will freeze the fat but should not harm the skin or your tattoo.

Best Wishes! 

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,488 reviews

Zeltiq works amazingly

Zeltiq should not affect the skin above the area that you are freezing the fat.  It should not affect your tattoo.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

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