Remedy for pain during CoolSculpting?

Dr. Dean Kane Q & A Q. I’ve had CoolSculpting done on several areas but found the procedure itself extremely painful for the abdomen area until the area went numb after about 5 minutes. I’m considering repeating the abdomen and want to know if there is anything I can do to take the edge off of the pain such as applying topical lidocaine to the area just before the procedure. A. ​A few patients do develop discomfort and pain following CoolSculpting (CS); not so much at the beginning of the cooling process. The trouble with using topical lidocaine is the potential for overuse and toxicity. Any distraction such as music, video, meditation and Tylenol (an hour or 2 before) can help for that brief period before the skin is “cooled numb.” ​​Most of my patients require no medications following CoolSculpting but for those that do, we have tried, Tylenol, ibuprofen / Naprosyn, LidoDerm topical and rarely narcotic for comfort during the occasional spasm a week following the procedure. ​ ​Discuss further with your Certified CoolSculpting Team. ​All the best!
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