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Tingling pain from CoolSculpting: Is this normal?


Sensory nerves that cause tingling or pain lie within the fatty tissues and are surrounded by fatty cells that are “frozen” with CoolSculpting. The fat cell which undergo resorption are more susceptible to the cold but all the cells treated will be somewhat affected including the nerve cells. This is the cause of the tingling which will resolve over several weeks.

​Massage and hydration would be my non-medicated first options to reduce this discomfort. A particular technique called “desensitization” by lightly touching the affected areas several times a day may quiet the irritation.

​Next in line are oral anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen at low doses such as 200 mg once or twice a day or anti-histamines such as zyrtec or claritin (over-the-counter is fine) if tolerated.

​Should the discomfort be more aggravating than this; consult your physician.

CoolSculpting with Dr. Dean Kane, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

In the Baltimore Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa, Dr. Dean Kane has had hundreds of patients experience successfully CoolSculpting to freeze away unwanted stubborn fat. In his practice, Dr. Kane advises his patients that CoolSculpting can produce tingling, bruising and swell​ing in the areas treated that will be numb for several months. He prescribes the regimen as described above to his patients so that they will expect discomfort and know what to do if they do have painful issues. Visit www.DrDeanKane.com to learn more about CoolSculpting and see his before and after photos of his CoolSculpting patients.

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