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Is swelling after CoolSculpting normal?

Dr. Dean Kane Q & A shutterstock_88313314

Q. I had CoolSculpting on my abs and sides three days ago but the area is swelling up. It’s like I gained 1 inch in size. Is this normal? And if so, when will the swelling go away?

A. ​Yes, swelling should be expected following any CoolSculpting session. Part of the healing process includes inflammation which may swell and bruise the are of injury.

​Most patients tolerate the discomfort, swelling and rare bruising. Expect 2 to 3 weeks for it to resolve depending on how swollen you are. Particularly in the lower abdomen, patients have also commented on cramping during the first 2 weeks as well. The following measures should be discussed with your CoolSculpting physician to guide you to more comfort:

  • ​return to your physician for any significant pain, swelling or bruising
  • ​tylenol if you have no contra-indications for its use
  • ​NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naprosyn if you have no contra-indications for their use
  • ​a binder or compression fitted garment to compress the swelling and splint the skin against uncomfortable movement.

This usually resolves quickly. All the best!

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