Plastic Surgeon Dr. Dean Kane of Baltimore Answers Question Regarding ​ Itching Following CoolSculpting

Q. Is itching normal after CoolSculpting? I had CoolSculpting done 6 days ago and yesterday I started to get extremely itchy. I was told itchy would be normal in the spots that I had cs done, but it’s not the areas I had it done that itch. my entire body itches, Is this normal? Is there anything I can take to relieve the itching?

A. Itching can be a side-effect of the CoolSculpted areas where the underlying sensory nerves are also temporarily altered by the cooling cycle. It can last for a very short period of time and may be reduced with:

  • ​non-sedating antihistamines such as (OTC) Claritin, Zyrtec and Allegra
  • gentle use of ice
  • ibuprofen 
  • desensitization massage
  • gabapentin if it lasts longer than a few days to 2 weeks.

If the itching is outside of the CoolSculpted areas and related to the area of a compression garment or overlying garment with changed detergent / softener, this may be:

  1. Xerosis or skin dryness, managed with a skin moisturizer or
  2. a contact dermatitis easily treated with anti-histamine or short course of steroids.

For the above, start with your CoolSculpting Team for recommendations. 

If the itching is not one of the above, it is not related to the CoolSculpting procedure and you may have an allergy from another source. Please see your Primary Care Physician. 


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