FDA expands CoolSculpting indication to submandibular area


The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the indication for the fat-removing CoolSculpting procedure to include treatment of the submandibular area.

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FDA clearance of the expanded indication was based on results of a 22-week study in which patients achieved a mean 33% reduction in fat layer thickness after two treatments. In addition, 85% of patients reported satisfaction with their treatment in that and two other studies. The data were provided in Allergan’s press release announcing the clearance for the cryolipolysis device.

Adverse events associated with the CoolSculpting treatment include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, and skin sensitivity. People with cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria should not receive CoolSculpting treatments, according to the company.

The FDA also expanded the CoolSculpting indication to people with a body mass index up to 46.2 kg/m2 when treating the submental and submandibular areas.

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