Is Zeltiq Very Effective on Love Handle Areas or Does Lipo Give Better Results?

I am 5'4", 115 lbs. and want to get the fat around my waist liposuctioned (it's not a lot, I am very active, eat a healthy diet with no meat and dairy) but am considering the zeltiq-it is only about $600 less than lipo but want to invest in the procedure that will be effective. I know zeltiq has less down time and less invasive but kind of skeptical about the results. Also want to know if it is effective on larger amounts of fat (thigh areas).

Doctor Answers 16

CoolSculpting is effective but candidate selection is important

From your photos, it looks like you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting around the abdomen and flank area. CoolSculpting is ideal for patients who are otherwise in good shape, but just have stubborn fatty deposits.  These patients are also good candidates for liposuction as well.  Your question is a good one, because deciding which procedure to perform really depends entirely on your personal goals.  If you are seeking to remove a larger amount of fat, then liposuction will be more effective.  If you are seeking to rid yourself of a smaller amount of fat, and not have the downtime associated with surgery, then CoolSculpting might be a good option for you.  Of course, an in-person evaluation will best determine your candidacy, but you should communicate your goals clearly to your provider so they can be honest with you about what kind of results to expect.  CoolSculpting is not currently available for the thighs.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 221 reviews

Good Candidate for CoolSculpting

The ideal candidate for CoolSculpting is the patient that is within 10-15 pounds of their ideal weight and has localized bulges such as the muffin top, love handles and back fat. From your photos it appears that you meet these criteria. The advantages of the CoolSculpting procedure over liposuction are that is it non-invasive requiring no anesthesia, no incisions, no needles, and no downtime. I would strongly suggest that you consider it before committing to liposuction.

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

Zeltiq Coolsculpting is great for people who are fit


Zeltiq is an ideal for patients who are fit and close to their ideal weight but have some distinct areas that they may deem 'stubborn'.   We have excellent results with patients, good reduction of the fat with smooth contours. Patients are extremely pleased to have such great results from such an easy procedure. The areas patients most commonly seek treatment for (but aren't limited to) are tummy, love handles, bra fat and thighs.  To see if you are a good candidate, a physical exam by a provider that actually performs the procedures on a regular basis is best.

Good luck!

Dr. Grant Stevens  

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

CoolSculpting for love handles in a fit woman is perfect answer.

Absolutely, CoolSculpting is the right choice for a fit woman with the need for a spot treatment. I would recommend trying CoolSculpting before exposing yourself to the risks and side effects of a surgical intervention. If your expectations are reasonable, you will be very happy with your results and I doubt that liposuction would be indicated.

Susan Van Dyke, MD
Paradise Valley Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Liposuction versus Coolsculpting

I would say that based on your photos, that both are very reasonable options and that if you prefer a non-surgical option, then Coolsculpting would be a very good option for you.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Both Coolsculpting and Liposuction are great options

Based on your photos, you are within your ideal weight range. Liposuction will certainly get the job done faster, and in my practice we use local anesthesia with IV sedation, so the procedure is extremely safe. Coolsculpting on the flanks requires that the applicator can suck up enough fat into its vacuum, so you would need to be seen by a certified Coolsculpting provider to see if you are a candidate. For Coolsculpting, you will see your final results in around 2-3 months. Both could be good options for you, and I would see a board certified plastic surgeon who can provide either of the options you are looking for to give you the best advice. 

David P. Rapaport, MD, FACS
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Love Handles

Both coolsculpting and liposuction can be effective for love handles. However, patient selection is key. Consult in person with a board certified surgeon who offers both surgical options and coolsculpting to determine which option is best for you.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Cool Sculpting on the love handles.

Cool sculpting absolutely can work on the love handles.  That area can be sculpted with a number of applicators depending on the size of the area that needs to be treated.

WIs CoolSculpting an effective treatment for love handles?

You sound like you could possibly be an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting.  However, it is impossible to know with certainty which treatment would be best for you without a consultation.  You may wish to get a consultation from a plastic surgeon in your area offering both liposuction and CoolSculpting so you will get the best advice about which treatment will provide the desired results for you.

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

Zeltiq Effectiveness

CoolSculpting is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese, or a substitute for surgical methods such as liposuction. Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. Your doctor will determine if treatment is right for you during a one-on-one consultation. Based on your photos, I believe you would be an excellent candidate for CoolSculpting.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

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