Does CoolSculpting work on arms?

Also, how do I know if I'm a good candidate for CoolSculpting procedure on arms? What makes you a good one? Is it the amount of fat alone or do I have to consider some other aspects, too? I weigh 165 lbs and the inner side of my arms is quite flabby and jiggly.


F, 31, Utah

CoolSculpting is a safe, non-invasive procedure for fat removal. What it can't do, however, is restore lost laxity in the skin. But there are treatments, such as ThermiTight, which can induce tightening following a procedure like CoolSculpting.

By using extremely cold temperatures, a CoolSculpting machine is able to destroy fat cells at the treatment site while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. The problem for many patients is that the source of flabby arms isn't just excess fat, but excessively loose skin which has lost its elasticity.

There's no way to tell you whether or not CoolSculpting will work on your arms without an in-office examination. During your examination, your doctor will be able to determine whether or not CoolSculpting fat removal alone will suffice. If your "jiggly arms" are also due to a loss of skin elasticity, then some additional treatments like ThermiTight may be required.

In more extreme cases, I would recommend an arm lift procedure. During an arm lift or brachioplasty, a plastic surgeon surgically removes the excess skin from the problem areas in order to tighten and better define the shape of the upper arm. An arm lift can produce beautiful, natural looking results and the procedure is a great option when flabby arms are the result of loose skin and not just excess fat.

We’ve had beautiful results with both CoolSculpting and brachioplasty. If your excess arm fat isn't responding to dieting, exercise and weight loss, I encourage you to schedule an appointment with an experienced plastic surgeon to discuss which procedures can help you best achieve your goals.

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CoolSculpting works its magic strictly beneath the surface of the skin. The machines use cryolipolysis to freeze and destroy subcutaneous fat. In the weeks and months following the CoolSculpting treatment, the dead fat cells are naturally removed from the body and excreted via the lymphatic system.

What CoolSculpting can't do is tighten very loose skin.

In younger patients, the skin will often return to its original appearance after the fat is destroyed. In older patients, however, the natural laxity of the skin often presents a secondary problem after CoolSculpting.

For this reason we often combine laser skin tightening or RF treatments with CoolSculpting. These treatments can help to tighten the surface layer of skin while CoolSculpting removes the fat beneath.

If you're interested in knowing whether you're a good candidate for CoolSculpting use on your arms, I encourage you to consult with a board-certified dermatologist to discuss which treatment or combination of treatments is right for you.

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Flabby arms are typically caused by a combination of unwanted arm fat and loose, flabby skin. While CoolSculpting is an excellent non-surgical fat reduction treatment, it may not necessarily work on your arms.

CoolSculpting uses a technique called cryolipolysis (fat freezing) to permanently destroy fat cells. Because it specifically targets subcutaneous fat cells -- while leaving skin cells unharmed -- the CoolSculpting procedure does not solve the problem of skin laxity. In younger patients, where skin elasticity is still very good, loose skin will often resume its original contour after CoolSculpting. In older patients, however, the procedure may reduce the bulge while leaving loose skin behind.

We have had excellent results with CoolSculpting, but the procedure is not for everyone. Without a personal examination, I can't offer you any medical advice or say with any certainty whether or not you're a good candidate for CoolSculpting treatment. If your flabby arms are bothering you and causing self-image issues, I encourage you to contact an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss which options make the most sense for you.

CoolSculpting can be performed in many places. Technically speaking, it's not typically prescribed for use on the arm. It's commonly used to reduce love handles and double chins, and to remove fat from the inner and outer thighs among other areas. The results from CoolSculpting are not immediate. Because CoolSculpting does not actually remove the fat cells like liposuction does, it can take several months for the body to naturally remove the destroyed fat cells after the procedure.

I can't say for sure whether or not CoolSculpting will work on your arms without an examination. My question would be what kind of flab do you have?

Flabby arms may be the result of excess stubborn fat which just won't go away despite diet and exercise. Jiggly arms, however, may also be the result of age-related loss of skin elasticity. As we get older, it's natural for skin to become loose and sag. Drooping, loose skin which has lost its natural elasticity is not something CoolSculpting can usually correct.

It's common to combine CoolSculpting with Thermage, Ulthera or ThermiTight therapy. We have had wonderful results combining laser, radiofrequency, and ultrasound technologies with CoolSculpting. They can help tighten sagging skin while CoolSculpting removes the underlying fat beneath.

Remember to consult with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for best results.

CoolSculpting is an excellent, FDA-approved, non-invasive fat reduction technology which permanently destroys fat cells. Whether or not CoolSculpting would be effective for you as an arm treatment depends on the amount of fat and loose skin you have on your arms.

Keep in mind that CoolSculpting works best when patients are at (or near to) their ideal weight, but still have some stubborn fat deposits which aren't responding to traditional weight loss approaches.

As we age, our skin elasticity diminishes and our skin naturally begins to sag and feel loose. Since the CoolSculpting procedure freezes fat cells beneath the surface layer of skin, the treatment does not address major skin laxity issues on the outer layers of skin. Without an in-person examination I can't tell you whether or not your "flabby arms" are the result of a little extra upper arm fat, sagging excess skin, or both.

My advice is to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon about which cosmetic procedures make the most sense for your specific case. Depending on how much excess fat and skin you have on your arms, a better option may be liposuction or a brachioplasty (arm lift) procedure.

CoolSculpting only works for fat reduction so for any area its efficacy depends on fat being the problem.  The only way to determine if you are a good candidate is with an in person consultation.

Thanks for your questions.  Coolsculpting can work on small amounts of fat on the arms but if there is too much fat, it probably might be wise to look at either liposuction or a brachioplasty if too much.  When in doubt, get a second opinion.

It really depends on how much fat and how localized the deposits are.