What to Expect After Coolsculpting™

  • Generally, there is no recovery time after your procedure. You may resume normal activities as tolerated.
  • The treated area may look and/or feel stiff and may be red after the procedure. This is normal and will resolve within 30 minutes.
  • Because of the vacuum suction, you may have bruising and slight tenderness to the touch. This will resolve within a few days to a few weeks.
  • Within the first two weeks following your procedure, you may experience one or more of the following sensations—tingling, tenderness, cramping and/or soreness. Treatments using the larger applicator on the abdomen and those on the lateral thighs often report more of a stinging and soreness than other areas. Consult your doctor if these conditions persist beyond two weeks or are worsening over time.
  • Very rarely (about 1 in 200 patients) will have significant pain in the area treated for up to 8 weeks. Please call us if you are very uncomfortable as there may be medications that can be prescribed to help ease the discomfort.
  • Extremely rarely <1 in 2,000 patients may experience adipose hyperplasia. The treated area may get larger with a firm spongey quality. Liposuction is corrective if this occurs.


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