Can Zeltiq Cool Sculpting Be Used for Upper Arm Fat?

Doctor Answers 53

Zeltiq Coolsculpting on Arms

You can treat arm fat with Zeltiq - however, you have to be wise with patient selection.  The handpieces do not  easily attach to most people's arms.  With the smallest handpiece, you can treat some patients arms. You also don't want to get rid of the fat in the arms if there will be too much laxity in the skin once some of the fat is gone. 


There is a new handpiece that is currently being tested that will be much more adaptable to harder to treat areas such as arms and inner thighs - possibly even the neck. 


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Upper Arms treated with CoolSculpting

Thank you for your question.

Yes, the upper arms can be treated with Coolsculpting BUT you have to be examined and make sure that you are a good candidate.  Sometimes the arms / inner thighs are difficult to treat due to the current applicators Zeltig depending on how much fat is in the area.  

Remember, best to be seen by a physician and examined to know if you are a good candidate for coolsculpting vs. surgery (depending on your exam and your goals).


Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,465 reviews

Treating upper arms is on the horizon

Zeltiq is working on applicators to fit snugly around the arm to reduce unwanted arm fat.  The current applicator is designed for other areas and may not work on everyone.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 71 reviews

Zeltiq not yet effective for arm fat

With the current Zeltiq device adaptors, results are poor with upper arm fat.  It is an area of investigation currently being looked at.  The best adaptors are not yet available.

Patrick McElgunn, MD
Charlotte Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Coolsculpting handpiece coming for upper arm fat

This area can be treated.  However, if you have loose skin then i would suggest another procedure  Also, there is a small risk of nerve injury and this is considered an off label use.

Pramit Malhotra, MD
Ann Arbor Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

CoolSculpting provides upper arm results that last

Hello and thank-you for your question.

CoolSculpting is a great, non-invasive solution for fat reduction and contouring of the upper arms. CoolSculpting has been FDA-cleared for fat reduction of the abdomen and flanks. It can be used safely for off-label treatment of the upper arms, inner/outer thighs, bra-strap area and above the knees. The advance cooling technology selectively targets and eliminates fat cells gently and gradually without affecting the surrounding tissue.Patients Patients in our office have seen an average fat reduction of 20-25% with one treatment. Several treatments may be required. I use the "treatment to transformation" method to achieve smooth contours.It takes about 2-3 months to get a general idea of the final results. The results are long-lasting as long as you maintain a stable weight through healthy lifestyle. I recommend scheduling a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon experienced in body contouring to determine if your an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting. If there is skin laxity of the upper arms, CAST liposuction with a mini brachioplasty or full brachioplasty may be a better option.

Andrew T. Lyos, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

CoolSculpting of the upper arms is now available in some offices

With the new "CoolFit" applicator, cryolipolysis using CoolSculpting of the fat of the upper arms can now be done. This is one of my patients' favorite areas for treatment now. This applicator can also be used for the inner thighs.

Sheryl D. Clark, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Upper arms can be treated with CoolSculpting

Upper arms can definitely be treated with CoolSculpting but they really have to be large enough to fit into the applicator -so very short arms or very thin arms will not work. We have seen great results with CoolSculpting on the right arms!

Elizabeth F. Rostan, MD
Charlotte Dermatologist
4.4 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

CoolSculpting for upper arm fat

CoolSculpting can occasionally be used on upper arm fat in the right candidate.  Currently CoolSculpting is working on a smaller handpiece that will be effective for more people. When those handpieces are available, Physician's offices with two CoolSculpting units will be able to provide results to both arms in just an hour.

Contact the local CoolSculpting provider of your choice to stay up to date about when the new, smaller handpieces will be available.

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


with the current device the fat and skin needs to fit properly into the device for treatment.  depends on the shape, siez of your arm as well as the ability of the device to "latch on" to the area.

Eric Chang, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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