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Does CoolSculpting treat cellulite?

Dr. Dean Kane Q & A.

shutterstock_71938243Q.  Does CoolSculpting treat cellulite? My legs from the top down to my knees have bad cellulite and as I’m loosing weight it is looking worse. What can I do?

A.  ​​​Cellulite is nothing more than a superficial layer of normal fat cells caught beneath the poorly expansive skin. The fat appears bumpy and irregular because it is trapped between a skin ceiling, a tough unyielding fibrous floor and thin fiber walls. Any swelling or reduction in the metabolic fat will inflate or deflate its appearance on the skin. Like a parachute, more or less air will create dimples and pulls on the silk chute. A thicker skin such as those of black, Mediterranean, Asian, Indian and other origins will resist the irregularities on the skin. A thinner northern European skin will more easily show the pucker, dimpling, hollows and bulges.

​Sometimes, what you consider to be Cellulite may be skin laxity or other dermatologic concerns which are treatable.

​CoolSculpting is tried and true but limited in fat reduction with some skin contractibility on some patients. It is not found to be consistent or reliable in reducing the superficial fat that creates Cellulite. In fact, there is no reproducible or reliable technology to improve Cellulite. There ARE other alternative medicine and dietary options that may help.

​Please consult with a well experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist to evaluate and compare appropriate options for you.

All the best!

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