FDA-cleared Coolsculpting is a revolutionary procedure based on cryolipolysis or “freezing” fat cells that are unresponsive to vigorous exercise and a balanced diet.
At times, it is also used in the treatment of lipomas. This procedure is technically non-invasive, which means that it does not involve surgery.
This does not mean that Coolsculpting is entirely free of side effects. Coolsculpting does not usually cause long-term pain and discomfort, but these possibilities exist.
The “cooling” effects of the actual procedure cause most of the discomfort felt. The discomfort is transient as the body acclimatizes to the fat cell removal.
Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides CoolSculpting non-surgical body contouring to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding communities.
Coolsculpting Treatment Experience
The pain felt from the Coolsculpting treatment is mainly experienced during the procedure itself. The official Coolsculpting website states that the company acknowledges that it is possible to experience pain from the numbness caused by the cooling sensations from the freezing device used during the procedure.
The patient may also feel slight pinching and pulling sensations as the fat cells are frozen and eliminated. These effects may last between five and ten minutes of the 60-minute treatment time.
Following the procedure, the patient may experience pain along with inflammation and itching. The degree of pain felt can also differ between treatment areas. The abdomen is the most vulnerable site for this treatment.
Can Coolsculpting lead to Nerve Damage?
Coolsculpting will not lead to nerve damage, but it is common to experience some degree of numbness. This numbness can last for a few weeks and can be transient.
A majority of the side effects of CoolSculpting are experienced only in the treated area. Experts suggest that these effects are temporary and typically subside within a few weeks. The pain and discomfort after the procedure may recur three days later, where the side effects may return temporarily.
In rare cases, Coolsculpting may cause serious side effects. But the patient should discuss these possibilities with their doctor in advance of the procedure to enable them to recognize the signs and respond rapidly.
Suggestions to Reduce Discomfort
The patient should talk to their doctor about ways to reduce their chances of experiencing pain and other side effects during and after their Coolsculpting treatment. They may also massage the treatment site to enhance the efficacy of the fat freezing process while managing side effects.
Prescription pain drugs are not usually provided for this treatment as it is non-surgical. Anesthesia is also not necessary. But the doctor may recommend the patient to take over-the-counter (OTC) pain meds if they have any pain or inflammation after the procedure. The patient should not take any pain drugs prior to the treatment as this can increase side effects such as bruising.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) may help manage pain. However, the patient should not take more than 3,000 milligrams (mg) on a daily basis, according to Harvard. Excessive acetaminophen can lead to liver damage, especially when taken with alcohol.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen, is another option. This may be a brand name version (Advil or Motrin IB) or a generic product.
Plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for various surgical and non-surgical procedures, including CoolSculpting.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and M Body Contouring and Laser Centerplease visit:
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