Plastic Surgeon Dr. Dean Kane of Baltimore Answers Question Regarding Dysesthesia (Nerve Irritation) following CoolSculpting

Q. Is it normal to feel electric jolts after cool sculpting ? I have been experiencing this from day 1 to now day 5.

A. Great question. CoolSculpting is selective “controlled cooling” of the superficial fat. Fat is also located in and around sensory nerves traveling within the subcutaneous tissues. While the nerves won’t “die”, they are cool-injured and produce many irritable type of sensations such as:

  • Sharp pain,
  • Dull ache,
  • “creepy-crawler” movement,
  • Itching, and others.

Generally, this will resolve over 2 to 3 weeks by itself. There are those patients where such discomfort is annoying. Options include:

  • Desensitization massage
  • Iced gentle massage
  • Non-sedating oral antihistamines
  • NSAID’s like ibuprofen or Naprosyn
  • Gabapentin

Discuss these and other options with your CoolSculpting provider and always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with a Certified CoolSculpting Team for your best outcome. I wish you the best!

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