CoolSculpting has emerged as one of the most effective and popular body contouring procedures. This FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment for both men and women uses fat-freezing technology, cryolipolysis, to target and break down stubborn areas of fat just underneath the skin. The procedure is safe and has minimal side effects. For anyone preparing to undergo CoolSculpting, the following are some of the things we tell our patients to expect after treatment.
As CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure, you can return to your normal activities almost immediately. The process takes less than an hour at our office without anesthesia. You can even read a book or spend some time on your phone while we perform the procedure.
Reddening and Swelling of the Treated Area
After the removal of the applicator, the treated area may swell and redden for a few hours. It’s a temporary symptom that clears without any scarring of the skin.
Our patients typically report up to 20%-25% fat reduction in the treatment area in the first one to three months after the procedure, and fat should continue to reduce up to six months after treatment. In order to keep their desired shape, we encourage our patients to continue to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly after the procedure.
Minimal discomfort is expected after the CoolSculpting procedure. However, some of our patients have experienced one or more of the following mild symptoms at the site of the treatment area:
– Stinging and cramping
– Temporary dulling of sensation
– An itching sensitivity in the treated area
– Numbness (resolving over 1-3 weeks)
– Mild to moderate pain
– Muscle spasms
These side effects typically clear after a few days or weeks. Before the procedure, we will discuss them with you to make sure you’re fully aware of what to expect. This also helps you differentiate normal side effects from other serious and unexpected complications after the treatment once you’ve returned to work or home.
If you’ve tried to eliminate stubborn fat through diet and exercise alone and have been unable to find success, then the CoolSculpting treatment may be a solution that can help. At The Dermatology Clinic, our board-certified dermatologists utilize the latest technology to offer personalized body contouring solutions for our patients. Get in touch with us today by calling (225) 769-7546 or schedule an appointment online.