CoolSculpting – Pre & Post Care Instructions

What to expect after the Cool Sculpting Treatment:

  • Typically, there is minimal discomfort and recovery time after the Cool Sculpting procedure. Most patients are able to return to their daily routine immediately after the procedure.
  • The treated area may be red for up to a few hours after the applicator is removed.
  • Many patients have minimal discomfort following the procedure, however you may experience one or more of the following sensations: deep itching, tingling, numbness, tenderness to the touch, pain in the treatment area, strong cramping, nausea, bloating, diarrhea, muscle spasms, aching and/or soreness.
  • Patients may see results as early at three weeks following the treatment, but the most dramatic results are seen after one to three months. Your body will continue to excrete the injured fat cells through your lymphatic system for approximately four months after the procedure.
  • In rare cases, patient have reported darker skin color, hardness, discrete nodules, freeze burn, enlargement of the treated area, hernia or worsening of existing hernia following the Cool Sculpting procedure.

Measures that can be taken to alleviate discomfort post-treatment:

  • Stretching and/or massage.
  • Apply compression garments to the treatment area.
  • Apply heating pads and/ or ice to the treatment area (20 minutes on/ 40 minutes off)
  • Tylenol for pain and Benadryl at night for itching per dosage and directions on medication label
  • Avoid ibuprofen as it is an anti-inflammatory (The inflammation process helps break down the fat cells)
  • Drink plenty of water to help flush out your lymphatic system.

Next steps:

  • Weight gain will prevent you from seeing your full results. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine after your procedure can help prevent this.
  • Please call Derma Health at (480) 730-9000 if your symptoms appear to worsen or last longer than two weeks.