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!