10 Coolsculpting Recovery Tips for After Your Procedure


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Chances are you have seen advertising for CoolSculpting. The innovative fat-freezing procedure’s popularity has skyrocketed worldwide in recent years. The fact that it is a non-invasive alternative to surgical fat removal has only added to its appeal.

But does that mean that there’s no recovery time involved with CoolSculpting? Yes and no. While you can resume many activities including exercise following the procedure, you still need to take care to ensure the treated area bounces back. Here are ten facts you should know about CoolSculpting recovery. 

1. Understand How CoolSculpting Works

Before you schedule a consultation you should know exactly how CoolSculpting works and what to expect during a treatment session. CoolSculpting was developed after two Boston doctors discovered that children who sucked on popsicles regularly were developing more contoured cheeks as a result. The cold from the icy treats was “melting” away fat cells in their face.

CoolSculpting uses a vacuum-like apparatus to suck in fatty areas of flesh on the body and target the fat cells without harming the skin. CoolSculpting has been approved for use on the arms, legs, stomach, back, underneath the chin and other places where there’s fat that won’t seem to disappear with dieting and exercise. The procedure cannot be used to treat obesity, but is designed to help people with a healthy regimen get rid of that little bit of stubborn fat.

2. Know What to Expect During A CoolSculpting Treatment

Patients receiving a CoolSculpting treatment can expect to feel some discomfort from the cold. After several minutes numbness should begin to set in. They may feel some tugging, pulling, and sucking sensations from the application.

A treatment usually lasts about 30 to 45 minutes and depending upon the patient and their fat loss goals, follow-up treatments may be needed. Your plastic surgery office or clinic will brief you on what to expect and exactly how long your procedure will take.

3. Know the Side Effects to Expect Following A CoolSculpting Treatment

Some patients may experience minor recovery symptoms following a CoolSculpting treatment. These may include temporary redness, soreness, itching, bruising, and numbness at the area that was treated. These usually subside on their own and disappear a few days after treatment.

4. Wear Loose Clothing During and After The Treatment

You probably won’t be able to squeeze into leggings or other tight-fitting clothing items after CoolSculpting, nor should you. Give the treated area a chance to breathe and fully recover by wearing loose, comfortable clothes. Wearing tight clothing over the area may make any soreness feel worse.

5. Bring a Small Healthy Snack With You

Some patients may get nauseous during or following a CoolSculpting treatment. Eating a small snack can help prevent a woozy stomach and keep your blood sugar level healthy. Bring a healthy snack such as nuts, fruit, cheese and crackers, or chickpeas to help you feel sated and comfortable.

6. Drink a Lot Of Water

Drinking adequate amounts of water will help your body eliminate fat cells faster. Stay hydrated before and after the procedure to help your body recovery faster and give the treatment a chance to do its job.

7. Don’t Expect Dramatic Changes Right Away

You won’t see a change in your body the day after having CoolSculpting done. It takes time for the fat cells to break down and leave your body. Many patients first notice a difference about three weeks after a session and more results two to four months later.

However, your body will continue to flush fat for up to six months after a CoolSculpting treatment. You may want to take measurements of your body before the procedure and at intervals following it to track the progress.

8. Take It Easy After Treatment

If an area of your body is sore following treatment, it’s best not to push yourself by going to the gym and exercising that body part or wearing clothing that can rub against it and irritate it more. Give the treated area time to calm down and for redness and any other side effects to subside.

Be gentle when showering or bathing the area, using water that is not cold nor hot and by gently patting it dry. There are some rare side effects following CoolSculpting that include an enlargement of the treated area. If anything doesn’t seem right, call your doctor.

9. Take an OTC Painkiller

If you’re feeling a lot of discomfort after a CoolSculpting treatment, you can ease soreness by taking an OTC painkiller such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Just take care not to exceed the recommended daily dosage. If you have a chronic medical condition, check with your doctor first to make sure it’s safe to use.

You can also apply a warm compress to the treated area and practice deep breathing exercises and yoga to help ease any pain.

10. Understand That CoolSculpting Success Depends On You

CoolScupting is a permanent solution to fat removal, but only if you maintain your healthy lifestyle. So during the recovery process, know that success depends upon you. You’ll need to stick to a balanced diet and regular exercise to keep the fat cells from returning.

For more information on CoolSculpting recovery, know what additional things to do or not after CoolSculpting.

Follow These Tips For CoolSculpting Recovery

Remembering these tips for CoolSculpting recovery will make for a much more comfortable CoolSculpting treatment session.

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